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May 21, 2015

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In the last two decades, models from evolutionary biology have made important contributions to demographic research on human fertility change. Within this evolutionary framework, two distinct traditions have focused on different processes of adaptation and time scales of change: (1) behavioral ecological perspectives have focused on how individual fertility decisions are shaped by local ecological circumstances, while (2) cultural evolutionary approaches have emphasized the role of socially transmitted information and changing social norms in shaping fertility behavior. While each tradition has made independent progress, research that integrates these approaches is necessary to improve our understanding of real fertility behavior, which results from a feedback between individual fertility decisions and social change. This approach requires combined attention to immediate ecological determinants of fertility decisions as well as the long-term processes that shape costs and benefits in a given environment. This workshop will bring together an international team of evolutionary behavioral scientists with complementary methodological and theoretical expertise in anthropology, psychology, and demography to develop (a) a synthetic article which proposes how these approaches can be integrated methodologically and theoretically, (b) an empirical article which applies our new synthetic framework to the study of fertility change in a particular fieldsite, demonstrating how the new methodological approach will work in practice and what we can learn through employing it, and (c) a multi-site grant proposal (UK, US, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Bolivia, Poland) aimed at integrating and empirically testing these diverse evolutionary models of human fertility change.
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May 17, 2015

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Human cultural diversity is expressed in myriad ways (from social and marital norms to languages and religious practices), but what factors shape this diversity? Dating back to Darwin, multiple disciplines have debated the degree to which cultural diversity patterns are influenced by different factors, including history, demographics, and ecology. Over recent years an emerging set of studies have showcased how phylogenetic comparative methods from evolutionary biology can help resolve these long-held debates and revolutionize the field of cultural evolution. Now the major barrier to advances lies in the location of necessary data, which are spread across multiple disparate sources in linguistics, biogeography and anthropology. To overcome this challenge we will create D-PLACE (a Database of Phylogenies of Languages for the study of Cultural Evolution), a publicly available and expandable web-portal that will map over 100 cultural features onto language phylogenies and link these to ecological and environmental variables, empowering a whole new line of investigation into the drivers of cultural change and patterns of cultural diversity. We will produce a paper to introduce D-PLACE and outline the many types of questions in comparative anthropology the database can answer. Finally, we will demonstrate the power of this new resource by using D-PLACE to examine two long-standing and fundamental questions from comparative anthropology: (i) What drives the diversity of incest taboos (i.e. how human societies regulate who can mate and marry)? (ii) Can we characterize recurrent “human niches”, or are societies just arbitrary bundles of cultural features?
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Baker’s Law (hereafter BL) states that self-compatible organisms are more likely to be successful colonizers after long-distance dispersal than self-incompatible organisms. This simple prediction draws a link between mating-system evolution and diverse fields of ecology and evolution such as dispersal biology and colonization, the evolution of range size and range limits, demography and Allee effect, and invasion biology. However, after >60 years of experimental research and theory development, the accumulated data yield varying, and often contradictory, support of BL. Our working group brings together a diverse array of researchers to assess predictions and assumptions of BL and elucidate ecological, evolutionary, and demographic parameters likely to determine the relationships between mating system, dispersal, and colonization success. To accomplish these goals we will: 1) Compile the voluminous literature on BL. 2) Link the BL data with two extensive databases gathered by prior NESCent support (seed germination and seed traits data; mating system data) and a NCEAS pollen limitation database. These expanded databases will include dispersal, range size, and life-history traits, thereby creating a powerful tool for testing various aspects of the relationship between mating-system and colonization success. 3) Employ macroevolutionary tools to map mating-system and dispersal traits onto the angiosperm phylogeny to assess evolutionary patterns and phylogenetically-corrected trait correlations. 4) Formalize BL using current population genetic theory and dispersal theory. Synthetic products of our working group should elucidate the links between dispersal and mating-system in colonization success, and will influence multiple fields of research in evolution for the foreseeable future.
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May 10, 2015

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Building non-model species genome curation communities
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May 6, 2015

