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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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Defaunation in the Anthropocene
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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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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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Current PhD Students

Class of 2013

Name PhD topic Funding Supervisor
Elizabeth Gallagher Evolutionary Game Theory Models for the Origins of Agriculture and the Rise of Social Inequality CoMPLEX - EPSRC Mark Thomas
Leanne Grech
Investigating the role of ncRNAs in Schizosaccharomyces pombe Grand Challenges Studentship
 Jurg Bahler
Mark Hill
Genetic and phenotypic correlates of sex-specific fitness in Drosophila melanogaster UCL Impact / GEE Max Reuter
Marcus Lawrance
Analysis and visualisation of genetic and environmental hotspots for cognitive and behavioural traits across space and time UCL Impact / GEE
Oliver Davis
Lara Meade
Sexual selection, meiotic drive and fertility in stalk-eyed flies NERC DTG
Andrew Pomiankowski
Steven Müller Reconstructing the genomic ground plans of all deuterostome clades and identify clade specific genetic novelties as potential sources of phenotypic novelty European Research Commision Maximilian Telford
Thais Nogales da Costa Vasconcelos Floral Evolution in Myrtaceae and its Systematic Implications Capes Foundation Astrid Wingler
Laura Nunes
Niche conservatism among chameleons in Madagascar UCL Impact / NHM
Richard Pearson
Helen O'Neill Making Connections: Conserving landscapes for wide-ranging wildlife UCL Impact / Institute of Zoology Richard Pearson
Jeremy Owen
Evolution of Reciprocal Sex from Lateral Gene Transfer in Early Eukaryotic Evolution CoMPLEX - MRC/EPSRC Andrew Pomiankowski / Nick Lane
Stuart Paul Peters Inferring Evolutionary Processes from Modern and Ancient DNA Self funded Mark Thomas
Ivana Piližota Improving Plant Genome and Transcriptome Assembly and Annotation Using Orthologs UCL Impact / BAYER CROPSCIENCE NV Christophe Dessimoz
Arunas Radzvilavicius Mitochindrial Inheritance in the Evolution of Multicellular Organisms with Germline-soma Differentiation CoMPLEX - EPSRC Andrew Pomiankowski
Marcela Randau The evolution and biomechanics of felids' vertebral column Leverhulme Anjali Goswami
Helen Robertson
Evolution and Development of Xenoturbella and the Acoelomorpha ERC
Max Telford
Thanet Sornda 'Yolk accumulation in C. elegans as a model for understanding senescent pathogenesis' Naresuan University Scholarship, Thailand David Gems
Lucy Van Dorp Investigating Processes Driving Genetic Diversity Among Human Population CoMPLEX - MRC/EPSRC David Balding
Catherine Walker
Human Adaptation to Dietary Change Self funded Mark Thomas
Anqi Yan Transcriptional regulation and age-related metabolic diseases Self funded Lazaros Foukas
Yifan Yu   Self funded / UCL CSC Linda Partridge
Elena Zwirner City life and cooperative behaviour in humans UCL Impact / Annals / Divisional Support Nichola Raihani

Class of 2012

Name
PhD Topic Funding Supervisor
Sayed Jaffar Abbas
Interaction of cold stress with Senescence Regulation in Plants
Islamic Development Bank
Astrid Wingler
Konstantinos Angelis Statistical methods in molecular evolution
UCL Impact / GEE
Ziheng Yang
Jose Antonio Barba Montoya Angiosperm divergence times: a phylogenetic analysis of genome-scale data sets
Mexico (CONACyT) Ziheng Yang
Naomi Barrett The effects of division plane position on cell size control and cell cycle progression CoMPLEX - UCL Jurg Bahler
Anna Bove Design and Fabrication of an integrated microfluidic platform to perform high-throughput studies of ageing in C. Elegans EPSRC International Doctoral Scholars grant Eugene Schuster
Juan Camilo Chacon-Duque New insights into genetic structure and demographic history of Latin American populations using Genome-Wide SNP Data COLCIENCIAS Andres Ruiz-Linares
David Curnick
Effectiveness of marine protected areas for protecting migratory pelagic fish species
BEAMS Impact award  / Zoological Society of London
Ben Collen
Alessandra Dupont
Predator control of diversity: a case studies using microcosms
NHM / UCL
David Bass (NHM)
Ellen Dyer
A global study of the richness, spread and impacts of exotic birds BEAMS Impact award  / Zoological Society of London
Kate Jones
David Ellis Prions in Fission Yeast BBSRC PhD programme (DTP) Jurg BAHLER
Warren Emmett
Analysis of next-generation sequencing data to describe casual variants in paediatric eye disease
Moorefield Hospital Biomedical Research Centre
Vincent Plagnol
Ann Gilliat Defining age-related pathologies that limit lifespan in C. elegans UCL Impact / IHA Matthew Piper
Johannes Girstmair The polyclad flatworm Maritigrella crozieri (A new system to explore Evo-Devo within Platyhelminthes and other Spiralia) Marie Curie Maximilian Telford
Francesca Jarero
Developmental gene expression in parasitic flatworms
NHM / UCL
Peter Olson (NHM) / Max Telford
Tim Lucas
Macro-epidemiology of Nipah and Ebola viruses in bat populations in Ghana
CoMPLEX - EPSRC
Kate Jones
Cian Murphy
Investigating the genetic basis of rare cardiovascular disorders
Institute of Child Health
Vincent Plagnol
Benjamin Robert Sobkowiak
The effect of population size and fluctuating demography on the rate of evolution
NERC
Francois Balloux
Victor Sojo Origin of viruses and cells
CoMPLEX - EPSRC/UCL
Nick Lane
Christopher Steele
Advanced interpretation of DNA profile evidence: low template, mixtures, degradation, sequences and methylation 
BBSRC CASE - Cellmark Forensic Services
David Balding
Alexandra Whicher Investigating the potential role of alkaline hydrothermal vents in the origin of life Leverhulme Trust Project Grant
Nick Lane
Alison Wright     Judith Mank
Fabian Zimmer
Exploring the evolution of sex-specific gene expression differences in birds using a network based approach
Departmental Funds Judith Mank

