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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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Academic Retreat

ZSL Mappin Pavilion

Joint GEE/IOZ Research Away Day

Mappin Pavillion, Institute of Zoology, London Zoo Regents Park

Thursday 18 April 2013   

09:00-10:00 Coffee
10:00-10.30

Jon Bielby (IoZ)

Behavioural, ecological and epidemiological impacts of badger mortality

10:30-11:00

Nazif Alic (IHA)

Transcriptional control and ageing in Drosophila: beyond dFOXO

11:00-11:30

Paola Oliveri (GEE/CDB)

Regulatory control and evolution of skeleton in echinoderms

11.30-12.00

Richard Pearson (CBER)

Modeling species’ ecological niches and geographic distributions

12.00-12.30

John Allen (Visiting Professor GEE)

Energy, fidelity, ageing, sex. Oocyte mitochondria are quiescent genetic templates

12:30-14:00

Lunch

14:00-14:30

Paul Jepson (IoZ)

Investigating impacts of chemical and noise pollution in dolphins and porpoises

14:30-15:00

Oliver Davis (UGI)

Mapping the UK's genetic and environmental hotspots

15:00-15:30

Garrett Hallenthal (UGI)

Inferring ancestry and historical mixing events using haplotypes

15:30-16:00

Tea

16:00-16:30

Nichola Raihani (GEE)

Human punishment is motivated by inequity aversion not a desire for reciprocity

16:30-17:00

Trent Garner (IoZ)

Determining when infectious diseases are conservation threats to amphibians

17:00-18:00 Drinks

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