Gee Research Blog
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 [...]Read more...
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 [...]Read more...
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 [...]Read more...
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 [...]Read more...
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 [...]Read more...
Biodiversity is vital for providing food, fuel, clean water and other ecosystem services that our wellbeing depends upon. However, factors such as habitat loss and climate change are resulting in widespread loss of diversity and challenging the health and persistence of ecosystems. This MRes provides training in scientific approaches to studying and preserving biodiversity. The research led programme covers both basic research on the evolutionary and ecological processes that produced our present biodiversity, and applied research on how to preserve this biodiversity in the future.
The programme is based in UCL’s Department of Genetics, Evolution, and Environment and run in collaboration with the Natural History Museum and the Zoological Society of London’s Institute of Zoology. It thus provides unparalleled opportunities for students to learn and conduct research across the full breadth of pure and applied research in biodiversity.
UCL is recognized as one of the world’s best research environments within the field of biological and biomedical science. The Division of Biosciences, is in a unique position to offer tuition, research opportunities in internationally recognised laboratories and an appreciation of the multi-disciplinary nature of Biosciences research. The Division includes the Departments of Cell & Developmental Biology (CDB), Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology (NPP), Genetics, Evolution & Environment (GEE) and Structural & Molecular Biology (SMB) and hosts the Centre for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine, the UCL Genetics Institute and the Institute for Healthy Ageing (Further information on the Division of Biosciences can be seen here).
The MRes in Biosciences will provide the opportunity to undertake a major research project and gain in depth knowledge in the selected subject and to develop the generic skills required for the written and verbal communication of science.
The Programme is designed for students who wish undertake a PhD degree or to convert from other relevant disciplines and for those who wish to enter employment in an advanced capacity in industry or the public sector in the field of Bioscience.
The Centre for Mathematics and Physics in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology, CoMPLEX, runs a Doctoral training programme “Modelling Biological Complexity”. This is funded by major grants from the EPSRC and BHF, with additional funding from MRC, BBSRC, NERC, CRUK and UCL. The programme recruits around 15 home and European and Overseas students each year. Training consists of a first MRes year with taught modules and shorter research projects, followed by three years of PhD. All places have funding for fees and stipend.
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