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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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Nice Flies Don’t Finish Last: Meiotic Drive and Sexual Selection in Stalk-Eyed Flies

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:54:47 +0000

While it might seem as though our genes are all working together for our own good, some of them are actually rather selfish. Scientists have known about ‘selfish genetic elements’ for nearly a century, but research to understand their behaviour and effects is ongoing. Recent research in GEE reveals how sexually selected traits are signalling [...]

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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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