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October 17, 2014

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Department of Biology — Tenure Track Position, Conservation Genomics The Department of Biology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania is seeking a broadly trained Conversation Genomicist for a full-time tenure track position beginning in August 2015. The successful applicant will have three areas of focus: building an active, externally-funded research program involving undergraduate and master students, teaching introductory as well as specialty-area courses to majors and non-majors, and contributing to shared university governance through participation in departmental, college or university committees, programs, and work groups as appropriate. The active, externally-funded research program will be focused on organismal conservation using analytical and model-based methods with genetic data in wild and captive populations, and will actively involve undergraduate and master students in research. Applicants specialized on a single taxonomic group will be considered, but preference will be given to applicants with broad interests and the ability to work with multiple taxonomic groups on different scales and scopes of research questions. Candidates should have experience with the collection and analysis of genetic data, including, but not limited to, using next-generation sequencing to identify target markers at individual, population, species, and community scales. Candidates should have the ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary setting to address research questions related to molecular ecology, endangered species, phylogeography, habitat fragmentation, bio-monitoring, disease ecology, and/or energy development. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in the development of a new departmental core laboratory, including the pursuit of external funding. Our department is committed to innovative teaching and research in a student-centered setting based on the Teacher—Scholar Model /(http://bit.ly/1uenlda; http://bit.ly/1uenjly)./ The successful candidate may be assigned to perform work at off-campus sites and/or provide instruction through distance education. Minimum qualifications include a PhD in Biology or a related discipline by time of employment, relevant teaching experience, and active research in conservation genetics as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications or external grants. Postdoctoral research experience in genomic applications to the conservation of wildlife, fishes, or plants at population, community, and/or landscape scales, a track record of successful publishing and grantsmanship, and evidence of teaching excellence is preferred. The department is interested in candidates who have demonstrated commitment to excellence by providing leadership in teaching, research or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. Candidates must communicate effectively and perform well during interview(s) which will include providing a research seminar. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Full consideration will be given to applications received by November 7, 2014. All applications for this position must be submitted via our online application system (http://bit.ly/11A492M). Please do not fax, mail or email any documentation. Only complete applications will be considered. A complete application will consist of a letter of application, a current curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of research goals and names and email addresses of three references. Three (3) letters of reference must be on file with IUP before consideration is given for an on campus interview. At least one letter of reference should addressing teaching potential. Official transcripts will be needed for hire. Committed to excellence through diversity, Indiana University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer M/F/H/V. Indiana University of Pennsylvania is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. “Ms. Melanie Jean Muscatello” via Gmail
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October 16, 2014

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The Conservation and Land Management Internship Program is now accepting applications for 2015! Please apply online at http://bit.ly/1wfN7Cl Would you like to put your education to use assisting in important conservation projects? Do you like to experience new landscapes, habitats, and species diversity? The CLM Internship Program is a wonderful opportunity to begin a career in botany, wildlife biology, natural resource management and conservation! Each year, the Conservation and Land Management Internship Program places 75-100 college graduates in five-month paid internships to assist professional staff at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service (NPS), US Forest Service (USFS), US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and US Geological Survey (USGS). Internships are primarily located in the western United States, including Alaska! Each internship is unique and may focus on botany, wildlife, or a combination of the two. Interns assist in a wide variety of projects depending on the needs of each field office. Examples of projects include: collecting seed for restoration and conservation purposes, performing surveys for threatened and endangered species and habitats, and collecting data on species reintroduction and habitat management experiments. Applicants with strong botany experience are especially encouraged to apply! Benefits of the CLM Internship Program are numerous. As a CLM intern, you will receive a stipend paid every two weeks totaling $13,200 over 5 months and will attend an all-expenses paid week-long training workshop at the Chicago Botanic Garden. In addition, the CLM Internship Program provides opportunities to make connections in various governmental and non-profit organizations, to learn what it’s like to work at a federal agency, to explore your career goals and expand your resume. Applications are due January 15th but we review applications on a rolling basis - the sooner your application is complete, the sooner we can review your files and consider you for available positions! Spring semester 2015 graduates are encouraged to apply! For more information and to apply online, please visit:http://bit.ly/1wfN7Cl nzerega@chicagobotanic.org via Gmail

