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Changing Perspectives in Conservation

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:15:44 +0000

Our views of the importance of nature and our place within have changed dramatically over the the last century, and the prevailing paradigm has profound influences on conservation from the science that is conducted to the policies that are enacted. In a recent perspectives piece for Science, GEE’s Professor Georgina Mace considered the impacts that […]

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Function Over Form: Phenotypic Integration and the Evolution of the Mammalian Skull

Mon, 08 Dec 2014 14:05:52 +0000

Our bodies are more than just a collection of independent parts – they are complex, integrated systems that rely upon precise coordination in order to function properly. In order for a leg to function as a leg, the bones, muscles, ligaments, nerves and blood vessels must all work together as an integrated whole. This concept, […]

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The Best of Both Worlds:Planning for Ecosystem Win-Wins

Sun, 16 Nov 2014 12:25:44 +0000

The normal and healthy function of ecosystems is not only of importance in conserving biodiversity, it is of utmost importance for human wellbeing as well. Ecosystems provide us with a wealth of valuable ecosystem services from food to clean water and fuel, without which our societies would crumble. However it is rare that only a […]

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Planning for Ecosystem Win-Wins
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Life Aquatic: Diversity and Endemism in Freshwater Ecosystems

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 11:22:07 +0000

Freshwater ecosystems are ecologically important, providing a home to hundreds of thousands of species and offering us vital ecosystem servies. However, many freshwater species are currently threatened by habitat loss, pollution, disease and invasive species. Recent research from GEE indicates that freshwater species are at greater risk of extinction than terrestrial species. Using data on […]

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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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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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