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Gee Research Blog

It Pays to Be Different:Evolutionary Distinctiveness and Conservation Priorities

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:15:25 +0000

The world is currently experiencing an extinction crisis. A mass extinction on a scale not seen since the dinosaurs. While conservationists work tirelessly to try and protect the World’s biodiversity, it will not be possible to save everything, and it is important to focus conservation efforts intelligently. Evolutionary distinctiveness is a measure of how isolated [...]

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Synthetic Biology and Conservation

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:20:18 +0000

Synthetic biology, a hybrid between Engineering and Biology, is an emerging field of research promising to change the way we think about manufacturing, medicine, food production, and even conservation and sustainability. A review paper released this month in Oryx, authored by Dr Kent Redford, Professor William Adams, Dr Rob Carlson, Bertina Ceccarelli and CBER’s Professor [...]

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Measure Twice, Cut Once: Quantifying Biases in Sexual Selection Studies

Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:44:30 +0000

Bateman’s principles are conceptually quite simple, but form the basis of our understanding of sexual selection across the animal kingdom. First proposed in 1948, Bateman’s three principles posit that sexual selection is more intense in males than in females for three reasons: 1) males show more variability in the number of mates they have (mating [...]

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Technology for Nature?

Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:23:54 +0000

Many of our greatest technological advances have tended to mark disaster for nature. Cars guzzle fossil fuels and contribute to global warming; industrialised farming practices cause habitat loss and pollution; computers and mobile phones require harmful mining procedures to harvest rare metals. But increasingly, ecologists and conservation biologists are asking whether we can use technology [...]

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Nice Flies Don’t Finish Last: Meiotic Drive and Sexual Selection in Stalk-Eyed Flies

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:54:47 +0000

While it might seem as though our genes are all working together for our own good, some of them are actually rather selfish. Scientists have known about ‘selfish genetic elements’ for nearly a century, but research to understand their behaviour and effects is ongoing. Recent research in GEE reveals how sexually selected traits are signalling [...]

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GEE Academic Retreat, 19 & 20 April 2012

Where and how do I get there?

Cumberland Lodge The Great Park Windsor Berkshire, SL4 2HP

Tel: 01784 432316 (switchboard) Fax: 01784 497799

A coach will be available, departing from and returning to UCL. Those not wishing to travel by coach, should inform Jane Dempster.

Cumberland Lodge

Why?

This Retreat will provide a unique opportunity for everyone to get to know each other well, and to generate new collaborations, share ideas and forge friendships. It is hoped that we will build on the two previous Away Days (held at Chandler House), in convivial and elegant surroundings, in the hope that we can repeat this event on an annual basis (funds and/or sponsorship permitting).

Your participation is encouraged. If you are unable to attend, we would strongly recommend that you send your delegate who can represent you/your group. Numbers are kept relatively small to encourage maximum interaction and participation.

Sandby Room

RETREAT FACILITIES

We are using the Sandby (pictured) and Hodgson Rooms.

There is a small fitness area and table-tennis in the basement.

Cumberland Lodge bedroom

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION

We have reserved 30 x twin bedrooms at Cumberland Lodge (from its total of 53 bedrooms/maximum capacity of 95 guests).

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EVENT BEGINS

Arrival and Registration at 2pm, Afternoon tea at 3pm. Briefing by Cumberland Lodge Manager and check into bedrooms. Welcome by Prof Andrew Pomiankowski at 3.30pm.

EVENT ENDS

Friday 20 April at approx. 5pm. Bedroom must be cleared at breakfast-time and luggage left downstairs (in room to be agreed).

Dining
MEALS INCLUDED On arrival, afternoon tea, Conference Dinner (including Veggie option). Free bar on Thursday night (for pre-and post-dinner drinks); Breakfast, mid-morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea.
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WHO WILL BE THERE?

All Academic Staff/PIs and post-docs in GEE and colleagues from ZSL and external speakers. A full list of those attending, to date, will be available shortly. If you spot any errors or omissions, please let Jane know asap.

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WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

If you're giving a talk, you need to bring your presentation either on a memory stick or your laptop. The PC departmental laptop will be plugged into the PowerPoint system and you can upload your presentation to the laptop in advance of your talk.

Programme

PROGRAMME

The latest version of the programme is available here

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PHOTOGRAPHS AT THE RETREAT will be taken
car parking

CAR PARKING

If you'd like to travel by car, instead of the coach, please let Jane Dempster know.

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QUESTIONS? SPECIAL NEEDS?

Please send any questions to Jane Dempster, Executive Officer in GEE j.dempster@ucl.ac.uk, tel: ext 32246 (020 7679 2246)

We can do it!

ADMIN SUPPORT AT THE EVENT

Jane Dempster.

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