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POST DOC POSITION IN PATHOGEN EVOLUTION AND EPIDEMIOLOGY Applications are invited for 18 month post doc (with a possibility of continuation) in the research group of Anna-Liisa Laine as part of the Centre of Excellence in Metapopulation Research at the University of Helsinki. The project is centered on the interaction between host plant Plantago lanceolata and its fungal pathogen Podosphaera plantaginis in the land Islands. With 14 years of epidemiological data complemented with intensive disease sampling since year 2010, sequenced pathogen transcriptome and solid experimental protocols, this system offers unique opportunities for testing classic hypotheses regarding pathogen evolution with direct links to epidemiological dynamics. One of the main aims of this position is to study virulence effectors of P. plantaginis using recently generated pathogen transcriptome data, and link effector variation to pathogen phenotype data and large scale epidemiological dynamics. Recent relevant publications include: Jousimo, J, Tack, AJM, Ovaskainen, O., Mononen, T., Susi, H., Tollenaere, C. & Laine, A.-L. 2014. Ecological and evolutionary effects of fragmentation on infectious disease dynamics. Science, 344: 1289-1293. Tollenaere, C. Susi, H., Nokso-Koivisto, J., Koskinen, P. Tack, A. J. M., Auvinen, P. Paulin, L., Frilander, M. J., Lehtonen, R. & Laine, A.-L. 2012. SNP Design from 454 Sequencing of Podosphaera plantaginis Transcriptome Reveals a Genetically Diverse Pathogen Metapopulation with High Levels of Mixed-Genotype Infection. PLoS ONE 7: e52492. The successful candidate should have PhD / post doctoral experience with host-parasite interactions, evolutionary genetics, bioinformatics, plant pathology, evolutionary biology or similar, and a strong interest in studying disease in natural populations. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to think independently and creatively are required. You must demonstrate ability to work as part of a team, and participate in supervision of more junior group members. More information: http://bit.ly/1ry3RhK ; http://bit.ly/1F2hMqM Starting date: Early 2015 Application deadline: 16 November 2014 Mail your application (CV with publications included, contact details of two references, and a letter (MAX 1 page) with a description of your research interests and why you would be a suitable candidate for the project) as a single pdf file to biotiede-mrg@helsinki.fi. Informal inquires to anna-liisa.laine@helsinki.fi Dr Anna-Liisa Laine Academy Research Fellow Center-of-Excellence in Metapopulation Biology Department of Biosciences PO Box 65 (Viikinkaari 1) FI-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland tel. +358 2 941 57750 allaine.it.helsinki.fi http://bit.ly/1ry3PGH http://bit.ly/1F2hMqN Anna-Liisa Laine via Gmail
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Invitation to test Sequence Bundles - a new method for visualising motifs and MSAs Dear Evoldir members, Over the past year, Science Practice together with the Goldman research group at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) have been working together to design a new free open source interactive tool for visualising, exploring and discovering sequence motifs using a new visualisation method called Sequence Bundles. We’re launching the alpha version of the tool within the next couple of days and are looking for researchers in the field interested in testing it. As well as making sure that the software we are creating is functional and accessible, we are interested in its ability to support research by enabling exploration and the discovery of otherwise hidden motifs and features. If you are interested in trying the Sequence Bundles visualisation tool and willing to help us design and develop a valuable tool for researchers, please get in touch (by emailing ana@science-practice.com). We will send you the alpha version of the Sequence Bundles software and a brief overview of its key features and how to use them. We would be very grateful if after trying out the tool you would be available for a short call to give us your feedback. We’re interested not only in the functionality of the tool, but also on the added value of the visualisation - does it enable the discovery of interesting motifs, does it help generate new insights into your data and research? You can read more about the design process that led to the development of Sequence Bundles as well as the discoveries we made using the visualisation in the paper we wrote for BMC Proceedings at http://bit.ly/1vyC3kS or on our project page at http://bit.ly/1xUOKVh If you know of anyone else who would be interested in trying out Sequence Bundles please let us know or feel free to forward them this invitation. Thank you very much for your time and looking forward to learning how Sequence Bundles can help inform your research! Sequence Bundles Team (including Nick Goldman) via Gmail

