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Gee Research Blog

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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Measure Twice, Cut Once: Quantifying Biases in Sexual Selection Studies

Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:44:30 +0000

Bateman’s principles are conceptually quite simple, but form the basis of our understanding of sexual selection across the animal kingdom. First proposed in 1948, Bateman’s three principles posit that sexual selection is more intense in males than in females for three reasons: 1) males show more variability in the number of mates they have (mating [...]

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Technology for Nature?

Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:23:54 +0000

Many of our greatest technological advances have tended to mark disaster for nature. Cars guzzle fossil fuels and contribute to global warming; industrialised farming practices cause habitat loss and pollution; computers and mobile phones require harmful mining procedures to harvest rare metals. But increasingly, ecologists and conservation biologists are asking whether we can use technology [...]

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Nice Flies Don’t Finish Last: Meiotic Drive and Sexual Selection in Stalk-Eyed Flies

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:54:47 +0000

While it might seem as though our genes are all working together for our own good, some of them are actually rather selfish. Scientists have known about ‘selfish genetic elements’ for nearly a century, but research to understand their behaviour and effects is ongoing. Recent research in GEE reveals how sexually selected traits are signalling [...]

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Finding a Place to Call Home: Translocation and the Plight of the Hihi

Fri, 16 May 2014 13:13:56 +0000

Climate change alters how climate is distributed both geographically and temporally. Over the coming decades, for species sensitive to climatic variables, it may become a case of ‘relocate or die’ – those species that are not able to shift their populations from old, unsuitable habitat into newly emerging suitable habitat, in line with climate change, [...]

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Jobs and Opportunities

Project Title
Supervisor
Co-Supervisor
Anthropogenic impacts on African tropical lake benthic communities
Julia Day Kirsty Kemp, Institute of Zoology
Identifying traits that make plant species vulnerable to climate change Richard Pearson
Justin Moat, GIS Lab, Kew
Integrating dynamics into metrics for local conservation priorities Georgina Mace Andy Purvis, Life Sciences, UCL
Linking patterns and processes in tropical forests David Murrell Sofia Olhede Statistical Science, UCL
Modularity, metamorphosis, and diversity: a quantitative perspective on the drivers of amphibian diversity
Anjali Goswami
Susan Evans, Cell and Developmental Biology, UCL
Natural variation in the temperature response of an alpine plant
Astrid Wingler
 
Predicting human impacts and environmental change on Southeast Asian biodiversity: past, present and future
Helen Chatterjee
Samuel Turvey, Institute of Zoology
Predicting long-term changes in biodiversity for enhanced environmental decision-making Ben Collen  
Reality Checking a General Ecosystem Model Georgina Mace Drew Purves, Computer Science Lab, Microsoft Research
Resolving Deep Animal Phylogenies Through Genome-wide Maximum Likelihood Phylogenetic Inference
Christophe Dessimoz
Max Telford, GEE
Stability of complex ecological networks under climate change Richard Pearson
Simone Severini, Computer Science, UCL
The evolution of guppy sex chromosomes, and their role in sexually selected traits
Judith Mank
 
The genetics and epigenetics of Y-linked fitness variation in fruitflies Max Reuter
 Kevin Fowler, GEE
Project title
Supervisor Co-Supervisor
The origin of life in alkaline hydrothermal vents Nick Lane
John Ward, Biochemical Engineering, UCL

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