All News A–Z
Publication date: 20 February 2013
13/03/15 - BBC Wales Today – Dr Andrew Davies, School of Ocean Sciences discussing marine plastics and wildlife.
Watch Dr Andrew Davies being interviewed on BBC Wales Today: View the clip here.
Publication date: 20 March 2015
With an estimated lifespan of 400 years, the Greenland shark has just been reported to be the longest-lived vertebrate on the planet. This is only the latest of a series of recent findings that push the boundaries of animal longevity, and it raises the perennial question of what factors enable some animals to achieve what we might call extreme longevity – lifespans that can be measured in centuries.
Publication date: 12 August 2016
Bangor University has today (29.1.21) announced a new joint venture to manage the Prince Madog Research Vessel from 1st January 2021.
Publication date: 29 January 2021
Two Bangor University academics elected as Fellows of the Learned Society of Wales. The Learned Society of Wales announced the results of its 2014 Election of new Fellows this week. Of the forty three new Fellows, two were from Bangor University – Professor James Scourse from the School of Ocean Sciences and Professor Nigel John from the School of Computer Science.
Publication date: 16 April 2014
‘Hidden worlds’ the flagship event at Bangor University’s Science Festival , which runs 13-22 March 2015, is offering even more hands on activities and demonstrations in this the Festival’s fifth year.
Publication date: 11 March 2015
Mattias Green , of the School of Ocean Sciences writing in The Conversation . Read the original article . It appears that the debris washed ashore on Reunion, an island east of Madagascar, may be from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 which disappeared in March 2014, believed lost at sea somewhere to the west of Australia. Reunion lies 500km east of Madagascar near the island of Mauritius, around 4,000km from the area (marked in red) where search efforts for the missing aircraft have been concentrated. That’s a huge distance to travel, even in the 500 or so days it has been since the crash . Is this possible from an oceanographic perspective?
Publication date: 30 July 2015
Bangor University has over 80,000 alumni living all over the world, working in every field and industry imaginable. The University is proud of the achievements of its former students and, to highlight this, every year the University’s Alumni Advisory Board chooses an Alumnus of the Year, honouring a graduate who has excelled in his or her field and has remained engaged with their alma mater. Previous Alumnus of the Year recipients include Gwilym Rees-Jones (Maths, 1963), Dr Ross Piper (Zoology, 1998) and Ray Footman (History & Philosophy, 1961).
Publication date: 16 July 2019
Professor Tom Rippeth of the School of Ocean Sciences addresses the Welsh Senedd and an online audience, when he speaks at a Science and the Senedd event organised by the Royal Society of Chemsitry on Tuesday 28th September.
Publication date: 24 September 2021
This article by Tom Rippeth , Professor of Physical Oceanography, School of Ocean Sciences , is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article
Publication date: 18 September 2020
The artificial lighting which lines the world’s coastlines could be having a significant impact on species that rely on the moon and stars to find food, new research suggests. Creatures such as the sand hopper (Talitrus saltator) orientate their nightly migrations based on the moon’s position and brightness of the natural night sky.
Publication date: 23 June 2020
The Arctic region is warming up at twice the rate as the rest of the planet, and the most obvious symptom of this warming is the retreat of the sea ice that covers the Arctic Ocean.
Publication date: 19 September 2016
Two Bangor University academics have recently received royal invitations to take part in important and influential events.
Publication date: 3 June 2016
Autumnwatch viewers across the UK will learn about a project that’s hoping to improve the situation for the sewin or sea trout, on the programme to be broadcast on Thursday 18 November (BBC 2 21.30pm 18.11.10).
Publication date: 17 November 2010
Think of reefs and your mind may wander to blue tropical oceans or the famous Barrier Reef. But reefs exist in a variety of locations- and not all are made of coral…
Publication date: 14 June 2013
Andy Davies, Gareth Williams and I were interviewed about tropical and temperate coral reefs for Science Café.
Publication date: 20 June 2016
Study shows severe loss of central Indian Ocean coral reefs between 2015 and 2017 By comparing reefs before and after two extreme heatwaves only 12 months apart, a collaborative team of researchers including scientists from Bangor’s School of Ocean Sciences found that living hard corals in the central Indian Ocean reduced by 70%. Despite this, their results suggest that some coral species are more resilient to rising temperatures, which offers hope for these vital habitats.
Publication date: 12 July 2019
A Bangor University academic has recently represented Great Britain at the European White Water Rafting Championships 2016 in Tacen, Slovenia.
Publication date: 27 May 2016
Gwladys Lambert, who recently completed her PhD in the School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University, was awarded joint second best oral presentation at the 6th World Fisheries Congress held in Edinburgh 7-11 th May.
Publication date: 16 May 2012
Physical Oceanographers from Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences have recently won three research grants from the Natural Environment Research Council, one of the bodies which funds UK research. Together, the research grants bring a million pounds’ worth of new research to be conducted by the University.
Publication date: 19 July 2011
Bangor University Ocean Physicist Prof Tom Rippeth is one of 12 international scientists to be invited to speak at a workshop organised by the International Arctic Science Committee to discuss the future impact of the complete disappearance of Arctic Sea Ice cover in the summer.
Publication date: 13 October 2014
Professor David Thomas, Head of the School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University, has been appointed to the Science Board of the Natural Environment Research Council ( NERC ), the UK's largest funder of independent environmental science, training and innovation, delivered through universities and research centres.
Publication date: 27 October 2016
Expertise from Bangor University’s world renowned School of Ocean Science is to contribute towards monitoring and surveying the world’s largest marine reserve, which surrounds a string of tiny islands in the British Indian Ocean Territory of the Chagos Archipelago.
Publication date: 7 March 2012
Scientists from the School of Ocean Scientists are part of a 14 person expedition currently on a ship in the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) studying the biodiversity of the World’s largest Marine Protected Area.
Publication date: 7 April 2014
Andy O’Callaghan, a second year Marine Science/ Zoology student at Bangor University has been names a finalist in the upcoming Climate Week Awards 2013.
Publication date: 4 March 2013
A Bangor University alumnus has recently launched a website that provides information about Britain’s wildlife to offer activities that let customers find their favourite animals in the wild.
Publication date: 4 December 2017
The College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at Bangor University is aiming to set the record straight on the so-called ‘snowflake’ generation by putting out a call for students determined to make a difference to the world’s problems. A recent survey* revealed 85% of young people, far from being the over-sensitive souls portrayed in the media, feel empowered to tackle issues like global warming, rising sea levels and widespread pollution.
Publication date: 4 October 2019
When mention was made that the Peer Guide to receive the Peer Support Volunteer of the Years 2015 had texted her students to see if they were making progress with accommodation arrangements for next year, student Hannah Lee began to suspect that her name was about to be called out to receive Bangor University’s annual Award.
Publication date: 12 May 2015
Bangor University is to highlight and celebrate the high standard of research at the University in a new Research Excellence Awards event to be held for the first time this December, and has just announced the Awards Shortlists. The inaugural Awards will shine a spotlight on some of the University’s outstanding research teams and individuals. The winners will be announced at an Awards dinner in Pontio on 5th December 2016.
Publication date: 26 October 2016
Bangor University student Mollie Duggan Edwards, 20, from Bethel near Caernarfon, has recently completed a GO Wales Work Taster at the Welsh Mountain Zoo, Colwyn Bay. Mollie is in her third year at Bangor University, studying Marine Biology. She applied for the taster in hope of gaining some valuable work experience to build up her CV.
Publication date: 14 October 2013
The annual Employability Celebration evening was held recently to congratulate and showcase Bangor University students who have taken part in the Bangor Employability Award and demonstrated exceptional commitment to developing their employability through extra- and co-curricular activities whilst at University.
Publication date: 8 May 2015
Academics from Bangor University are sharing their expertise with collaborators at the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP) in São Paulo State, Brazil, to address some of Brazil’s most pressing social and environmental problems.
Publication date: 5 July 2021
Work that is leading to a better understanding of important sea fisheries off the Isle of Man is set to continue following the re-appointment of Bangor University as external scientific adviser to the Government’s Department of Environment Food and Agriculture (DEFA).
Publication date: 23 June 2015
Research funding worth nearing £10 million has been levied by Bangor University researchers from the European Union research funding programme, and the University expects to improve on this results in the new European research and innovation programme. Forty-two major pan-European research projects led by Bangor University academics were successfully funded, against stiff competition in FP7, the 7th Research Framework Programme of the European Commission, which ran from 2007 to 2013.
Publication date: 10 December 2014
Scientists at Bangor University are joining the global fight against the current COVID-19 pandemic. A group of leading academics are to pool their expertise to develop new ways of mass-monitoring levels of SARS-Cov-2, the virus which causes the newly named COVID-19 illness.
Publication date: 3 April 2020
Dr Tom Rippeth of Bangor University’s renowned School of Ocean Sciences takes part in the new series of the highly popular Coast series on BBC 2 at Sunday 10th June at 9pm, on BBC2.
Publication date: 8 June 2012
Andrew Frederick Johnson, 29, graduated with a PhD in Marine Fish Ecology from the School of Ocean Sciences this year. He then went on to win a Vodafone World of Difference Scholarship to work on acoustics of whales and dolphins, before he was funded by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to travel to Chile for two months to report on their fisheries management scheme.
Publication date: 19 December 2013
A ‘Polar Symposium’ being held this week-end (Saturday 8 December) is the first of its kind to be held at Bangor University. The ' Bangor Polar Symposium' at the School of Ocean Sciences has been jointly organized by the UK Polar Network and the Endeavour Society , a Bangor University student society focussing on ocean sciences.
Publication date: 7 December 2012
Dr Simon Neill of the School of Ocean Sciences was primary chair of a series of marine renewable energy sessions at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Ocean Sciences Meeting in New Orleans last week – the world’s largest ocean science event.
Publication date: 1 March 2016
Bangor University has been awarded the Gold standard in the UK Government’s new Teaching Excellence Framework, and is the only University in Wales to achieve this standard. The framework assesses universities against a range of criteria and is part of the UK government’s plans for raising standards in higher education. It also gives students more information so that they can make the most informed decisions when deciding which university to attend.
Publication date: 22 June 2017
Bangor University is delighted to announce that the recent Athena SWAN application for an Institution-level Bronze Award has been successful. Furthermore, the School of Ocean Sciences’ application for a department-level Bronze award was also successful. These awards recognise the university's commitment to tackling gender inequality in higher education.
Publication date: 25 October 2018
Projects which have benefited local and global communities were rewarded as Bangor University held its third annual Impact and Innovation Awards on the 3 rd December 2015.
Publication date: 4 December 2015
A new Research Excellence Awards event has just been held at Bangor University to celebrate the high standard of research at the University.
Publication date: 6 December 2016
Bangor University will benefit from a further £2.8m of EU funding for a new science and innovation hub to boost Wales’ shellfish industry, Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford announced today [Monday 13 August].
Publication date: 13 August 2018
A new data science hub for green energy is to be created at Bangor University, backed by £4.6m EU funds. The new Smart Efficient Energy Centre ( SEEC ) will develop joint research between Welsh and international organisations and businesses. It will investigate the options for using big data science to improve the efficiency of low carbon energy systems including nuclear, marine and offshore wind energy.
Publication date: 16 August 2019
Bangor University is proud to be taking part again this year at the National Eisteddfod in Llanrwst. As well as contributing to activities the on the Maes, there will also be buzz on the University's stand again this year.
Publication date: 1 August 2019
A Bangor University student has been selected to represent Great Britain at the World University Orienteering Championships in Finland in July.
