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Handicaps, Honesty and VisibilityWhy Are Ornaments Always Exaggerated?

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:30:30 +0000

Sexual selection is a form of natural selection that favours traits that increase mating success, often at the expense of survival. It is responsible for a huge variety of characteristics and behaviours we observe in nature, and most conspicuously, sexual selection explains the elaborate ornaments such as the antlers of red deer and the tail […]

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PREDICTS Project: Land-Use Change Doesn’t Impact All Biodiversity Equally

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:17:53 +0000

Humans are destroying, degrading and depleting our tropical forests at an alarming rate. Every minute, an area of Amazonian rainforest equivalent to 50 football pitches is cleared of its trees, vegetation and wildlife. Across the globe, tropical and sub-tropical forests are being cut down to make way for expanding towns and cities, for agricultural land […]

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Calculated Risks: Foraging and Predator Avoidance in Rodents

Fri, 03 Oct 2014 10:07:08 +0000

Finding food is one of the most important tasks for any animal – most animal activity is focused on this job. But finding food usually involves some risks – leaving the safety of your burrow or nest to go out into a dangerous world full of predators, disease and natural hazards. Animals should therefore be […]

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Applying Metabolic Scaling Laws to Predicting Extinction Risk

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:32:49 +0000

The Earth is warming. That much were are now certain of. A major challenge for scientists hoping to ameliorate the effect of this on biodiversity is to predict how temperature increases will affect populations. Predicting the responses of species living in complex ecosystems and heterogenous environments is a difficult task, but one starting point is […]

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The Importance of Size in the Evolution of Complexity in Ants

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:14:37 +0000

Ants are amongst the most abundant and successful species on Earth. They live in complex, cooperative societies, construct elaborate homes and exhibit many of the hallmarks of our own society. Some ants farm crops, others tend livestock. Many species have a major impact on the ecosystems they live in, dispersing seeds, consuming huge quantities of […]

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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.
scientists!

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.

laptop

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

photography
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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