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IYB at UCL: Exploring Lake Tanganyika

14 May 2010


IYBD logo biodiversityislife.net/" target="_self">International Year of Biodiversity
  • UCL Genetics, Evolution and Environment
  • Natural History Museum
  • In this short film, Dr Julia Day (UCL Genetics, Evolution and Environment) provides an insight into her work at UCL and the Natural History Museum on the Great Lakes of East Africa.

    The lakes, which are among the richest freshwater ecosystems on Earth, not only support staggering biodiversity, but are also home to a range of endemic fauna, the most celebrated being the cichlid fishes.

    The United Nations has declared 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) - a chance to celebrate and safeguard the diversity of life on Earth.

    Biodiversity embraces every every plant, animal and micro-organism, and sustains the ecosystems that provide us with food, fuel, health, wealth, and other vital services.

    UCL's wide-ranging research promotes a profound understanding of its importance and seeks new ways to preserve the richness of the natural world.

    For more information about IYB, follow the link above.

    UCL context

    UCL Genetics, Evolution and Environment brings together scientists with shared interests who had been scattered among a variety of departments. It traces its origins to the now defunct Department of Comparative Anatomy, founded in 1826 and the first in Britain to offer a zoology degree. UCL Genetics, Evolution and Environment incorporates the Galton Laboratory, the first institution in the world to study human genetics as a science.

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