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The Kelleher and Meisel labs in the Department of Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Houston are jointly hiring a full-time laboratory technician to begin in January of 2015. A slightly earlier start date may be possible (please inquire if interested). Preferred candidates will have experience with molecular biology techniques, including PCR, RT-PCR, qPCR, molecular cloning, and western blotting. Experience with immunoprecipitation, immunocytology, Illumina sequencing library prep, and Drosophila husbandry is desired, but not necessary. Proficiency in English is required. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience. The successful candidate will perform molecular biology experiments and carry out some data analysis for evolutionary genetics and genomics experiments; participate in the design of these experiments and the preparation of the resulting data for publication; provide support and training to undergraduates and graduates students who are learning molecular biology techniques; maintain the molecular biology laboratory space, including ordering reagents and maintaining equipment. Please visit the websites of the Kelleher lab (http://bit.ly/1c3Gcm6) and Meisel lab (http://bit.ly/18TDaMJ) for additional information about current research projects. You may email Erin Kelleher (eskelleher@uh.edu) or Rich Meisel (rpmeisel@uh.edu) with questions about the job, but you must submit your application via the following website to be considered: http://bit.ly/1vyC34C The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Richard P. Meisel Assistant Professor Department of Biology and Biochemistry University of Houston 4800 Calhoun Rd. Houston, TX 77204-5001 Office: 421C Science and Research Bldg 2 Lab: 428/433 Science and Research Bldg 2 1-713-743-3607 rpmeisel@uh.edu http://bit.ly/1c3GcCk “Meisel, Richard P” via Gmail
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8th International Macrostomum Meeting: Evolution and Development in the free-living flatworm genus Macrostomum We are happy to announce that we will hold the “8th International Macrostomum Meeting” (8th IMM) here in Basel. The meeting will last from the evening of Friday, 28.11.2014 at 18:00 to the evening of Sunday, 30.11.2014 at around 16:00. With the “First International Macrostomum Meeting”, which took place in 2007, also in Basel, we have started a tradition of bringing together annually the growing community of researchers that are either using flatworms of the genus Macrostomum in their research or who are otherwise interested in research on this interesting model organism. The topics of contributed talks and posters will likely span Aging, Development, Genomics, Genome Editing, Transcriptomics, Transgenesis, Regeneration, Neurobiology, Ecotoxicology, Systematics, Phylogenetics, and Sexual Selection. It is a great opportunity to get an update on what is happening in the Macrostomum Community, and to establish personal contacts if you consider to start working on these lovely worms. As before, we want to keep things very simple and we expect everyone to be prepared to cover their own costs. In addition, we will, during the meeting, collect a small fee to cover sandwich lunches, refreshments and a joint dinner on Saturday evening (60 Euros in total). For students we will try to find floor space accommodation in the apartments of people in our group (just bring along a mat and a sleeping bag). Please let us know if you would like to be accommodated in this way (see the form below). We’ll do what we can. The other people should make a hotel reservation soon, because there are many fairs in Basel, and hotels can fill up quickly. We suggest that you book your room in the Hotel Rochat, where we routinely host guests that visit our department (http://bit.ly/1pfO9Zc), and where we therefore have special rates. These rates are 125.- CHF for single rooms and 180.- CHF for double rooms. They also have 3- and 4-bed rooms for 210.-, and 240.- CHF, respectively, if you want to share costs. The Hotel Rochat is just five minutes by foot from the Institute. Please contact them directly to make your arrangements/payments, and mention the Zoological Institute when you book to get the special rates. For people coming by plane, please note that Easyjet (http://bit.ly/1txeZ5Y), Swiss (http://www.swiss.com), and AirBerlin (http://bit.ly/1txeWXY) are flying to Basel from many European destinations. If you would like to attend the meeting (and present a poster or talk) please fill out and return the form below to lukas.scharer@unibas.ch until 5. November at the latest. Hopefully see you soon in Basel, Lukas Schrer Dita Vizoso Lucas Marie-Orlach First Name: xx Last Name: xx Institution (incl. address and Country): xx Tel: xx Email: xx Presentation (delete as appropriate): Oral/Poster/None Title: xx Authors: xx Institutions: xx Abstract (max. 300 words): xx I am a student (delete as appropriate): Yes/No I want floor accommodation (delete as appropriate): Yes/No I am looking at these kinds of worms http://bit.ly/1pfOcEd and studying these questions http://bit.ly/1txeWXZ PD Dr. Lukas Scharer University of Basel Zoological Institute Evolutionary Biology Vesalgasse 1 4051 Basel Switzerland Tel: ++41 61 267 03 66 Fax: ++41 61 267 03 62 Email: lukas.scharer@unibas.ch Homepage: http://bit.ly/1pfOcEf Lukas Schrer via Gmail
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GRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY The Department of Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Houston (UH) welcomes applications for its graduate program in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology for Fall 2015. The following faculty in the area of Evolutionary Biology and Ecology have opportunities available for their labs: Blaine Cole (bcole@uh.edu) - Evolution and social behavior Dan Graur (dgraur@uh.edu) - Molecular evolutionary bioinformatics Dan Wells (dwells@uh.edu) - Evolution of development and behavior Diane Wiernasz (dwiernasz@uh.edu) - Sexual selection Elizabeth Ostrowski (eaostrowski@uh.edu) - Experimental evolution and social evolution Erin Kelleher (eskelleher@uh.edu) - Evolutionary genetics and genomics George Fox (fox@uh.edu) - Experimental evolution and origin of life Gregg Roman (gwroman@uh.edu) - Evolution of behavior Kerri Crawford (kmcrawford3@uh.edu) - Community ecology Rebecca Zufall (rzufall@uh.edu) - Evolutionary genetics Ricardo Azevedo (razevedo@uh.edu) - Evolutionary genetics Rich Meisel (rpmeisel@uh.edu) - Evolutionary genetics and genomics Steve Pennings (spennings@uh.edu) - Community ecology Tim Cooper (tcooper@central.uh.edu) - Experimental evolution Tony Frankino (frankino@uh.edu) - Evolution of complex traits For more information regarding the Evolutionary Biology and Ecology graduate program at UH see: http://bit.ly/1pfOcE4 http://bit.ly/1txeZ5W The deadline for application of prospective students is February 1st, 2015, but students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. ___________________________ Ricardo B. R. Azevedo, PhD Associate Professor Dept. Biology & Biochemistry University of Houston 369 Science & Research 2 Houston, TX 77204-5001 Tel: 713-743 4149 Fax: 713-743 2636 Email: razevedo@uh.edu Website: wwworm.biology.uh.edu ___________________________ via Gmail

