Gee Research Blog
It Pays to Be Different:Evolutionary Distinctiveness and Conservation Priorities
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:15:25 +0000
The world is currently experiencing an extinction crisis. A mass extinction on a scale not seen since the dinosaurs. While conservationists work tirelessly to try and protect the World’s biodiversity, it will not be possible to save everything, and it is important to focus conservation efforts intelligently. Evolutionary distinctiveness is a measure of how isolated [...]Read more...
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 [...]Read more...
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 [...]Read more...
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 [...]Read more...
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 [...]Read more...
Contact and Directions (incl. Departmental Contact & all teams in Division of Biosciences)
The Department is mainly located in the Darwin Building on the main UCL campus. Information on how to find the Darwin Building is provided below.
Department of Genetics, Environment and Evolution
London WC1E 6BT
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N.B. The front entrance on Gower Street is not presently accessible, so please enter the Darwin Building via the Malet Place entrance and follow the signs. Malet Place, off Torrington Place, runs parallel with Gower Street. On entering Malet Place the building is set back (approx 50 feet) on your left, and up six steps, and through the double doors (the security desk is on your right, with a lift and stairs on your left). Alternatively, entrance to Malet Place can be made via the rear gate on Gordon Street.
See UCL map here (map ref 4C)
any general enquiries about the Department's activities, please contact:
Fiona Williamson, Executive Officer to Head of Department. Fiona is located in the Darwin Building, Room 111
Tel: (+44) (0) 20 7679 2246
Fax: (+44) (0) 20 7679 7193
Fiona Williamson is also responsible for:
- Administration of the GEE website
- Departmental Computer Representative
- Data Protection/Freedom of Information Coordinator
- Fire Marshall
For all queries regarding Teaching, Finance, IT, Staffing and HR, Estates and Lab Management, Health and Safety, please follow these links to the Division of Biosciences teams:
Contact details for all teams in the Division of Biosciences
- Finance Team
- Staffing & HR Team
- Teaching & Learning Team (including Undergraduate Admissions)
- Postgraduate Enquiries tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7033 or email
- Estates & Laboratory Management Team
- Health & Safety Team
- Information Technology Team
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