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Sex Differentiation Begins During Early Development

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:04:57 +0000

Males and females look different from each other, and these sexual dimorphisms are the result, largely, of sex differences in the expression of certain genes. Typically, scientists have studied sexual dimorphism in sexually mature adult animals, as this is the lifestage where differences are most apparent. However, many sex-specific phenotypes arise from sex-biased development, so […]

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Extinction and Species Declines:Defaunation in the Anthropocene

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:35:52 +0000

We are in the grips of a mass extinction. There have been mass extinctions throughout evolutionary history, what makes this one different is that we’re the ones causing it. A recent review paper from GEE’s Dr Ben Collen discusses the current loss of biodiversity and suggests that our main concerns are species and population declines, […]

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Evolving Endemism in East Africa’s Sky Islands

Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:16:32 +0000

The World’s biodiversity is not evenly distributed. Some regions are hot spots for species richness, and biologists have been trying better to understand why these regions are special and what drives evolution and diversification. A recent paper by GEE’s Dr Julia Day and recent PhD graduate Dr Siobhan Cox, investigated the diversification of White-Eye Birds […]

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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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The Importance of Life History and Demography
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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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GEE MARKS THE TRANSFER OF HEADSHIP

29 June 2010


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More than 120 colleagues in GEE and its admin-support groups in Estates & Facilities, Finance, Staffing & HR and Teaching, gathered in the North Cloisters, Wilkins Building, UCL, on Tuesday 22 June, to mark the end  of  Professor Steve Jones's tenure as Head of Department, GEE.  Professor Andrew Pomiankowski, Professor of Genetics and Director of CoMPLEX for the last five years, has agreed to take on the role of Head of Department.

Steve Jones who joined UCL as a Lecturer in Genetics in 1978, and was Head of the Department of Genetics from 1995-9 and again from 2008, as well as being appointed Galton Professor of Genetics from 1993-2009. Steve will continue his highly popular 'Introduction to Human Genetics' course and a variety of single lectures in other courses, as well as giving a large number of lectures and presentations to schools and other external organisations, combining this with his press, radio and television work, speaking about genetics, evolution and related issues to the general public.

On behalf of everyone, Associate Dean, Prof John Carroll, thanked Steve Jones for the energy and enthusiasm he has brought to this important post.

As a token of warmest thanks from all his colleagues in the department, Steve Jones was presented with an original artwork in acrylic on canvas: a most-suitable abstract image by Bavarian artist Thomas Suske entitled 'Nautilus'.

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