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Primates are highly charismatic and often serve as flagship species in conservation efforts. They are also the closest living relatives of humans, and therefore hold the keys to resolving many questions about human evolution and ecology. However, the slow life histories of primates, combined with their complex social systems, their behavioral plasticity, and the challenging field conditions in which primate researchers must work, have severely limited analyses of mortality and fertility in wild, unprovisioned primate populations. This in turn limits comparative analyses that can shed light on the population dynamics and the social and ecological adaptations that have shaped both human and nonhuman primate evolution. We propose a Primate Life Histories Working Group to compare mortality and fertility schedules across taxa, to evaluate a set of hypotheses about the roles that phylogeny, ecology, and behavior play in shaping primate mortality and fertility patterns, and to examine whether life history theory predicts which vital rates are most variable across species. Using unique, individual-based life history data that have been collected from wild populations by nine working group participants over a minimum of 19 years, we will develop age-specific mortality and fertility schedules and create population projection matrices for each species. Our immediate goals are to test current hypotheses about the evolution of life histories in order to advance our understanding of primate evolution. Our longer-term goal is to move toward a collaborative, shared databank allowing analyses of irreplaceable life history data on wild primates.
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April 28, 2015

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A number of independent efforts have compiled global plant databases on functionally important traits of leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers. These databases are comprised of 1000's to tens of 1000's of species. With a few notable exceptions, they have not been analyzed in an evolutionary or phylogenetic context. However, when synthesized with a modern molecular phylogeny, these data could tell a comprehensive, multivariate story of the evolution of plant functional diversity. In this working group, we will merge multiple databases to explore the rate (tempo, sensu GG Simpson) of evolution of these traits and the best fit evolutionary model(s) (mode) underlying the trait diversification of land plants. We will ask 1. whether important divergences in trait space occurred along similar branches for different traits, 2. whether there were periods of evolution when trait diversification was especially rapid, and 3. whether there were interactions between trait evolution and rates of speciation and extinction. This work will lead to a new community resource of great interest—an internally synced trait matrix—matched with the current state-of-the-art phylogeny. These data can then be synthesized with fossil evidence to explore whether the tempo and mode of trait evolution in extant and extinct taxa provide similar stories. Furthermore, these data will provide a powerful view into the coordinated (or lack thereof) evolution of ecologically important traits across vascular plants—one of the most diverse and important lineages in the world today.
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April 23, 2015

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The identification and explanation of long-term evolutionary trends in higher taxa and biological communities is an important goal of biological research. Body size is the single most important ecological characteristic of metazoa and the variable most easily applied to analysis of evolutionary trends across distantly related taxa. The proposed working group will bring together paleobiologists studying body size evolution in deep time and across higher taxa with biologists studying the distribution of body sizes in living organisms from the community to global scale. The working group will initiate a community-wide database of body sizes through the Phanerozoic, an effort that requires standardized data on body size across higher taxa. The working group will also catalyze collaborations between paleobiologists and biologists to develop the theory necessary to investigate long-term dynamics in body-size evolution across diverse living and extinct metazoan lineages. The workshop will provide a venue for members to address the relationships between the pattern of body size evolution and the distribution of body sizes in extant organisms. How well can macroevolutionary patterns be inferred from macroecological ones? How well do those patterns reflect evolutionary mechanisms, whether driven or passive? Ultimately, the resulting database will become a broadly applicable and dynamic resource for macroevolutionary research, with real potential to help future workers shed light on the forces that have shaped the evolutionary trajectory of animal life on Earth.
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April 12, 2015

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Although the Indian and Pacific Oceans (hereafter Indo-Pacific) have long been recognized as containing the majority of marine biodiversity, their vastness poses substantial challenges for empirical research. Syntheses of published data, however, can expand the geographic scope of inference. We plan to examine the recent evolution of Indo-Pacific taxa by drawing upon all available population genetic data. We have two immediate research goals: 1) compile and analyze existing datasets for multiple species using consistent and uniform methods of analysis that represent the best current practice in population genetics to better determine oceanographic and geographic features as well as biological traits correlated with population structure. These results will inform our understanding of evolutionary processes in the region and provide information directly relevant to managers and conservation organizations. We will also: 2) conduct the first large scale multispecies investigation to infer the geography of speciation among Indo-Pacific taxa that incorporates population genetic inferences, thus testing predictions of competing biogeographic hypotheses using a novel approach. These research goals are underpinned by the creation of a database that would become publicly accessible to facilitate future studies. In addition, we plan to develop a virtual collaboration space that will support international collaborations in genetic-based research, training, and education throughout the region.
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March 26, 2015