Publication date: 18 June 2018
Bangor University students were presented with the Drapers’ Medals recently. The Drapers’ Company is one of the historic Livery Companies of the City of London, and now a philanthropic organization. The Drapers’ Company kindly donates two medals each year to be awarded to outstanding postgraduate students.
Publication date: 21 May 2015
Bangor University students were presented with the Drapers’ Medals recently. The Drapers’ Company is one of the historic Livery Companies of the City of London, and now a philanthropic organization. The Drapers’ Company kindly donates two medals each year to be awarded to outstanding postgraduate students.
Publication date: 22 February 2016
Bangor University, School of Ocean Sciences students were presented with the Drapers’ Medals at a recent ceremony. The Drapers’ Company is one of the historic Livery Companies of the City of London, and now a philanthropic organization. The Drapers’ Company kindly donates two medals each year to be awarded to outstanding postgraduate students.
Publication date: 20 February 2017
Two Bangor University students have been presented with Drapers’ Medals. The Drapers’ Company is one of the historic Livery Companies of the City of London, and now a philanthropic organization. The Drapers’ Company kindly donates two medals each year to be awarded to outstanding postgraduate students. These prestigious awards takes into account the quality of a student’s research, teaching, and service to the University and community.
Publication date: 18 July 2018
Bangor University students will be rolling up their sleeves in front of BBC’s The One Show cameras to help the Maes y Pant community group in Gresford (near Wrexham) to help transform a former quarry into a biodiverse community resource.
Publication date: 16 November 2012
Newly published analysis of the latest influential QS World University Rankings, which saw Bangor University soar to 411th position worldwide, now provides further information on rankings for different subject areas among the world’s best universities. Six subjects and one subject area taught at Bangor University feature among the world’s elite universities in this year’s release of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, with Agriculture and Forestry appearing in the top 100 institutions worldwide who teach the subject and rising from among last year’s 200 top Universities.
Publication date: 8 March 2017
The history of the European marine environment during the past thousand years is the target of a €3.1 million (£2.6 million) project, funded by the European Union and led by scientists from School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University. The project, which also involves researchers from Norway, Germany, France, Croatia, Portugal and the Netherlands, will use the shells of very long-lived molluscs as a record of environmental change over the past thousand years. It builds on research originally developed at Bangor by Professor James Scourse and Professor Chris Richardson that led in 2007 to the discovery of the longest-lived animal known to science – a clam from Iceland that had lived for 507 years.
Publication date: 24 September 2013
Twelve projects at Bangor University have been shortlisted for the University’s third annual Impact and Innovation Awards 2015, supported by Santander Universities. These prestigious awards at Bangor University recognise and celebrate the recent impact that the University’s research, innovation and enterprise activities have on the wider economy and society. This year, the University is also introducing a new award category, Outstanding Contribution to Wales , to recognise activities that have led to impact of national significance in Wales.
Publication date: 27 November 2015
Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences has welcomed the news that the fishery producing Manx Queenies, the Isle of Man’s queen scallops, has been awarded a sustainability certification under the Marine Stewardship Council programme. Experts in sustainable fisheries at the School have worked with the Isle of Man (IOM) Government’s Department of Environment Food and Agriculture since 2006, to advise them how to manage the fishery sustainably.
Publication date: 19 May 2011
The official flag of the World Fisheries Congress has resided at Bangor University for the four years since the last Congress in Yokohama when Professor Michel Kaiser of the School of Ocean Sciences was handed the baton for the upcoming 6th World Fisheries Congress which will open next Tuesday 8th May at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Publication date: 3 May 2012
Three Bangor University students are have been selected to represent the University in the regional finals of the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards competition. Having competed against over thirty entries to be selected as the final shortlist of six student projects, PhD graduate Ned Hartfiel and Psychology Masters students Alex Bailey and Daniel Pascoe were awarded a cheque for £200 for their entries, and will be eligible for business support through B-Enterprising at the University’s Careers & Employability Service.
Publication date: 30 March 2017
Bangor University’s world renowned School of Ocean Sciences was invited to exhibit at the House of Commons recently, by Ynys Môn MP, Albert Owen.
Publication date: 16 December 2011
Bangor University is playing a significant role in the management of the world’s largest marine reserve.
Publication date: 18 December 2015
Bangor University continues to rise in popularity among its students. The University again retains its place at 14th in the UK and is second in Wales in a new university experience survey (T imes Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2016 ).
Publication date: 17 March 2016
As the major provider of Welsh medium higher education, Bangor University is particularly active again in this year’s National Eisteddfod in Anglesey. Full details and news about the University’s activities at the Eisteddfod is available on the University’s website at: www.bangor.ac.uk/eisteddfod
Publication date: 2 August 2017
Elizabeth Taylor Jay, who gained an MSc Marine Environmental Protection in 1997/98 after studying at Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences, received the World Award for the Best Action on Biological Diversity 2010, during the UN Summit on the Convention of Biological Diversity, held in Nagoya, Japan last week.
Publication date: 2 November 2010
Two Bangor graduates are working on an environmental project in Madagascar, shortlisted for the World Challenge, a global competition aimed at finding projects or small businesses from around the world that have shown enterprise and innovation at a grassroots level.
Publication date: 9 November 2010
Marine biologists from Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences have recently returned from a science and conservation expedition to the British Indian Ocean Territory, currently the world’s largest Marine Reserve, located 7° south of the equator, below the Maldives.
Publication date: 2 June 2015
A UK Parliament POST on Marine Renewable Energy cited recent Bangor University research on the role of marine energy for a low-carbon, resilient, and sustainable future.
Publication date: 19 June 2020
The School of Ocean Sciences collaborating with the Government of the Cayman Islands and US partner The Nature Conservancy have launched an £817,000 project to protect the marine biodiversity of the Cayman Islands, a UK Overseas Territory in the central Caribbean.
Publication date: 28 October 2010
A new £1.5M NERC project will examine how plastic waste impacts the marine environment, affecting communities who rely on the sea for their income. The Philippines has a severe plastic pollution problem that affects the tourism sector, a significant contributor to the country’s development. Much of the problem can be traced to the disposal of single use plastics.
Publication date: 22 October 2020
A keen fell-walker and beachcomber was surprised by what his dog Barney found on a beach recently.
Publication date: 15 August 2014
Steve Barnard, an MSc student at Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences is running with the London 2012 Olympic Torch in Morecambe on July 22.
Publication date: 22 June 2012
The third episode of the BBC’s Blue Planet II spectacularly described a series of fascinating interactions between species on some of the most pristine reefs in the world. These reefs, analogous to bustling cities, are powered by sunlight, and provide space and services for a wealth of marine life. This article by John Turner , Professor & Dean of Postgraduate Research, School of Ocean Sciences was originally published on The Conversation . Read the original article .
Publication date: 15 November 2017
Again this year, staff from Bangor University are contributing their expertise to a number of core and fringe events at this year’s National Eisteddfod, which is being held in Cardiff between 30-11 August.
Publication date: 3 August 2018
TV presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff is to give ‘A whistle-stop tour around the coast’ at a special public lecture in Bangor University on Wednesday, 31 January at 5.30pm in Pontio Lecture Room 5. The lecture is free and all are welcome, but tickets are required. They can be booked through the Pontio website or by calling the Box Office on 01248 382828.
Publication date: 4 January 2018
Ben Butler, a final year PhD student from the School of Ocean Sciences , claimed bronze at the British Universities Hill Climb Championship on Saturday 24 th October. The event saw nearly 200 student cyclists from across Britain tackle the notoriously hard climb up Curbar Gap in the Peak District. The road has an average gradient of 11% over 1 mile, making it a truly testing effort for all of the participants. Riders were set off individually at 1 minute intervals to set their best time up the climb.
Publication date: 30 October 2015
A Bangor University student from Tenerife is on course to achieve his lifelong dream of pursuing a career in the marine environment.
Publication date: 20 July 2018
This talk has had to be cancelled due to unforseen circumstances. As glaciologists, climatologists and oceanographers await an anticipated break in an Antarctic ice shelf, set to create one of the largest icebergs ever recorded – around one quarter of the size of Wales – staff and students at Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences are eagerly anticipating a talk on the subject from a member of the British Antarctic Survey. Professor Hilmar Gudmundsson from the British Antarctic Survey discusses “Ocean-induced thinning of Antarctic Ice Shelves and the impact on the ice flow of the Antarctic Ice Sheet” at 6.00 on February 2 at 6pm in the Main Arts Lecture Theatre. This lecture to the University’s students and academics may be of interest to the public given the current fate of the Larsen C ice shelf, which is within 20 kilometres of breaking free.
Publication date: 31 January 2017
Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences held its annual careers fair to highlight the huge jobs potential in one of the fastest growing sectors of the UK Economy, the Marine sector.
Publication date: 22 March 2018
This year's Teaching Fellowships for the College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering have been awarded.
Publication date: 15 July 2021
Chis Coleman, Wales’ national football team manager joins Bangor Business School graduating students to receive an Honorary Fellowship, marking Wales’ outstanding achievement at Euro 2016, when the national team reached the semi-finals in an historic and memorable campaign.
Publication date: 17 July 2017
We are an island nation, and yet we know surprisingly little about parts of our coastline.
Publication date: 1 July 2016
Marine scientists at Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences are collecting useful information about climate change from an unlikely source – seashells.
Publication date: 26 September 2013
Sophie Wilmes from the School of Ocean Sciences , a first year HPC Wales PhD student, recently took part in a workshop on the use of High Performance Computing (HPC) in tidal modelling applications, held at the prestigious premises of The Royal Society.
Publication date: 12 December 2012
Pupils from local schools are being welcomed to Bangor University today to attend a Youth Summit on Climate Change. Having recently joined with many organisations worldwide in declaring a climate emergency, the University is keen to work on the solution and this must be done in collaboration with the children and young people of Wales.
Publication date: 5 July 2019
Research by a team of experts from Bangor University, and the German Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and University of Greifswald’s Zoological Institute and Museum has revealed how climate change may be assisting the spread of invasive species. The results of their study which have just been released in the journal “ Ecography ” indicated considerable potential for the Asian shore crab to spread further north, along the coasts of Northern England and Norway.
Publication date: 6 August 2020
Have you ever given a thought to how light pollution in our coastal towns may be affecting our marine neighbours? The School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University is leading a new four year project funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, that will improve our understand of how light pollution from coastal towns and cities impacts life along our shores.
Publication date: 13 December 2018
Marine ecosystems can be changed by night-time artificial lighting according to new research published in the journal Biology Letters . The results indicate that light pollution from coastal communities, shipping and offshore infrastructure could be changing the composition of marine invertebrate communities.
Publication date: 29 April 2015
Three Bangor University students are among eight to have been awarded Commonwealth Scholarships this year. The Scholarships and Commission are awarded for postgraduate study and professional development to Commonwealth citizens, providing opportunities for student from developing countries to study at Bangor University, and Bangor graduates to study overseas.
Publication date: 5 January 2016
The first and only fully-protected marine reserve in Scotland is proving highly beneficial for marine conservation and fisheries, with lobsters more than doubling in numbers and increasing in size. Conducting potting surveys over four years in Lamlash Bay, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, scientists from the Universities of York and Bangor monitored populations of European lobster ( Homarus gammarus ), brown crab ( Cancer pagurus ) and velvet swimming crabs ( Necora puber ).
Publication date: 3 October 2016
Fairly early in the COVID-19 outbreak, scientists discovered that the virus that causes the disease – SARS-CoV-2 – is shed in faeces . But unlike the virus found in mucus and spit, the bits of virus found in faecal matter are no longer infectious, having lost their protective outer layer. They are merely bits of RNA – the virus’s genetic material. But these bits of RNA are very useful because they allow us to track outbreaks through the wastewater system. This article By Prof Davey Jones of the School of Natural Sciences is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article .
