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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 […]Read more...
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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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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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:
'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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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