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Conference: Peru.Andes.Amazon.Meeting.Oct15-18 The Peruvian NGO “Centro de Ecologia y Biodiversidad” (CEBIO) invites you to join us at the International Meeting: Biodiversity and Conservation of the Tropical Andes and the Amazon Rainforest Registrations are now open. The meeting will be held from October 15 to October 18, 2015 at Lima, Peru. The objective of the conference is to bring together foreign and Peruvian scientists involved in biodiversity research and conservation of flora and fauna in the Tropical Andes and the Amazon Rainforest. The conference will include plenary talks, symposia, oral and poster presentations . Meeting themes: Biodiversity, conservation, biogeography, systematics, climate change, tropical ecology, DNA barcoding, bioinformatics, next generation sequencing. Abstract submission closes on May 1, 2015. Please be kind and forward this announcement to others who may find this conference of interest. Yours sincerely, The Conference organizing Committee, bioconperu@cebioperu.org “Frank Azorsa (CEBIO)” via Gmail
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The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at Tulane University supports a one year non-thesis Master’s degree program designed for students planning to enter more advanced professional degree programs (e.g., law, public health, medicine, veterinary medicine, natural resources management) and for students intent on pursuing additional academic training (e.g., Ph.D. degree programs). The program also will be useful for students interested in seeking employment with environmental agencies of federal, state, and municipal government; non-governmental organizations; and in private industry, including environmental consulting firms. The Plus One MS degree program is intended to provide foundational and advanced academic training in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Organismal Biology, and related disciplines. The program involves completion of coursework and recommended completion of an independent study with departmental faculty (see: http://bit.ly/1aovn9D) or an internship with an approved off-campus organization. The opportunity to undertake independent study or to accrue on-the-job training with a governmental agency or private entity through an internship lends a unique character to this program and may provide students an advantage when seeking employment following graduation. Tulane Universityis a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, a select group of the 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada with ‘preeminent programs of graduate and professional education and scholarly research.’ Tulane is located in the historic Gulf Coast city of New Orleans, which is known for its culture, food and music. Applications are due May 1.Those interested in the program are encouraged to contact the program adviser (Dr. Richards-Zawacki, cori@tulane.edu ) or any faculty member whose research is of interest. More information can be found at http://bit.ly/1M8PMb2 Elizabeth Derryberry, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Ken and Ruth Arnold Early Career Professor in Earth & Ecological Science Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Tulane University New Orleans, LA 70118 504-862-8285 (office) 504-862-8706 (fax) elizabethderryberry.tulane.edu ederrybe@tulane.edu via Gmail
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CLOSING DATE MARCH 31 2015 - APPLY NOW! Postdoc positions at the Vetmeduni Vienna 2015 The University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna (Vetmeduni) is inviting applications for *six post-doctoral positions* to be filled this year. Successful candidates will be awarded four-year contracts to undertake basic research in the biological or veterinary sciences. They will be fully integrated in the Vetmeduni’s Postdoc-Programme. Each of the positions will be allocated to one of the 21 research groups listed below. Candidates should complete the application form and send it together with: - a full CV (including a list of publications) - a letter detailing why they are applying for a position - two letters of reference to the Office for Human Resources. Send E-Mail to Human Resources *Download Application Form (.doc, 654 KB) * *Closing date for applications: March 31st 2015* Short-listed candidates will be invited to an *interview in Vienna on May 13th 2015*. Successful candidates will be expected to take up their positions by the end of 2015. Postdoc Projects Olena Andrukhova: Role of vitamin D in the regulation of cardiovascular function (Code PD0115) Andrea Jean Betancourt: Population genetics of transposable elements (Code PD0215) Pamela Burger: Genomic selection for docility in old world camelids - A model for domestication in farm animals (Code PD0315) Reinhold Erben: Regeneration of articular cartilage and tendon lesions using mesenchymal stem cells (Code PD0415) Leonida Fusani: Hormonal control of rapid body mass changes in birds (Code PD0515) Michael Hess: Elucidating pathways of Escherichia coli infections in