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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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Applying Metabolic Scaling Laws to Predicting Extinction Risk

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:32:49 +0000

The Earth is warming. That much were are now certain of. A major challenge for scientists hoping to ameliorate the effect of this on biodiversity is to predict how temperature increases will affect populations. Predicting the responses of species living in complex ecosystems and heterogenous environments is a difficult task, but one starting point is […]

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The Importance of Size in the Evolution of Complexity in Ants

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:14:37 +0000

Ants are amongst the most abundant and successful species on Earth. They live in complex, cooperative societies, construct elaborate homes and exhibit many of the hallmarks of our own society. Some ants farm crops, others tend livestock. Many species have a major impact on the ecosystems they live in, dispersing seeds, consuming huge quantities of […]

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GEE Research Away Day 2011

16 May 2011

Prof Andrew Pomiankowski, Head of the UCL Research Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, with Prof John Carroll, Associate Dean, Division of Biosciences, introduced a day of dynamic talks for this second annual Research Away Day, following the success of last year's, at UCL's Chandler House on Friday 6 May 2011.

Over fifty members of staff and post-docs attended a busy and interactive programme of scientific talks comprising Prof Andres Ruiz-Linares giving a presentation on the 'Genetic history of Native Americans'  referring to inter alia Greenberg's 1986 settlement model.  This was followed by Dr Charalampos (Babis) Rallis presenting a talk on 'Dissecting signalling pathways and factors that affect cellular lifespan' and his research on S Pombe (fission yeast).  Dr Jacob Sweiry then followed with important and informative news about funding opportunities, support available, contacts, pathways to impact, fellowships etc.  Prof Pomiankowski discussed research income by grant start date; he highlighted the procedure for internal/peer grant review, cost recovery, Independent Research Fellowships,Sponsorship of Fellowship Applications for Early Career Scientists etc.  With regard to supporting and providing advice for Fellowships in specific areas, he congratulated colleagues, Prof Max Telford, Dr Max Reuter, Professor David Balding and Dr Eugene Schuster.  After a buffet lunch, Dr Kanchon Dasmahapatra, acknowledging the work of Prof James Mallet and other PhD students, gave a talk on 'Heliconius, the model system for speciation genomics', highlighting divergence across colour patterning across loci. mimicry etc.  Dr Nikolas Maniatis followed with a presentation entitled 'How complex is complex inheritance?', presenting his work on Crohn's Disease, disease mapping, complex inheritance, disease heterogeneity etc.  This was followed by three quick fire new grant ideas for later feedback, with Dr Paola Oliveri, Dr Hazel Smith and Prof Max Telford.  After tea, Dr Lazaros Foukas presented on 'Insulin signalling in age-related metabolic disease'.  The day's presentations ended with Dr David Gems in GEE's Institute of Healthy Ageing who gave a talk entitled 'Reasons to be cheerful: The biology of ageing, disease, necrosis and death'  referring to the current strategy for treatments of age-related diseases, future strategy and outlined current projects and developments.

The GEE Research Away Day was organised by Prof Max Telford, and GEE's Executive Officer, Jane Dempster, provided admin support at the event.

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