Animal and Plant Sciences

Our research focusses on terrestrial and marine biodiversity conservation and management of temperate and tropical ecosystems in a changing world.
We also have expertise in ecotourism, animal behaviour, veterinary science, parasitology and modelling. We research at field sites in Scotland, Latin America, Africa and Asia and also perform experiments under controlled laboratory conditions here and abroad. We have institutional links with the Moredun Institute, Edinburgh Zoo, St Abbs Marine Station and MASTS, the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland.

Recent projects include:

[Empowering Kenya's coastal communities (add link) -> see last years Napier Impact Journal In partnership with the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute Prof. Mark Huxham (link) and collaborators set up a carbon credit scheme which has helped protect Kenyan mangrove forests and benefited the local people.
Conserving Brazilian mangrove crabs (add link)  -> see last years Napier Impact Journal Research led by Dr Karen Diele (link) and Brazilian collaborators is helping to conserve Brazilian mangrove crabs, important fisheries resources that sustain thousands of local livelihoods.

Research at Edinburgh NapierEmpowering Kenya's coastal communities

In partnership with the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute Prof. Mark Huxham and collaborators set up a carbon credit scheme which has helped protect Kenyan mangrove forests and benefited the local people.

Conserving Brazilian mangrove crabs

Research led by Dr Karen Diele and Brazilian collaborators is helping to conserve Brazilian mangrove crabs, important fisheries resources that sustain thousands of local livelihoods.