chickens (Code PD0615) Lukas Kenner: Dissecting PDGFRB function in NPM - ALK driven lymphoma (Code PD0715) Carolin Kosiol: Linking genotypic and phenotypic time series data through Gaussian process models (Code PD0815) Norbert Nowotny: Vector-borne viral infections in central Europe: virological and entomological investigations (Code PD0915) Dustin Penn: How do animals smell out disease? (Code PD1015) Friederike Range: Towards understanding physiological measurements underlying animal emotions (Code PD1115) Thomas Ruf: Thermogenesis in the wild boar: the role of Ca2+-cycling in myocytes (PD1215) Thomas Rülicke: CRISPR/Cas9 technology for routine in vitro and in vivo applications (Code PD1315) Christian Schlötterer: Using Evolve and Resequence to understand the co-evolution of Drosophila melanogaster and a competing, noxious fungus (Code PD1415) Stephan Schmitz-Esser: Elucidating molecular mechanisms contributing to the prevalence of L. monocytogenes ST121 strains in food production environments (Code PD1515) Veronika Sexl: Partners in crime - JAK-STAT and CDK6 in leukemogenesis (Code PD1615) Teresa Valencak: Membrane pacemaker hypothesis of ageing: new ideas on established terrain (Code PD1715) Zsofia Viranyi: Behavioural biology and behavioural medicine hand in hand: The role of social environment on the development of behavioural problems in pet dogs (Code PD1815) Martin Wagner: Feazing the composition of microbial communities of hard cheese with regard to understanding the conditions of ripening as a prerequisite for product quality and pathogen control (Code PD1915) Chris Walzer: Role of the brown rat (Rattus norvegicus) in the epidemiology of existent and (re)emerging diseases in an urban habitat (Code PD2015) Qendrim Zebeli: Good fences, good neighbors: The crosstalk between luminal lipopolysaccharide and gut barrier integrity in response to an increased plane of nutrition in cattle (Code PD2115) Information on the Postdoc-Programme Office for Research Support and Innovation (FFI) Send E-Mail to FFI Dr. med. vet. Pamela Burger Institut für Populationsgenetik Vetmeduni Vienna Veterinärplatz 1 1210 Wien, Austria Tel.: +43(0)1-25077-4333 (office)/-4390 (fax) NEU: via Gmail
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Dear evolDir community, we would like to draw your attention to the upcoming conference ‘Mathematical Models in Ecology and Evolution’ (MMEE 2015), to be held at Collge de France from 8 to 10 July 2015 (for more details see http://bit.ly/1w9NDn9) and invite you to submit an abstract to a mini-symposium on ‘Adaptation in a changing environment’.Please note that the deadline for pre-registration (compulsatory) is May 1st (pre-register here: http://bit.ly/1ybev2L) and the deadline for registration and payment is June 1st.Abstracts can be submitted here: http://bit.ly/1D0ODy0 description:Adaptation lies at the heart of Darwinian evolution. Natural populations are constantly faced with environmental changes that force them to either adapt or go extinct — a problem that is aggravated by human-induced global change. Therefore, increasing our understanding of the adaptive process is important for both basic and applied research, and both empirical and theoretical studies have made important progress in the past two decades.Empirically, it has become clear that evolutionary change can be fast enough to be directly observable and to affect the demography of populations and communities. This has led to a flurry of research on “eco-evolutionary dynamics” and the possibility of “evolutionary rescue” of endangered species. Other work has focussed on the genetic basis of the adaptive process. While genomic approaches often aim at identifying quantitative-trait loci under selection, other studies have proceeded to measure key aspects of the genotype-phenotype map, such as the degree of pleiotropy and epistasis. Finally, previously elusive concepts such as the adaptive landscape are becoming increasingly empirically accessible, and experimental evolution allows the direct observation of adaptive trajectories. Accommodating these new data and results requires the development of theoretical models that go beyond traditional population- and quantitative-genetic approaches by focusing on adaptation in high-dimensional phenotype- and genotype spaces in a specific ecological context.The aim of this symposium is to present recent theoretical advances in the study of adaptation in a changing environment and discuss how these connect and help to explain the phenomena observed in natural populations. The invited speakers will present results about evolutionary rescue in a stochastic environment and how epistasis and natural selection shape the mutational architecture of complex traits. Contributed talks and posters are invited that include (but are not limited to) studies of adaptation using Fisher’s geometric model and similar approaches, studies of the nature of genetic variation and the evolution of the G-matrix, and models of eco-evolutionary dynamics and evolutionary rescue.Confirmed invited speakers:Reinhard BrgerUniversity of Vienna (Vienna, Austria)Luis-Miguel ChevinCNRS (Montpellier, France)Organized by:Sebastian MatuszewskiUniversity of Vienna (Vienna, Austria) & EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland)sebastian.matuszewski@epfl.chandMichael Kopp (Aix Marseille U)Aix-Marseille University (Marseille, France) Looking forward to seeing you in Paris! Sebastian Matuszewski via Gmail
