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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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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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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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