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Changing Perspectives in Conservation

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:15:44 +0000

Our views of the importance of nature and our place within have changed dramatically over the the last century, and the prevailing paradigm has profound influences on conservation from the science that is conducted to the policies that are enacted. In a recent perspectives piece for Science, GEE’s Professor Georgina Mace considered the impacts that […]

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Function Over Form: Phenotypic Integration and the Evolution of the Mammalian Skull

Mon, 08 Dec 2014 14:05:52 +0000

Our bodies are more than just a collection of independent parts – they are complex, integrated systems that rely upon precise coordination in order to function properly. In order for a leg to function as a leg, the bones, muscles, ligaments, nerves and blood vessels must all work together as an integrated whole. This concept, […]

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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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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.

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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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