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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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Understanding Catfish Colonisation and Diversification in The Great African Lakes

Fri, 05 Sep 2014 10:29:42 +0000

Why some regions or habitats contain vast, diverse communities of species, whilst others contain only relatively few species, continues to be the subject of scientific research attempting to understand the processes and conditions that allow and adaptive radiation. The Great African Lakes exist as freshwater ‘islands’, with spectacularly high levels of biodiversity and endemism. They […]

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Academic Retreat 2014

Missenden Abbey1st & 2nd May 2014

Missenden Abbey

PROGRAMME

Thursday, 1st May

12:45
Group travel by coach
14:15 Arrivals, registration and check into rooms
15:00 Tea – The Barn Hall
15.30 Welcome by Andrew Pomiankowski, Head of Department
Session 1
Barn Hall


Chair:  Andrew Pomiankowski
15:30-16:15 David Balding,
“Kinship in the era of genome-wide data: what does it mean and what use is it?”
16:15-17:00 Alumnus Talk:  Duncan Greig
“Sex and the single cell”
17:00-17:15 Short break (Barn Hall breakout space)
17:15-18:00
Ben Collen
“Predicting global biodiversity change”
18:00-19.00 Free time
19:00-19:30 Pre-dinner Drinks (from the Garden Room bar)
19:30 Dinner – Abbey private dining room
  After Dinner speaker, Prof Mary Collins, Professor of Immunology and Dean UCL Faculty of Life Sciences

Friday, 2nd May

08:15– 09:15
Breakfast (Abbey main restaurant area)
  Day Delegate Postdocs and Students:
09:27
Depart Marylebone Station by train
10:08
Arrive Great Missenden (8-10 minute walk to Missenden Abbey)
Session 2
Barn Hall


Chair:  Andrew Pomiankowski
09:30-10:15
General discussion: Future strategy for GEE
10:15-10:45
Coffee (Barn Hall breakout space) and arrival of the Post-docs and Students
Session 3
Barn Hall


Chair:  Anjali Goswami
10:45-11:30
Mark Thomas
“Detecting signatures of natural selection using ancient DNA data”
11:30-12:15
Rosie Woodroffe
“Managing protected and endangered wildlife: the importance of evidence"
12:15-13:00
Kate Jones,
“Impact of global weirding on the emergence and spread of zoonotic infectious diseases”
13:00-14:15
Hot or cold Buffet Lunch (Abbey main restaurant area)
 Session 4
Barn Hall


Chair:  Max Telford
 14:15-15:00  Georgina Mace
“The ecology of natural capital: accounting for costs and benefits”
 15:00-15.30  Tea (Barn Hall breakout space)
 15.30-16.15  Andrew Pomiankowski
“The evolution of two sexes”
 16:30 Depart (make way on foot to Great Missenden Railway Station a 8-10 minute walk)
 16:49  Depart Great Missenden Station by train

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