Publication date: 9 June 2020
Marine renewable energy experts at Bangor University have published a new study which examines the potential of Orkney, in the north of Scotland, to generate low carbon electricity through tidal turbines.
Publication date: 17 March 2014
Reduced ice cover in the Arctic Ocean could be the reason why the UK has experienced colder winters recently. The ice has acted to insulate temperature changes in the sea from the atmosphere. But as the ice decreases in coverage this could have a consequent effect on our climate. “Some climatologists believe the absence of sea ice north of Siberia last autumn allowed the warmer open ocean to heat the atmosphere, resulting in changed wind patterns and the development of a “blocking” atmospheric high pressure system over Siberia. This then results in cold air being channelled south from the Arctic, over northern Europe,” explains Dr Tom Rippeth of Bangor University. Scientists at the University have also just discovered that the Arctic Ocean, is not as tranquil as previously supposed by oceanographers and this too could have an effect on the climate.
Publication date: 16 March 2011
Research has revealed when Anglesey became a permanent island through the formation of the Menai Strait. Mike Roberts, a mature student from Amlwch, conducted the research as part of his PhD at Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences, supported by the Cemlyn Jones Trust and the Countryside Council for Wales. His research, just published in an academic journal, reveals that the Strait became a permanent feature between 5,800 and 4,600 years ago around the time when hunter-gatherers were replaced by the first farmers in north Wales.
Publication date: 1 March 2011
Volunteers in North Wales are being asked to help national campaign to track an invasion taking place around the UK’s coastline.
Publication date: 6 September 2017
A collaboration between a team of marine scientists and technicians based in the School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University, working with internationally renowned nautical archaeologist and historian Dr Innes McCartney from Bournemouth University has resulted in the unexpected discovery and identification of a landing craft which was mysteriously lost at sea during WW2.
Publication date: 5 May 2020
As Arctic sea ice reaches its lowest-ever recorded level in over three decades, Bangor University physical oceanographers Dr Tom Rippeth and Ben Lincoln of the School of Ocean Sciences are discussing the implications of this data with Adam Walton on Radio Wales’ Science Café programme on Tuesday 18.9.12 at 7.00 pm.
Publication date: 18 September 2012
Despite extensive media coverage, campaigns and scientists’ warnings, still the world is not fully aware of what coral bleaching is and why it is happening. Mention bleaching and some think that it is the death of the Great Barrier Reef’s coral , but the problem is much more widespread. This article by Ronan Roche , Research Fellow, Bangor University and John Turner , Professor & Dean of Postgraduate Research, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation . Read the original article .
Publication date: 10 March 2017
Now that we can travel around more freely, why not get some vitamin-sea and watch out for one of the 30 species of whale and dolphin that visit UK waters as you walk along our stunning coastline?
Publication date: 19 April 2021
At a public seminar at a respected university in Scandinavia on how to promote cross-disciplinary research last year, the dean of one of the faculties passed the comment that “now we are living in the Anthropocene, everything we see around us, everything in our environment, we realise is the result of human activity”. An article by James Scourse , Professor of Marine Geology and Director of the Climate Change Consortium of Wales, was originally published on The Conversation . Read the original article .
Publication date: 15 January 2016
‘Envision’ is a new Doctoral Training Partnership, funded by NERC and led by a highly successful group of UK research institutions, will recruit 60 PhD students (12 per year for the next five years commencing January 2014).
Publication date: 14 January 2014
A student who began white water rafting at Bangor University, and has represented Great Britain in the sport, has also just added to her degrees from Bangor University.
Publication date: 24 July 2015
Marine biologists working to save the world’s coral reefs say that they are increasingly being affected by human activities. As a result, the marine biologists now need to include an assessment of the effects of activities, perhaps in distant markets or cities, on the survival of coral reefs. Writing in a special issue of Functional Ecology, “ Coral reef functional ecology in the Anthropocene ”, and using coral reefs as an example, the scientists call for the inclusion of socio-economic activity into account when predicting future ecosystem responses of coral reefs.
Publication date: 21 February 2019
This article by Yueng-Djern Lenn , Senior Lecturer in Physical Oceanography, Benjamin Barton , PhD Researcher, School of Ocean Sciences and Camille Lique, Research scientist in physical oceanography, Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la Mer (Ifremer) was originally published on The Conversation . Read the original article .
Publication date: 30 August 2018
Publication date: 21 January 2013
A talented Bangor University student with a keen interest in the environment has recently began a PhD at Helsinki University. Charlotte Angove, 22, from Rawcliffe, York, received a Master of Marine Biology degree (MMBiol) after studying for four years at the School of Ocean Sciences.
Publication date: 17 July 2015
A Bangor University researcher will soon attempt to complete the first partially sighted ascent of the Matterhorn in Switzerland.
Publication date: 29 August 2013
A potential source of renewable energy surrounds us – the ocean – a vast natural resource that could potentially meet all of the world’s growing demand for electricity several times over. With recent investments, R&D, and academic research into ocean renewable energy, it was considered timely to produce a textbook on the fundamentals of ocean renewable energy. This book, published by Bangor University ocean energy expert Dr Simon Neill, in collaboration with Dr Reza Hashemi at the University of Rhode Island, is the first published in this new topic.
Publication date: 28 June 2018
Planning for the fourth annual Bangor Science Festival is well under way and the 2014 Festival is certainly shaping up. The Science Festival will be held during National Science and Engineering Week from Friday 14 th March and Sunday23rd March 2014.
Publication date: 28 January 2014
A gin festival, a sponsored climb of Snowdon, specially designed Christmas cards and a hair-shaving event are just some of the many fund-raising activities carried out by friends and family of Sophie Williams in the last few months. The money is needed to make adaptations to Sophie’s home to provide wheel-chair access and space for the carers she needs 24 hours a day. Sophie, a lecturer in Bangor University, suffered brain injury when on fieldwork in China in 2015. She has limited movement below the neck and depends on a ventilator. The work to her home in Sling, near Tregarth, is expected to cost around £60,000.
Publication date: 17 January 2018
An industrial sector identified as vital to growing a sustainable economy in Wales is to be given a further boost with the awarding of an additional £1.5M of EU funding from the Welsh Government.
Publication date: 10 September 2020
Three ‘Gender Equality Scholarships’ have been awarded to outstanding Bangor University students – Ally Jackson, Claire Carrington and Victoria Chinery. All three were undergraduate students at Bangor and graduated with First Class Honours. The scholarships, which cover the full course fees, will enable the talented and enthusiastic students to continue their studies and the recipients of these scholarships are now enrolled in postgraduate research courses at Bangor.
Publication date: 5 November 2019
Exploring the rocky shore in muddy wellies - then wearing a white lab coat - isn’t usually how 14-year- old girls spend their Saturday mornings.
Publication date: 25 February 2013
A new global policy, initiated by a Bangor University graduate will be put to the test for the first time, now that a huge iceberg, estimated to be more than a quarter of the size of Wales, has broken free from Antarctica.
Publication date: 19 July 2017
Publication date: 15 July 2019
Michel Kaiser, Professor of Marine Conservation Ecology at Bangor University is to chair a new Science Advisory Group (SAG). Established by Seafish , SAG will provide high-quality, independent scientific challenge and support
Publication date: 10 September 2015
HRH The Prince of Wales visited Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences recently (5 July) to open Marine Centre Wales. The Prince also took the opportunity to visit the R.V. Prince Madog, the largest university research vessel in the UK.
Publication date: 5 July 2016
Marine scientists working in the Celtic Sea have discovered a natural refuge for the critically endangered flapper skate. Many elasmobranchs (sharks, rays and skates) are highly vulnerable to over-fishing, but a new paper in the open access journal PLOS ONE shows that small areas of the seabed that experience below-average fishing intensity can sustain greater populations of these species.
Publication date: 15 November 2012
The seasonal sea-ice retreat across the Arctic Ocean is perhaps one of the most conspicuous indicators of climate change. In September 2012, a new record was set for the time that we have been tracking sea ice with satellites: the minimum sea ice extent was some 50% below the climatic average for that month. Four years on, and the September 2016 record tied with 2007 for the second lowest sea ice extent since measurements began in 1978.
Publication date: 19 April 2017
About a quarter of the world's seafood caught in the ocean comes from bottom trawling, a method that involves towing a net along the seabed on continental shelves and slopes to catch shrimp, cod, rockfish, sole and other kinds of bottom-dwelling fish and shellfish. The technique impacts these seafloor ecosystems, because other marine life and habitats can be unintentionally killed or disturbed as nets pass across the seafloor. A new analysis that uses high-resolution data for 24 ocean regions in Africa, Europe, North and South America and Australasia shows that only 14 percent of the overall seafloor shallower than 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) is trawled. Most trawl fishing happens in this depth range along continental shelves and slopes in the world's oceans. The study focused on this depth range, covering an area of about 7.8 million square kilometers of ocean.
Publication date: 9 October 2018
Historic wrecks around Wales’ coastline, such as that of a German submarine sunk 10 miles off Bardsey Island at the tip of the Llŷn Peninsula on Christmas Day 1917, are to play a part in assisting Wales’ growing marine renewable energy sector. Over the next two years, marine scientists from Bangor University will be surveying the coast of Wales as part of the ERDF-funded SEACAMS2 project led by the University in partnership with Swansea University. The researchers at Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences and Centre for Applied Marine Sciences are undertaking collaborative research, including marine surveys, to support the sustainable growth of the marine renewable energy sector in Wales.
Publication date: 8 September 2018
Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd. (Hitachi-GE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Imperial College London and Bangor University, enhancing its commitment to support Welsh and British expertise.
Publication date: 31 October 2016
This article by Dr Line Cordes, Lecturer in Marine Biology, School of Ocean Sciences is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. The UK’s weather did a somersault in the first half of 2020, as the wettest February on record gave way to the sunniest spring. Climate change has warped the environmental conditions that might be considered normal, creating progressively weirder seasons that cause havoc for society. Longer, drier summers increase the risk of crop failure and fires, floods engulf homes, and less winter snowfall and earlier thaws threaten freshwater supplies.
Publication date: 9 July 2020
Nearly 50 years since man first walked on the moon, the human race is once more pushing forward with attempts to land on the Earth’s satellite. This year alone, China has landed a robotic spacecraft on the far side of the moon , while India is close to landing a lunar vehicle , and Israel continues its mission to touch down on the surface, despite the crash of its recent venture. NASA meanwhile has announced it wants to send astronauts to the moon’s south pole by 2024. This article by Mattias Green , Reader in Physical Oceanography, School of Ocean Sciences and David Waltham , Professor of Geophysics, Royal Holloway is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article .
Publication date: 25 April 2019
Anglers everywhere would probably agree that, in season, there’s no better bait than freshly moulted crab. During the moulting season, nothing else works as successfully, as fish are in a frenzy for the ‘delicacy’ of a soft crab. But we’re unlikely to see a crab losing its shell as we walk along our shoreline.
Publication date: 2 June 2015
Ocean Sciences and Qatari researchers examine what sustains mangroves on desert coastlines, where nutrient input from rainfall cannot be what drives mangrove production. Broadcast by Qatar National Television, December 2016. Narrative in Arab, with interviews in English. Beautiful footage of arid mangroves.
Publication date: 19 December 2016
Protection of marine areas from fishing increases density and biomass of fish and invertebrates (such as lobster and scallops) finds a systematic review published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Environmental Evidence . The success of a protected area was also dependent on its size and on how it was managed, however even partial protection provides significant ecological benefits.