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MS ASSISTANTSHIP in the Biology Department at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA. The Johnson Lab in the Biology Department at Western Kentucky University is seeking a motivated, qualified individual with prior experience in the fields of genetics and/or population biology to conduct independent research towards the completion of a Master’s of Science Degree while acting as a teaching assistant for an undergraduate Biology course. Appropriate prior experience could include independent undergraduate research in any of a variety of disciplines or undergraduate coursework that utilized molecular genetic lab techniques. Specific areas of research include (but are not limited to) 1) landscape genetics of amphibians using microsatellite loci to evaluate the distribution of genetic variation and identify the interaction between geographic features and gene flow; and 2) analysis of hybrid zones using single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) to describe genomic patterns of admixture and identify genes of ecological interest. Desirable skills include a familiarity with standard population genetic software (Structure, Fstat, Migrate, etc.) and experience with basic laboratory techniques (PCR, sequencing, etc.). Other areas of research that fall under the broad umbrella of amphibian evolutionary ecology and conservation will also be considered. While enrolled in the Master of Sciences in Biology program at WKU, students are expected to develop, implement, and analyze independent research projects, prepare scientific manuscripts, and present research at regional and/or national meetings. Additionally, the opportunity exists for qualified applicants to apply for a Graduate Research Fellowship that offers an enhanced financial package relative to the standard Department of Biology teaching assistantship (see below for necessary qualifications). Teaching Assistant responsibilities include: instruction of two or three 18-student laboratories once a week, preparation of laboratory materials, grading and evaluation of student performance, and weekly TA meetings with the course instructor. Instruction responsibilities include a brief pre-lab lecture describing concepts and protocols followed by hands-on demonstration of appropriate techniques. Prior teaching experience is not required, but effective communication skills are a must. A B.S. degree in biology, or closely related discipline is required. Additional requirements include: competitive GRE scores and undergraduate GPA, prior independent research experience, demonstrated excellence in course work, excellent written and oral communication skills, and ability to work independently and as a team member. The successful applicant minimally receives two years of TA stipend, a partial tuition waiver, and contributions towards health insurance benefits. Pertinent requirements for Graduate Research Fellowship consideration are as follows: Students must be accepted in a graduate program at WKU. Students must demonstrate outstanding scholarly promise in their selected field (e.g., GPA >3.5, GRE >315, publications, presentations, research awards, etc.). Students must have a clearly identified research topic and proposed research plan that can be completed within the framework of a masters degree program. For further details about this position please contact Dr. Jarrett Johnson: jarrett.johnson@wku.edu. To apply please submit a letter of interest, CV, unofficial transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for three references to jarrett.johnson@wku.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately (10/15/14) and will continue until a suitable applicant is selected, with a target deadline for selection being February 1, 2015. “Johnson, Jarrett” via Gmail
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Funded Ph.D positions are available for the fall of 2015 in the lab of Carolin Frank (acarolinfrank.com), Life and Environmental Sciences, University of California Merced. Research in the lab focuses on the evolution and ecology of bacterial endophytes in natural ecosystems. The graduate students will work on a large NSF-funded project to study the taxonomic, genetic and functional biodiversity of a novel nitrogen fixing symbiosis in the above-ground tissues of high elevation pines. The research focuses on limber pine, a species with a wide climatic, elevational and geographic range. Limber pine grows in the Rocky Mountains from Alberta to New Mexico; in the Great Basin states of Nevada and Utah; and in the Sierra Nevada in California. To understand how endophyte diversity is shaped by the environment and how it shapes the nitrogen cycle in subalpine forests, we will examine the biodiversity of endophytes in limber pine and co-occurring pine species across the limber pine range. Like most bacteria, the endophytes cannot be cultured in the lab. Therefore, cutting-edge methods including DNA sequencing and genome analysis will be integrated with established and highly sensitive methods for detecting and visualizing nitrogen fixing activity inside limber pine tissue. The project is a collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Lawrence Livermore National Lab and the Joint Genome Institute. Students will actively participate in this team science project while developing their own line of research inquiry, using a variety of sequence-based, single cell genomics- and field-based approaches. For more information about the Life and Environmental Sciences unit at UC Merced, and the Environmental Systems and Quantitative and Systems Biology graduate programs visit: LES http://bit.ly/1vgvZfq QSB http://bit.ly/1rxDMzv ES http://bit.ly/1vgvZfu UC Merced (www.ucmerced.edu) is a public research university located in Merced, California, close to Yosemite National Park and 2 hours from San Francisco. We have a small, close-knit graduate student population, and housing is cheap. The Frank lab shares space with a Microbial Biogeochemistry and a Paleoecology lab. Interested candidates should contact Carolin Frank (cfrank3@ucmerced.edu, acarolinfrank.com). Please include a CV and a brief description of your background and research interests. For a project flyer see here: http://bit.ly/1rxDPeowww.ucmerced.edu) is a public research university located in Merced, California, close to Yosemite National Park and 2 hours from San Francisco. We have a small, close-knit graduate student population, and housing is cheap. The Frank lab shares space with a Microbial Biogeochemistry and a Paleoecology lab. Interested candidates should contact Carolin Frank (cfrank3@ucmerced.edu, acarolinfrank.com). Please include a CV and a brief description of your background and research interests. For a project flyer see here: http://bit.ly/1rxDPeo Carolin Frank via Gmail
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—_000_D0641278ECA3wmurphycvmtamuedu_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”us-ascii” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Faculty Position in Comparative/Biomedical Genomics Texas A&M University The Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences at Texas A&M University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of comparative genomics at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. We seek energetic individuals applying innovative comparative, population-based genomic approaches to better understand the genetic bases and environmental components of complex traits, susceptibility to disease conditions, and other fundamental processes in biology. Applicants with an outstanding record of achievement, a research program using established or emerging vertebrate model organisms, and strong computational skills are of particular interest. The successful candidate must have a doctoral degree and relevant post-doctoral experience, and will be expected to develop and sustain a vigorous extramurally funded research program, train graduate students, and teach within the Biomedical Sciences program. Opportunities exist to interact collaboratively with a large and expanding genomics and life science faculty within the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and across the broader University community through the Whole Systems Genomics Initiative (genomics.tamu.edu), One Health Initiative (onehealth.tamu.edu), and several interdisciplinary, degree-granting faculties and research programs (e.g., Genetics, Neuroscience, Reproduction, Toxicology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). Salary and start-up packages will be competitive and commensurate with level of accomplishment. Modern laboratory and office space will be provided within the Veterinary Medical Research Complex, as will access to modern core facil ities for next-generation sequencing (txgen.tamu.edu) and significant computational resources on campus. Review of applications will begin November 1 2014, and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, three relevant reprints, and the names of three potential references to: Genomics Search Committee, Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, VMA Bldg. Rm. 107, College Station, TX 77843-4458 or by email (preferred): dhernandez@cvm.tamu.edu For more information please visit: vetmed.tamu.edu/vibs and genomics.tamu.edu Texas A&M University is an Affirmative Action Employer/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women and individuals from ethnic/racial minority groups are actively encouraged. —_000_D0641278ECA3wmurphycvmtamuedu_ Content-Type: message/external-body; access-type=x-mutt-deleted; expiration=”Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:23:18 -0400”; length989 Content-Type: text/html; charset=”us-ascii” Content-ID: Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable —_000_D0641278ECA3wmurphycvmtamuedu via Gmail
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PhD position: A PhD position is available to work on an international project involving laboratories at the University of Toronto and at the Institute of Functional Genomics in Lyon, France (see project description below). The successful candidate will be enrolled into the University of Toronto’s PhD program, and will jointly work in the labs of Locke Rowe, Ashley Bruce, and Abderrahman Khila. Priority will be given to applications from Canadian Citizens. However, applications from international candidates are welcome. http://bit.ly/11qIslC http://bit.ly/1wadOX8 http://bit.ly/11qIslI To apply: Send a CV, a cover letter describing skill relevant to this project, and names and contacts of three referees to: locke.rowe@utoronto.ca The role of ancient developmental genes in trait diversification. Males of the genus Rheumatobates are known to have highly modified appendages that aid in the grasping of resistant females. The transition from the ancestral to the derived states occurs multiple times and in different ways, leading to a diversity of morphological outcomes (presence and location of antagonistic hooks and spines etc). The remarkable diversity in these antagonistic traits may be driven by two processes a direct response to differences in female resistance to mating, and/or spatio-temporal variation in the expression of developmental genes, where a variety of outcomes are similarly effective. We have recently uncovered the role of an ancient developmental gene, dll, in controlling the sexually antagonistic modification of male grasping antennae in Rheumatobates rylei. To determine the relative importance of these two alternative processes in generating sexual diversity, we are combining behavioural studies of antennal function with studies examining the role of dll in the diversification of these structures, in Rhematobates spp. that span the range of modified antennae. For more details see references below. References: Khila, A., Abouheif, E., and L. Rowe. 2014. Comparative functional analyses of Ultrabithorax reveal multiple steps and paths to diversification of legs in the adaptive radiation of semi-aquatic insects. Evolution. doi: 10.1111/evo.12444. Khila, A., E. Abouheif and L. Rowe. 2012. Function, developmental genetics, and fitness consequences of a sexually antagonistic trait. Science 336: 585-589. Rowe, L., Westlake, K. & D.C. Currie. 2006. The functional significance of elaborate secondary sexual traits and their evolution in the water strider Rheumatobates rileyi. Canadian Entomologist 138:568-577. Arnqvist, G., and L. Rowe. 2002. Antagonistic coevolution between the sexes in a group of insects. Nature 415: 787-789. Westlake, K.P., Rowe, L. and Currie, D.C. 2000. Phylogeny of the water strider genus Rheumatobates (Heteroptera: Gerridae). Systematic Entomology 25:125-144. via Gmail
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Graduate Assistantships in Synthetic Ecology and the Evolution of Symbiosis Graduate assistantships are available to support Masters or PhD students in Erik Homs laboratory at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). The Hom lab is generally interested in understanding how biotic and abiotic factors facilitate the formation, persistence, and evolution of species interactions, notably those that are symbiotic. We are particularly fond of studying the interactions between fungi and algae and use a predominantly synthetic approach to address our questions (see Science 345:94-98). Our lab is seeking bright, highly motivated students with an appetite for learning to join us in pursuing research projects of mutual interest in areas that include (but are not limited to): experimental evolution, synthetic ecology, EcoEvoDevo, eukaryotic metagenomics, bioinformatics, and the ecology of microbial consortia. Stipend support will be a combination of research and teaching assistantships, and includes tuition waivers and health benefits. The University of Mississippi is in an exciting phase of institutional growth and is located in Oxford, a vibrant and idyllic college town in northern Mississippi, about 75 mi south of Memphis, TN. If you are into football, William Faulkner, local music, and/or fine food, Oxford is a fun town! Requirements for graduate admissions can be found here: http://goo.gl/t1CfcR. The desired start date for these positions is August 2015 (although January 2015 may be possible). Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. For consideration and/or more information, please contact Dr. Hom (erik@olemiss.edu, +1-662-915-1731, http://bit.ly/1u7oIu8). To apply, please send a single PDF file that includes: 1) a cover letter explaining your specific research interest(s) and qualifications/research experience, 2) your curriculum vitae, 3) a scientific writing sample, 4) school transcript(s), 5) GRE scores (note: quantitative and verbal scores should be >150), and 6) contact information for at least 3 references. Erik Hom Assistant Professor Department of Biology University of Mississippi “erik@olemiss.edu” via Gmail
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GRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES IN EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY AT OTAGO The Department of Zoology at the University of Otago offers a range of research in evolutionary biology. Our faculty also contribute to interdepartmental programs in Ecology and Genetics. We invite applications from high-quality motivated students to join our PhD program in Zoology. Scholarships (competitive), research support, travel/conference support and demonstrating/teaching assistant positions are available for qualified candidates. Applications may be made at any time. Travis Ingram; Evolutionary Ecology http://bit.ly/1b7AE7m Robert Poulin; Evolutionary Parasitology http://bit.ly/1obYeLH Bruce Robertson; Molecular Ecology http://bit.ly/1u7uf3Y Hamish Spencer; Population Genetics http://bit.ly/1obYeLJ Graham Wallis; Evolutionary Genetics http://bit.ly/1u7uf44 Jonathan Waters; Ancient DNA, Genomics, Evolution http://bit.ly/1obYeLL Possible projects include: Adaptive evolution of a zona-pellucida domain gene in galaxiid fishes Conservation genetics of the endangered black-billed gull Evolutionary consequences of freshwater fish introductions Genetics of hybridisation in NZ galaxiid fishes Host-parasite coevolution in complex aquatic ecosystems Mate choice and personality gene variation in the New Zealand sea lion Population-genetic models of epigenetic systems (including genomic imprinting) Population-genetic models for the maintenance of genetic variation More information on the application process can be found at: http://bit.ly/1u7ufkq Graham Wallis office +64 3 479 7984 Department of Zoology fax +64 3 479 7584 University of Otago home +64 3 476 1314 PO Box 56, Dunedin 9054 courier 340 Great King St Aotearoa-New Zealand email g.wallis@otago.ac.nz Professor in Genetics http://bit.ly/1u7uf44 Graham Wallis via Gmail
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October 15, 2014

