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May 15, 2013
Dear EvolDir members We are starting a project on the evolutionary history and biogeography of the Campanula rotundifolia group (angiosperm, Campanulaceae), which includes some 50-60 morphologically-related taxa with different ploidy levels. We are looking for leaf tissues and seeds from populations sampled across the European mountain ranges (i.e. between the Spanish Sierra Nevada and the Carpathians) for next-generation sequencing and flow cytometry analyses. We would like to ask you for help with plant collection in the field. >From each population, we need EITHER well-dried leaf material (silica gel can be provided upon request) from 5 individuals and a well- preserved herbarium voucher, OR 5 mature fruits (capsules) from 5 different individuals. The plants belonging to this group are generally easy to separate from other Campanula species (a specific determination is not necessary at that stage). A detailed sampling protocol will be sent to all people willing to support this project. It would be amazing if you could contribute with some samples growing close to your working place or collected during forthcoming field trips. Contact addresses and plant localities are also highly appreciated. Many thanks in advance for your help! Best wishes, Guilhem Mansion (1) Ludo Mueller (2) Federico Luebert (2) (1) Freie Universität Berlin, Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Königin-Luise-Straße 6 – 8, 14195 Berlin, Germany (E-mail: g.mansion[at]bgbm.org) (2) Freie Universität Berlin, Institut für Biologie – Botanik, Altensteinstraße 6, 14195 Berlin, Germany (E-mail: ludo.muller[at]fu- berlin.de; fluebert[at]zedat.fu-berlin.de) Annex - Species included in the Campanula rotundifolia group C alaskana (A. Gray) Wight C albanica Witasek C baumgartenii Becker C baumgartenii subsp. beckiana (Hayek) Podlech C bertolae Colla C bohemica Hruby C caespitosa Scop. C cantabrica Feer C carnica Schiede C carnica subsp. puberula Podlech C cochleariifolia Lam. C excisa Schleich. C ficarioides Timb.-Lagr. C forsythii (Arcang.) Podl. C fritschii Witasek C gentilis Kovanda C giesekiana Vest C gracillima Podl. C hercegovina Degen & Fiala C herminii Hoffmanns. & Link C hispanica Willk. C intercedens Witasek C jaubertiana Timb.-Lagr. C jurjurensis Pomel C justiniana Witasek C longisepala Podl. C macrorhiza Gay ex A. DC. C marcenoi Brullo C marchesettii Witasek C micrantha Bertol. C moravica (Spitzner) Kovanda C petiolata A. DC. C pindicola Aldén C pollinensis Podl. C praesignis Beck C precatoria Timb.-Lagr. C pseudostenocodon Lacaita C pulla L. C raineri Perpenti C rhomboidalis L. C romanica Savul C rotundifolia L. C ruscinonensis Timb.-Lagr. C sabatia De Not. C scheuchzeri Vill. C serrata (Kit.) Hendrych C serrata subsp. recta (Dulac) Podlech C stenocodon Boiss. & Reuter C tanfanii Podl. C tatrae Borbas C trojanensis Kovanda & Ancev C velebitica Borbás C willkommii Witasek C witasekiana Vierh. C xylocarpa Kovanda Dr Guilhem Mansion Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem Freie Universität Berlin Königin-Luise-Straße 6 - 8 14195 Berlin http://www.bgbm.fu-berlin.de/bgbm/STAFF/wiss/Mansion/default.htm Email: g.mansion[at]bgbm.org Tel.: +49 30 838 50 128 Fax: +49 30 838 50 218 "Mansion, Guilhem"
Position #1 Research Associate I (NRS/Lab) position at the University of Rhode Island Perform independent research work at the Regional Conservation Genetics Laboratory (RCGL) at the University of Rhode Island. Organize, coordinate, and supervise support staff, including volunteers and students, engaged on the project. This position is limited to 03/31/2014 with extension contingent on funding. Visit the URI jobs website at: https://jobs.uri.edu to apply and view complete details for job posting # (6001082). Please attach two documents (PDF) to the online Employment Application: (1) A cover letter, and (2) Resume, which includes the names and contact information of three references. Applications will close May 17, 2013. Only online applications will be accepted. The University of Rhode Island is an AA/EEOD employer and values diversity. Office of Human Resources University of Rhode Island 80 Lower College Road Kingston, RI 02881 USA Phone: 401-874-2416 Fax: 401-874-5741 Humanres[at]etal.uri.edu Position #2 Research Associate I (NRS/Field) position at the University of Rhode Island Perform independent research work in support of the Regional Conservation Genetics Laboratory (RCGL) at the University of Rhode Island. Organize, coordinate, and supervise support staff, including volunteers and students, engaged on the project. This position is limited to 03/31/2014 with extension contingent on funding. Visit the URI jobs website at: https://jobs.uri.edu to apply and view complete details for job posting # (6001081). Please attach two documents (PDF) to the online Employment Application: (1) A cover letter, and (2) Resume, which includes the names and contact information of three references. Applications will close May 17, 2013. Only online applications will be accepted. The University of Rhode Island is an AA/EEOD employer and values diversity. Office of Human Resources University of Rhode Island 80 Lower College Road Kingston, RI 02881 USA Phone: 401-874-2416 Fax: 401-874-5741 Humanres[at]etal.uri.edu Sincerely, T.J. -- T.J. McGreevy Jr., Ph.D. Research Associate IV Director of the Regional Conservation Genetics Laboratory Department of Natural Resources Science Room 109 Coastal Institute in Kingston 1 Greenhouse Road University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI 02881 tjmcg[at]my.uri.edu office: (401) 874-4040 cell: (401) 481-6151 lab: (401) 874-5812 Thomas Mc Greevy Jr
Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden Corporation Notice of Vacant Post: Senior Botanist/Senior Ecologist JOB SUMMARY The general remit of the post is to implement KFBG's plant and forest conservation and restoration strategy through planning and implementing plant conservation, plant biodiversity assessment and forest restoration projects in Hong Kong. The work will be underpinned by analysing ecological, molecular and environmental data, developing regional to international-level policy recommendations for biodiversity conservation, communicating findings to stakeholders in biodiversity conservation and writing scientific publications and reports relevant to nature conservation. Major projects of the team include permanent forest dynamic plots, forest restoration projects and conservation projects for rare and endangered plants of the region. The job holder will manage a team of three scientific and five to seven ground staff to implement the above duties and to maintain the routine operations of KFBG's native tree nursery and herbarium. Applicants should have a PhD and Postdoctoral experience in the field of botany or ecology (preferably restoration ecology), a minimum of 10 years working experience, strong leadership skills with experience of supervising a team and managing large internally/externally funded projects. Strong communication skills in English, advanced knowledge of statistics, strong computational skills are required. Experience in supervising MSc and PhD students would be a plus. The job holder will primarily be based in Hong Kong, but she/he may also need to work outside Hong Kong to implement projects. Interested parties should send a detailed CV, expected salary, and a short essay (describing relevant work experience and reasons for interest in the post) to: Dr. Gunter Fischer, Head of Flora Conservation Department, Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden Corporation Lam Kam Road, Tai Po, N.T., Hong Kong Email: gfischer[at]kfbg.org gfischer[at]kfbg.org
NERC-funded PhD studentship available at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh, UK. http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/biology/evolutionary-biology/home The studentship will start in October 2013, and will cover full fees and provide a stipend to cover living costs (for UK students). The stipend is determined by NERC and is standard (see http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/available/postgrad/). The period is three years in the first instance, with possible extension depending on training needs. Applicants are encouraged to contact (including their CV) potential supervisors, at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/biology/evolutionary-biology/staff-profiles), who will provide further information on the application procedure. Applicants should decide a priori the area and laboratory that is of most interest to them, and then contact the appropriate potential supervisor. Applicants should contact supervisors ASAP, as we plan to move quickly on recruitment. Further information at http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/biology/evolutionary-biology/research-opportunities Professor Tom Little Chair of Evolutionary Biology Institute of Evolutionary Biology Kings Buildings University of Edinburgh EH9 3JT UK +44 131 650 7781 tom.little[at]ed.ac.uk http://www.biology.ed.ac.uk/research/groups/tlittle/ Tom Little
Dear colleagues: Last call for registration to the course "GEOMETRIC MORPHOMETRICS AND PHYLOGENY- Fourth edition". End of registration with reduced fee May Th. INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Chris Klingenberg (University of Manchester, UK) . DATES: September 3-6, 2013; 30 teaching hours. PLACE: Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona (Spain). Organized by: Transmitting Science, the Institut Catalᠤe Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont and the Council of Hostalets de Pierola. More information: http://www.transmittingscience.org/courses/gm/gm-and-phylogeny/ or writing to courses[at]transmittingscience.org This workshop provides an overview of the interface between geometric morphometrics and phylogenetics. It aims to give an overview of the different approaches and methods that link the two fields and to enable participants to apply them to their own research problems. Lectures that introduce concepts and methods are integrated with demonstrations of software that put them into practice right away. The main emphasis is on mapping shape data on existing phylogenies to reconstruct the evolutionary history of shape diversification, as well as comparative methods that take phylogeny into account. To enhance the practical approach of the workshop, participants are encouraged to bring their own data to conduct analyses and discuss results. Please feel free to distribute this information between your colleagues if you consider it appropriate. With best regards Soledad De Esteban Trivigno, PhD. soledad.esteban[at]transmittingscience.org
May 14, 2013
Phylogeneticists are used to the idea of tree thinking, in which evolutionary history is seen as a branching tree-like pattern. Clearly, for many phylogeneticists this has not yet been extended to network thinking, in which evolutionary history can also be seen as a reticulating network. Indeed, I have recently come across several people who have actively insisted that "trees are still central" to phylogenetics (to quote one of my correspondents). As Mindell (2013) has claimed, the Tree of Life is still a useful metaphor, model and heuristic device.
So, there is not just indifference to networks but there seems also to be some resistance to them. This is somewhat unexpected, as a network simplifies to a tree if there are no incompatible phylogenetic signals, and so there is no intrinsic reason to restrict phylogenies to being tree-like.
