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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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Sex Differentiation Begins During Early Development

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:04:57 +0000

Males and females look different from each other, and these sexual dimorphisms are the result, largely, of sex differences in the expression of certain genes. Typically, scientists have studied sexual dimorphism in sexually mature adult animals, as this is the lifestage where differences are most apparent. However, many sex-specific phenotypes arise from sex-biased development, so […]

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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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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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