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Predicting Extinction Risk:The Importance of Life History and Demography

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:46:17 +0000

The changing climate is no longer simply a concern for the future, it is a reality. Understanding how the biodiversity that we share our planet with will respond to climate change is a key step in developing long-term strategies to conserve it. Recent research by UCL CBER’s Dr Richard Pearson identifies the key characteristics that [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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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