The School of Natural Sciences and Psychology has a broad base of knowledge, skills and expertise. In Natural Sciences, the research emphasis is focussed on whole organism biology. Staff research interests include animal behaviour, animal physiology, anthropology, bioremediation of contaminated land, ecology, marine biology, palaeoecology, plant pigments and wildlife conservation. Staff research interests in Earth sciences include: Flood defences, geology and geological mapping, landscape surveying and interpretation, soil science, sustainable development. The School is also home to the Research Centre in Evolutionary Anthropology and Palaeoecology (http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/rceap/).
Recent Enterprise and Consultancy Activities
Dr Jason Kirby has carried out survey work on sediments in Romney Marsh, on behalf of English Nature.
Mr Eric McEvoy is working in conjunction with a British biotechnology company to develop commercial products using bioactive toxins from marine worms.
Dr Penny Oakland has organised a series of successful training courses for AS/A level science teachers.
Dr Richard Small was commissioned to carry out a survey on sustainable management at the Stiperstones Nature Reserve.
Dr Jane Fisher has studied the water and ecological quality of the Shropshire and Cheshire Meres for Natural England, and investigated the algal populations of Loch Sloy for Scottish and Southern Energy Plc.