Monthly Archives: August 2011

Birthday beers

A few of us are planning to go out for a few drinks at the Devonshire Cat pub on Wednesday 17th August from about 5.30 onwards. We’re using Cheryl’s (NBAF visitor) birthday as an excuse to go out so would be great to see lots of you there.



Hi guys!

I miss you a lot!! Happy to hear that you still play pétanque!! Is Andy still the best?
These days I’m just enjoying French summer on the beach with my family. In october I’m going to travel for several month in Australia and I would like to do some voluntary field work there, so I was wondering if someone would have a contact over there, thanks!

I’ll come back to visit one day, but I also hope you’ll come to visit me in France!


Room wanted

Steeves Buckland will be visiting the lab from the 12th of September, if anyone knows of a room going spare around this time please email Steeves at  🙂

-80 freezers- defrosting

I’m going to defrost the -80 freezers next week (8th Aug. onwards). I will attempt to log what is in them. I need you to contact me if:

1) you have any items that are absolutely -80 critical (I will move most to the -20 while the freezer defrosts).

2) You have anything to throw away

3) You have anything you would like me to keep an eye open for

Thanks as always for your co-operation 🙂


Gav is back

Hi all,
Just to let everybody know I am back at work so if anybody needs anything feel free to come and find me.



lab volunteer

A former student of Terry’s is offering to volunteer in the lab this summer. I have attached her CV here: Banton Karen CV

Please contact her directly if you are interested. Her name is Karen Banton and her email address is:

My life as a turkey(!)

Did anyone else see this film about a biologist who lived as a ‘mother turkey’? Really worth watching.

3730 is mended (new computer)

…it has had new software also. I am just running the Spectral calibrations. It will be ready to use on Tuesday morning (you will need to create a new template from the new software and I will need to create some Protocols within the software). I think things should run as they have been- but you will need to keep an eye on this as usual. Give me a shout if something is not clear or missing!




Friday August 5th, 1pm
Lecture Theatre, Department of Psychology

Rat roulette: when you play games with rats, the results are not always predictable

Dr Carolyn M King
Dept Biological Sciences, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

Two recent projects based at Waikato University have looked at some very old questions about rats. First, we asked why, after we had just spent a lot of time removing rats from isolated fragments of forest supporting native species, the rats were back again within a month. Was it only that we missed some, or could they have reappeared from outside, and if so, from how far away? Second, we asked why is it that the common rat in New Zealand forests now is the ship rat, even though the Norway rat got there first, whereas in Britain the ship rat arrived first and has since been replaced by the Norway rat? Both projects have produced some surprising results.