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International Congress of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry has been organized every four years since 1983. ICCPB 2015 in Krakow, Poland puts emphasis on the integrated view of organisms “From Molecules to Macrophysiology”. The meeting will be held in 23-28 August 2015 at the Jagiellonian University, where Nicolaus Copernicus started academic education that led him to revolutionizing ideas about the Universe. The deadline for early registration is 14^th April. Go to: http://bit.ly/1c2HzR3 Thirty thematic Symposia, including an Open Session will cover a wide range of topics: Molecular and integrative physiology: homeostasis, hormones, genomes, trade-offs, telomeres, longevity Neurophysiology: olfaction, chemical ecology, photoreception, enteric nervous system, monoamines Physiology of biological rhythms: circadian clocks, photoperiodism Energetics and temperature: avian flight, cardiorespiratory functions, endothermy, performance, metabolic scaling, body size, cell size, oxygen limitation, phenotypic plasticity, seasonality Stress physiology: cellular stress, oxidative stress, life history, innate and acquired immunity Miscellaneous: fatty acids, actin and actin-binding proteins, statistical analysis of physiological data, biosensors** Dr. Marcin Czarnoleski Jagiellonian University Institute of Environmental Sciences Gronostajowa 7, Krakow 30-387 Poland phone: (+48)126645203 email: marcin.czarnoleski@uj.edu.pl Dr hab. Marcin Czarnołęski Instytut Nauk o Środowisku Uniwersytet Jagielloński ul. Gronostajowa 7, Kraków 30-387 tel: 126645203 email: marcin.czarnoleski@uj.edu.pl “Urodziłem się z rodziców ubogich, od dziecka pociąg czując do myślenia byt penetrującego” Stanisław Lem, Cyberiada marcin.czarnoleski@uj.edu.pl via Gmail
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—001a113c1710fc00ca0512261406 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable A postdoctoral position is available at the Santana and Riffell laboratories at the University of Washington in Seattle ( http://bit.ly/18ZqcDs). The postdoc will be part of the NSF-funded collaborative project “Chance or necessity? Adaptive vs. non adaptive evolution in plant-frugivore interactions”. The project will focus on the mutualism between bats of the genus *Carollia* and their primary food source, Neotropical *Piper*. The project will integrate tools from analytical chemistry, genomics and behavioral ecology to measure the coevolution between diversity in scent composition of *Piper* fruits and the olfactory ability and behavioral preferences of *Carollia*. Fieldwork will be based at La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica. The postdoc will be involved in: (a) planning, conducting and/or supervising chemical assays of fruit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the field and the lab, (b) designing and conducting behavioral experiments on frugivorous bats in Costa Rica, and (c) conducting phylogenetic and other statistical analyses on VOC and behavioral data. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in relevant laboratory and field methods. Proficiency with R, phylogenetic comparative methods and multivariate statistics will be highly regarded. Fieldwork will play a central role in this project, and familiarity with bat research tools will also be viewed favorably. We seek a highly motivated candidate who is able to work both collaboratively and independently. The position will be filled as soon as possible, with October being the latest desired start date. Applicants must have a Ph.D. Exceptional candidates completing their Ph.D. within the next few months will also be considered. Applicants should submit: 1. A cover letter describing research experience, interests and goals, and their relevance to the project. 2. A full CV, including publications, and 3. The names and contact information for three individuals willing to serve as references. Please submit all application materials as a single PDF file to ssantana@uw.edu with “Postdoctoral application” as the subject line. Funding is available for three years contingent upon a successful one-year review. Review of applications will begin April 1st and continue until the position is filled. The postdoc will join a center of excellence in ecology, evolutionary and organismal biology at UW (http://bit.ly/18Zqb2c), s/he will have constant interaction with the rest of the project’s collaborative team (Dávalos lab at SUNY Stony Brook), and will have ample opportunities for further development in research, teaching and outreach at the Department of Biology and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. —001a113c1710fc00ca0512261406 Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

