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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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Jones - Serpent's Promise

Steve Jones, Professor of Genetics, in his most recent book, the Serpent's Promise, the Bible Retold as Science, has tried to update some of the biblical stories through the eyes of modern science.

He is the author of books on genetics for specialist and lay audiences.  His books include:

Jones - Darwin's Island

'Darwin's Island: the Galapagos in the Garden of England' which completed the ambitious and perhaps misled scheme to update the whole of Darwin's scientific writings for the bicentennial of the great man's birth in 2009; 'Coral: a Pessimist in Paradise', which traces the decline and fall of the reefs and the unexpected science that emerges from the simple animals that make them; 'The Single Helix', 'Y: The Descent of Men';  'Almost Like a Whale', 'In the Blood' and 'The Language of Genes'.

Jones - Coral Jones - Descent Jones - in the blood Jones - language of the genes

Steve Jones teaches on our first year undergraduate course 'Genes to Organisms', about genetics and evolution and in our second year 'Introduction to Human Genetics' course.


Lane - Life Ascending

Nick Lane is a biochemist and writer. He holds the first Provost's Venture Research Fellowship in the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at University College London, and is a founding member of the UCL Consortium for Mitochondrial Research. His research is on the role of bioenergetics in the origin and evolution of complex life. 

He is the author of four popular science books and numerous scientific publications.  His most recent book 'Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution' (Profile/Norton 2009) is a celebration of the inventiveness of life, and of our own ability to read the deep past to reconstruct the history of life on earth. The great inventions are: the origin of life, DNA, photosynthesis, the complex cell, sex, movement, sight, hot blood, consciousness and death.

Lane - Power Sex Suicide Lane - Oxygen Lane - Life Frozen State


Chatterjee - Heritage in Health
Chatterjee - Touch in Museums

Helen Chatterjee is Senior Lecturer in Biology at UCL and Head of Research and Teaching in UCL’s Department of Public and Cultural Engagement. As well as research interests in primate evolution, conservation and biogeography, Helen’s research includes work on touch and value of object handling in health and wellbeing, and its pedagogical value in education. She edited 'Touch in Museums: Policy and Practice in Object Handling' by Berg Publications in 2008 and wrote ‘Museums, Health and Well-being’ by Ashgate Press in 2013. She is currently Principal Investigator on the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded grant ‘Museums on Prescription’ which is exploring the role of museums and galleries in social prescribing.



Richard Pearson is a lecturer within the department’s Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research. He is the author of the popular science book Driven to Extinction (Sterling New York, and NHM London, 2011), which describes how climate change poses a threat to biodiversity and what could be done to combat the threat. He is also co-author of the monograph Ecological Niches and Geographic Distributions (Monographs in Population Biology, Princeton University Press, 2011), which provides an overview of the theory and practice of ecological niche modelling.

Pearson - driven to extinction Pearson - nice & distribution


CollenBiodiversity Monitoring & Conservation

Ben Collen is a lecturer within the department’s Centre for Biodiversity & Environment Research.  His research explores the dynamics by which biodiversity is changing, and how best to understand and counteract those changes.  He is lead author of the book Biodiversity Monitoring & Conservation, part of the Conservation Science and Practice series from Wiley-Blackwell.


Evolutionary Genetics

Andrew Pomiankowski, Professor of Genetics and Director of CoMPLEX, succeeded Prof Steve Jones as Head of Department, GEE, in June 2010.

His research addresses evolutionary questions primarily in the area of sexual selection. One of the key questions he has been working on is the evolution of female mate preferences for exaggerated male sexual traits used in courtship display. In addition, his recent theoretical work has investigated sex determination and the evolution of gene networks, genomic imprinting of sex chromosomes, and the consequences of intra-genomic conflicts.

He co-authored with Mark Pagel, the popular text 'Evolutionary Genomics and Proteomics' which is the first major review of developments in the rapidly growing areas of genomics and proteomics, with particular emphasis on placing these fields in an evolutionary context. With a growing understanding of genes, their diversity and regulation, and how their products work together in networks of interacting elements, a new era of biology is emerging.


Goswami - Carnivoran Evolution

Anjali Goswami is currently a joint Reader in palaeobiology in the Department of Genetics, Evolution, and Environment and the Department of Earth Sciences. She is also affiliated with the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology and currently serves as the Environmental Biology stream representative for the Natural Sciences program.  Outside of UCL, she serves as  co-chair of the Scientific Program Committee and is a member of the media response team for the Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology.   Her main research interests are in mammalian evolution and development, especially using morphometric methods to incorporate data from embryos to fossils to test genetic and developmental hypotheses of modularity and morphological diversity. 'Carnivoran Evolution: New Views on Phylogeny, Form, and Function' (A. Goswami and A. Friscia, eds.), was published by Cambridge University Press as the first volume in their new series 'Cambridge Studies in Morphology and Molecules: New Paradigms in Evolutionary Biology'.

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