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PREDICTS Project: Land-Use Change Doesn’t Impact All Biodiversity Equally

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:17:53 +0000

Humans are destroying, degrading and depleting our tropical forests at an alarming rate. Every minute, an area of Amazonian rainforest equivalent to 50 football pitches is cleared of its trees, vegetation and wildlife. Across the globe, tropical and sub-tropical forests are being cut down to make way for expanding towns and cities, for agricultural land […]

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Calculated Risks: Foraging and Predator Avoidance in Rodents

Fri, 03 Oct 2014 10:07:08 +0000

Finding food is one of the most important tasks for any animal – most animal activity is focused on this job. But finding food usually involves some risks – leaving the safety of your burrow or nest to go out into a dangerous world full of predators, disease and natural hazards. Animals should therefore be […]

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Applying Metabolic Scaling Laws to Predicting Extinction Risk

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:32:49 +0000

The Earth is warming. That much were are now certain of. A major challenge for scientists hoping to ameliorate the effect of this on biodiversity is to predict how temperature increases will affect populations. Predicting the responses of species living in complex ecosystems and heterogenous environments is a difficult task, but one starting point is […]

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The Importance of Size in the Evolution of Complexity in Ants

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:14:37 +0000

Ants are amongst the most abundant and successful species on Earth. They live in complex, cooperative societies, construct elaborate homes and exhibit many of the hallmarks of our own society. Some ants farm crops, others tend livestock. Many species have a major impact on the ecosystems they live in, dispersing seeds, consuming huge quantities of […]

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Understanding Catfish Colonisation and Diversification in The Great African Lakes

Fri, 05 Sep 2014 10:29:42 +0000

Why some regions or habitats contain vast, diverse communities of species, whilst others contain only relatively few species, continues to be the subject of scientific research attempting to understand the processes and conditions that allow and adaptive radiation. The Great African Lakes exist as freshwater ‘islands’, with spectacularly high levels of biodiversity and endemism. They […]

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London NERC DTP - GEE Projects 2014

Biodiversity/Evolution/Ecology

Project Title
Supervisor
Co-Supervisor
Anthropogenic impacts on African tropical lake benthic communities
Julia Day Kirsty Kemp, Institute of Zoology
Evolution of infertility under sexual selection in stalk-eyed flies Andrew Pomiankowski
Kevin Fowler, GEE UCL
Identifying traits that make plant species vulnerable to climate change Richard Pearson
Justin Moat, GIS Lab, Kew
Integrating dynamics into metrics for local conservation priorities Georgina Mace Andy Purvis, Life Sciences, UCL
Linking patterns and processes in tropical forests David Murrell Sofia Olhede Statistical Science, UCL
Modularity, metamorphosis, and diversity: a quantitative perspective on the drivers of amphibian diversity
Anjali Goswami
Susan Evans, Cell and Developmental Biology, UCL
Natural variation in the temperature response of an alpine plant
Astrid Wingler
 
Predicting human impacts and environmental change on Southeast Asian biodiversity: past, present and future
Helen Chatterjee
Samuel Turvey, Institute of Zoology
Predicting long-term changes in biodiversity for enhanced environmental decision-making Ben Collen  
Reality Checking a General Ecosystem Model Georgina Mace Drew Purves, Computer Science Lab, Microsoft Research
Resolving Deep Animal Phylogenies Through Genome-wide Maximum Likelihood Phylogenetic Inference
Christophe Dessimoz
Max Telford, GEE
Stability of complex ecological networks under climate change Richard Pearson
Simone Severini, Computer Science, UCL
The evolution of guppy sex chromosomes, and their role in sexually selected traits
Judith Mank
 
The genetics and epigenetics of Y-linked fitness variation in fruitflies Max Reuter
 Kevin Fowler, GEE
The genomic architecture of mitochondria     Biodiversity
Nick Lane
Vincent Jansen, RHUL

Past Life & Environment

Project title
Supervisor Co-Supervisor
The origin of life in alkaline hydrothermal vents Nick Lane
John Ward, Biochemical Engineering, UCL

Earth-Life Systems

Project  Title
Supervisor Co-Supervisor
What makes us give? Insights into charitable donation decisions Nichola Raihani  

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