A postdoctoral position is available at the Santana and Riffell laboratories at the University of Washington in Seattle (http://bit.ly/18ZqcDs). The postdoc will be part of the NSF-funded collaborative project “Chance or necessity? Adaptive vs. non adaptive evolution in plant-frugivore interactions”. The project will focus on the mutualism between bats of the genus Carollia and their primary food source, Neotropical Piper. The project will integrate tools from analytical chemistry, genomics and behavioral ecology to measure the coevolution between diversity in scent composition of Piper fruits and the olfactory ability and behavioral preferences of Carollia. Fieldwork will be based at La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica.

 

The postdoc will be involved in: (a) planning, conducting and/or supervising chemical assays of fruit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the field and the lab, (b) designing and conducting behavioral experiments on frugivorous bats in Costa Rica, and (c) conducting phylogenetic and other statistical analyses on VOC and behavioral data. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in relevant laboratory and field methods. Proficiency with R, phylogenetic comparative methods and multivariate statistics will be highly regarded. Fieldwork will play a central role in this project, and familiarity with bat research tools will also be viewed favorably. We seek a highly motivated candidate who is able to work both collaboratively and independently. The position will be filled as soon as possible, with October being the latest desired start date. 

 

Applicants must have a Ph.D. Exceptional candidates completing their Ph.D. within the next few months will also be considered. Applicants should submit:

1. A cover letter describing research experience, interests and goals, and their relevance to the project.

2. A full CV, including publications, and

3. The names and contact information for three individuals willing to serve as references.

 

Please submit all application materials as a single PDF file to ssantana@uw.edu with “Postdoctoral application” as the subject line. Funding is available for three years contingent upon a successful one-year review. Review of applications will begin April 1st and continue until the position is filled. 

 

The postdoc will join a center of excellence in ecology, evolutionary and organismal biology at UW (http://bit.ly/18Zqb2c), s/he will have constant interaction with the rest of the project’s collaborative team (Dávalos lab at SUNY Stony Brook), and will have ample opportunities for further development in research, teaching and outreach at the Department of Biology and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.

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PHD Position in insect systematics and evolution- University of Florida ASSISTANTSHIP AVAILABLE in the Lucky Lab at the University of Florida. Research Focus: Insect systematics and biodiversity, ecology, population genetics, evolution. Focus on ants is preferred, but not required. Experience with the following is an asset: insect classification, collections management, morphological and molecular systematics, bioinformatics, fieldwork. Qualifications: *Demonstrated ability to complete projects and publish results. *Master’s degree in entomology, ecology and evolutionary biology or relevant biological science. Applicants with intellectual interest in ants and evolutionary processes are encouraged to apply. *Minimum GPA of 3.5 and competitive GRE scores required. *Demonstrated ability to complete projects and publish results. *Excellent written and oral communication abilities. Interested candidates should send CV, statement of interest and names and contact information of three references to alucky@ufl.edu with the subject header PHD POSITION. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled; suggested submission deadline is April 1. Start date in Fall 2015 or Jan 2016. Dr. Andrea Lucky. University of Florida Entomology/Nematology. Gainesville, FL 32611-0620, USA. Email: alucky@ufl.edu. Website: www.andrealucky.com Andrea Lucky, PhD Entomology/Nematology University of Florida Steinmetz Hall, Rm. 2108 970 Natural Area Drive, PO Box 110620 Gainesville, FL 32611-0620 Phone: (352) 273-3952 Email: alucky@ufl.edu via Gmail

