[ceevol] Forthcoming events w/c 9th Feb

  • From: CEE.Secretary <cee@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "ceevol@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <ceevol@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2015 16:32:51 +0000

Dear all,
Please find below, a list of upcoming CEE related events for the coming week.
Events w/c 9th February
Global land-use change: causes and consequences for biodiversity - ZSL Seminar
Date & Time:      10 Feb 2015        18:00 - 19:45
Venue:                 ZSL - Zoological Society of London, London, London NW1 

Speakers:         Andy Purvis, Natural History Museum/Imperial College London
Global land-use impacts on terrestrial biodiversity
Nathalie Pettorelli, Zoological Society of London
Tracking land-use change at multiple spatial and temporal scales
Kate Jones, Zoological Society of London/University College London
Technology for nature
Drew Purves, Microsoft Research Cambridge
A first-principles approach to understanding the effects of land-use change on 
biodiversity and ecosystem function
Chair:                    Andrew Balmford, University of Cambridge


Anthropogenic environmental changes, such as global land use and land cover 
change, driven by rapid human population growth and increasing demand for 
agricultural and forest products, are impacting the balance of the Earth 
system. Land use and land cover change is a primary cause of biodiversity loss, 
the second largest source of carbon emissions, and has a major impact on the 
water cycle and the climate. This meeting will highlight the causes of land use 
and land cover change, investigate the impacts on biodiversity loss, ecosystem 
functioning and ecosystem services, and explore how non-market and public 
benefits, including wildlife conservation, can be incorporated into land-use 
planning. The meeting will also present the new Land Use Forum London 
(LUFLondon), an interdisciplinary network of researchers, students and 
policy-makers who share an interest in the causes and consequences of land use 
and land cover change. The Forum is open to all who wish to participate 

This Science and Conservation event is free; seating is allocated on a first 
come, first served basis. Doors open at 5pm for a 6pm start.
A dinner will follow this Science and Conservation Event and everyone is 
welcome. Dinner is £35 per person (includes two glasses of wine). A booking 
form will be available online one month before the event For all enquiries, 
please contact the Scientific Events Coordinator at 
scientific.events@xxxxxxx<mailto:scientific.events@xxxxxxx> or call 0207 


Finding novel chemistry in natural product biosynthetic pathways -  Queen 
Mary's Seminar Series
Date & Time:      11th Feb                                12:30pm
Speaker:              Sarah Barry (Kings College, London)
Host:                     Lisa Rooney
Venue:               Peoples Palace LT 1, Queen Mary, University of London, 
Mile End Rd, London E1 4NS
Darwin's Birthday Event 2015- CEE EVENT
How Did Life Begin?
11th February 2015 - 4:00pm
Natural History Museum
Polymerization in hydrothermal conditions: Darwin's prescient idea.
Dave Deamer, Department of Bimolecular Engineering, University of California, 
Santa Cruz CA In an often quoted note to Joseph Hooker in 1871, Darwin 
speculated that life may have begun in a "warm little pond." We have tested 
this idea in simulations of fluctuating hydrothermal fields associated with 
volcanism. We found that the chemical energy available in such conditions can 
drive polymerization of ordinary mononucleotides into surprisingly long 
oligonucleotides resembling ribonucleic acid (RNA). The polymerization occurs 
in lipid environments so that the RNA-like polymers become encapsulated in 
membranous compartments to form protocells, the first milestone on the 
evolutionary path toward primitive cellular life.
Energy and Matter at the Origin of Life
Nick Lane, Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, UCL There is a 
paradox at the base of life. Membrane bioenergetics - the use of ion gradients 
across membranes to drive carbon and energy metabolism - are universal, but 
membranes are not. Radical differences between bacteria and archaea in membrane 
chemistry and active ion pumping suggest that LUCA, the last universal common 
ancestor, may have used natural proton gradients in alkaline hydrothermal vents 
to drive growth. I will outline a possible scenario for the origin of life in 
this environment, and present some experimental and modelling results which 
suggest that proton gradients could have driven the transition from 
geochemistry to biochemistry, and the deep divergence of archaea and bacteria.
Flett Lecture Theatre, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London - 
Download a copy of the poster here - 

TBC  - Imperial Seminar Series

Date & Time:      12th Feb                                1:00pm
Speaker:              Dmitri Pushkin
Host:                     Samraat Pawar
Venue:                 Imperial College London - Silwood Park Campus, Buckhurst 
Road, Ascot, West Berkshire SL5 7PY

Seaweeds: the good, the bad and the pretty -  Queen Mary Seminar Series
Date & Time:      12th Feb                                1:00pm
Speaker:              Professor Christine Maggs (Queen's University Belfast)
Venue:                 Fogg LT, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Rd, 
London E1 4NS

What is food security - The Linnean Society
Date & Time:      13th Feb              18:30
Speaker:              Prof Tim Benton, University of Leeds
Speaker:              Lecture Theatre B33, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square, 

World population projections show that there will be many more mouths to feed 
in coming decades. This need will follow the actual population trend, but 
meeting it depends on many other factors. Food production will continue to 
depend upon half a dozen staple food plants. There is a potential fragility in 
maintaining production that depends upon land availability, soil fertility, 
water supplies, freedom from pests, appropriate technologies and suitable crop 
varieties. Equally important is whether the primary crops are eaten by us, or 
used less efficiently for meat production. Food can be lost in storage and 
transportation. In an increasingly urbanised world, some see the solutions in 
energy-intensive, industrial scale farming, fisheries and food distribution, 
whilst others advocate smaller scale, local activity. Much of this will be 
affected by climate change.
This lecture series explores the issues and tries to answer some of the 
questions. Further details of the six individual lectures, and a reading list, 
will be available later.
To receive these, please email ecssoc@xxxxxxxxx<mailto:ecssoc@xxxxxxxxx>, 
consult the website 
http://www.bbk.ac.uk/geds/ourresearch/ecss/free-public-lectures, or pick up a 
copy at one of the lectures.
The free public lectures are in a series hosted by GEDS, Birkbeck University of 
London. They are suitable for those who may be considering, or undertaking, 
university courses in ecology, biological conservation or related subjects. 
They will interest environmental and ecological practitioners, natural 
historians, wildlife organisations and others with similar interests. The 
lectures are supported by GEDS, Birkbeck University of London and would not be 
possible otherwise. They are organised and promoted by the Ecology and 
Conservation Studies Society, with assistance from the Linnaean Society of 

If you would like to include a seminar, event or a seminar series to the CEE, 
please e-mail details of the event, at least two weeks before the seminar date, 
to cee@xxxxxxxxx<mailto:cee@xxxxxxxxx> . Once accepted your event will be 
publicized on the website calendar, via e-mail and to the twitter community.
Chris Langridge
CEE Administrator
The Centre for Ecology and Evolution
University College London
Gower St., London, WC1E 6BT
E: cee@xxxxxxxxx<mailto:cee@xxxxxxxxx>

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