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It Pays to Be Different:Evolutionary Distinctiveness and Conservation Priorities

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:15:25 +0000

The world is currently experiencing an extinction crisis. A mass extinction on a scale not seen since the dinosaurs. While conservationists work tirelessly to try and protect the World’s biodiversity, it will not be possible to save everything, and it is important to focus conservation efforts intelligently. Evolutionary distinctiveness is a measure of how isolated [...]

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Synthetic Biology and Conservation

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:20:18 +0000

Synthetic biology, a hybrid between Engineering and Biology, is an emerging field of research promising to change the way we think about manufacturing, medicine, food production, and even conservation and sustainability. A review paper released this month in Oryx, authored by Dr Kent Redford, Professor William Adams, Dr Rob Carlson, Bertina Ceccarelli and CBER’s Professor [...]

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Measure Twice, Cut Once: Quantifying Biases in Sexual Selection Studies

Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:44:30 +0000

Bateman’s principles are conceptually quite simple, but form the basis of our understanding of sexual selection across the animal kingdom. First proposed in 1948, Bateman’s three principles posit that sexual selection is more intense in males than in females for three reasons: 1) males show more variability in the number of mates they have (mating [...]

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Technology for Nature?

Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:23:54 +0000

Many of our greatest technological advances have tended to mark disaster for nature. Cars guzzle fossil fuels and contribute to global warming; industrialised farming practices cause habitat loss and pollution; computers and mobile phones require harmful mining procedures to harvest rare metals. But increasingly, ecologists and conservation biologists are asking whether we can use technology [...]

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Nice Flies Don’t Finish Last: Meiotic Drive and Sexual Selection in Stalk-Eyed Flies

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:54:47 +0000

While it might seem as though our genes are all working together for our own good, some of them are actually rather selfish. Scientists have known about ‘selfish genetic elements’ for nearly a century, but research to understand their behaviour and effects is ongoing. Recent research in GEE reveals how sexually selected traits are signalling [...]

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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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