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Dear Colleagues, LE STUDIUM, Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies, is extremely excited to announce the *Analysis and Annotation of DNA Repeats and Dark Matter in Eykaryotic Genomes Conference*, the premiere event of the year for researchers to meet, discuss and share ideas on genic repeats and genomes classification! International leaders in the genomic research will gather in Tours, France, for the first time during a two-day conference over 3 days (*8-10 July 2015*) to discuss, learn and share ideas on a number of areas (click here to visit the conference page and announcement ). The *Analysis and Annotation of DNA Repeats and Dark Matter in Eykaryotic Genomes Conference *aims to shine light on current and emerging research trends for genomes classification by providing a platform for discussion with a peloton of internationally acknowledged leaders. Please note there are opportunities for poster sessions. For more information, please visit the conference page This one-off conference organised with *Dr Yves Bigot, Research Director (CNRS - INRA Centre Val de Loire, France) and Dr Peter Arensburger (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona - USA)* offers a unique opportunity to meet like-minded researchers, build new collaborations, visit the INRA Centre Val de Loire site in Nouzilly near Tours and enjoy the famous local gastronomy and scenery of the Loire Valley region! We look forward to welcoming you to Tours, Loire Valley, France in next July 2015 and invite you not to miss the 15th May 2015 early bird registration deadline. The conference is open to a hundred participants (academics, post-doctorants, students and R&D scientists, enterprises). Sincerely, On behalf of the scientific committee, Nicola Fazzalari Scientific Director *LE* *STUDIUM* *®* Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies Tél. 33 (0)2 38 21 14 85 – e-mail : nicola.fazzalari@lestudium-ias.fr _http://http://bit.ly/1GY4dIg Sophie Gabillet General Secretary LE STUDIUM® Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies 1 Rue Dupanloup - 45000 Orléans - FRANCE http://bit.ly/1bwpSh1 Tel: + 33 (0)2 38 21 14 81 - Portable: + 33 (0)6 67 00 32 22 Sophie Gabillet via Gmail
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Data Analyst Position Temple University’s Institute for Genomics & Evolutionary Medicine (iGEM; igem.temple.edu) seeks a Technical Support Specialist Assistant focused on the analysis of large sequence datasets. Responsibilities include data management and archiving, development and implementation of standard workflows and pipelines, and analysis of high throughput data for empirical research conducted by iGEM scientists and collaborators. Required Education and Experience: Associate’s (or higher) degree with at least one year of experience in data analysis and/or computer programming. Demonstrated experience programming with standard languages and tools. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. Experience working in an academic research environment is preferred. The successful candidate will have strong organizational and record keeping skills, clear understanding of DNA and expression data, experience and comfort with file manipulation in a Windows/LINUX environment as well as designing and troubleshooting analysis pipelines using published sequence analysis tools. Temple University’s Main Campus is located in the heart of Philadelphia, the 5th largest city in the United States. Philadelphia is known as a center of history, arts, and culture with a relatively affordable cost of living. Temple University serves a diverse student population with an enrollment of ~38000 students in 2014, and is part of a vibrant educational community of 34 colleges located within the city limits. Job Posting at Temple Human Resources: http://bit.ly/1bwpSO9 Apply for this position online at: http://bit.ly/1GY4ds1 (USE job# TU-18850). For additional information or enquiries, contact Sudhir Kumar (s.kumar@temple.edu) Sudhir Kumar via Gmail
