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We're deepening human understanding of organisms, ecosystems and the interdependencies of life to build a sustainable future.

Birds require multiple sperm to penetrate eggs to ensure normal embryo development

Unlike humans, birds require multiple sperm to penetrate an egg to enable their chicks to develop normally, new research has revealed.

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Learn how whole organisms work and how they interact with their environments – from evolution, genetics and reproduction to ecology, sustainability and climate change.

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Learn from leading scientists and discover how life works. Our overseas field courses will give you the ultimate study experience in biology, ecology, plant sciences and zoology.

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We're one of the UK's leading centres for research in the life sciences. Our work spans the Arctic and the tropics, single cells and entire ecosystems.

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Bird conservation


Partnerships with industry and other organisations helps us use our research to tackle global problems. We’re collaborating with international partners to safeguard the world's most endangered birds.

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