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March 30, 2015


PhD Position ” Ecological genomics of parallel pollinator-driven speciation in orchids A PhD position is open for a highly motivated student with a keen interest in evolutionary and ecological questions, and a solid knowledge of genomics and bioinformatics/statistics. The successful candidate will be part of a team investigating the molecular basis of parallel pollinator-mediated reproductive isolation and ecological speciation between sexually deceptive orchids of the genus Ophrys. The project seeks to understand the degree of convergence, at the phenotypic and molecular levels, of two cases of species divergence mediated by the same pollinators. In particular, the successful candidate will investigate (1) the extent of convergence in pollinator-attractive traits and reproductive isolation between species, (2) the extent of similarities in the genomic architecture underlying these adaptive traits, and (3) the evolution of specific metabolic pathways (and their regulation) controlling pollinator attraction. This multidisciplinary project will involve a combination of field work (in the Mediterranean) and state-of the art tools for phenotypic, metabolomic and ecological genomic (RNA-Seq and Exome-Seq) characterisation of natural plant populations. For background information on the study system, please see e.g. Schlüter & Schiestl (2008, Trends Plant Sci.), Schlüter & al. (2011, PNAS) and Sedeek & al. (2013, PLoS One; and 2014, Mol. Ecol.). The ideal candidate should be highly motivated and able to articulate her/his motivation for this project clearly. S/he should be well organised, with a thorough understanding of evolutionary biology, population genetics and molecular biology, and should have an interest in orchid pollination. The candidate is expected to be proficient in statistical data analysis, with a good working knowledge of R and proven experience in bioinformatics, ideally with an ecological genomics background. Programming skills in other languages (e.g. Delphi or C/C++) are an advantage. Since the student will have to prepare libraries for Illumina sequencing, basic laboratory skills are necessary; previous field experience is a plus. Proficiency in English and good communication skills are essential, as is a completed MSc degree (or equivalent) in biology or a related discipline, and the proven ability to carry out research independently. We offer a 3-year PhD position at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, at a competetive salary (>47kCHF/a before tax) funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The student will be part of the Institute of Systematic Botany, located in the beautiful Botanic Gardens and within walking distance of Lake Zurich. The successful candidate will work in a young, active, interdisciplinary and stimulating environment and will have access to state-of-the-art tools and techniques. Your application should consist of a letter of motivation (1-2 pages), your CV and (if applicable) publication list, and the names and e-mail adresses of three academic referees. The letter of motivation should detail why you think the project is relevant, why you are personally interested in it, and why you think you are well-suited to undertake it. Please send your application (or any requests for further information) electronically to Dr Philipp Schlüter (philipp.schlueter at Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The preferred start date is 1st of June 2015. via Gmail


Secure your spot now at the EvoDevo Event of the Year! 1) Join PanAm EvoDevo. 2) Register and submit an abstract - NOW. 3) Attend the meeting ” August 5th in Berkeley, CA. Registration for the inaugural meeting of the Pan American Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology is open! Register and Submit your Abstract by April 1 to secure your spot. Mark your calendars for the meeting dates, 5-9 August, 2015. There are only a few spaces left to attend, and a few days left to submit your abstract!!! The registration deadline is April 1, 2015. Click here to register. Follow us: @EvoDevoPanAm Join Us: #EvoDevo15 A few meeting highlights: - Invited speakers: Chris Amemiya, Alexa Bely, Sean Carroll, Rachel Collin, Kim Cooper, Tamara Franz-Odendaal, Matt Gibson, Angela Hay, Vivian Irish, Catherine Linnen, Mark Martindale, Jose Xavier Neto, Natalia Pabn-Mora (Early Career Award Recipient), Richard Palmer, Rudy Raff (Pioneers Award recipient), Bob Reed, Matt Rockman, Neelima Sinha, Stacey D. Smith, Ralf Sommer, Mansi Srivastava, James Umen - Selected abstracts chosen for presentations by members; faculty, postdocs and students encouraged to apply. - Posters on display throughout the entire meeting - Poster prizes for PhD students and postdocs - Child Care reimbursement available!! Bring the whole family. All details about registration, accommodation options, childcare services, and the conference program are available at the following website: Support the Society and Become a Member, and enjoy the benefits of being part of the fast-growing and intellectually invigorating EvoDevo community!! To learn more about PASEDB, visit the following website: The Organizing Committee and the PanAm SEDB Executive Council look forward to welcoming you to Berkeley in August! Ehab Abouheif Karen Sears Nipam Patel Chris Lowe via Gmail

