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Competitive Generosity Drives Charitable Donations

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:09:46 +0000

Unconditional generosity is a characteristic of humans on which we pride ourselves, and billions of dollars is donated to hundreds of thousands of charitable organisations every year. But look at it from an evolutionary perspective, and this trait seems difficult to explain. In some situations, giving may have evolved to advertise positive characteristics of the […]

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Annoucing the Winners of the Write About Research Competition

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:49:07 +0000

Thanks to everyone who entered our Write About Research competition. We received some great entries from GEE students and postdocs, covering a broad range of topics from conservation to genetics. The entries will be posted here over the coming months, so watch this space! The Winners are… Drum roll please … WINNER: David Curnick – […]

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Male Promiscuity Boosts Role of Chance in Sex Chromosome Evolution

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:02:31 +0000

Humans, like all mammals and birds, determine sex with chromosomes. Whether a fertilised egg develops into a male or female depends on what chromosomes it carries Scientists have long recognised that genes evolve a little differently on the sex chromosomes, and recent research in GEE suggests this may be due to differing patterns of inheritance […]

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Sloths Move Slow, Evolve Fast

Wed, 11 Mar 2015 18:20:41 +0000

Sloths might be notorious for their leisurely pace of life, but research published last year shows they are no slow coaches when it comes to evolution. Sloths, as we know and love them, are small, slow-moving creatures found in the trees of tropical rainforests. But modern sloths are pretty odd compared to their extinct relatives. […]

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Write About Research – A GEE Research Blog Competition

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:28:43 +0000

The GEE Research blog communicates UCL science with a wider, non-specialist audience, by providing short summaries of recent research in the department of UCL Genetics, Evolution and Environment. This provides an opportunity to engage with a broad audience, including other academics, students, members of the public, and even businesses and policy-makers. It is a great […]

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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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