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Gee Research Blog

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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Predicting Extinction Risk:The Importance of Life History and Demography

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:46:17 +0000

The changing climate is no longer simply a concern for the future, it is a reality. Understanding how the biodiversity that we share our planet with will respond to climate change is a key step in developing long-term strategies to conserve it. Recent research by UCL CBER’s Dr Richard Pearson identifies the key characteristics that […]

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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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Post-Graduate


The Department has a thriving postgraduate programme. It recruits 15-20 PhD students per annum from a variety of sources including Research Councils, Charity, UCL schemes and a number of inter-disciplinary centres across UCL. There are more than 100 postgraduate students working in the department for MSc, MRes and PhD research degrees. The Department is closely associated with a number of Doctoral Training Centres: CoMPLEX (Centre for Mathematics and Physics in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology), LIDo (BBSRC London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme) and the London NERC Doctoral Training Programme:

Details of how to apply, funding and scholarships are found within the individual programme links below, and through the main Biosciences homepage.

Taught Masters (MSc)

The Department runs and contributes to full-time Taught Masters courses run over 12 months leading to an MSc.  The Taught Masters Programme allows students to gather further specialised training before embarking on a career in research or elsewhere.

MRes

Research-intensive MRes programmes are offered in a number of areas. The Department also supports students who want to work with individual members of staff through the MRes Biosciences.

PhD Research

PhD Studentships are offered by individual PIs from a number of different sources. Current opportunities are listed here. Potential applicants are advised to get in touch with individual members of academic staff they might wish to work with.

In addition, the Department is closely associated with a number of Doctoral Training Centres that recruit large cohorts of students annually. Entry to these programmes offers training as well as the opportunity for student choice of supervisory teams. Potential applicants are advised to visit the web sites for these programmes, and to apply well in advance of the deadlines. This include CoMPLEX (Centre for Mathematics and Physics in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology), LIDo (BBSRC London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme) and the London NERC Doctoral Training Programme. Further information.

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