Publication date: 28 February 2013
Students, graduates and staff of the University recently learned how to start a business for less than £5,000 in a ‘Start-Up Smart presentation organised by the B-Enterprising Project at the Careers & Employability Service. The event was well attended by over sixty people from a variety of academic subject backgrounds and University departments.
Publication date: 31 May 2011
Unusual creatures found on beaches in north and south Wales this summer are identified as a species of 'stalked' or 'goose' barnacle.
Publication date: 22 August 2012
A workshop on Ocean Mixing and Sediment Transport in the ocean was jointly organised by Sun Yat-Sen University and Bangor University. The workshop was attended by over 150 scientists from across the global.
Publication date: 23 September 2016
A gold medal winner at the recent Invinctus Games has recently started studying for a degree at Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences .
Publication date: 7 October 2014
Bangor University hosted Ireland’s Ambassador to the UK recently and showcased some of the ongoing research collaborations between Bangor and Irish partner institutions.
Publication date: 13 July 2017
Professor Tom Rippeth of Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences assesses the likelihood of a white Christmas for north Wales.
Publication date: 13 December 2016
While many people may be interested in the sustainability and welfare of the fish they eat, or the health of the environment, fewer probably worry about the effect that trawl fishing – which accounts for 20% of landings – has on the ocean. This article by Michel Kaiser , Chair of Marine Conservation Ecology, School of Ocean Sciences was originally published on The Conversation . Read the original article .
Publication date: 8 January 2018
A journal edited by an academic at Bangor University which is an essential resource for all of those interested in the biology, conservation and exploitation of fish has been ranked number one it its field.
Publication date: 3 September 2014
A self-employed dressage rider and horse trainer who juggled working whilst studying, graduates from Bangor University this week. After studying for four years at the School of Ocean Sciences , Bonita Barrett-Crosdil, 22, from Pulborough, West Sussex graduated with a MOcean Geological Oceanography .
Publication date: 17 July 2015
Pioneering research, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society A , into deep-time tides during the Late Silurian – Devonian periods (420 Ma -380 Ma), suggests that large tides may have been a key environmental factor in the evolution of bony fish and early tetrapods, the first vertebrate land-dwellers.
Publication date: 30 October 2020
The MSc in Applied Physical Oceanography at Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences is plugging identified skills gaps in the UK environment sector, producing oceanographers who are, among other things, capable of computer modelling and are very numerate. (According to a Research Council review of the top 15 skills needed in the environment sector, computer modelling is at the top and numeracy fourth).
Publication date: 14 February 2011
The Learned Society of Wales has this year named four academics from Bangor University among the new Fellows elected to the Society from across the arts, humanities, sciences and public service sectors. Election to Fellowship is a public recognition of academic excellence, and LSW Fellowship is keenly competed. Fellows are elected following a rigorous examination of their achievements in their relevant fields.
Publication date: 19 April 2018
Two north Wales based marine professionals have been appointed to the Board of the Sea Fish Industry Authority (Seafish) by the UK’s four Fisheries Ministers. Prof Mike Kaiser of Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences will be a non-executive member from 1 April 2012 until 31 March 2015. He was first appointed and has served on the Board since 2008.
Publication date: 19 March 2012
Researchers at Bangor University have used some of the world’s longest-lived animals to look at how the North Atlantic Ocean has affected our climate over the past 1,000 years.
Publication date: 12 June 2012
Analysis of the quahog clam reveals how the oceans affected the climate over the past 1000 years A study of the longest-living animal on Earth, the quahog clam, has provided researchers with an unprecedented insight into the history of the oceans.
Publication date: 6 December 2016
Students and staff in the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography are organising a fund-raising evening to support the conservation work of the Malagasy NGO Madagasikara Voakajy ( http://www.madagasikara-voakajy.org/ ) with which the School has a really close relationship.
Publication date: 12 April 2013
A major conference on fisheries management in the Irish Sea has taken place bringing together experts and academics from Wales, Ireland and Europe.
Publication date: 25 March 2013
School of Ocean Sciences researchers helping to develop a dynamically coupled wave-tide computer model of the Australian tidal energy resource. AREA is a $2.49 million 3 year project to map the tidal energy resource of Australian waters.
Publication date: 17 July 2017
Visitors to the Menai Seafood Festival on Saturday (20 August) will have an unique opportunity to see behind the scenes at Bangor University's brand new Marine Centre Wales in Menai Bridge. During what will be the first public open day since the Centre was officially opened by HRH The Prince of Wales in July, there will be interactive displays, demonstrations and walk-in cinema screenings showcasing the innovative work carried out by the School of Ocean Sciences.
Publication date: 16 August 2016
Sometimes bad things happen in the worst possible places – like the MV Wakashio running aground on shallow reefs off the south-east coast of Mauritius on July 25. The wreck of the bulk carrier ship began leaking oil in front of a nature reserve island (Ile aux Aigrettes), a couple of kilometres from a marine park (Blue Bay), and close to an internationally important wetland area (Pointe d’Esny Ramsar Site). This article by Sivajyodee Sannassy Pilly , PhD Candidate in Marine Ecology, Bangor University ; John Turner , Professor of Marine Biology and Head of School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University , and Ronan Roche , Research Fellow in Marine Science at the School of Ocean Sciences is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article .
Publication date: 25 August 2020
You are invited to step aboard the Research Vessel, Prince Madog and visit Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences .
Publication date: 31 May 2011
Whilst it is widely accepted that sea level is rising because of the melting of the massive sheets covering Greenland and Antarctica, a new paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, ( http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2017JC013109/abstract ), by scientists at Bangor University in collaboration with Harvard and Oregon State Universities in the US, and McGill University in Canada, shows that the impact of the melting of these ice sheets will go far beyond just changing water levels. It could have further reaching impacts on global climate. The new results show that sea level does not increase uniformly across the globe in response to melting of the polar ice sheets. In fact, sea level changes in response to ice loss are highly spatially variable, especially close to the retreating ice sheets. The new results, which are obtained with a numerical model of the global tides, show that the tidal changes due to ice sheet collapse and associated sea level changes will be highly variable and affect a number of different important processes.
Publication date: 8 November 2017
Since 2006 Professor Graham Underwood & Dr Shazia Aslam from the University of Essex and Professor David Thomas from Bangor University's School of Ocean Sciences have led several projects (funded by the Natural Environment Research Council) to study the production of micro-gels, and their widespread importance to the frozen realms of the worlds oceans. They teamed up with colleagues from Australia and Canada to collect and analyse ice cores from both the Arctic and Antarctic. Seven years on, and many frozen trips later they are publishing a rather surprising finding – They, and their co-workers found that there is a strong relationship - spanning ice from both the Arctic and Antarctic - between the physical nature of the ice, the amount of microbiology it contains and the concentrations of gels.
Publication date: 10 September 2013
Having harboured a passion for both music and marine science, a Bangor University student has graduated with pride, scooping up prizes and accolades along the way. Samuel Hartharn-Evans, 21, from Bebington, Wirral has not only graduated with a first-class BSc Marine Biology & Oceanography degree, but has also won the Dr John Robert Jones Prize of £600, which is awarded annually to the best students across all disciplines at the University.
Publication date: 20 July 2018
The Southern Ocean encircles Antarctica and plays a key role in controlling the global climate. It is here that ocean currents return from the abyss to the surface, closing the global ocean overturning circulation. This circulation drives the poleward transport of heat, which is critical to the relatively mild weather here in the UK. New research by Bangor University and the National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool, has for the first time identified a new process that contributes to this upwelling of abyssal water, a key component of the global overturning circulation.
Publication date: 1 December 2014
There has been a lot of debate recently on the extent of the global fishing footprint. A recent paper claimed that fishing affects 55% of the world’s oceans. Given that many people in the developing world rely on fish as their main source of protein, and the increasing preference for luxury fish products in countries such as China, such statistics might seem plausible. This article by Michel Kaiser , Honorary Professor, School of Ocean Sciences , is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article .
Publication date: 23 October 2018
1,300 native oysters have been returned to waters in River Conwy as part of an ambitious restoration project to bring back these ‘ocean superheroes’ from the brink of extinction. The Wild Oysters Project , a partnership between ZSL (Zoological Society of London), Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) and British Marine aims to help restore healthy, resilient coastal waters around the UK.
Publication date: 14 April 2021
Dr Emyr Roberts Chief Executive of Natural Resources Wales (NRW) visited Bangor University to present a guest lecture on Natural Resources Wales and opportunities for the integrated management of our natural resources to a gathered audience of students and staff.
Publication date: 12 December 2014
More than €1m of EU funds will be invested in a new project to support the growth of the shellfish industry in Wales and Ireland. The Irish Sea Portal Pilot will investigate patterns of movement of shellfish in the Irish Sea to help reduce the costs of locating shellfish seed and help increase the volume of mussels and shellfish available to the industry.
Publication date: 21 February 2017
Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences has developed a new 1-year MSc in Marine Renewable Energy . Marine renewable energy uses the natural power of waves and tides to generate electricity. Marine renewables is an exciting, fast growing, high tech industry that has the potential to become one of the largest high tech exportable industries in the UK economy. The development of Swansea Bay tidal lagoon is estimated to create 70,000 jobs in the construction phase alone, and there are many other initiatives in Wales such as the Crown Estate Irish Sea demonstration zones, and the Minesto Deep Green project to the west of Anglesey, where the School of Ocean Sciences is based.
Publication date: 10 June 2015
New NE African records of ancient climate support early dates for initial human dispersal Out of Africa
The origin and population expansion of anatomically modern humans (AMH) continues to be a much-debated area of research. The previously established consensus is that humans originated on the African continent, in the area of the East African Rift Valley, and subsequently migrated “Out of Africa” around 70,000 years ago. But there are a host of authors that suggest differently; with some of the more recent genetic evidence as well as somewhat limited archaeological evidence suggesting a much earlier date for the migration - around 120,000 to 130,000 years ago. Against this back-drop, there is surprisingly little direct evidence of what the climate was like in East Africa over this time, yet it is acknowledged that this influences patterns of human migration. Newly published research in Scientific Reports aims to plug this hole in our knowledge.
Publication date: 24 January 2018
Coral reefs provide vital resources, acting as both feeding grounds for fish stocks and natural barriers protecting vulnerable coastlines, among other essential ecosystem services. But they’re under increasing threat of ‘bleaching’ – when the symbiotic algae that live within the coral are expelled due to warmer sea temperatures, starving the coral of photosynthetic energy and weakening the viability of the whole coral reef structure in the process.
Publication date: 6 February 2017
We delight in the wonderful views and opportunities for leisure provided by Wales’ spectacular coastline. But being surrounded on three sides by water also offers other opportunities- to provide us with a sustainable source of energy, and in the process create employment opportunities. SEACAMS 2 a £17 M three year project at Bangor and Swansea universities, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, is an investment in the potential offered by the marine economy and marine renewable energy. Through SEACAMS, companies wanting to harness the sea’s power and create a sustainable marine energy industry in Wales will be able to access vital research support they need if they are to be able to progress with their multi-million pound developments.
Publication date: 29 September 2016
The Royal Meteorological Society’s Vaisala Award for Weather Observing and Instrumentation for 2018 has been awarded to Professor Tom Rippeth and his research team at Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences . Prof Rippeth is interested in how different water masses mix within our oceans and how the mixing of waters of different temperatures and salinity drives and affects global climate and weather patterns.
Publication date: 24 May 2019
Two of the UK’s major estuaries have proved to be a successful testing-ground for an effective new method of ‘health-checking’ aquatic biodiversity, which could lead to faster and more efficient sampling for other sites. “Bio-monitoring” or assessing the impacts of human activities in the natural environment is often achieved by monitoring biological diversity. Existing methods rely on manual identification, but that takes time, resources and often focuses on larger creatures, that sometimes may not be able to reflect accurately the health of particular habitats.
