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May 21, 2015
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.
May 17, 2015
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 âhuman nichesâ, or are societies just arbitrary bundles of cultural features?
Linking self-fertilization, dispersal and distribution traits of species: Is Bakerâs law an exception to the rule?
Bakerâs 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.
May 10, 2015
Building non-model species genome curation communities
May 6, 2015
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.
April 28, 2015
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 interestâan internally synced trait matrixâmatched 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 plantsâone of the most diverse and important lineages in the world today.
April 23, 2015
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.
April 12, 2015
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.
March 28, 2015
—001a11c39ce21100ae0512486f69 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8 Dear Colleagues, The field of population genetics has a remarkable tradition of being a tight-knit and nurturing community. In order to better foster that sense of community for the popgen groups in the Midwest, we thought it would be fun to organize a short scientific conference to which we could bring our labs and have meaningful introductions and interactions. After a successful first trial last year (Evidence on http://bit.ly/1F373vC), we are excited to run this meeting again. Thus, we’d like to invite you to come and bring your group to the meeting of the MidWest Population Genetics group, which will be held on July 25-26th at the University of Michigan. The meeting will begin Saturday and continue to Sunday with a BBQ on Saturday evening. The keynote speaker will be Goncalo Abecasis, chair of Biostatistics at the University of Michigan. Thirteen 25 minute talks will be selected from submitted abstracts. Students are especially encouraged to attend and present their work. There will be a small prize for best poster and best talk by a student or postdoctoral fellow. Space is limited, so if you do plan to attend, please RSVP to email@example.com or sign up on http://bit.ly/1CXwjo7 by June 1, and submit your abstracts by June 1 to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can finalize our program. There is no registration fee. The tentative schedule follows below. We do hope that you can make it and help establish this as an important meeting for the population geneticists in our region! All the best, Don Conrad, WashU John Novembre, Chicago Bret Payseur, Wisconsin Sebastian Zollner, Michigan Draft Agenda: Saturday 12:00-1:30pm Registration and light lunch 1:30-3:30 Four 25 minute talks 3:30-4:30 Posters 4:30-5:30 Keynote 7:30-11 BBQ Sunday 8-9 Breakfast 9-10:30 Three 25 minute talks 10:30-10:45 Break 10:45-12:15 Three 25 minute talks 12:15-1:30pm Lunch 1:30-2:25pm Three 25 minute talks —001a11c39ce21100ae0512486f69 Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable
The field of population genetics has a remarkable tradition of being a tight-knit and nurturing community. In order to better foster that sense of community for the popgen groups in the Midwest, we thought it would be fun to organize a short scientific conference to which we could bring our labs and have meaningful introductions and interactions. After a successful first trial last year (Evidence on http://bit.ly/1F373vC), we are excited to run this meeting again.
Thus, we’d like to invite you to come and bring your group to the meeting of the MidWest Population Genetics group, which will be held on July 25-26th at the University of Michigan. The meeting will begin Saturday and continue to Sunday with a BBQ on Saturday evening.
The keynote speaker will be Goncalo Abecasis, chair of Biostatistics at the University of Michigan. Thir teen 25 minute talks will be selected from submitted abstracts. Students are especially encouraged to attend and present their work. There will be a small prize for best poster and best talk by a student or postdoctoral fellow.
Space is limited, so if you do plan to attend, please RSVP to email@example.com or sign up on http://bit.ly/1CXwjo7 by June 1, and submit your abstracts by June 1 to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can finalize our program. There is no registration fee.
The tentative schedule follows below. We do hope that you can make it and help establish this as an important meeting for the population geneticists in our region!