Background: The host range of a pathogenic bacterial strain likely influences its effective population size, which in turn affects the efficacy of selection. Transmission between competent hosts may occur more frequently for host generalists than for specialists. This could allow higher bacterial population densities to persist within an ecological community and increase the efficacy of selection in these populations. Conversely, specialist strains may be better adapted to their hosts and consequently achieve greater within-host population densities, with corresponding increases in selection efficacy. To assess these different hypotheses, we examined the effective population sizes of three strains of the bacterium Anaplasma phagocytophilum and categorized the varying roles of selection and demography on patterns of genetic diversity and divergence in these populations. A. phagocytophilum is a tick-transmitted, obligately intracellular pathogen. Strains of A. phagocytophilum display varying degrees of host specialization, making this a good species for exploring questions regarding host range, effective population size and selection efficacy. Results: We found that a roe deer specialist harbored the most genetic diversity of the three A. phagocytophilum strains and correspondingly had the largest effective population size. Another strain that is ecologically specialized on rodents and insectivores had the smallest effective population size. However, these mammalian hosts are distantly related evolutionarily. The third strain, a host generalist, was intermediate in its effective population size between the other two strains. Evolutionary constraint on non-synonymous sites was pervasive in all three strains, although some slightly deleterious mutations may also be segregating in these populations. We additionally found evidence of genome-wide selective sweeps in the generalist strain, whereas signals of repeated bottlenecks were detected in the strain with the smallest effective population size. Conclusions: A. phagocytophilum is a diverse bacterial species that differs among distinct strains in its effective population size, as well as how genetic diversity and divergence have been influenced by selection and demographic changes. In this species, host specialization may facilitate increased population growth and allow more opportunities for selection to act. These results provide insights into how host range has influenced evolutionary patterns of strain divergence in an emerging zoonotic bacterium.

March 29, 2015


NeighborNet produces splits graphs based on distances between the taxa, rather than using the original character data. This approach can produce what we might call inconsequential splits in the graph — that is, splits that are not explicitly supported by the character data. Here, I present a simple example to illustrate the extent to which this can occur.

The data are taken from: Nanette Thomas, Jeremy J. Bruhl, Andrew Ford, Peter H. Weston (2014) Molecular dating of Winteraceae reveals a complex biogeographical history involving both ancient Gondwanan vicariance and long-distance dispersal. Journal of Biogeography 41: 894-904.

This dataset consists of a set of eight morphological features of the pollen from 31 extant plant taxa plus two fossil samples, as shown in this data matrix:

T_lanceolata        00111011
T_stipitata         00111011
T_purpurescens      00111011
T_xerophila_x       00111011
T_xerophila_r       00111011
T_vickeriana        00111011
T_glaucifolia       00111011
T_membranea         00111011
T_insipida          00111011
T_perrieri          00111010
D_winteri           00111010
D_grenadensis       00111010
B_comptonii         00011010
B_howeana           00011010
B_semicarpoides     00011010
B_whiteana          00011010
B_queenslandiana_q  00011010
B_queenslandiana_1  00011010
P_axillaris         00011011
P_colorata          00011011
Pseudowinterapollis 00011011
B_pancheri          01001011
Harrisipollenites   01001100
Z_acsmithii         01001101
E_stipitatum        01001101
Z_bicolor           01001101
Z_balansae          11001101
C_dinisii           1-111101
C_madagascariensis  1-111101
W_salutaris         1-111101
P_macranthum        1-111101
C_ekmanii           1-111101
C_winterana         1-111101

Note that there are only nine groups of taxa (separated by the dashed lines) — within each group the data are identical. Each character has two states: present / absent.

The resulting NeighborNet, as produced by default using the SplitsTree4 program, is shown in the first graph.

As expected, the taxa form nine groups. There are a number of apparently well-supported splits (ie. with long edges) separating these groups. There are also a number of smaller splits, and a whole series of very tiny splits. None of these latter two groupings are explicitly present in the dataset — the only splits supported by the characters are plotted onto the graph using the character numbers. (Note that character 5 is uninformative.)