Publication date: 9 February 2015
Whilst today Venus is a very inhospitable place, with surface temperatures hot enough to melt lead, geological evidence, supported by computer model simulations, indicate it may have been much cooler billions of years ago and had an ocean, and so have been very similar to Earth.
Publication date: 22 May 2019
The Welsh Government and Bangor University are joining forces to help ensure that the seas around Wales are clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse. Bangor University’s research vessel, the Prince Madog will be used to gather data from the seas around Wales which will assist the Welsh Government to fulfil its marine and fisheries evidence requirements. Gathering evidence from the seas around Wales is essential in order to maintain good standards in our marine environment. This involves developing appropriate targets, indicators, assessment criteria and monitoring programmes to acquire relevant data.
Publication date: 14 August 2019
Two years on and Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is still missing . The plane disappeared on March 14 2014, probably over the southern Indian Ocean to the west of Australia. Despite an estimated $130m search by Australian, Chinese and Malaysian authorities, covering 120,000 square km of ocean (an area around half the size of the UK), the crash site and the bulk of the aircraft have not been found.
Publication date: 27 July 2016
A new warning system is being developed that could reduce the damage caused to Welsh marine industries and native wildlife by non-native or ‘alien’ creatures in coastal waters.
Publication date: 22 January 2014
Leading coral reef science experts call for new ’safe operating spaces’ to be agreed to ensure the survival of valuable coral reefs for the future. In a review article published this week in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment , ( Guiding coral Reef Futures in the Anthropocene doi 10.1002/fee.1427), which draws together all the latest knowledge on coral reefs, the scientists argue that, globally, we should agree ‘safe operating spaces’ or buffers in order to ensure survival of coral reefs.
Publication date: 3 November 2016
Around €5.5m of EU funds will support the Bluefish marine science partnership, which will investigate the effects of climate change in the Irish Sea on the sustainability of fish and shellfish. Led by Bangor University, in partnership with Irish and Welsh organisations, the project will assess how climate change is affecting the health of fish stocks, the migratory movement of commercial fish, and risks from new non-native species.
Publication date: 6 March 2017
Experts in Ocean Mixing from across the planet are heading to the Marine Centre Wales at Bangor University for an International workshop on “Ocean Mixing” (11th – 13th July). The scientists from as far afield as the US, China and Russia, as well as continental Europe and the UK, will be discussing global efforts to improve understanding of the processes which stir up the oceans and how those processes should be represented in weather and climate forecast models.
Publication date: 11 July 2017
A 60 year-old theory to explain why seas surrounding islands and atolls are particularly productive has just been proven by a marine biologist from Bangor University’s School of Ocean Science, working with a colleague at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ( NOAA ).
Publication date: 16 February 2016
Ocean Sciences Professors James Scourse & Chris Richardson discuss IPCC on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme
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Publication date: 30 September 2013
The Vice-Chancellor Professor John G. Hughes has welcomed a delegation of Physical Oceanographers from Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, on a visit to Marine Centre Wales, recently.
Publication date: 24 July 2017
Dr Katherine Griffith and Dr Martin Skov were interviewed for the 10 th of March ‘Science Café’ programme on Radio Wales, as part of the preparations for the Bangor Science week.
Publication date: 11 March 2015
Members of the School of Ocean Sciences have just joined a research cruise to the Arctic Ocean. Research Officers Ben Powell and Ben Lincoln and PhD student Suzie Jackson are all part of the School’s Ocean Physics research group. They will be joined later by Dr Tom Rippeth and another PhD student, Josh Griffiths.
Publication date: 18 July 2013
A Bangor scientist is to be honoured for his work on using satellites to study the ocean. David Bowers of the School of Ocean Sciences is to be given the Award of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc). This award is granted for ‘services to remote sensing…through sustained and distinguished contribution to furthering science and applications which use remote sensing’.
Publication date: 19 August 2015
New research has shown that the eastern Arctic Ocean has experienced an over two-fold reduction of winter sea ice growth over the last decade due to the growing influence of heat from the ocean’s interior The finding came from an international study, led by the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Finnish Meteorological Institute together with Bangor University and others, which used data collected by ocean moorings in the Eurasian Basin of the Arctic Ocean from 2003-2018.
Publication date: 21 August 2020
Ice, ocean, atmosphere. These three components constitute the health of the Arctic climate. At the heart of this system is one of the least studied bodies of water on the planet: the Beaufort Gyre, a slowly swirling bowl of icy water north of Alaska ten times the size of Lake Michigan.
Publication date: 15 August 2012
Bangor University’s Natural History collections housed at Brambell Building will be open to the public on Saturday 16 th April between 11am and 3pm. This will be an opportunity to visit the University’s Natural History Museum, which is not usually accessible to the public, to learn more about the animals and plants on display. There will be a chance to ask questions of the available volunteers, and there will be an activities corner for children of all ages.
Publication date: 12 April 2016
Bangor University’s Natural History collections housed at Brambell Building will be open to the public on Saturday 14 th May between 11am and 3pm.
Publication date: 4 May 2016
Bangor University PhD student Jack Emmerson has been awarded the Marine Conservation Society Wakefield Memorial Award, for his project ‘Sustainable static-gear fisheries in the Irish Sea’.
Publication date: 1 February 2016
A pilot programme which will flag early signs of the coronavirus in Welsh communities by monitoring sewage systems, has been awarded almost half a million pounds - the Health Minister Vaughan Gething has confirmed. The frequent monitoring of coronavirus levels at waste water treatment plants can offer a signal of the infection rate in the community and provide early sign that coronavirus is present.
Publication date: 20 June 2020
Why not begin to make plans to get some vitamin-sea and watch out for one of the 30 species of whale and dolphin that visit UK waters once travel restrictions are lifted?
Publication date: 2 December 2020
As ‘Our Planet’, a nature documentary narrated by Bangor University Honorary Graduate Sir David Attenborough launches on Netflix, Marine Biology student Thea Moule shares her experience of plastic pollution.
Publication date: 5 April 2019
Grants are being made available for Welsh students to study postgraduate degrees at Bangor University.
Publication date: 16 July 2020
The Arctic region is warming up twice as fast as the rest of the planet. This rapid temperature increase has caused record-breaking seasonal retreat in Arctic Ocean sea ice in recent years. The latest minimum recorded was set in September 2012, while the sea ice cover in September 2016 tied with 2007 for the second lowest extent ever recorded. And it’s not just coverage that’s the problem, sea ice is also thinning, with a current average thickness of 3.2m in the Central Arctic .
Publication date: 26 October 2016
Prehistoric communities off the coast of Britain embraced rising seas- what this means for today's island nations
This article by Sophie Ward , Research Fellow in Physical Oceanography, Bangor University and Robert Barnett , Lecturer in Geography, University of Exeter is part of Conversation Insights and is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article . The Insights team generates long-form journalism derived from interdisciplinary research. The team is working with academics from different backgrounds who have been engaged in projects aimed at tackling societal and scientific challenges.
Publication date: 5 November 2020
A Bangor University PhD student is the first female to be awarded an international prize for her outstanding work in the field of marine sedimentology. Megan Baker was awarded the International Association of Sedimentologists RICHARD W. FAAS RESEARCH PRIZE and a cash award of €2000. The Faas prize is awarded every two years to an early career researcher. This is also the first time that this prize has been awarded to a PhD student.
Publication date: 30 January 2019
New research has shown for the first time, that larval fish across a range of fish species from different ocean habitats are surrounded by and ingesting plastics in their preferred nursery habitat. Many of the world’s marine fish spend their first days or weeks feeding and developing at the ocean surface, but little is known about the ocean processes that affect the survival of larval fish. Larval fish are the next generation of adult fish that will supply protein and essential nutrients to people across the world. NOAA’s Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center and an international team of scientists, including Bangor University in the UK, conducted one of the most ambitious studies to date, to shed light on this critically important knowledge gap.
Publication date: 12 November 2019
Pristine Antarctic fjords contain similar levels of microplastics to open oceans near big civilisations
In the middle of the last century, mass-produced, disposable plastic waste started washing up on shorelines, and to be found in the middle of the oceans. This has since become an increasingly serious problem , spreading globally to even the most remote places on Earth. Just a few decades later, in the 1970s, scientists found the same problem was occurring at a much less visible, microscopic level, with microplastics . This article by Alexis Janosik , Assistant Professor of Biology, University of West Florida ; David Barnes , Data Interpretation Ecologist, British Antarctic Survey ; James Scourse , Professor of Physical Geography, University of Exeter , and Katrien Van Landeghem , Senior Lecturer in Marine Geology, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation . Read the original article .
Publication date: 16 July 2018
The School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University has been highly praised by an Irish student who will be graduating this week. Kristopher Humphreys, from Drogheda in Ireland decided to study Marine Biology after hearing positive comments about the course and the University.
Publication date: 14 July 2016
Following the untimely death of Dr Eilir Morgan on 1st April 2013 the School of Ocean Sciences proposes to establish a fund in his memory. A group of close friends of Eilir's convened to discuss the purpose of the fund and it was agreed that we would invite donations.
Publication date: 4 June 2013
Publication date: 21 March 2013
Almost 50 pupils from schools and colleges throughout North Wales got to experience university life for themselves at Bangor University recently.
Publication date: 11 July 2018
A team of scientists from Bangor University and the University of Sheffield have used a computer climate model to study how freshwater entering the oceans at the end of ice-ages 140,000 years ago, affected the parts of the ocean currents that control climate. This is the first study of this kind for the time period.
Publication date: 20 May 2011
Trawling contributes 20% of the global landings of fish caught at sea, hence it is an essential means of providing food for millions of people. Bottom trawling is used to catch fish and shellfish that live in or near the seabed. Despite its importance, bottom trawling causes variable amounts of physical and biological change to seabed habitats, and can induce structural and functional changes in seabed communities. Understanding the ecosystem consequences of trawling is important so that we can reduce negative impacts on the seabed through appropriate management measures.
Publication date: 18 July 2017
Research submitted by Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences to the REF unit of assessment “Earth Systems and Environment” has been recognised as being 15 th out of 43 within the UK sector for its research quality.
Publication date: 19 December 2014
In light of the stark figures which reveal 30M people are planning to hit the UK coast this summer, the RNLI in Wales is taking steps to ensure their safety.
Publication date: 28 May 2021
Coral reef experts from around the world are calling for an urgent re-evaluation of our climate goals in the light of increasing evidence of unprecedented speed of change to these fragile ecosystems. Coral reefs, which have functioned relatively unchanged for some 24 million years, are now going through profound changes in their make-up.
Publication date: 6 June 2019
Recent advances in understanding coral resilience to rising sea surface temperatures are an essential component of global efforts to safeguard coral reefs
A review of the literature points to the importance of reducing global carbon dioxide emissions in addition to protecting or augmenting resilience mechanisms in the face of increased frequency of climate change impacts.
Publication date: 22 January 2018
As scientists and conservationists race to work out the best way to conserve the world’s coral reefs, a new study reveals why some reefs appear to be more resistant to coral bleaching during ocean warming events and calls for higher-resolution data to be collected.
Publication date: 30 April 2018
Professor Julia Jones from Bangor University has been appointed as the new Director of the Welsh Government’s Sêr Cymru National Research Network for Low Carbon Energy and Environment (NRN-LCEE). Prof Jones will continue to build on the network’s excellent research in the environmental and natural sciences as she takes over this month. Professor Jones will take over the role from Professor David N. Thomas , also of Bangor University, who led the national network during its first highly successful phase between 2013 and 2019.