All t he best,
Don Conrad, WashU
John Novembre, Chicago
Bret Payseur, Wisconsin
Sebastian Zollner, Michigan
12:00-1:30pm Registration and light lunch
1:30-3:30 Four 25 minute talks
9-10:30 Three 25 minute talks
10:45-12:15 Three 25 minute talks
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*Postdoctoral bioinformatician in Evolutionary genomics, UNamur, BE* A 3-year postdoctoral bioinformatician position is available to work on the genome evolution of bdelloid rotifers within the group of Prof. Karine Van Doninck (Laboratory of Evolutionary Genetics and Ecology) at the University of Namur (Belgium). The postdoctoral researcher will work on two projects, funded by ARC and FNRS-MIS, with as main objective to investigate theorigin and causesof the genomic peculiarities found in the bdelloid rotifer /A. vaga/. Using next-generation sequencing (NGS) we previously characterized the degenerate tetraploidgenome structure of the bdelloid rotifer /Adineta vaga/ with massive genomic rearrangements involvingmost of the longest scaffolds. As a consequence, no homologous pair of chromosomes could be identified within this genome providing the first genomic hallmark of ameiotic evolution within this bdelloid rotifer clade. Another peculiarity observed in the genome of /A. vaga /is the high percentage of genes (8%) of non-metazoan origin and probably//acquired through horizontal gene transfer (HGT) (see Flot et al_Nature_2013). These features could be//conferred by their long-term ameiotic evolution.//Nonetheless, the unusual//lifestyle of many bdelloid rotifers, involving repeated cycles of desiccation//and the associated DNA DSBs (see Hespeels et al_JEB_2014), may also contribute to genome structure//evolution.//In order to determine the origin and causes of these genomic//peculiarities we are starting a comparative analysis of//genomes of different bdelloid species that diverged a long time ago,//including lineages that have lost the ability to withstand desiccation, and of an /A. vaga/ clone submitted to several rounds of desiccation. The postdoc will conduct bioinformatic analyses of genomic (and transcriptomic) data generated by the team. The current team of researchers working on bdelloid rotifers within the 2 projects include 3 Principal Investigators (Prof. K. Van Doninck and Dr. F. Chainiaux from UNamur and Prof. B. Hallet from UCL), 2 postdoctoral researchers, 3 PhD students, 2 Master students and 2 technicians.// *Contacts:* Prof. Karine Van Doninck, email@example.com University of Namur, Laboartory of Evolutionary Genetics and Ecology http://bit.ly/1qTDQf8 *Application://* Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant area. Priority will be given to candidates with a proven track record (with several publications as a first author) who will express their motivation to the project. The position is for 3 years starting latest on the *1^st of July 2015. *The closing date for applications is *5^th of May, 2015. *Interested applicants should send a cover letter (briefly describing research experience, interests, and career goal), curriculum vitae (with list of publications), and the names of three references (including address, phone number and Email) to Karine VAN DONINCK (firstname.lastname@example.org)** via Gmail
—Apple-Mail=_7AE1A3EE-185A-4316-A805-BAEC39417C6B Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/plain; charset=windows-1252 Postdoctoral Research Associate in Evolutionary Genomics Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London, United Kingdom. Salary: 33,410 - 42,380 per annum (maximum starting salary 35,190 per annum) Closing date: 24 April 2015 (midnight BST) This is an exciting opportunity for a Research Associate with interests in speciation and evolution. The successful candidate will carry out cutting edge research on the genetic mechanisms of ecological speciation in a well-known group of anciently asexual animals, the bdelloid rotifers. You will sequence whole genomes for related bdelloid species living in different habitats and use population genomic analyses to test alternative mechanisms behind their divergence. The work will involve bioinformatics, statistical methods in population genomics and computer models. You will work closely with a Research Technician who will conduct molecular labwork. The position is funded for up to 3 years by the Natural Environment Research Council and will be based at the Silwood Park Campus. The successful candidates will work closely with Professor Tim Barraclough and his research group. You must have a PhD or equivalent qualification in evolution, ecology, genetics or a closely related discipline, and one or more first author (or joint first author) publications. The successful candidate will have expertise in population genomics and/or statistics and modelling with a strong interest in evolutionary biology. Experience of bioinformatics including scripting and/or programming is essential. While not essential, experience of handling and archiving large datasets and experience of genome assembly and/or population genomics analysis, would be an advantage. You must have experience