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Changing Perspectives in Conservation

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:15:44 +0000

Our views of the importance of nature and our place within have changed dramatically over the the last century, and the prevailing paradigm has profound influences on conservation from the science that is conducted to the policies that are enacted. In a recent perspectives piece for Science, GEE’s Professor Georgina Mace considered the impacts that […]

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Function Over Form: Phenotypic Integration and the Evolution of the Mammalian Skull

Mon, 08 Dec 2014 14:05:52 +0000

Our bodies are more than just a collection of independent parts – they are complex, integrated systems that rely upon precise coordination in order to function properly. In order for a leg to function as a leg, the bones, muscles, ligaments, nerves and blood vessels must all work together as an integrated whole. This concept, […]

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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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Planning for Ecosystem Win-Wins
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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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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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