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Curator of Invertebrates and Assistant Professor in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EBIO), University of Colorado Boulder, invite applications for a joint, tenure-track appointment as Curator of Invertebrates and Assistant Professor. Primary responsibilities will be to develop an active research program on any group of non-insect invertebrates using molecular systematic approaches preferably including bioinformatics tools, to curate and develop the Museum’s invertebrate collections, and to teach in the Museum and Field Studies and EBIO programs. The successful candidate will be expected to take a leadership position in advancing the role of the collections, particularly in digital and molecular assets. The Invertebrate collection houses approximately 870,000 specimens of molluscs, other non-entomological marine, freshwater, and terrestrial invertebrates. Most holdings are from Colorado and the southern Rocky Mountain region, and enhanced by wider US and international collections. The successful candidate will contribute to research, curation, mentoring, and teaching at graduate and undergraduate levels and will be expected to develop an externally funded research program. We offer a collaborative, intellectually stimulating, and supportive environment in which a new professor can thrive. Additional information about EBIO and the CU Museum can be found on the web at: http://bit.ly/1u7oH9v and http://bit.ly/1zcxdMI. Applicants must have a doctoral degree and strong research, curatorial, and teaching and mentoring credentials. Application materials must be submitted electronically at http://bit.ly/1sY0zcq, Posting #89649, beginning October 13. The application package should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three representative publications, statements of research, teaching, and curatorial experience and vision, along with names and addresses of four references. Review of applications begins December 1, 2014. Contact search committee chair: Christy.McCain@colorado.edu. The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. erin.tripp@colorado.edu via Gmail

