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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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


Green Impact Award for Darwin Building

25 June 2014

Green Impact Award Presentation

Congratulations Darwin Green Team on receipt of a Platinum Award presented by the UCL President & Provost Michael Arthur at the Green Impact Awards Ceremony held at the Grant Museum on the evening of Wednesday 11 June.

Spurred on by last year’s success when the Darwin Green Team were awarded two bronze prizes, one of which was for their greening initiatives in the labs and offices, this year the team have driven forward more ambitious ideas to help staff within the two departments occupying the Darwin Building (GEE and SMB) to work in a more sustainable way. These included introducing sustainability as part of new staff inductions, encouraging the use of UCL WARPit for recycling unwanted items and pushing forward the use of on-line lab resource management to facilitate sharing of chemicals, reagents and equipment and more efficient management of their procurement and storage. Thanks also to the on-going refurbishment works, most of the floors in the Darwin Building now meet the RICS low carbon SKA rating.

Professor Gabriel Waksman, Head of Department for SMB, was delighted with the news and congratulated the Darwin Green team for creating a foundation for good working and laboratory practice to help reduce environmental impact.

Professor Andrew Pomiankowski, Head of Department for GEE, congratulated the team who had surpassed expectations. The Department is fully supportive of their initiatives and he thanked the team for helping to make the Darwin Building a greener place to work.

The team hope to do even better next year - and there is still plenty to do, they say. If you want to help or have any ideas, please contact Elizabeth Sutton-Klein ( 

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