Adaptation or acclimation: will corals survive environmental change?

This project aims to reconstruct changes in coral-associated Symbiodinium sp. communities and associated bleaching events over the last 300 years by analysing the genetic and growth data locked within coral skeletons.

Agriculture and Teind Reform in Early Modern Scotland

Teind reform was economically complex and politically controversial. Teinds, as a tax on output, varied annually, whereas rents did not. This project traces the making of policy on teind valuation, and the subsequent spread of teind reform in Scottish localities.

Comparative study of microfluidic and conventional MicroRNA biomarker purification from human blood

This project aims to develop a microRNA purification platform to allow the fast and cost-effective diagnosis of paracetamol liver injury.

Development of molecular tools for investigation of lateral entorhinal cortex networks in health and disease

A defining feature of the human memory system is our ability to remember episodes from our lives. One component of this system, the hippocampus, forms cognitive maps of familiar places to allow us to know where we are.

Goose games: developing new approaches to resolve conflicts over rising geese populations in Scotland

Using the conflict between conservation and farming over increasing geese populations in Scotland as a case study, we propose to develop a new framework for the resolution of conservation conflicts.

Multi-system approach to define the ZMYND10-dependent regulatory network necessary for ciliary motility

Cells use specialized microtubule based structures called cilia to modulate key sensory and sometimes motile functions. Cilia are essential for development and homeostasis implicating ciliary structural and functional defects in a range of human disorders called ‘Ciliopathies’.

Quantifying photochemical emissions of atmospheric gases from the estuarine and marine environment

The oceans play an important role in the biogeochemical cycles of atmospheric gases including the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane that contribute to global warming. Our recent experiments revealed that the ultraviolet component of sunlight drives photochemical reactions that can produce methane and carbon dioxide from organic matter in seawater.

The People's Voice: Scottish political poetry, song and the franchise

This project seeks to disinter a wide range of poetry and song in Scotland, responding to moments of agitation for reform and extension of the franchise. It examines the neglected impact that local verse culture had on Scottish politics, including songs performed in the streets, in public houses, meetings, marches, at dinners and other events.

The role of the D4a receptor in the genesis and function of spinal motorneurons

Humans and other vertebrates share a common developmental template that builds the brain and spinal cord; at early stages, all vertebrate embryos are very similar. Thus, studying neural development in simpler, easier to study animals is instructive especially those capable of repairing the nervous system when it is damaged.