Gee Research Blog

Extinction and Species Declines:Defaunation in the Anthropocene

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:35:52 +0000

We are in the grips of a mass extinction. There have been mass extinctions throughout evolutionary history, what makes this one different is that we’re the ones causing it. A recent review paper from GEE’s Dr Ben Collen discusses the current loss of biodiversity and suggests that our main concerns are species and population declines, […]

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Defaunation in the Anthropocene
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Evolving Endemism in East Africa’s Sky Islands

Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:16:32 +0000

The World’s biodiversity is not evenly distributed. Some regions are hot spots for species richness, and biologists have been trying better to understand why these regions are special and what drives evolution and diversification. A recent paper by GEE’s Dr Julia Day and recent PhD graduate Dr Siobhan Cox, investigated the diversification of White-Eye Birds […]

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Predicting Extinction Risk:The Importance of Life History and Demography

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:46:17 +0000

The changing climate is no longer simply a concern for the future, it is a reality. Understanding how the biodiversity that we share our planet with will respond to climate change is a key step in developing long-term strategies to conserve it. Recent research by UCL CBER’s Dr Richard Pearson identifies the key characteristics that […]

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The Importance of Life History and Demography
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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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Evolutionary Distinctiveness and Conservation Priorities
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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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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

Jon Bielby (IoZ)

Behavioural, ecological and epidemiological impacts of badger mortality


Nazif Alic (IHA)

Transcriptional control and ageing in Drosophila: beyond dFOXO


Paola Oliveri (GEE/CDB)

Regulatory control and evolution of skeleton in echinoderms


Richard Pearson (CBER)

Modeling species’ ecological niches and geographic distributions


John Allen (Visiting Professor GEE)

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




Paul Jepson (IoZ)

Investigating impacts of chemical and noise pollution in dolphins and porpoises


Oliver Davis (UGI)

Mapping the UK's genetic and environmental hotspots


Garrett Hallenthal (UGI)

Inferring ancestry and historical mixing events using haplotypes




Nichola Raihani (GEE)

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


Trent Garner (IoZ)

Determining when infectious diseases are conservation threats to amphibians

17:00-18:00 Drinks

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