of working in a team, be able to develop and apply new concepts and have a creative approach to problem-solving. You must also have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to write clearly and succinctly for publication. Further details of the research group can be obtained from the research group website: http://bit.ly/1D9hNep. For more information or with queries, contact Tim Barraclough at email@example.com. Our preferred method of application is online via our website http://bit.ly/1iFcaqa (please select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number including spaces - NS 2015 053 JT into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed. Alternatively, if you are unable to apply online, please contact Mrs Christine Short on 020 7594 2276 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application form. Closing date: 24 April 2015 (midnight BST) Committed to equality and valuing diversity. We are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Two Ticks Employer and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people. via Gmail
Vacancy: Postdoc in Synthetic Biology We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated Postdoc on Synthetic Biology with a strong background in or affinity with experimental work in microorganisms. Candidates should be proficient in molecular biology, proactive, independent, team player and have the ability to engage with professionals in adjoining fields. The candidate should apply the concepts of synthetic biology enhance our understanding of the fundamental principles of signalling and regulatory networks in living organism, to generate a mechanistic understanding with the aim of constructing novel synthetic systems. Experience and willingness to interact with colleagues on large-scale genome engineering and re-factoring, and interplay of the circuits designed and the host chassis (eg. through omics and detailed biochemical measurements) will be a substantial bonus. Using an interdisciplinary and integrated approach the candidate should be able to work on a small scale/network level to develop/design, e.g., sensing devices for synthetic signalling networks within and across cells or the design of (opto) signal-sensing systems. The candidate should have working experience or be interested in applying in designing and implementing synthetic networks exhibiting complex dynamic behaviour, such as adjustable time-delayed expression kinetics, tuneable synthetic oscillators or modular logic gates. He/she should be interested in applying mathematical, physical and engineering principles in the design process. We ask For this position we request: - A proficiency in molecular biology (prokaryotic expertise being a bonus); - A sound knowledge physiology, biochemistry and Synthetic Biology; - Some computational competences such as scripting and experience in interacting with modelers would be advantageous; - The candidate is required to have a PhD in Biotechnology, Microbiology, Molecular Life Sciences or related fields; - Fluent in English, both written and spoken; - The candidate will collaborate in a team with scientists at departments of Systems and Synthetic Biology and of Microbiology. We offer We offer you a temporary position for a period of 2 years with possibility for extension or, under specific circumstances, to engage in a Tenure Track systems at the WUR. Gross salary 2855 to 3783, based on a fulltime employment and dependent on expertise and experience. We not only offer a competitive salary but also good (study) leave and a pension of the ABP Pension Fund. More information For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Vtor Martins dos Santos, chair Systems and Synthetic Biology, telephone number +31 317482865. For more information about the contractual aspects, please contact Mrs. J. van Meurs, HR advisor, telephone number +31 317480101. Interested? You can apply online at http://bit.ly/1G1iHbL until 30th April 2015. We are Systems Biology is one of the spearheads of the Wageningen UR, which invests considerably in this area. The mission of the Laboratory of Systems and Synthetic Biology is to contribute to the elucidation of the mechanisms underlying basic cellular processes, evolution and interactions among microbes and between microbes and their environment (including the human host) and to translate this knowledge into applications of biotechnological, medical and environmental interest. The Agrotechnology & Food Sciences Group is part of Wageningen UR where fundamental and applied sciences complement each other. As an important European player, we carry out top-level research and work alongside authoritative partners within the international business world as well as the government on ‘Healthy food in a biobased society’. We have a crucial role in innovations within the market. Entre preneurship and professionalism are what define us. In short, we are an interesting, international employer of stature. Wageningen University and Research centre delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That is our focus - each and every day. Within our domain, healthy food and living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society - such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we do not do this alone. Every day, 6,500 people work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale. Met vriendelijke groet, Kind regards, Carolien Pinkster Secretary Wageningen University Laboratory of Systems and Synthetic Biology Wageningen Centre for Systems Biology (WCSB) Laboratory of Microbiology Building 316 Dreijenplein 10 6703 HB WAGENINGEN the Netherlands phone +31 317 482105 fax +31 317 483829 email email@example.com In the office at: Tuesday / Thursday / Friday 08.30 - 17.00 hours “Pinkster, Carolien” via Gmail
