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Understanding Catfish Colonisation and Diversification in The Great African Lakes

Fri, 05 Sep 2014 10:29:42 +0000

Why some regions or habitats contain vast, diverse communities of species, whilst others contain only relatively few species, continues to be the subject of scientific research attempting to understand the processes and conditions that allow and adaptive radiation. The Great African Lakes exist as freshwater ‘islands’, with spectacularly high levels of biodiversity and endemism. They […]

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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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Helen Chatterjee awarded AHRC Grant

28 May 2014

Helen Chatterjee

Dr Helen Chatterjee (GEE) has been awarded a £550,000 grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to investigate the value of museum encounters in social prescribing.  Social prescribing links patients in primary care with local sources of support within the community which can improve their health and wellbeing. The 3 year project, called Museums on Prescription, will target socially isolated, vulnerable and/or lonely older people who will be referred from the NHS and Adult Social Care departments to partner museums in Camden and Kent, including UCL Museums, the British Museum, Sir Johan Soanes Museum, Islington Museum, Canterbury Museums and Galleries and Tunbridge Wells Museums and Gallery. Other partners include AgeUK, Arts Council England, the New Economics Foundation and  the Royal Society for Public Health. The project, which kicks off in July this year, is led by Helen, who is the Principal Investigator, Paul Camic who is a Professor of Psychology & Public Health and a Co-Investigator, at Canterbury Christ Church University, and Dr Linda Thomson (GEE and UCL Museums), who will be the lead Research Associate.

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