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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 Summer Studentship funding success

17 June 2011

Dr Helen Chatterjee, Director of Studies for Biological Sciences, is delighted to report that all GEE summer studentship projects were awarded external grants this year. Congratulations to the following GEE PI's and their summer students:

  • Usha Aryal, funded by the Nuffield Foundation.
  • Project title: The biology of ageing and longevity in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans.
  • Supervisor: Dr David Gems.
  • Josephine Hellburg, funded by the Genetics Society.
  • Project title: Locating the natural environment of the laboratory model fission yeast:
  • where are they?
  • Supervisors: Dr Daniel Jeffares + Professor Jurg Bahler.
  • Rupal Mistry, funded by the Nuffield Foundation.
  • Project title: Changes in gene expression during senescence of an alpine plant. Supervisor: Dr Astrid Wingler
  • Nada Aljassim, funded by KAUST.
  • Project title: Metabolic regulation of leaf senescence.
  • Supervisor: Dr Astrid Wingler
  • Matthias Thurner, funded by the Wellcome Trust.
  • Project title: Molecular characterization of sea urchin circadian clock components
  • Supervisor: Dr Paola Oliveri
  • Luke Lazarou, funded by the Nuffield Foundation.
  • Project title: Genetic variation in sexual traits in an African stalk-eyed fly. Supervisors: Professor Kevin Fowler, Professor Andrew Pomiankowski & Dr Nadine Chapman.
  • Victor Matyas Farkas, funded by the Nuffield Foundation. Project title: Modelling the impact of climate change on biodiversity hotspots: SE Asia and the future of critically endangered primates. Supervisor: Dr Helen Chatterjee.

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