The School has six Departments – Biochemistry, Biomedical & Forensic Sciences, Entomology & Wildlife, Environmental Science, Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences and Molecular Biology & Biotechnology. The School is unique, offering programmes reflecting the integration of many disciplines from organismal biology to structural, cellular and molecular biology. The School operates with the belief that understanding organisms at the level of the organ systems remains relevant for scientists in the 21st century. Such an approach is harmonized with research by academic staff at the smallest scale in structural biology to illuminate the molecular processes taking place in cells. These, in turn, underlie what we see taking place in plants and animal development, behaviour and disease processes such as cancerous growth, infection and neuro-degeneration. Concurrently, therefore, some research focuses on a larger scale from whole organisms to populations of species and communities. These synergistic activities are enabled by the close links and overlaps between research themes and the strong ties among Departments and other Schools/Faculties via a range of initiatives. With the activities put together, the School as a whole provides the education and training necessary to identify threatened plant and animal species; evaluate ecosystems and ecological processes and develop appropriate measures to mitigate the effects of particular threats to biodiversity. The School also considers issues of climate change and its effects on disease epidemiology in plants, humans and other animals.