Gee Research Blog
The Transcriptional Profile of A ‘Wingman’
Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:25:48 +0000
In many species, males have special adaptations to attract females. From antlers to stalk-eyes, to bright plumage and beards, males across the animal kingdom work hard to look attractive to the opposite sex. In some species, looking good isn’t enough, though. Male wild turkeys need a less attractive ‘wingman’ to help him attract a woman. [...]Read more...
Damage and Fidelity: The Role of the Female Germline in mtDNA Inheritance
Mon, 11 Nov 2013 15:13:12 +0000
Billions of years ago, one single-celled organism engulfed another, beginning a symbiotic interaction that would change live on Earth forever. The mitochondria are what remains of this symbiotic event, and are responsible for producing energy in all eukaryotic cells. Derived from a free-living organism, they carry their own genes, but these genes are at risk [...]Read more...
Size Matters: Why Reduced Sexual Ornaments are Rarely Seen
Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:42:06 +0000
Across the animal kingdom, males have evolved fancy physical ornaments, songs and courtship rituals, all in an attempt to attract the opposite sex. Most of the male ornaments and sexually-selected traits biologists tend to study are large, elaborate and flamboyant. But mathematical models predict that sexual selection is just as likely to make an ornament [...]Read more...
GEE Science Uncovered
Mon, 07 Oct 2013 16:44:05 +0000
On Friday 27th September, scientists in 300 cities across Europe got together with the public for a variety of activities and events to celebrate European Researcher’s Night 2013. In London, the Natural History Museum kept their doors open late for ‘Science Uncovered’ – an evening of special exhibitions, stalls and activities, engaging the public with [...]Read more...
Award-Winning Bat Conservation
Mon, 16 Sep 2013 08:47:20 +0000
This year’s Vincent Weir Scientific award for bat conservation biology has been awarded to GEE’s Charlotte Walters for her PhD work on the iBatsID tool. The Vincent Weir Scientific Award is an annual award given to a UK-based student for their outstanding contribution to the conservation biology of Bats. It is awarded by the Bat [...]Read more...
Jobs and Opportunities
This is a collaborative, cross-disciplinary project involving ecologists, systematists and field biologists from University College London (Dr Julia Day, Dr David Murrell) and the Institute of Zoology/Zoological Society of London (Dr Kirsty Kemp and Dr Chris Carbone).
Habitat loss is the leading cause of species extinction and is principally driven by land use change from increases in urbanisation and agriculture. Despite this, our knowledge of how communities respond to anthropogenic disturbances remains poor. Our funded project will investigate the Lake Tanganyika ecosystem to specifically test the impacts of anthropogenic disturbances on its diverse littoral fish communities. The Institute of Zoology (IoZ) is at the forefront in development of camera survey technology and a significant contribution of this study will be advances in the analysis of these data. Combining diversity data with phylogenetic, ecological and morphological data will be used to test the effects of habitat degradation on community structure. The results of this study will offer new insights into if protected areas not only support species richness, but also all components of biodiversity and will provide urgent information on rare and threatened species that will feed directly into ZSL’s global conservation program.
This project has a strong field component with a minimum 6 month field season.
Essential skills, qualities and knowledge:
A first class or upper second class degree in a relevant biological discipline, and preferably also a Masters degree.
Experience of fieldwork, particularly freshwater environments
Knowledge of molecular phylogenetic inference
Good level of statistics and knowledge of R
Interest in biodiversity, ecology and conservation
Ability to work in a challenging environment
Desirable skills, qualities and knowledge:
Dive experience is not essential, but is highly desirable
Experience of tropical fieldwork
Informal enquiries are welcome before the deadline for formal applications. Potential applicants should submit a CV and covering letter outlining suitability for the position to Julia Day. Deadline for applicants is 28 January 2014
This studentship is NERC funded for 48 months and includes a London living allowance. Applicants must meet the UK Research Council eligibility criteria, including the 3-year residency requirements in the UK. Details of eligibility requirements . In most cases UK and EU nationals who have been resident in the UK for the three years prior to the start of the PhD will be eligible for a full-award.
The Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment (GEE) invites applications from outstanding students for UCL Graduate Research Scholarships and Overseas Research Scholarships.
GEE is a vibrant research department in a central London location. Our department brings together scientists with shared interests in genetics, bioinformatics, evolution and biodiversity. We use integrative approaches to understand biological systems from theoretical, molecular and systems perspectives.
Candidates should contact a potential supervisor to discuss projects.
Within the department PhD opportunities are in these areas:
- Biodiversity & Environmental Biology
- Biology of Ageing
- Computational Biology
- Evolutionary Genetics
- Evolution & Development
- Human Genetics & Human Evolution
- Systems Biology
Candidates, from any country, with an excellent background in a relevant
science (first or high upper second class BSc degree, minimum) are
invited to apply. Full details (including downloadable application form
& guidance documents) at:
UK & EU Students
GEE can nominate two applicants to be considered for UCL's Research Scholarships schemes.
How to Apply
17 January 2014
For job opportunities outside GEE, please visit UCL's main vacancies pages
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