Gee Research Blog
The Delicate Balance of Effect and Response
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:50:36 +0000
We may not always be aware of it, but many wild plants, animals, fungi and even bacteria, provide crucial services to us which keep the ecosystems of Earth functioning. Environmental changes caused by human activities are now threatening many species, and those that cannot withstand these changes may be lost forever, potentially taking the services [...]Read more...
It’s All in the Wrist
Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:18:20 +0000
The evolution of the primate wrist has been dramatic, enabling primates to adapt to a wide variety of lifestyles and walking styles, including tree-swinging, climbing and terrestrial walking both on four legs and two. In hominids, the evolution of the bipedal gait freed up the forelimbs for tool use, and the wrist evolved independently from [...]Read more...
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...
Jobs and Opportunities
GEE is a centre of excellence for environmental science research. GEE offers an outstanding environment for NERC-funded PhD training. Applications for the 2014 PhD intake through the London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) are now open. The deadline for submission of applications is 9.00am Monday 17th February 2014.
The NERC DTP brings together nine of the world’s leading research centres in environmental science. The program adopted an integrated approach to training environmental scientists in ways that cross the boundaries between established disciplines and will train 120 new environmental scientists over the next five years. As well as advanced research training students will receive training in the essential professional and transferable skills needed in today’s society.
In total the Partnership is offering up to 34 fully funded PhD studentships in the following research themes:
- Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology;
- Earth Dynamics;
- Environmental Pollution;
- Natural and Biological Hazards;
- Past Life and Environments;
- and the multi-disciplinary Earth-Life System Integration
Details of illustrative projects offered from GEE supervisors.
For details of the application process visit the London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership
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.
BBSRC funded PhD Opportunities
GEE is a centre of excellence for interdisciplinary bioscience research. Our department is part of the BBSRC London Interdisciplinary Biosciences PhD Consortium and offers an outstanding environment for PhD research. GEE principal investigators offer PhD projects through BBSRC London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme (LIDo). For information on GEE interdisciplinary research visit our research webpages.
The BBSRC LIDo recruits new PhD students annually. Invitations for applications will be advertised here when open.
The BBSRC London Interdisciplinary Biosciences PhD Consortium brings together six of the world’s leading academic institutions. The programme covers all levels of biology, from molecules through to cells and whole animal physiology. We are looking for students who are interested in using approaches from different disciplines and scientific areas to address cutting-edge biological problems. This programme is aimed at graduates with a strong interest in multi-disciplinary research. Applications are invited from students with a background in biological, physical, computational, engineering or mathematical sciences.
For more information about the programme and the application process visit the BBSRC London Interdisciplinary Biosciences PhD Consortium
For job opportunities outside GEE, please visit UCL's main vacancies pages
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