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Gee Research Blog

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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Evolving Endemism in East Africa’s Sky Islands

Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:16:32 +0000

The World’s biodiversity is not evenly distributed. Some regions are hot spots for species richness, and biologists have been trying better to understand why these regions are special and what drives evolution and diversification. A recent paper by GEE’s Dr Julia Day and recent PhD graduate Dr Siobhan Cox, investigated the diversification of White-Eye Birds […]

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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 […]

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The Importance of Life History and Demography
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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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PhD Research


UCL’s Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment (GEE) has a diverse community of post-doctoral students undertaking research across many biologically related disciplines led by internationally recognised researchers. To find out more about the research currently being undertaken by our students, please look at our current research student’s site.

We have excellent links with London research institutions such as The Natural History Museum, The Institute of Zoology, as well as being part of many UCL led centres such as the Centre for Biodiversity and Environmental ResearchCoMPLEX, Institute of Healthy Ageing (IHA), UCL Genetics Institute (UGI). Research scientists from across the globe visit GEE to collaborate with local members, and to give talks at our exciting and vibrant seminar series in GEE and for the Centre for Ecology and Environment, providing an excellent networking forum.

Undertaking a PhD in GEE will not only provide training and expert knowledge in a specialized field of research. We also recognize the importance of obtaining a broader skill set, to not only facilitate your studies, but to provide transferable skills for future employment. As such, UCL offers numerous courses designed to cater for improving communication skills, statistical and computational training, and active career guidance for example. Our PG students also run their own journal club, providing a relaxed forum to present and exchange ideas, and you will also have the opportunity to participate in undergraduate teaching (via small tutorials groups and/or demonstrating in practicals).

We welcome applications from candidates working towards, or holding Bachelor and/or Masters degrees in Biological Sciences (Botany, Zoology), Genetics, Human Genetics, Mathematics, who expect to gain a first class, or upper second class degree.

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