Class of 2011

Name
PhD Topic Funding
Supervisor
Victor Acuña Alonzo Mapping Complex Traits in admixed populations: metabolic and morphological traits in Latin American populations UCL ORS / Annals Andres Ruiz-Linares
Katherine Brown Evolution of carbohydrate digestion enzymes in human populations and relationship to Glycaemic Index BBSRC / Unilever CASE Mark Thomas
Alison (nee Jameson) Cotton Analysis of sexual selection in male stalk-eyed flies UCL Impact / Annals / Division Alfried Vogler / Paul Eggleton
Alexandra Crampton-Platt A comparison of the diversity of beetle communities in tropical and temperate forest landscapes using combined molecular and morphological approaches Natural History Museum / UCL IMPACT Alfried Vogler & Paul Eggleton (NHM / David Murrell(UCL)
David Dylus
The Evolution of Gene Regulatory Networks in Echinoderms
CoMPLEX - UCL
Paola Oliveri
Antonia Ford Speciation in African cichlid fishes UCL scholarship Julia Day
Andrew Higgins Evolution of gene regulation NERC Max Reuter /Jürg Bähler
James Howie Evolutionary genetics of reproductive performance and consequences for sexual selection and sperm competition in female stalk-eyed flies NERC Kevin Fowler
Gita Kasthala   NERC Ben Collen
Li Li Dissecting the role of PGC-1 alpha in neurodegenerative disorders using Drosophila model Parkinson's UK + Self funding Linda Partridge
Simon Maddock Origins, maintenance and conservation of the Seychelles herpetofauna Natural History Museum / UCL IMPACT David Gower (NHM) / Julia Day (GEE)
Finlay Maguire Analysis of the photosynthetic endosymbiosis between Paramecium Bursaria and Chlorella NHM Thomas Richards (NHM)
Fraser Murdoch Applications of ecological theory to understand the microbial communities of the human mouth GEE / UCL IMPACT David Murrell
Libero Petrone System-level analysis of circadian rhythm in sea urchin Human Frontier Science Program / UCL IMPACT Paola Oliveri
Peter Rennert Biotracking for characterisation of ageing Drosophila CRUCIBLE Matt Piper
Anna Maria Rudzinski Bridging the European and Anatolian Neolithic: demography, migration, and lifestyle at the advent of civilization EU (FP7) Marie Curie ITN Mark Thomas
Shan Su The bird trade in Taiwan, an analysis of an Eastern pathway to biological invasion Self Funded Helen Chatterjee

Class of 2010

Name
PhD Topic Funding
Supervisor
Sophie Atkinson
Roles of non-coding RNAs in cellular lifespan of fission yeast
CoMPLEX - BBSRC
Jurg Bahler
Lucia Bettedi Role of insulin signalling in the metabolic decline of ageing UCL IMPACT Lazaros Foukas
Jorge Castillo Quan Genetics of ageing and molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration ORS / GSRS Linda Partridge
Yila De La Guardia Is ageing in C. elegans caused by hyperplasia rather than damage accumulation? Panamanian Scholarship - SENACYT David Gems
Orlando Doehring Algorithms for using genetic markers to estimate of breed contributions in crossbred dog Mars Industrial David Balding
Heather Elding Novel insights into the genetics of Crohn's disease using linkage disequilibrium
Mapping
Annals of Human Genetics / GEE Teaching Nikolas Maniatis
Sahar Emran The role of amino acids and TOR signalling in lifespan determination of Drosophila BBSRC Matthew Piper
Anne-Claire Fabre Relationships between form and function in the vertebrate skeleton in the context of changing environment: Integrative approach based on imagery and three-dimensional geometric morphometrics UCL IMPACT Anjali Goswami
Marta Futema Novel mutations and altered LDL-receptor splicing in familial hypercholesterolaemia MRC Case Award Steve Humphries
Ben Garrod Primates of the Caribbean: using historical-era introductions of monkeys in the lesser Antilles to understand rates of island evolution NERC Helen Chatterjee
Claudia Giambartolomei Finding therapeutic targets to reduce cardiovascular events BHF Vincent Plagnol
Zena Hadjivasiliou Evolution of the eukaryotic cell and somatic complexity CoMPLEX GEE Nick Lane
Mirna Kovacevic Integrating archaeological material culture and genetic data using demographic simulation CoMPLEX GEE Mark Thomas
Sofie Morfopoulou Statistical and computational applications of short read DNA sequencing for viral sequence discovery Annals of Human Genetics / GEE Teaching Vincent Plagnol
Claire Peart Investigating adaptive radiation in East African Great lake catfish NERC CASE Julia Day
Bartlomiej Tomiczek Comparative genomics of marine worms: conservation and change IMPACT award Max Telford

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