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PREDICTS Project: Land-Use Change Doesn’t Impact All Biodiversity Equally

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:17:53 +0000

Humans are destroying, degrading and depleting our tropical forests at an alarming rate. Every minute, an area of Amazonian rainforest equivalent to 50 football pitches is cleared of its trees, vegetation and wildlife. Across the globe, tropical and sub-tropical forests are being cut down to make way for expanding towns and cities, for agricultural land […]

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Calculated Risks: Foraging and Predator Avoidance in Rodents

Fri, 03 Oct 2014 10:07:08 +0000

Finding food is one of the most important tasks for any animal – most animal activity is focused on this job. But finding food usually involves some risks – leaving the safety of your burrow or nest to go out into a dangerous world full of predators, disease and natural hazards. Animals should therefore be […]

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Applying Metabolic Scaling Laws to Predicting Extinction Risk

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:32:49 +0000

The Earth is warming. That much were are now certain of. A major challenge for scientists hoping to ameliorate the effect of this on biodiversity is to predict how temperature increases will affect populations. Predicting the responses of species living in complex ecosystems and heterogenous environments is a difficult task, but one starting point is […]

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The Importance of Size in the Evolution of Complexity in Ants

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:14:37 +0000

Ants are amongst the most abundant and successful species on Earth. They live in complex, cooperative societies, construct elaborate homes and exhibit many of the hallmarks of our own society. Some ants farm crops, others tend livestock. Many species have a major impact on the ecosystems they live in, dispersing seeds, consuming huge quantities of […]

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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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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 (e.sutton-klein@ucl.ac.uk). 

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