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Function Over Form: Phenotypic Integration and the Evolution of the Mammalian Skull

Mon, 08 Dec 2014 14:05:52 +0000

Our bodies are more than just a collection of independent parts – they are complex, integrated systems that rely upon precise coordination in order to function properly. In order for a leg to function as a leg, the bones, muscles, ligaments, nerves and blood vessels must all work together as an integrated whole. This concept, […]

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The Best of Both Worlds:Planning for Ecosystem Win-Wins

Sun, 16 Nov 2014 12:25:44 +0000

The normal and healthy function of ecosystems is not only of importance in conserving biodiversity, it is of utmost importance for human wellbeing as well. Ecosystems provide us with a wealth of valuable ecosystem services from food to clean water and fuel, without which our societies would crumble. However it is rare that only a […]

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Life Aquatic: Diversity and Endemism in Freshwater Ecosystems

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 11:22:07 +0000

Freshwater ecosystems are ecologically important, providing a home to hundreds of thousands of species and offering us vital ecosystem servies. However, many freshwater species are currently threatened by habitat loss, pollution, disease and invasive species. Recent research from GEE indicates that freshwater species are at greater risk of extinction than terrestrial species. Using data on […]

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Handicaps, Honesty and VisibilityWhy Are Ornaments Always Exaggerated?

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:30:30 +0000

Sexual selection is a form of natural selection that favours traits that increase mating success, often at the expense of survival. It is responsible for a huge variety of characteristics and behaviours we observe in nature, and most conspicuously, sexual selection explains the elaborate ornaments such as the antlers of red deer and the tail […]

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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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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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