Ecology and Environment

Liverpool's Bethan Roberts discusses her research on BBC Radio 4

Posted on: 12 October 2017 | Category: Ecology and Environment

Listen to Bethan and others discuss the nightingale on the BBC's Natural Histories programme using the link below


Citizenship in the Anthropocene

Posted on: 26 February 2017 | Category: Ecology and Environment

The hottest year on record was 2016. It was also the year scientists advised that Earth’s citizens were now living in the Anthropocene, the name proposed for an epoch in which humans influence geology and environment on a global scale.


Wave Motion

Posted on: 26 February 2017 | Category: Ecology and Environment

\"Wave Motion\" introduced by Sarah Hymas


The Nightingale in the Poetry and Science of the Long Eighteenth Century

Posted on: 15 July 2016 | Category: Ecology and Environment

The relationship between poetry and science in the long eighteenth century was rich and complex. This essay will consider that relationship through the nightingale, the most versified and celebrated bird in English Literature. It was in the eighteenth century that the nightingale was most fully embraced and explored as a subject, contemporaneously with the emergence of ornithology as a scientific discipline, following the Ornithology (1678) of Francis Willughby and John Ray and the flourishing of natural history. The subject is thus vast, and this essay gathers and assesses just some of the meetings, departures, discrepancies and crossovers between poems and ornithological accounts