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Omics for evolutionary/behavioral ecologists Reply-To: DJ Hosken X-Mailer: Apple Mail (2.1510) The University of Exeter’s Cornwall Summer Science Institute is open for this years registration. This years Summer School will be held from July 6th to 9th 2015. It is primarily directed at students of behavioural and evolutionary ecology and will provide guidance and training in the implementation of: multivariate phenotypes (phenomics); transcriptomics; and genomics) into their work. World-leading researchers from within and outside the Centre will attend; sharing their expertise to provide training and networking opportunities. Talks covering cutting-edge techniques and innovative science are intended to be pedagogical, and will be interspersed with workshop style sessions on problem solving, publishing and grant writing. See: http://bit.ly/1HJ7H4W CSSI events are held at the Centre for Ecology and Conservation. The Centre hosts unrivalled strength in depth of organismal biologists working in a friendly and collegiate environment. Delegates interested in discussing their research with particular CEC members while visiting are strongly encouraged to make contact prior to the workshop. The Summer School is hosted by the University of Exeter, Cornwall (UK). Prof DJ Hosken University of Exeter, Cornwall Tremough, Penryn TR10 9FE UK 01326 371843 D.J.Hosken@exeter.ac.uk http://bit.ly/1bMLIqH DJ Hosken via Gmail
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Within the project “Ecological constraints of fish breeding systems” funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) a three-year PhD student position is available at the Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology (KLIVV) at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna. The PhD candidate will work on the hormonal basis of parental care behavior, induced polygyny or egg cannibalism. The definite subject of the PhD project will depend on the candidate´s qualifications and interests. We are looking for a highly motivated, outstanding student with a background in behavioral ecology: experimental design, hands-on work with live animals and good statistical skills (if possible including R) are a prerequisite. Experience in hormone analyses is a plus. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and the ability to work in a team are a must, a MSc degree (or equivalent) in a related discipline (e.g., zoology, evolution, ecology, biology) is expected. The PhD candidate will be mainly supervised by Dr. Franziska C. Schädelin and Priv.-Doz. Dr. Richard H. Wagner, but the student is also expected to interact with Prof. Sigal Balshine and her group in Hamilton/Canada, including short visits at the collaborating laboratory abroad. As a part of the Department of Integrative Biology and Evolution of the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, the KLIVV offers an international and stimulating research environment. The successful PhD candidate will join the University´s PhD-program. Vienna is a highly attractive city in beautiful surroundings, with a multicultural population and many educational and recreational opportunities. The gross salary is at around 28.000 Euro per year before tax (“Bruttogehalt”), including social and health security according to the personal costs provided by the Austrian Science Fund. Please send your application including motivation for the position, CV, and two reference letters including the contact information of referees to franziska.schaedelin@vetmeduni.ac.at. The PhD project will start in autumn 2015. Applications received until 20^th April will be given full consideration. See http://bit.ly/1IxvzX5 and http://bit.ly/1HJ7DSO; for more detailed information. Please contact franziska.schaedelin@vetmeduni.ac.at for any further information and questions. Franziska Lemmel-Schädelin via Gmail
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Dear all, I would very much appreciate some pointers for how to transport blood samples stored in ethanol internationally (from UK to New Zealand). I had been intending to bring a chilly bin full of samples on dry ice* / ice packs on a flight from the UK to New Zealand with me, however I have recently become aware that many (all?) airlines classify ethanol as a dangerous good** and restrict the total volume that can be checked in. According to FAA guidelines (which I’m not sure apply globally, but Air New Zealand’s guidelines seem very similar) I think you are not allowed more than 1L of total ethanol. >From what I have read, the alternative is to send as a dangerous good with one of the international carriers e.g. Fedex, however this is likely to be prohibitively expensive. An online quote suggests the chilly bin we have in mind would cost around NZD $2,500 to transport, and this is before I’ve even mentioned the ‘hazardous’ contents. Any help would be very much appreciated! With many thanks, Anna Santure University of Auckland, New Zealand *also a dangerous good… **apparently litres of duty free gin, vodka, wine and rum are not dangerous goods though! asanture@gmail.com via Gmail

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