Degree: Molecular Plant and Microbial Sciences (Masters) - Imperial College London University
Okay… where to begin! My name is Rad and I am a student! Earlier this year I graduated with a first class bachelor’s degree with honours in Plant Science with Industrial/Professional Experience from the University of Manchester, and I loved it so much that I’m about to dedicate yet another year to a Master of Research degree in Molecular Plant and Microbial Sciences at Imperial College, London. Before that, I obtained my International Baccalaureate diploma, which included biology as a higher subject, and preceding that, I studied triple science as part of my GCSE’s.
As you may be able to tell, I have always felt a strong affinity towards science, but it is biology that is truly my forte. The intrigue of the natural world, with its stunningly peculiar and awe-inspiring diversity of lifeforms, their interactions, and molecular inner workings has never ceased to inspire a childlike wonder in me. I must also give credit to my biology teachers and lecturers who truly invested themselves in imbibing us with their zeal for the natural world. Learning from them encouraged me not only to study it, but to genuinely care for it and appreciate it as something fundamental to, and inextricably linked with, the wellbeing of the whole biosphere, including our own!
As such, biology (and plant biology especially) is something that I value as more than just an academic subject. Given that it’s important to convey a passion for a subject in order to teach it well, I believe my ardour for biology would allow me to tutor in a way that’s effective and enjoyable!
|Biology||A Level||£20 /hr|
|Maths Studies (SL)||Baccalaureate||6|
|Spanish ab initio||Baccalaureate||6|
|Plant Science with Industrial Experience||Bachelors Degree||First class with honours|
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1. What is ‘survival of the fittest’?
- ‘Survival of the fittest’ is a phrase way to describe the principle behind the theory of evolution by natural selection, originally proposed by Charles Darwin in 1859
- According to the theory, life on Earth began from much more simple forms of organisms
- Organisms we see today are more complex because they have continually changed and diversified over millions of years through a process of evolution
- Evolution depends on natural selection. Survival of the fittest describes the process of natural selection because natural processes select the fittest organisms to survive and evolve
2. What is fitness and what is a fit organism?
- Fitness describes an organism's ability to survive in its environment (e.g. ability to find food and shelter, avoid getting eaten)
- To survive in its environment, an organism’s traits have to be well adapted to it
- Between members of any given species, there are differences in their traits (e.g. body size or camouflage), which means that some members will inevitably be better at surviving than others
3. How does this process lead to evolution?
- Differences in traits are due to differences in genes, which are passed down from parents to offspring in each generation
- Fitter organisms have a better chance of surviving, which also means a higher chance of successfully reproducing
- Therefore, fitter organisms will contribute more offspring to the next generation, whereas the individuals that are badly adapted to their environment will be less likely to survive and reproduce, and will contribute less offspring
- Since traits are inherited through genes, the next generation will be overall fitter than the last (i.e. through natural selection of traits that allow effective adaptation)
- If this process is repeated over many generations, species will gradually evolvesee more