New research features in Journal of Experimental Biology


The results of a fascinating new study by researchers from the School of Life Sciences are published today (17th August 2017) in the Journal of Experimental Biology

This Leverhulme-funded research, carried out by Dr Fernando Montealegre-Z, Dr Thorin Jonsson and Benedict Chivers, investigates a unique form of amplification in the sound generation system of a tropical bush cricket.

All bush crickets generate their acoustic mating calls through tegminal stridulation: the rubbing together of their specially modified forewings. A scraper (also known as the plectrum) is passed along a series of hardened teeth with the subsequent vibrations being amplified by specialised wing cells which act similarly to speaker membranes. However, the species in this study (the Neotropical bush cricket Acanthacara acuta) utilises an extraordinary bodily structure to further amplify its call through resonance.

The full story is featured on the School of Life Sciences blog, and the paper is available to read online.

Participants needed for exercise physiology research study

“We are looking for healthy, active, male participants (aged 18-50 years), to take part in an exercise physiology research study within the School of Sport & Exercise Science.”

This study will examine some of the ways that the cardiorespiratory and metabolic demands of submaximal and maximal treadmill exercise are currently determined, whilst providing you with information regarding your current fitness levels that may be beneficial to your training/exercise (i.e. maximum heart rate and aerobic capacity/fitness).

Involvement in the study will require just one visit to the Human Performance Centre laboratories between August and October to run on a treadmill across a range of intensities (i.e. gradually progressing from walking to maximum run speed) – with performance, physiological and psychological measures taken throughout. This will take between 60-75 minutes in total.

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EMDoc Research Conference 2017 | Delegate Booking Now Open

University of Nottingham Conference Building
EMDoc Postgraduate Research Conference 2017: Global Perspectives 

Conference booking for delegates is open, book online via Eventbrite:

Date: Wednesday 13th September 
Venue: The University of Nottingham, Engineering and Science Learning Centre, University Park Campus, Nottingham, NG7 2RD
Keynote speech and prize presentations: B60, Keighton Auditorium

About the EMDoc Conference
This friendly and relaxed conference will be hosted at the University of Nottingham and is a great opportunity to promote your research, and meet and network with other postgraduate research students from around the East Midlands. The conference aims to encourage interdisciplinary dialogue among postgraduate students from a range of disciplines. The theme for the 2017 conference is “Global Perspectives” – how your research impacts global challenges or inspires a better future. This could be by developing a potential solution to a specific problem, discovering a new way of working, opening up a new way of thinking about a subject, or inspiring others to make a change in the world.

For further information please email Tammy Greeno or Shineen Dewil on

We’ll organise a return coach journey for all University of Lincoln PhD Research students, please email for details.

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