Publication date: 19 August 2020
Some exciting projects involving Bangor University academics working in partnership with communities, charities, government bodies, and businesses – both local and international – are being highlighted at Bangor University this Friday (8 December). In all, seventeen of 52 projects funded through an ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) Impact Acceleration Account at Bangor University are featured at the event.
Publication date: 7 December 2017
Scientists at Bangor University have shown for the first time, that sharks visit shallow tropical reefs or ‘seamounts’, to benefit from cleaning services and rid themselves of cumbersome parasites. The strategy is risky however, since by being there, they become vulnerable to interference from human activity.
Publication date: 15 March 2011
Scientists have shown that thresher sharks hunt schooling fish by bullwhipping their tails hard enough to maim and kill several prey at once, according to research published in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Dr Simon Oliver, Dr John Turner and Tim D’Urban Jackson from Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences , and Klemens Gann and Medel Silvosa of the Thresher Shark Research and Conservation Project in the Philippines.
Publication date: 12 July 2013
Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences is leading one of 12 major research projects to have successfully bid to carry out crucial research in one of the most inhospitable regions on the planet- the Arctic. The joint-funding for the work comes to the University from the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) under the Changing Arctic Ocean project. Dr Yueng-Djern Lenn, a Senior Lecturer in Physical Oceanography at the School of Ocean Sciences is to lead the new three-year research project with partners and collaborating institutions. The aim is to increase understanding of how changes within our oceans might affect the quantity of phytoplankton produced in the Arctic Ocean.
Publication date: 3 July 2018
Have you ever looked out to sea from somewhere on the Welsh coast and wondered how that view would seem if the water was somehow magically taken away? Well, thanks to recent results from a Bangor University project called SEACAMS, part financed through the Welsh European Funding Office, this has become a reality for some iconic coastal locations across Wales.
Publication date: 28 April 2016
Rip currents are found along most coastlines, and where they form near popular beaches they can be deadly. The journalist Decca Aitkenhead has written movingly about how quickly life can change after her husband was swept out to sea by a rip current while rescuing their son.
Publication date: 27 July 2016
Communities across Wales are coming to terms with the very real threat of coastal flooding as the Welsh Government announces that as many as 48 areas have been identified where coastal defences will not be maintained in the long term. With that stark reality in mind, scientists in Wales are contributing their expertise to obtain a clearer picture of the waves and storm surges hitting our coasts, so that they can gain a greater understand of the energy within waves and how a wave’s power can be dissipated.
Publication date: 25 November 2014
Recently, HRH The Prince of Wales, drew attention to the economic drivers behind coral reef degradation and the investments required to ensure the long-term health of these vital marine habitats. Professor John Turner and Dr Gareth Williams from the School of Ocean Sciences were among an invited audience of UN envoys, ambassadors, financiers, conservationists and reef managers to raise the urgency of scaling up resilience and recovery of the world’s coral reefs, with a particular focus on the role of the private sector and philanthropy.
Publication date: 1 March 2018
The increasing concerns about ‘food security’ for the UK, alongside dwindling public investment in fisheries research has led some to question how we can meet future knowledge needs to sustainably manage our seas. Scientists at Bangor University's School of Ocean Sciences argue that despite their economic importance to the UK fisheries sector, not enough is known about scallop fisheries in the UK.
Publication date: 18 February 2014
Bangor University’s students have again given the University a resounding testimonial in the annual National Student Satisfaction survey, placing the University eighth among the UK’s non-specialist universities in the UK and second among Welsh Universities. The news follows hard on the heels of the University’s recent success in being awarded a Gold Standard in the UK Government’s new Teaching Excellence Framework, the only Welsh university to achieve this standard.
Publication date: 9 August 2017
An article by Bryce Stewart , University of York and Leigh Howarth , of our School of Ocean Sciences on The Conversation. Last summer, on the Isle of Arran, off the west coast of Scotland, we watched an excited young lad walking down to the water’s edge, fishing rod in hand. Sadly, his chances of catching anything were slim to remote.
Publication date: 15 April 2015
BBC Radio Wales' Science Cafe will feature the work of climate researchers at the School of Ocean Sciences in a half-hour programme to be broadcast next Tuesday (14th August) at 7pm.
Publication date: 10 August 2012
It has long been suspected that thresher sharks hunt with their scythe-like tails but how has been poorly understood.
Publication date: 11 July 2013
A group of UK scientists, co-ordinated by the University of Southampton, has published extensive research into how industry and environmental change are affecting our seafloors, but say more work is needed to help safeguard these complex ecosystems and the benefits they provide to people for the future.
Publication date: 25 September 2017
New research has revealed that tropical corals living in more productive waters take advantage of the increased food availability and that these feeding habits can be predicted from satellites orbiting our planet.
Publication date: 18 October 2018
A group of international marine scientists has compiled the most comprehensive assessment of how ocean warming is affecting the mix of species in our oceans – and explained how some marine species manage to keep their cool. Researchers from the UK, Japan, Australia, USA, Germany, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand analysed three million records of thousands of species from 200 ecological communities across the globe.
Publication date: 26 November 2019
Tidal and wave technology is finally coming of age and the UK leads the world in the development of this vital renewable energy resource. Bangor University is playing a crucial role in this: as the industry moves towards large-scale commercialisation, experts at the University’s Centre for Applied Marine Sciences are working to maximise the operational efficiencies of energy-generating devices.
Publication date: 11 December 2013
Sea Shells and climate change 3rd International Sclerochronology Conference (ISC2013) Caernarfon, North Wales, UK - Sunday 19th May to Wednesday 22nd May 2013
A major international conference is being hosted at the Galeri in Caernarfon by scientists at Bangor University. Scientists from around the world – including Japan, Australia, India, the Falkland Islands, Canada and the USA as well as all parts of Europe and the UK - will be talking about how they use shells, corals and bones to study past and present changes in the marine environment. Topics include the marine climate of the past, biology, ecosystems, fisheries and archaeology.
Publication date: 17 May 2013
A study of sea urchins from the Antarctic Peninsula has revealed an ability to adapt to changing conditions such as rising sea temperature and acidification. Writing in the Journal of Animal Ecology the authors set out to answer important and fundamental questions on how life in the ocean will respond to projected changes in the coming decades. Despite evidence of increasing acidification of the world’s oceans, questions remain over whether marine species will be able to adapt to these changing conditions. This latest study, led by scientists from the British Antarctic Survey and Bangor University, is one of the longest ever conducted.
Publication date: 9 December 2014
A Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Media Release describes how Bangor University scientists are contributing to a government-led programme providing an early warning of coronavirus outbreaks by monitoring sewage across the country.
Publication date: 23 October 2020
Dr Mattias Green of Bangor University, in collaboration with researchers from Royal Holloway, University of London, have netted a research grant worth £520K from the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to tackle a major question in the understanding of the history of the moon.
Publication date: 2 April 2019
When the UK’s largest exporting mussel fleet heads out to sea later this month, it will be in search of valuable seed mussels that they will then bring back to the Menai Strait to grow on before collection for export. If a new Irish Sea research project is successful, this may be one of the last times the fleet need to set out from Bangor’s Port Penrhyn to search for seed mussels.
Publication date: 17 March 2017
If you go down to the shore today, you’re sure of a big surprise. Many will have witnessed the presence of a starfish or two when visiting the seashore or a public aquarium. Starfish come in an exciting range of colours and sizes, but have you ever given a thought to how this multi-armed wonder manages to exist in our oceans when it’s so unlike the other animals we know? This article by Coleen Suckling , Lecturer in Marine Biology, at the School of Ocean Sciences was originally published on The Conversation . Read the original article .
Publication date: 16 February 2018
Scientists have taken a huge step towards developing a more reliable way of predicting how climate change will impact estuaries and coastal environments. Working as part of a collaborative project, led by Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences, to assess how fine materials such as mud and sand are moved by water currents around our coastline, and how this movement could change as the result of climate change, Professor Dan Parsons, of Hull University, has pinpointed key ingredients currently missing from the models which help scientists and engineers predict the way coasts and estuaries will be shaped in the future.
Publication date: 29 February 2016
The Student Led Teaching Awards returned bigger than ever for its 4 th annual ceremony, along with the much anticipated Course Representative awards
Publication date: 21 May 2015
Third year Bangor University Marine Biology students Leo Johnson has qualified for the 100m Freestyle at the National Open Short Course Disability Swimming Championships 2013 to be held at the Ponds Forge International Swimming Pool in Sheffield on 23-24 November 2013. This event will feature the best para- swimmers from across Great Britain.
Publication date: 24 October 2013
Research conducted by students at Bangor University, working with Friends of the Earth, has attracted global media attention. Bangor University was commissioned by the environmental organization, to measure the amount of plastics and microplastics in British lakes and rivers- and what they found was widely reported in print and broadcast media across Britain and beyond.
Publication date: 3 April 2019
Two mature students have been rewarded for supporting their fellow students at Bangor University. Jodie Jackman and Dinah Jennings have both been active and effective in the University’s Peer Guide Scheme, which enables students to help and support new students at the University.
Publication date: 17 July 2020
Pink seafans, Ross corals and white sea squirts could take up to 20 years to recover after an area of the seabed was closed to scallop dredging, according to predictions by a team of scientists at Bangor University.
Publication date: 26 January 2018
A three year data gathering project to help Welsh fishers work sustainably culminated with a presentation at Bangor University recently.
Publication date: 3 June 2015
Earth’s crust is made up of fractured slabs of rock, like a broken shell on an egg. These plates move around at speeds of about 5cm per year – and eventually this movement brings all the continents together and form what is known as a supercontinent. The last supercontinent on Earth was Pangaea , which existed between 300-180m years ago. This collection and dispersion of the continents is known as a supercontinent cycle, and the world now is 180m years into the current cycle. It is predicted that the next supercontinent will form in about 250m years, when the Atlantic and Pacific oceans both close and a new ocean forms where the large Asian plate splits. This article by Mattias Green , Reader in Physical Oceanography at the School of Ocean Sciences was originally published on The Conversation . Read the original article .
Publication date: 12 April 2018
Director Appointed to the Welsh Government’s Sêr Cymru National Research Network for Low Carbon, Energy and Environment
Publication date: 24 February 2014
Oceanographers at Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences are launching a major project to study tidal turbulence at the Menai Strait in Wales. Just how can this project help reduce development costs, leading to cheaper energy from the tides? Ocean energy represents a vast and largely untapped renewable energy resource. The global market for marine energy has been estimated to be worth around £76 billion between 2016 and 2050, according to numbers released by the Carbon Trust. To access this source of energy, oceanographers at Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences have been awarded two major grants totalling £230k to study ocean turbulence. The aim is to help improve the design and operation of tidal energy capture devices.
Publication date: 25 April 2017
A Bangor University student is praised by Police the his immense bravery in rushing into the sea to save a man. Dyfed-Powys Police Superintendent Ifan Charles met with Marine Biology and Oceanography student Tom Williams and friends Ciaran Phillips and Morgan Discombe-Hughes to thank them for their actions after a man got into difficulty on the water’s edge.
Publication date: 23 July 2020
This article by Peter Evans , Honorary Senior Lecturer, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation . Read the original article . The British Isles are blessed with a wide variety of sea mammals, with records showing 29 species of whales, porpoises and dolphins and seven species of seals in its waters. But only some of these are regular inhabitants, and when the more unusual species make an appearance it can cause considerable public interest – as happened ten years ago when a northern bottlenose whale, normally found in the deep Atlantic, instead swam up the River Thames in front of the Houses of Parliament and tens of thousands of fascinated onlookers.