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—_000_985C53F720B76B45B656624AB29D078007878033exchange1adolem_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”Windows-1252” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Graduate Assistantships in Synthetic Ecology and the Evolution of Symbiosis Graduate assistantships are available to support Masters or PhD students in Erik Hom’s laboratory at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). The Hom lab is generally interested in understanding how biotic and abiotic factors facilitate the formation, persistence, and evolution of species interactions, notably those that are symbiotic. We are particularly fond of studying the interactions between fungi and algae and use a predominantly synthetic approach to address our questions (see Science 345:94-98). Our lab is seeking bright, highly motivated students with an appetite for learning to join us in pursuing research projects of mutual interest in areas that include (but are not limited to): experimental evolution, synthetic ecology, EcoEvoDevo, eukaryotic metagenomics, bioinformatics, and the ecology of microbial consortia. Stipend support will be a combination of research and teaching assistantships, and includes tuition waivers and health benefits. The University of M ississippi is in an exciting phase of institutional growth and is located in Oxford, a vibrant and idyllic college town in northern Mississippi, about 75 mi south of Memphis, TN. If you are into football, William Faulkner, local music, and/or fine food, Oxford is a fun town! Requirements for graduate admissions can be found here: http://goo.gl/t1CfcR. The desired start date for these positions is August 2015 (although January 2015 may be possible). Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. For consideration and/or more information, please contact Dr. Hom (erik@olemiss.edu, +1-662-915-1731, http://bit.ly/1u7oIu8). To apply, please send a single PDF file that includes: 1) a cover letter explaining your specific research interest(s) and qualifications/research experience, 2) your curriculum vitae, 3) a scientific writing sample, 4) school transcript(s), 5) GRE scores (note: quantitative and verbal scores should be >150), and 6) contact information for at least 3 references. —_000_985C53F720B76B45B656624AB29D078007878033exchange1adolem_ Content-Type: text/html; charset=”Windows-1252” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

