Bio-Enterprise and Employability

This will be a slight diversion from my usually concise posts as it will be an overview of the entire Bio Enterprise Module with a statement encompassing my thoughts on the content and how it's helped me focus my career plans. What is Bio-enterprise? "Bio-Enterprise" is really as simple as the name suggests. Bio- meaning … Continue reading Bio-Enterprise and Employability

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Understanding and exploiting the ruminant gut microbiome.

Last month, a talk was given by Aberystwyth's senior lecturer in Animal Science Dr Sharon Huws on the importance of vertebrate digestive systems and the multitude of microorganisms that reside within the ruminant gut in particular. Understanding the microbiome. She began by providing a brief background to the rumen microbiota, a complicated ecosystem housing archaea, … Continue reading Understanding and exploiting the ruminant gut microbiome.

Temperate Bacteriophages are for life, not just for Christmas.

On the 16th December, last year I attended a seminar by Dr Darren Smith from Northumbria University discussing the importance of bacteriophages. As a starting point, phages are a form of viruses that specifically infect bacteria. They do this by attacking the lysogenic pathway; phages integrate into the bacterial DNA, which allows the virus to … Continue reading Temperate Bacteriophages are for life, not just for Christmas.

My chosen subject is…why I’m right for this job.

No, this isn't a post about Mastermind, this is about the assessment centre, albeit the mock one, we went to as practice for the real ones we will most likely experience at some point. An assessment centre is a method used by employers to interview and, as the name suggests, assess multiple candidates in as … Continue reading My chosen subject is…why I’m right for this job.

Business Plans: “Growing Up” in the world.

As a follow up to the previous assessment, the Dragon's Den business presentation, we were asked to write up a formal business plan. I opted to use the business my group had come up with during the Dragon's pitch of a vertical landscape gardening company. I found my lack of knowledge of the business world a … Continue reading Business Plans: “Growing Up” in the world.

Predators, Primates and Humans in a landscape of fear.

A field project undertaken by Russell Hill in Soutsponsberg known as the “Predator and Primate Project” which looked into the effects (both lethal and non-lethal) of near-by predators on social animals. There were 3 main areas of study for the project- Predator-prey interations (Behavioural ecology) Assess the role of mountainous regions in biodiversity concentration Evaluate … Continue reading Predators, Primates and Humans in a landscape of fear.

Growing ones way out of poverty.

Immediately, before attempting to consider any solutions to poverty, one must attempt to understand what exactly poverty is. Simply, it is described as an income of below $1.90 per person per day. A project known as Drylands Development Programme (Dry Dev) worked on by Dave Harris from the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF) aims to improve … Continue reading Growing ones way out of poverty.