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Prof Julia Day
Room 216
Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research (CBER),
UCL Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, Darwin Building, Gower Street
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  • Professor of Zoology
  • Genetics, Evolution & Environment
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences

Julia has interests in evolutionary biology, systematics and biodiversity. Her Ph.D. was joint with UCL and The Natural History Museum, London, where she remains a Scientific Associate. She has been awarded two independent fellowships from the EU and the Royal Society, and has previously worked at the University of Cambridge, Konstanz University and Imperial College, before re-joining UCL. 

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Research Summary

Evolutionary Biology

The Day lab is interested in investigating patterns and processes of diversification leading to the build-up of diversity at local and regional scales. We are particularly interested in studying comparative systems in order to better understand whether there are common factors that have promoted elevated levels of species richness and how this biodiversity is maintained. We have focused on different animal groups, with an emphasis on African freshwater fishes. With our strong interests in evolutionary biology we are members of Centre for Life’s Origins (CLOE) at UCL. 

Biodiversity Research

We are also interested in biodiversity status and trends, and are members of the Centre for Biodiversity and Ecology (CBER) at UCL. Environmental (e)DNA metabarcoding is still in its infancy, but holds the potential to greatly enhance our ability to both monitor and understand the ecology of aquatic ecosystems. We have several projects harnessing this tool - from monitoring species-rich fish communities in tropical African lakes, to detecting endangered amphibians in Central America. With our long-standing interests in African biodiversity, our lab has also recently been investigating human impacts on several key ecosystems, including Lake Tanganyika, and The Taita Hills, in East Africa. 

For more details about our research please visit the website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/~ucbtjjd/Site/home.html

Teaching Summary

Julia teaches the module Animal Biodiversity, which is available to second year undergraduates with interests in animal biology, evolution and systematics. She also provides lectures on the first year module Life on Earth and a module Vertebrate Evolution on the M.Sci. degree program. 

Her lab welcomes research students from both the M.Sci. program  and the MRes in Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation (BEC).

01-SEP-2015 Associate Professor Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment University College London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2007 – 30-AUG-2015 Lecturer Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment University College London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2007 – 30-AUG-2008 Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow Department of Biology University College London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2004 – 30-AUG-2007 Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow Division of Biology Imperial College London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2002 – 30-AUG-2004 Marie-Curie Individual Fellow Department of Biology University of Konstanz, Germany
01-SEP-2000 – 30-AUG-2002 Post-doctoral Research Associate Department of Earth Sciences University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2000   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1995   Bachelor of Science (Honours) University of Bristol
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