Graduate Assistantships in Synthetic Ecology and the Evolution of Symbiosis Graduate assistantships are available to support Masters or PhD students in Erik Hom’s laboratory at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss).  The Hom lab is generally interested in understanding how biotic and abiotic factors facilitate the formation, persistence, and evolution of species interactions, notably those that are symbiotic.  We are particularly fond of studying the interactions between fungi and algae and use a predominantly synthetic approach to address our questions (see Science 345:94-98).  Our lab is seeking bright, highly motivated students with an appetite for learning to join us in pursuing research projects of mutual interest in areas that include (but are not limited to): experimental evolution, synthetic ecology, EcoEvoDevo, eukaryotic metagenomics, bioinformatics, and the ecology of microbial consortia.  Stipend support will be a combination of research and teaching assistantships, and includes tuition waivers and health benefits.  The University of Mississippi is in an exciting phase of institutional growth and is located in Oxford, a vibrant and idyllic college town in northern Mississippi, about 75 mi south of Memphis, TN.  If you are into football, William Faulkner, local music, and/or fine food, Oxford is a fun town!  Requirements for graduate admissions can be found here: http://goo.gl/t1CfcR.  The desired start date for these positions is August 2015 (although January 2015 may be possible).  Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. For consideration and/or more information, please contact Dr. Hom (erik@olemiss.edu, +1-662-915-1731, http://bit.ly/1u7oIu8).  To apply, please send a single PDF file that includes: 1) a cover letter explaining your specific research interest(s) and qualifications/research experience, 2) your curriculum vitae, 3) a scientific writing sample, 4) school transcript(s), 5) GRE scores (note: quantitative and verbal scores should be >150), and 6) contact information for at least 3 references. —_000_985C53F720B76B45B656624AB29D078007878033exchange1adolem via Gmail
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The theory of evolution by natural selection has had a profound impact not only on the biological sciences but also on the social sciences, revolutionizing our understanding of perception, cognition, language, social behavior, and cultural practices. Despite the centrality of evolutionary theory to the social sciences, many students struggle to understand how natural selection works, imagine greater scientific controversy than actually exists, and show little appreciation for evolution as an overarching theoretical framework. One factor contributing to this divide between scholars and students may be how evolution is (and is not) taught in the social sciences. Our goal is to provide a new perspective on best practices for teaching evolution in the social sciences that is informed by our understanding of how people accommodate and reconcile scientific and non-scientific explanations, an understudied area of evolution education. We seek to synthesize what is and is not known about varieties of teaching evolution in the social sciences, assessing student's understanding and misunderstanding of evolution in this context, and diagnosing potential causes of student misconceptions. This synthesis is expected to result in two major outcomes. The first outcome will be a review paper outlining what scientists view as the primary challenges to students' understanding of evolution in the social sciences and the strategies they have adopted to meet these challenges. The second outcome will be a grant proposal outlining studies that will test alternative teaching strategies, using a variety of outcome measures devised by the participants of the catalysis meeting. The catalysis meeting will thus serve two purposes: to chart the landscape of evolutionary misconceptions specific to the social sciences and to identify empirically testable strategies for countering those misconceptions.
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Underlying the adaptive behavior of animals is a process by which individuals must make decisions based on functionally relevant categories: who is a suitable mate, social partner, host, or prey item? Who is a competitor or a predator? Despite the ubiquitous need for animals to find a suitable mate, sort out enemies from collaborators, and correctly identify food, we lack a unifying framework of evolutionary decision theory. Here, we propose a cross-disciplinary team to establish an integrative conceptual framework with testable hypotheses for studying decision-making in an evolutionary context. Leveraging expertise from research programs in evolution, neurobiology, behavioral ecology, and comparative psychology, we aim to address questions of whether and how available information is processed by similar or different algorithms to generate decisions across individuals, species, sensory modalities, and functional contexts. We identify directions for immediate analyses within a new framework, including the role of learning and memory in shaping animal decisions, and hypotheses related to the evolution of categorical-like perception in a complex environment. We propose to systematically synthesize the primary literature incorporating data from behavioral “choice” and “recognition” trials (e.g., mate choice, host choice, kin recognition, parasite rejection), in order to generate a large, multi-taxon, publicly available database that will provide a rich source of data for future analyses of comparative patterns in decision making algorithms. Ultimately, our aim is to bring together a diversity of perspectives spanning multiple levels of analysis in order to transform our understanding of decision-making in an evolutionary context.
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Background: Gene flow is traditionally considered a limitation to speciation because selection is required to counter the homogenising effect of allele exchange. Here we report on two sympatric short-horned grasshoppers species in the South Island of New Zealand; one (Sigaus australis) widespread and the other (Sigaus childi) a narrow endemic. Results: Of the 79 putatively neutral markers (mtDNA, microsatellite loci, ITS sequences and RAD-seq SNPs) all but one marker we examined showed extensive allele sharing, and similar or identical allele frequencies in the two species where they co-occur. We found no genetic evidence of deviation from random mating in the region of sympatry. However, analysis of morphological and geometric traits revealed no evidence of morphological introgression. Conclusions: Based on phenotype the two species are clearly distinct, but their genotypes thus far reveal no divergence. The best explanation for this is that some loci associated with the distinguishing morphological characters are under strong selection, but exchange of neutral loci is occurring freely between the two species. Although it is easier to define species as requiring a barrier between them, a dynamic model that accommodates gene flow is a biologically more reasonable explanation for these grasshoppers.
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Erick Matsen wrote:

