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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 [...]

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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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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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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