Publication date: 19 January 2016
This article by Prof Michel Kaiser , School of Ocean Sciences was originally published on The Conversation . Read the original article . It must have been an incredibly morbid sight. Walkers on Marazion beach in Cornwall, at the south-western tip of mainland Britain, recently discovered tens of thousands of dead fish had been washed ashore overnight. One eyewitness told the Plymouth Herald the fish stretched “as far as the eye could see”. People speculated that pollution or natural predators such as dolphins or porpoises chasing the fish ashore may be to blame. But a much simpler explanation soon unfolded when the Cornish Sardine Management Association said that one of its vessels had been fishing close inshore and had had to release one of its catches for safety reasons . Exactly what happened in this case remains unclear. But why would a ship ever need to dump fish for safety reasons? After all, catching lots of fish is surely the entire point. In any case, a European Union discard ban was first implemented in 2015 in order to stop this sort of thing.
Publication date: 22 December 2016
Unprecedented observations could revise forecasts of melt in polar ocean
Publication date: 21 April 2021
Bangor University’s Science Festival is back for its seventh year and welcomes everyone to explore and discuss science through talks hands-on activities exhibitions demonstrations - all free to attend.
Publication date: 16 February 2017
Bangor University’s Science Festival is back for its seventh year and welcomes everyone to explore and discuss science through talks hands-on activities exhibitions demonstrations - all free to attend.
Publication date: 7 March 2017
Many nocturnal animal species use light from the moon and stars to migrate at night in search of food, shelter or mates. But in our recent study we uncovered how artificial light is disrupting these nightly migrations. This article by Svenja Tidau , Postdoctoral Researcher in Marine Biology, Plymouth University ; Daniela Torres Diaz , PhD Candidate in Biology, Aberystwyth University , and Stuart Jenkins , Professor of Marine Ecology, School of Ocean Sciences , Bangor University is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article .
Publication date: 11 August 2020
The first comprehensive assessment of climate change impacts on coasts and seas across the UK Overseas Territories
Bangor University ocean scientists have contributed to an assessment of climate change impacts on the seas and coasts of the UK Overseas Territories, launched at an online event on the 22nd July 2021 by the Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership.
Publication date: 22 July 2021
Many animals have evolved life cycles and strategies (patterns of survival and reproduction) in line with predictable seasonal variation in environmental conditions. Short and mild summers produce bursts of vegetation and food, the perfect time to give birth to young. Long, harsh winters when food is scarce have shaped animals to largely depend on fat reserves for energy, and in extreme cases, to hibernate or migrate. However, climate change is altering these seasonal conditions to which many species are adapted. Temperatures are increasing, winter snowfall is declining, snow is melting earlier, summers are extending, and the frequency of extreme events (e.g., droughts, floods) are on the rise.
Publication date: 7 July 2020
Aquaculture experts at Bangor University are hoping to initiate a sea-change in how oysters are considered and consumed at an international Oyster Symposium being held at the University (11-14 September). They hope that the event will encourage a rapid but sustainable increase in oyster production and consumption- at home and at oyster bars here in Wales and elsewhere.
Publication date: 30 August 2017
The secret life of Lugworms – ‘citizen scientists’ needed to help shed light on the sex-life of this important coastal species
Love is in the air along our coastlines this autumn and Bangor University is asking people in north Wales to keep an eye out for signs of passion in the lugworm population. The lugworm – Arenicola marina - is a vital source of food for wader birds and fish, and the species plays an important role in fisheries as a source of bait.
Publication date: 28 September 2016
Just imagine a major wall off the North Wales coast stretching from Llandudno, out to sea and then back to land near Prestatyn: sailing dinghies and wind surfers enjoying the calm waters within, thriving tourism, and support industries and local communities alleviated from the threat of coastal flooding.
Publication date: 4 April 2016
Come along to Bangor University’s Main Arts Lecture Theatre, on Monday 24th June 2013, at 6.30pm and learn about “the wettest drought on record – the weather of 2012”. This is a timely Lecture, considering the recent meeting of the UK’s leading meteorologists to discuss recent unusual weather patterns in the UK .
Publication date: 21 June 2013
A 20 year old student at Bangor University is using his lifelong passion for marine biology to drive his ambitions to become the largest livestock supplier of fish species in the UK. Sam Hamill, who is currently in his third year studying Marine Biology , is set to launch Big on Fish in November, an online shop and retail store selling aquarium equipment and stocking over 1100 exotic fish and coral species.
Publication date: 27 October 2017
No fewer than three research projects at Bangor University have been selected from nearing 7,000 submissions to be included among the top 20 most impressive examples of UK research contributing to development .
Publication date: 9 October 2015
In theory, one third of global electricity needs could be provided by the world’s tidal range, according to a new comprehensive state-of-the-art review of tidal range power plants.
Publication date: 21 May 2018
Researchers have identified how warm Atlantic water that is flowing deep into the Arctic Ocean is mixing with colder waters above to contribute to sea-ice loss in the Arctic. The results, published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience (16.2.14 10.1038/ngeo2350 ), show that tidal flows in the Arctic are causing deep, warm water (originating from the Gulf Stream) to mix with cold, fresh water lying above, in turn contributing to melting the floating sea-ice.
Publication date: 16 February 2015
New scientific research published in the journal Nature Communications, led by researchers at Bangor University in collaboration with scientists from the National Oceanography Centre Liverpool and the Universities of St. Andrews, Hull, Leeds and Plymouth, has discovered that ‘sticky’ sugars produced by micro-organisms have a remarkably large effect on the movement of sand and mud in aquatic environments.
Publication date: 6 February 2015
This article by Dr Martin Austin, Senior Lecturer in Coastal Dynamics, Bangor University, John Harold Simpson Professor Emeritus in Physical Oceanography, Bangor University and Iestyn Woolway, Research Fellow in Climate Science, University of Reading is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.
Publication date: 26 October 2021
Three Bangor University students have secured 12-month placements with Natural Resources Wales (NRW) as part of their BSc Forestry (with sandwich placement) degrees. They will get the chance to find out what NRW’s approach to the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources (SMNR) is all about.
Publication date: 1 May 2020
Towards a National Collection - £14.5m awarded to transform online exploration of UK’s culture and heritage collections through harnessing innovative AI
Bangor University is to take part in one of five major projects receiving between them, £14.5m from Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
Publication date: 21 September 2021
Experts from the UK are to work with partners in Nigeria and South Africa to monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 in communities in both countries. Bangor University have been instrumental in the development and application of Covid-19 monitoring in wastewater, and this is providing real-time evidence of levels of community infection.
Publication date: 11 December 2020
Bangor University is proud to be working with Trash Free Trails to deliver an innovative two-year research project to reduce litter and single use pollution.
Publication date: 12 July 2021
Trawling the seabed doesn’t just remove some of the fishes living there; it also makes some of the survivors thinner and less healthy by forcing them to use more energy finding less nutritious food. That’s the conclusion of a new paper published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, based on the work Dr Andrew Frederick Johnson undertook while studying for his PhD at Bangor University. “We already knew that some species of bottom-dwelling fish in trawled areas were skinnier than those elsewhere, based on earlier work by Dr Jan Geert Hiddink (2011, Journal of Applied Ecology), but until now it was assumed this was because they couldn’t find enough food and went hungry”.
Publication date: 11 December 2014
An educational video on tsunamis, made by Time for Geography in collaboration with Bangor University and the University of Dundee, has received the 2020 Silver Publishers’ Award by the Geographical Association.
Publication date: 1 May 2020
An educational video on tsunamis, made by Time for Geography in collaboration with Bangor University and the University of Dundee, has received the 2020 Silver Publishers’ Award by the Geographical Association. The Silver Award is the highest accolade given annually for materials associated with geography in schools and colleges that make a significant contribution to geographical education and professional development.
Publication date: 4 May 2020
Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography hosted a visit by Dr Thérèse Coffey MP recently, who took part in roundtable discussions with staff and students involved in the school’s forestry programmes.
Publication date: 20 October 2017
Natural Environment Research Council- changing Artic Ocean Media release For the first time, the UK and Germany have joined forces to investigate the impact of climate change on the Arctic Ocean. The UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) have jointly invested almost £8 million in 12 new projects to carry out crucial research in one of the most inhospitable regions on the planet. The new projects start today and join the existing NERC Changing Arctic Ocean research programme, which aims to better understand – and predict – changes to the Arctic marine environment and ecosystems.
Publication date: 3 July 2018
Prime-time TV viewers across the UK are to get an opportunity to learn about the life around the Menai Strait as ITV Wales’ popular series The Strait is to be broadcast across the national channel re-titled as ‘The Island Strait’ and shown at 8.00 on ITV for four weeks from September 14. The series looks at the lives of people who live and work on the Menai Strait- the magical stretch of sea that separates the Isle of Anglesey from mainland Wales. Among the individuals profiled in the series is Dr Mike Roberts, of Bangor University. Through the eyes of the cast of men and women who work in and around this dramatic and unique stretch of water, viewers get an opportunity to understand what an important environmental asset the Menai Strait really is.
Publication date: 7 September 2018
Bangor University’s Schools of Ocean Science s, Electronic Engineering and Computer Science in collaboration with company partner Tidal Lagoon Power are looking for a computer science student to help them build an autonomous vehicle that will answer questions that have bugged ecologists and fisheries scientists for years – how and where do fish swim? The new project being developed by SEACAMS, Bangor University and funded by KESS 2 aims to track small marine fish to understand where fish swim in a way that has previously only been applied to large sharks.
Publication date: 7 August 2017
This article by Adel Heenan , National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ; Andrew Hoey , James Cook University ; Gareth J. Williams , School of Ocean Sciences Bangor University , and Ivor D. Williams , National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was originally published on The Conversation . Read the original article. Coral reefs are among the most valuable natural assets on Earth. They provide an estimated US$375 billion worth of goods and services every year, such as supporting fisheries and protecting coasts. But reefs face many stresses and shocks , from local threats like overfishing, habitat damage and pollution to the global impacts of climate change . Many scientists are working to identify management strategies that can effectively buffer reefs against the array of threats that challenge them.
Publication date: 30 November 2016
New measurements of how waters mix just below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean are to be used to improve weather forecasts. The water turbulence was measured by an underwater ‘glider’ and the results of the research, led by Bangor University researcher Natasha Lucas, are published in a new Journal paper .
Publication date: 18 November 2019
After an initial bumpy ride into higher education, a prizewinning student graduates for the second time from Bangor University this week.
Publication date: 20 July 2017
Bangor University research has contributed to the world premiere of a television programme, World’s Greatest Shipwrecks- Assassins of the deep, to be broadcast on More 4 Monday 17 May at 9pm.
Publication date: 18 May 2021
Research by Bangor University is to feature in the Drain the Oceans series on National Geographic Channel on Monday 7 October 8-9.00pm. Monday’s programme outlines the development of U-Boats, and how they changed the shape of naval warfare. The introduction of the world's first stealth weapon forced Allied forces to adopt new tactics to fight back. Highlighted in the programme is work carried out by Bangor University’s School of Ocean Science ’s research vessel the Prince Madog , which has surveyed numerous shipwreck sites in the Irish Sea as part of a joint research project with the Royal Commission on Ancient & Historic Monuments in Wales‘s Heritage Lottery funded project: Commemorating the Forgotten U-boat War around the Welsh Coast, 1914-18.
Publication date: 4 October 2019
A team of scientists led by a Bangor University professor have recently returned from a scientific expedition to the remote and largely uninhabited Chagos Archipelago in the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT).