New from @alexei_drummond and his postdoc:

The space of ultrametric phylogenetic trees by Alex Gavruskin, Alexei J. Drummond

We introduce two metric spaces on ultrametric phylogenetic trees and compare them with existing models of tree space. We formulate several formal requirements that a metric space on phylogenetic trees must possess in order to be a satisfactory space for statistical analysis, and justify them. We show that only a few known constructions of the space of phylogenetic trees satisfy these requirements. However, our results suggest that these basic requirements are not enough to distinguish between the two metric spaces we introduce and that the choice between metric spaces requires additional properties to be considered.

http://arxiv.org/abs/1410.3544

I haven't read it in detail, but it seems that the most version of the space that is most natural for time-trees (their t-space) has properties that make it mathematically difficult to analyze. The combinatorial machinery that helped out with the BHV space doesn't help here.

Theorem 8. The problem of computing geodesics in t-space is NP-hard. We will reduce the problem of computing NNI-distance to the problem of computing geodesics in t-space, but before going on to the proof of this result, we would like to develop some intuition of why t-space is so different from both BHV and τ -space. The key property for this difference is that the cone-path is rarely a geodesic in t-space. Indeed, in both BHV and τ - space the position of two cubes can result in a cone-path being the geodesic between any pair of trees from these cubes. Particularly, the measure of the set of pairs of trees between which the cone-path is a geodesic is positive. For example, if two trees T and R have topologies with no compatible splits, then the geodesic between T and R is a cone-path [3]. A property such as this does not present in t-space. It will follow from the observations below that the measure of the set of pairs of trees between which the geodesic is a cone-path in t-space has measure 0.

I know @cwhidden has been reading it so perhaps he'll post some observations.

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Harley Jones Van Cleave Professor Host-Parasite Interactions Department of Animal Biology and School of Integrative Biology University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The Department of Animal Biology and the School of Integrative Biology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign seek a highly qualified candidate for the Harley Jones Van Cleave Professor of Host-Parasite Interactions. This Professorship was made possible by the generous gift of David R. and Margaret Stirewalt Lincicome. This is a full-time faculty position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor with credentials warranting tenure at the University of Illinois. We seek a broadly trained biologist who has a well-established, internationally renowned, externally funded research program in any aspect of host-parasite interactions, including but not limited to coevolutionary interactions, the molecular, physiological, developmental, or immunological bases of such interactions, molecular parasites and genome evolution, effects of parasites on host behavior, life histories, population dynamics, conservation biology, or alterations in such interactions caused by global change. We welcome empirical and theoretical approaches. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be part of dynamic and well-established communities of integrative biologists with interests spanning a wide range of taxa in the School of Integrative Biology, as well as in a number of interdisciplinary programs across the campus. Responsibilities also include teaching and participation in both undergraduate and graduate training. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in biology or related discipline. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Target start date is August 16, 2015 but is negotiable. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a public land-grant university with more than 40,000 students and provides a highly collaborative and supportive academic environment. There are opportunities for interactions with the Institute of Genomic Biology, the Program in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology, the National Center for Supercomputer Applications, Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, and the Illinois State Natural History Survey and the Illinois State Geological Survey. To ensure full consideration, please create your candidate profile through http://bit.ly/1vcfAsD and upload your application letter, curriculum vitae, summary of research and plans, teaching philosophy and experience, and contact information for three professional references by December 9, 2014. After a review of the research record, the search committee may then contact the applicant about soliciting letters of reference. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. For further information contact Host-Parasite Interactions Search Chair, sib@life.illinois.edu. Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (http://bit.ly/17xpNAL). Alison M. Bell Associate Professor Integrative Biology University of Illinois, Urbana 439 Morrill Hall 505 S. Goodwin Avenue Urbana, IL 61801 217-265-5469 (phone) 217-244-4565 (fax) alisonmb@life.illinois.edu http://bit.ly/1r8Du25 Alison Bell via Gmail
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