PhD in Plant-Herbivore Interactions (Switzerland) Herbivores and their natural enemies have a profound impact on plant growth and yield. A major aim in plant biology is, therefore, to understand the factors that influence herbivore damage and predation by higher trophic levels in order to improve ecosystem management and pest control strategies. This project investigates the dynamics of plant herbivore natural enemy interactions in the rhizosphere, with a focus on plant toxins and climate change. The successful candidate will work on the interaction between maize, its most important herbivore pest Diabrotica virgifera and entomopathogenic nematodes as promising biocontrol agents. Using analytical, molecular and ecological approaches, he/she will investigate how plant secondary metabolites influence the interaction, and how soil abiotic factors that are likely to be altered by climate change affect the different players of the system. The PhD project is closely associated with the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR), a world-leading institution in climate sciences. We look for an enthusiastic PhD student with strong interests in plant-herbivore interactions. Applicants should have a firm background in one of the following fields: Molecular biology, biochemistry, plant physiology, analytical chemistry, entomology, ecology. All our projects are highly integrative and require willingness to embrace multiple disciplines within the domain of plant- environment interactions. Excellent University grades at the MSc. level are expected. Fluent spoken and written English are prerequisites for this position. We offer an inspiring research environment, including state-of-the art research facilities, intensive supervision and an exciting project of considerable fundamental and applied relevance. The institute of Plant Sciences is located at the shore of the river Aare, close to the vibrant centre of the city of Bern. The PhD student is paid according to University standard rates and will benefit from the courses offered by the Graduate School of the OCCR (http://bit.ly/1xm8PrI). How to apply: Send a single pdf including a letter of motivation, a CV with University grades and the names and addresses of two referees to firstname.lastname@example.org. The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. Contact: Prof. Matthias Erb, Institute of Plant Sciences, University of Bern, Altenbergrain 21, 3013 Bern, Switzerland, email@example.com. Matthias Erb via Gmail
March 27, 2015
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APPLICATIONS FOR SCHOLARSHIPS | UNIVERSITY OF PORTO CALL FOR TWO BIODIV PROJECTS The Doctoral Programme in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution (BIODIV) invites applications for two scholarships under the following specific projects: Project 1: Optimising global biodiversity conservation priorities in a changing world. Project 2: The genetic basis of divergent vocalizations in singing birds. The scholarships are funded by FCT (http://bit.ly/1uROAQH) – Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. The call for applications is open between 10 and 27 of April 2015. Information about the programme and on ‘How to apply’ is available at www.biodiv.pt. Best regards, Maria Sant’Ana E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: + 351 252 660 411 F: + 351 252 661 780 CIBIO Divulgação via Gmail
March 26, 2015
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, email@example.com “Frank Azorsa (CEBIO)” via Gmail
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, firstname.lastname@example.org ) 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 email@example.com via Gmail
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
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)firstname.lastname@example.orgMichael Kopp (Aix Marseille U)Aix-Marseille University (Marseille, France) Looking forward to seeing you in Paris! Sebastian Matuszewski via Gmail
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: email@example.com Dr hab. Marcin Czarnołęski Instytut Nauk o Środowisku Uniwersytet Jagielloński ul. Gronostajowa 7, Kraków 30-387 tel: 126645203 email: firstname.lastname@example.org “Urodziłem się z rodziców ubogich, od dziecka pociąg czując do myślenia byt penetrującego” Stanisław Lem, Cyberiada email@example.com via Gmail
The Genealogical World of Phylogenetic Networks
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