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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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Nice Flies Don’t Finish Last: Meiotic Drive and Sexual Selection in Stalk-Eyed Flies

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:54:47 +0000

While it might seem as though our genes are all working together for our own good, some of them are actually rather selfish. Scientists have known about ‘selfish genetic elements’ for nearly a century, but research to understand their behaviour and effects is ongoing. Recent research in GEE reveals how sexually selected traits are signalling [...]

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Finding a Place to Call Home: Translocation and the Plight of the Hihi

Fri, 16 May 2014 13:13:56 +0000

Climate change alters how climate is distributed both geographically and temporally. Over the coming decades, for species sensitive to climatic variables, it may become a case of ‘relocate or die’ – those species that are not able to shift their populations from old, unsuitable habitat into newly emerging suitable habitat, in line with climate change, [...]

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29 April 2013


'An iterative approach to understanding species' ranges’


Speaker:

Cory Merow, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut
Date & Time:
Tuesday, 7 May at 4pm
Venue: Gavin de Beer Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Building (map)
Host: David Redding (Ext 54229)


Abstract:

Ecologists rely on knowledge of species’ ranges to understand macroecological patterns, biodiversity, niches, behavior, or simply where to find the organism they’re looking for. Often, range maps are  treated as tools for subsequent analysis, however the quality and construction of these maps profoundly effects any emergent biological predictions. In this talk, I discuss a spectrum of methods for building and interpreting range maps – ranging from exploratory correlations to process-based predictions – to emphasize the linkage between biological questions, available data and appropriate methods. My goal is to define a framework for ecologists to structure data collection and make modeling decisions congruent with the biological insights they seek.

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