The series of very tiny splits are present throughout the graph as extremely short edges. For example, a detailed view of the bottom left-hand corner of the graph is shown in the next figure.

Note that these six taxa have identical character data, and therefore their separation into four groups is entirely an artifact of the NeighborNet algorithm.

So, one needs to be careful when interpreting small splits in such a graph — they may have biologiocal support and they may not.

Graduate Meeting of the Zoological Systematics group of the German Zoological Society June 5th to 6th 2015 Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Ecology of the University of Bonn, Germany To whom it may concern, On behalf of the Zoological Systematics group of the German Zoological Society Thomas Bartolomaeus and Torsten Struck invite you to participate at the graduate meeting at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Ecology of the University of Bonn. The topic of the meeting are the challenges that cryptic speciation poses to taxonomic, evolutionary biological and ecological research. The invited speakers will speak about the specific requirements to taxonomically describe cryptic species, the foundations and problems of automatic species delineation, the pros and cons of different marker systems with respect to cryptic species and the impact of cryptic species on ecological and evolutionary biological studies. For more detailed informations see the flyer of the meeting (link to the flyer is below). Besides the invited speakers there is plenty of time and opportunity to present the own research as a presentation and poster as well as for discussion. Please register inclusive an abstract for presentations or posters till May 8th 2015 by E-Mail to: Best wishes by the speakers of the Systematics group, Sven Bradler & Torsten Struck Flyer with Information about graduate meeting: Torsten Struck via Gmail

March 28, 2015

Dear all, I am pleased to announce that the mini symposium “Trade-offs and adaptive syndromes in evolution ”, will be held during the - MMEE 2015 - Mathematical Models of Ecology and Evolution Conference in Paris Jul 8th- 10th 2015. Conference pre-registration Deadline is on May 1st. Payment and registration deadline is June 1st. Symposium description: Many models of evolution have focused on single traits ignoring covariation and coevolution of them. The joint evolution of several morphological, behavioural or life-history traits that share evolutionary history, needs to be investigated to be able to draw conclusions about syndromes which result from different proximate and ultimate causes. Trade-offs and feedbacks are expected to shape the strength of adaptive syndromes and studying them will greatly improve our understanding of closely related trait changes in evolution. Confirmed speakers: François Massol (Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille 1’Bâtiment SN2) Title: Joint evolution of dispersal and the allocation of dispersal cost in heterogeneous landscapes; Claus Rüffler (University of Uppsala) Title: Does Organismal Complexity Favor the Evolution of Diversity? If you are interested in contributing a poster or talk to this symposium, please indicate so (select mini-symposium 8. Trade-offs and adaptive syndromes) during abstract submission. Bests, Helene Weigang Helene Weigang PhD Candidate Biomathematics Group Department of Mathematics and Statistics University of Helsinki P.O. Box 68 (Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2b) Kumpula campus, EXACTUM, room B418 via Gmail

If you are headed to SMBE this summer, then you might want to make an early stop in Paris on your way to Vienna. Henrique Teotónio and I are organizing a symposium on “Linkage and the limits to selection” as part of the Mathematical Models in Ecology and Evolution meeting, July 8-10 at the Collège de France in Paris. Nick Barton and Dimtri Petrov are our featured speakers, and there will be contributed talks as well. Our symposium is scheduled for the last day of the meeting for extra convenience for those heading to SMBE. There are several other symposia on adaptation at the meeting that should be of interest to this group as well, in addition to keynote talks by Michael Doebeli, Maria Servedio, Josh Plotkin, Régis Ferrière, and others. Hope to see you there. via Gmail

