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The Best of Both Worlds:Planning for Ecosystem Win-Wins

Sun, 16 Nov 2014 12:25:44 +0000

The normal and healthy function of ecosystems is not only of importance in conserving biodiversity, it is of utmost importance for human wellbeing as well. Ecosystems provide us with a wealth of valuable ecosystem services from food to clean water and fuel, without which our societies would crumble. However it is rare that only a […]

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Life Aquatic: Diversity and Endemism in Freshwater Ecosystems

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 11:22:07 +0000

Freshwater ecosystems are ecologically important, providing a home to hundreds of thousands of species and offering us vital ecosystem servies. However, many freshwater species are currently threatened by habitat loss, pollution, disease and invasive species. Recent research from GEE indicates that freshwater species are at greater risk of extinction than terrestrial species. Using data on […]

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Handicaps, Honesty and VisibilityWhy Are Ornaments Always Exaggerated?

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:30:30 +0000

Sexual selection is a form of natural selection that favours traits that increase mating success, often at the expense of survival. It is responsible for a huge variety of characteristics and behaviours we observe in nature, and most conspicuously, sexual selection explains the elaborate ornaments such as the antlers of red deer and the tail […]

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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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Ursula Mittwoch celebrates her 90th with colleagues, past and present

27 March 2014

Ursula Mittwoch 90th - Group PhotoUrsula Mittwoch & Steve JonesUrsula Mittwoch & Nick Lane

Professor Ursula Mittwoch, possibly one of UCL's longest standing associates, celebrated her 90th birthday with friends and colleagues from GEE, from the former Galton Laboratory and from the wider-UCL academic community.

As a PhD student in 1947, Ursula worked under Hans Kalmus, progressing to collaborate with Bette Robson and Harry Harris in the Galton Laboratory, and is well known for her work on sex determination and differentiation. After about 40 years researching human genetics, Ursula retired from paid employment in UCL in about 1990.  This didn’t stop her publishing and her latest paper (EMBO Reports 14, 588-592) was published in 2013.  Not only the oldest, Ursula is also the most reliable member of GEE, who rarely misses the weekly departmental coffee mornings.

Ursula has in recent years developed a strong interest in mitochondrial research and it was with great pleasure that Nick Lane was able to present her with a framed artwork on silk ‘Mitochondria in Action’ by Odra Noel.

John Allen, who met Ursula while he was a visiting professor in the department, pays tribute to Ursula in his blog citing from Ursula’s birthday speech ‘be kind to colleagues’.

Ursula Mittwoch, Sue Povey, Dallaw Swallow, Nick Lane, John Allen

(Main group photo:  Back row from left to right Yvonne Edwards, David Hopkinson, Andrew Pomiankowski, Dallas Swallow, John Allen, Debs Furness, John Linden.  Front row from left to right:  Edith Weiner, Sue Povey, June Rathbone, Ursula Mittwoch, Steve Jones, Ruth Dar, David Ridge, Nick Lane

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