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The Best of Both Worlds:Planning for Ecosystem Win-Wins

Sun, 16 Nov 2014 12:25:44 +0000

The normal and healthy function of ecosystems is not only of importance in conserving biodiversity, it is of utmost importance for human wellbeing as well. Ecosystems provide us with a wealth of valuable ecosystem services from food to clean water and fuel, without which our societies would crumble. However it is rare that only a […]

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Life Aquatic: Diversity and Endemism in Freshwater Ecosystems

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 11:22:07 +0000

Freshwater ecosystems are ecologically important, providing a home to hundreds of thousands of species and offering us vital ecosystem servies. However, many freshwater species are currently threatened by habitat loss, pollution, disease and invasive species. Recent research from GEE indicates that freshwater species are at greater risk of extinction than terrestrial species. Using data on […]

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Handicaps, Honesty and VisibilityWhy Are Ornaments Always Exaggerated?

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:30:30 +0000

Sexual selection is a form of natural selection that favours traits that increase mating success, often at the expense of survival. It is responsible for a huge variety of characteristics and behaviours we observe in nature, and most conspicuously, sexual selection explains the elaborate ornaments such as the antlers of red deer and the tail […]

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PREDICTS Project: Land-Use Change Doesn’t Impact All Biodiversity Equally

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:17:53 +0000

Humans are destroying, degrading and depleting our tropical forests at an alarming rate. Every minute, an area of Amazonian rainforest equivalent to 50 football pitches is cleared of its trees, vegetation and wildlife. Across the globe, tropical and sub-tropical forests are being cut down to make way for expanding towns and cities, for agricultural land […]

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Calculated Risks: Foraging and Predator Avoidance in Rodents

Fri, 03 Oct 2014 10:07:08 +0000

Finding food is one of the most important tasks for any animal – most animal activity is focused on this job. But finding food usually involves some risks – leaving the safety of your burrow or nest to go out into a dangerous world full of predators, disease and natural hazards. Animals should therefore be […]

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GEE has moved!

4 April 2011

We are delighted to report that in April 2011, approximately 90 academic staff members, post-docs, post-grads, technical and scientific staff and admin support staff including 13 research groups moved from Wolfson House, Stephenson Way, bringing to an end a long period of being split over three sites; the Department is now in a single location through a £5.5 million refurbishment of the Darwin Building on Gower Street.  It's been an exciting time of lengthy planning meetings led by Professor John Carroll, Professor Andrew Pomiankowski, Professor Steve Jones, Professor Gabriel Waksman, Professor Dallas Swallow and Professor Peter Rich and senior staff members meeting architects, designers, contractors; pouring over plans and following up with extensive discussions as the project progressed through the various stages.  When all was done and the final plans were in place, the biggest Spring Clean ever began, packing crates and bubble-wrap were delivered and freezers, lab equipment, stalk-eyed flies, staff, computers and files crossed the Euston Road to begin their new life in the Darwin Building.

Huge thanks go to the many colleagues involved including the aforementioned and particularly Bruce Cotsell (Operations Officer, Darwin Refurbishment Project), James Michaels (Buildings Manager - Darwin hub), Ken Bryan (Project Manager, Capital Programmes and Procurement); GEE's IT Support team; UCL Telecoms, plus the team at HRH Logistics and last but not least by any means, Luke Roberts (Arup) and his colleagues.  There are many others, and apologies if we have omitted their names here.

A short story about life in Wolfson House over the years will follow soon, but meantime here are some memories.....


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Photos by Jane Dempster

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