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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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GRANT SUCCESSES FOR GEE

14 May 2010

Summary of recent successes


30 March 2011

Warmest congratulations go to Dr Anjali Goswami who with her colleague Dr Paul Upchurch (Dept of Earth Sciences) were awarded £157,799 in a Leverhulme Trust Research Grant to support a 3-year project entitled ‘Testing the Relationships between Latitude and Biodiversity in the Cretaceous’.  For this project, they will be appointing a postdoctoral researcher (see Job vacancies page)


Warmest congratulations also go to Prof Andres Ruiz-Linares who has been awarded a BBSRC grant BB/I021213/1 for 'The genetics of human physical appearance'.  (The value will be announced shortly).

Links:  

Dr Anjali Goswami

Prof Andres Ruiz-Linares


3 March 2011

Congratulations go to Dr Nick Lane who, as Principal Organizer, submitted a proposal to The Royal Society (Hooke Committee) entitled "Energy transduction and genome function - an evolutionary synthesis" to form part of the Society's 2012 scentific discussion meeting programme in London.  Dr Lane receives this support along with his co-organizers Professor John F Allen, Professor John A Raven FRS and Professor William Martin.

The two day meeting will be held 12-13 November 2012, followed by a Satellite Meeting provisionally on 14-15 November 2012.

Link:

Dr Nick Lane


4 February 2011

Warmest congratulations go to GEE's Prof Jürg Bähler and Dr Matt Piper for their successful BBSRC grant applications.

Prof Bahler's project : 'Identification of Genetic Factors Affecting Cellular Ageing in Fission Yeast': ~£760,000 Dr Piper's project: 'Investigating the mechanisms by which amino acids balance and reduced TOR signalling improve healthy lifespan' ~£520,000

Link:  Prof Jürg Bähler and Dr Matt Piper


2 July 2010

Congratulations go to Dr Anjali Goswami (UCL GEE and Earth Sciences) and Dr Christophe Soligo (UCL Anthropology) who were awarded £393,099 by NERC for their project 'Morphological clocks – Quantifying module- and lineage-specific variation in rates of morphological evolution in the primate skull'.

18 May 2010

In a joint application Dr Paola Oliveri was awarded of 337,500 USD (~= £229,713 ) by the Human Frontier Science Program for Characterization of light-dependent rhythmic processes in the marine environment.

In December 2009, she was  awarded by the UCL CIF funding for The nCounter Analysis System: a New Powerful and Versatile Digital RNA Quantifier for Biomedical Research. The nCounter machine (Nanostring) just arrived here at UCL and soon a  service page will be set up.


31 March 2010

Prof Max Telford receives BBSRC award for £592,597 for Molecular developmental analyses of animal larval development: searching for deep homology and from The Leverhulme Trust £178,177 to undertake research into the convergence or homology of larvae and guts in animal evolution.

Prof Andres Ruiz-Linares was awarded £122,000 by The Leverhulme Trust to develop a network for the evolution of Latin American populations.

In a joint application, Prof Jürg Bähler was awarded £231,003 by The Wellcome Trust for The Fission Yeast Database PomBase.

Links:

Prof Max Telford
Prof Andres Ruiz-Linares
Prof Jürg Bähler


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