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Gee Research Blog

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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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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