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...
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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