Background: Mangrove forests are ecologically important but globally threatened intertidal plant communities. Effective mangrove conservation requires the determination of species identity, management units, and genetic structure. Here, we investigate the genetic distinctiveness and genetic structure of an iconic but yet taxonomically confusing species complex Rhizophora mucronata and R. stylosa across their distributional range, by employing a suite of 20 informative nuclear SSR markers. Results: Our results demonstrated the general genetic distinctiveness of R. mucronata and R. stylosa, and potential hybridization or introgression between them. We investigated the population genetics of each species without the putative hybrids, and found strong genetic structure between oceanic regions in both R. mucronata and R. stylosa. In R. mucronata, a strong divergence was detected between populations from the Indian Ocean region (Indian Ocean and Andaman Sea) and the Pacific Ocean region (Malacca Strait, South China Sea and Northwest Pacific Ocean). In R. stylosa, the genetic break was located more eastward, between populations from South and East China Sea and populations from the Southwest Pacific Ocean. The location of these genetic breaks coincided with the boundaries of oceanic currents, thus suggesting that oceanic circulation patterns might have acted as a cryptic barrier to gene flow. Conclusions: Our findings have important implications on the conservation of mangroves, especially relating to replanting efforts and the definition of evolutionary significant units in Rhizophora species. We outlined the genetic structure and identified geographical areas that require further investigations for both R. mucronata and R. stylosa. These results serve as the foundation for the conservation genetics of R. mucronata and R. stylosa and highlighted the need to recognize the genetic distinctiveness of closely-related species, determine their respective genetic structure, and avoid artificially promoting hybridization in mangrove restoration programmes.
—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, 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 or sign up on by June 1, and submit your abstracts by June 1 to 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

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, 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  or sign up on by June 1, and submit your abstracts by June 1 to  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

Draft Agenda:


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


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

—001a11c39ce21100ae0512486f6 via Gmail

*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, University of Namur, Laboartory of Evolutionary Genetics and Ecology *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 (** 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: For more information or with queries, contact Tim Barraclough at Our preferred method of application is online via our website (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 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 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 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 ( 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 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, 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 ( – 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 Best regards, Maria Sant’Ana E: 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, “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: 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, ) or any faculty member whose research is of interest. More information can be found at 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) 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 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: and the deadline for registration and payment is June 1st.Abstracts can be submitted here: description:Adaptation lies at the heart of Darwinian evolution. Natural populations are constantly faced with environmental changes that force them to either adapt or go extinct — a problem that is aggravated by human-induced global change. Therefore, increasing our understanding of the adaptive process is important for both basic and applied research, and both empirical and theoretical studies have made important progress in the past two decades.Empirically, it has become clear that evolutionary change can be fast enough to be directly observable and to affect the demography of populations and communities. This has led to a flurry of research on “eco-evolutionary dynamics” and the possibility of “evolutionary rescue” of endangered species. Other work has focussed on the genetic basis of the adaptive process. While genomic approaches often aim at identifying quantitative-trait loci under selection, other studies have proceeded to measure key aspects of the genotype-phenotype map, such as the degree of pleiotropy and epistasis. Finally, previously elusive concepts such as the adaptive landscape are becoming increasingly empirically accessible, and experimental evolution allows the direct observation of adaptive trajectories. Accommodating these new data and results requires the development of theoretical models that go beyond traditional population- and quantitative-genetic approaches by focusing on adaptation in high-dimensional phenotype- and genotype spaces in a specific ecological context.The aim of this symposium is to present recent theoretical advances in the study of adaptation in a changing environment and discuss how these connect and help to explain the phenomena observed in natural populations. The invited speakers will present results about evolutionary rescue in a stochastic environment and how epistasis and natural selection shape the mutational architecture of complex traits. Contributed talks and posters are invited that include (but are not limited to) studies of adaptation using Fisher’s geometric model and similar approaches, studies of the nature of genetic variation and the evolution of the G-matrix, and models of eco-evolutionary dynamics and evolutionary rescue.Confirmed invited speakers:Reinhard BrgerUniversity of Vienna (Vienna, Austria)Luis-Miguel ChevinCNRS (Montpellier, France)Organized by:Sebastian MatuszewskiUniversity of Vienna (Vienna, Austria) & EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland)sebastian.matuszewski@epfl.chandMichael Kopp (Aix Marseille U)Aix-Marseille University (Marseille, France) Looking forward to seeing you in Paris! Sebastian Matuszewski via Gmail
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: 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: Dr hab. Marcin Czarnołęski Instytut Nauk o Środowisku Uniwersytet Jagielloński ul. Gronostajowa 7, Kraków 30-387 tel: 126645203 email: “Urodziłem się z rodziców ubogich, od dziecka pociąg czując do myślenia byt penetrującego” Stanisław Lem, Cyberiada via Gmail