Publication date: 12 May 2017
A series of special events next month will see members of the public join together in building a more accurate picture of the diversity of marine life around the UK’s coastline. Scientists are working with a trained army of ‘citizen scientists’ during the upcoming ‘CoCoast Unite’ weekend, taking place between World Ocean’s Day Thursday 8 June – Sunday 11 June at locations across the UK. This call to arms will gather vital information about the variety and abundance of intertidal species living on our rocky seashores. Moelfre beach is just one of the locations across north Wales and the UK where members of the public will be taking part in a ‘citizen science’ project to build a more accurate picture of the diversity of marine life around the UK’s coastline.
Publication date: 5 June 2017
People with a passion for the UK’s coastline are being invited to help make history by being part of the largest coastal marine citizen science project ever undertaken. The £1.7m Capturing Our Coast project, funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund, is designed to further our understanding of the abundance and distribution of marine life around the UK
Publication date: 12 January 2016
Researchers, industry representatives and commercial producers from both sides of the Irish Sea congregated in Bangor University on Tuesday to officially launch the BlueFish Project, a collaboration between Wales and Ireland that will examine the effect of climate change on fish and shellfish sustainability in the Irish Sea.
Publication date: 28 September 2017
The world has a new species. My colleagues and I were hugely excited to announce it but, alas, this stingray – a distant cousin of sharks – can’t be claimed to be a particularly spectacular or awe-inspiring animal. It’s small – about the size of an outstretched hand – and, as far as we know, plain, without distinctive markings. But what’s special about this stingray is where it came from, how we came to discover it – and why we may never see it again. This article by Alec Moore , Post-Doctoral Fisheries Scientist, at the School of Ocean Sciences is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article .
Publication date: 23 July 2020
Coral reefs are critically important to the world but despite the ongoing efforts of scientists and campaigners, these stunningly beautiful ecosystems still face a variety of threats . The most pervasive is, of course, climate change, which is putting their very future in jeopardy . This article by Adel Heenan , Postdoctoral fellow, School of Ocean Sciences , Bangor University and Ivor D. Williams , Coral Reef Ecologist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was originally published on The Conversation . Read the original article .
Publication date: 29 January 2018
Coral reefs are an invaluable source of food, economic revenue, and protection for millions of people worldwide . The three-dimensional structures built by corals also provide nourishment and shelter for over a quarter of all marine organisms . i,But coral populations are threatened by a multitude of local and global stressors. Rising ocean temperatures are disrupting the 210m-year-old symbiosis between corals and microscopic algae. When temperatures rise, the coral animal becomes stressed and expels its algal partners, in a process known as coral bleaching. This article by Michael D. Fox , Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California San Diego ; Andrew Frederick Johnson , Researcher at Scripps Insitution of Oceanography & Director of MarFishEco, University of California San Diego , and Gareth J. Williams , Lecturer, Marine Biology , Bangor University is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article .
Publication date: 22 October 2018
This article by Dr Graeme Shannon and Dr Line Cordes, is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.
Publication date: 11 October 2021
Wartime shipwrecks such as the USS Juneau – recently discovered in the Pacific Ocean by philanthropist Paul Allen and his team – are of great interest to both military historians and the general public. Many such wrecks lie in extremely deep, relatively clear waters and are the legacy of naval battles fought far out to sea. But some of the technologies and methods that are being used to locate and identify such sites are now being employed by scientists in shallower, sediment-rich UK waters for similar – and very different – purposes. This article by Michael Roberts , SEACAMS R&D Project Manager, Centre for Applied Marine Sciences, at the School of Ocean Sciences, was originally published on The Conversation . Read the original article .
Publication date: 27 March 2018
A new £15m supercomputing programme of investment has been announced by universities across Wales. Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, ‘Supercomputing Wales’ will enable the country to compete globally for research and innovation that requires state-of-the-art computing facilities to simulate and solve complex scientific problems.
Publication date: 28 April 2017
You probably don’t think clams are the most exciting animals on the planet. But anyone who dismisses these marine bivalve molluscs surely cannot be aware of just how important they actually are. Without knowing it, they have taught us so much about the world we live in – and how it used to be.
Publication date: 7 December 2016
This article by Peter Evans , Honorary Senior Lecturer, School of Ocean Sciences was originally published on The Conversation . Read the original article . Around 600 pilot whales recently became stranded on a New Zealand beach , around 400 of which died before volunteers could refloat them back into the sea. Sadly, this kind of mass whale stranding has occurred since human records began, and happens somewhere in the world on a regular basis.
Publication date: 15 February 2017
Liz Morris-Webb, a researcher at Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences is looking for people who gather from the seashores of Wales to take part in her research. If you forage for food, bait, money, education, medicine, research or something more unusual, you can take part.
Publication date: 5 December 2018
The last resting place of a historic Anglesey-built fast sea raiding vessel featured in a 1951 British film has been pinpointed by sonar in a new survey by experts from Bangor University.
Publication date: 3 August 2020
Scientists at Bangor University are working with Welsh Water and United Utilities to monitor the background levels of coronavirus within different areas. The scientists have shown that tracing the dead virus which is shed naturally, can provide an early warning of when certain areas may be approaching a next peak of Covid-19, as symptoms can take up to two weeks to emerge, and around 20% of the population or more show no symptoms when they are infected.
Publication date: 11 May 2020
The outer layer of the Earth, the solid crust we walk on, is made up of broken pieces, much like the shell of a broken egg. These pieces, the tectontic plates, move around the planet at speeds of a few centimetres per year. Every so often they come together and combine into a supercontinent, which remains for a few hundred million years before breaking up. The plates then disperse or scatter and move away from each other, until they eventually – after another 400-600 million years – come back together again. This article by Mattias Green , Reader in Physical Oceanography, Bangor University ; Hannah Sophia Davies , PhD Researcher, Universidade de Lisboa , and Joao C. Duarte , Researcher and Coordinator of the Marine Geology and Geophysics Group, Universidade de Lisboa is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article .
Publication date: 27 November 2018
When the UK's Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) set out to tag razorbills, their aim was to track their behaviour and movements along the coast of North Wales. The tag data revealed that, at night, these seabirds spent a lot of their time idle on the sea surface. "We saw this as an opportunity to re-use the data and test if the birds might be drifting with the tidal current," says Matt Cooper, a Master of Oceanography graduate from Bangor University in Wales. It turns out they were, according to a new study led by Cooper that shows the potential of using seabirds to measure ocean currents. The results are published today in the European Geosciences Union journal Ocean Science .
Publication date: 29 November 2018
Is there a cold winter on the way? Whilst our weather has warmed in the last couple of days with the arrival of mild westerly winds from the Atlantic, there are indications further afield which may point to a cold winter for Wales. Scientists monitoring ocean conditions over the tropical Pacific Ocean have detected a warming of the surface water which is a strong indicator of the onset of a major global climate event, known as an “El Nino”.
Publication date: 29 November 2018
In the past few years, there’s been a resurgence in the idea of foraging for food. The practice of hand gathering plants and animals for bait, money or the table has long taken place, but more recently top chefs have been popularising the idea , while urban foragers have told of the lengths they go to to find wild food in big cities. This article by PhD candidate at the School of Ocean Sciences , Elisabeth S. Morris-Webb , is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article .
Publication date: 10 January 2019
Two ‘Women in Science’ Scholarships have been awarded to outstanding Bangor University students – Hannah Davies and Lily Stokes. Both were undergraduate students at Bangor and graduated with First Class Honours in July 2017. The scholarships, which cover the full course fees, will enable the talented and enthusiastic students to continue their studies and the recipients of these scholarships are now enrolled in postgraduate research courses at Bangor.
Publication date: 26 March 2018
The oldest Geological Society in the world, The Geological Society of London , has recognized the scientific contribution of Dr Paul Butler, of Bangor University’s renowned School of Ocean Sciences , with the award of the 2014 Lyell Fund.
Publication date: 5 March 2014
World War One U-boat partnership project gets green light from Heritage Lottery Fund for Wales’ Year of the Sea, 2018
The Heritage Lottery Fund has announced a grant of £409,700 for the Royal Commission’s partnership project: Commemorating the Forgotten U-boat War around the Welsh Coast, 1914-18 . Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, over the next two years the project will use the latest imaging techniques to reveal underwater wrecks from the Great War, and will support coastal communities around Wales to tell their previously untold stories about the Great War at Sea.
Publication date: 15 November 2017
Scientists from Bangor University, working together with the Welsh Fishermen’s Association , Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales have published their findings from the world’s largest ever fishing impact study, funded in part by the European Fishery Fund.
Publication date: 13 August 2015
We’ve experienced an exceptionally wet and windy winter, and while our weather forecasters are far better at telling us what to expect in the next two or three days, they still struggle with long range seasonal forecasting. Work conducted since the 1970’s at Bangor University has contributed significantly to the models used by climate forecasters and others. The work has focused on understanding marine turbulence in the last two decades. The Ocean Physics group at the School of Ocean Sciences have won over £6 million in research funding to further their work since 2007.
Publication date: 28 February 2014
Year of the Sea Lecture Series now available online Watch your favourite lecture again, or catch up with those you missed
The School of Ocean Sciences marked the 2018 Year of the Sea with a special series of lectures hosted by the Mostyn Gallery in Llandudno .
Publication date: 21 January 2019
Victoria Ella Warren, 21, from Loughborough, is graduating from Bangor University with a first class BSc in Marine Vertebrate Zoology this week.
Publication date: 12 July 2013
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded £1.7million to “Capturing our Coast”, a project designed to explore how the marine environment is responding to global climate change. The project will train over 3,000 volunteers – making it the largest experimental marine citizen science project ever undertaken in the UK. The volunteers will collect data around key species and it is hoped the new research will help inform future policy and conservation strategies.
Publication date: 15 June 2015
Experts at Bangor University are working with the Universities of Stirling and Warwick on a new £1.85 million project investigating how marine plastics transport bacteria and viruses – and the impact that may have on human health. The scientists are aiming to understand how plastics act as vehicles, with the potential to spread pathogens within coastal zones, or even from country to country, and how that affects health.
Publication date: 13 December 2018
Bangor University Vice-Chancellor John G Hughes has welcomed the news that the £23.6m SEACAMS project, which it leads, has been given a £1m EU boost. SEACAMS is an EU scheme pioneering collaborative research projects in marine science between business and universities delivered by Bangor University in partnership with Aberystwyth and Swansea Universities. The project is helping to develop the coastal marine economy in Wales and has already worked with more than 60 companies on R&D projects ranging from developing new products to studying marine life to determining management strategies for rising sea levels.
Publication date: 26 June 2014
Orthios Eco Parks Limited and Bangor University have today announced the agreement to work towards the creation of a Combined Food and Power (CFP) Centre of Excellence.
Publication date: 23 October 2015
Bangor University is poised to train a new generation of environmental scientists equipped to tackle the challenges of a planet under pressure, under a £4.9 million initiative which has been funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
Publication date: 6 November 2013
The first five research projects to be funded through the Welsh Governments’ £7m Sêr Cymru National Research Network for Low Carbon, Energy and Environment are announced in Cardiff today (Thursday 26 March).
Publication date: 25 March 2015
Support and advice from Bangor University’s renowned School of Ocean Sciences has assisted the Isle of Man ‘Queenie’ fishery to win the prestigious Billingsgate Sustainable Fisheries Award. And the future looks bright for the Isle of Man fishing industry. Once in decline, the now sustainably fished ‘queenie’ fishery is providing a high value product sought after by best restaurants around the UK.
Publication date: 14 February 2011
The future of our oceans will be the focus of a public lecture at Bangor University on Wednesday, 4 March . The speaker is Jacqueline McGlade, Professor of Resilience and Sustainable Development at University College London, and an Honorary Fellow of Bangor University. The lecture will take place at 5.30pm in the Eric Sunderland Lecture Theatre of the Main Arts Building . Admission is free, and no tickets are required. All are welcome.
Publication date: 19 February 2020