As a typical example from the literature, Losos et al. (2012) have recently commented:
Although molecular data have rarely changed our understanding of the major multicellular groups of the evolutionary tree of life, they have suggested changes in the relationships within many groups, such as the evolutionary position of whales in the clade of even-toed ungulates. Further investigation has usually resolved conflicts, often by revealing inadequacies in previous morphological studies. This has led to a presumption by many in favor of molecular data.Needless to say this is a biased point of view, because conflicts can also be resolved by revealing inadequacies in molecular studies. For example, molecular analyses involve many subjective decisions about substitution models and rates of molecular change, and any one of the underlying assumptions may be violated. There is no theoretical justification for favouring one source of data over another.
Similarly, there is no theoretical justification for trying to resolve conflicts by preferring one hypothesis over another. Phylogenetic conflicts can also be "resolved" by recognizing that evolutionary history is not necessarily tree-like. Losos et al. do not even consider this possibility:
When two phylogenies are fundamentally discordant, at least one data set must be misleading.In fact, the only misleading thing here is the word "must", because both datasets may be perfectly correct but are simply the product of two different evolutionary histories.
This point is perhaps most obvious when comparing molecular datasets. The evolutionary history revealed by between-gene evolutionary processes (e.g. recombination, hybridization, horizontal gene transfer) often conflicts with that from within-gene processes (e.g. nucleotide substitutions and insertions / deletions), and this leads to a reticulating evolutionary history.
Indeed, the more we learn about genomes the less tree-like does the evolutionary history of species seem to be. There are long-standing controversies regarding the evolutionary history of many taxonomic groups, and it has been hoped that genome-scale data would resolve these controversies. However, to date none of these controversies has been satisfactorily resolved into an unambiguous tree-like genealogical history using genome data. They all apparently involve reticulate evolutionary processes.
For example, the estimated relationships among humans, chimpanzees and gorillas did not change as a result of genome sampling (Galtier and Daubin 2008), nor did those of malaria species (Kuo et al. 2008) nor those of placental superorders (Hallström and Janke 2012). In all three cases the estimated relationships were just as complex after the genome sequencing as before. The resolution of controversial branches in our trees has not occurred as a result of increased access to character data or improved data analyses, but our recognition of reticulating relationships certainly has occurred.
There are many other examples where increased character sampling is yet to resolve long-standing controversies about branching patterns, and where reticulation may also be the true explanation. Birds seem to provide many of these examples (eg. Smith et al. 2013), but insects are a rich source as well (eg. Thomas et al. 2013), and sometimes even plants (eg. Goremykin et al. 2013).
Clearly, when two or more phylogenies are fundamentally discordant, none of the datasets needs to be misleading, because a reticulating history may be involved. Network thinking should thus be a standard tool in the arsenal of every phylogeneticist. Tree thinking excludes networks but network thinking does not exclude trees, and so the more general model will always be the more useful one.
Galtier N, Daubin V (2008) Dealing with incongruence in phylogenomic analyses. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B, Biological Sciences 363: 4023-4029.
Goremykin VV, Nikiforova SV, Biggs PJ, Zhong B, Delange P, Martin W, Woetzel S, Atherton RA, McLenachan PA, Lockhart PJ (2012) The evolutionary root of flowering plants. Systematic Biology 62: 50-61.
Hallström BM, Janke A (2012) Mammalian evolution may not be strictly bifurcating. Molecular Biology and Evolution 27: 2804-2816.
Kuo C-H, Wares JP, Kissinger JC (2008) The Apicomplexan whole-genome phylogeny: an analysis of incongruence among gene trees. Molecular Biology and Evolution 25: 2689-2698.
Losos JB, Hillis DM, Greene HW (2012) Who speaks with a forked tongue? Science 338: 1428-1429.
Minell DP (2013) The Tree of Life: metaphor, model, and heuristic device. Systematic Biology 62: 479-489.
Smith JV, Braun EL, Kimball RT (2013) Ratite nonmonophyly: independent evidence from 40 novel loci. Systematic Biology 62: 35-49.
Thomas JA, Trueman JW, Rambaut A, Welch JJ (2013) Relaxed phylogenetics and the Palaeoptera problem: resolving deep ancestral splits in the insect phylogeny. Systematic Biology 62: 285-297.
Wednesday, 12:00 PM at NESCent, Ninth Street and Main Street, Erwin Mill Building, 2024 W. Main Street, Suite A200. For more information, call 919-668-4551.
This is a multi-part message in MIME format. --------------000803010503040303020703 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1; format=flowed Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Housing and Childcare Updates: 1.>>>>>Housing for the conference is available at Crystal Inn, which is at the base of Little Cottonwood Canyon.Crystal Inn offers free airport shuttles. In the AM Crystal Inn will transport to a nearby bus stop for public transportation to Snowbirdand there will be complementary shuttle service from the meeting site back to the hotel late in the evening (10 PM).Rooms are still available at Snowbird from June 23^rd onwards.Call Snowbird accommodations for more information (1-800-232-9542). 2.>>>>>Cabin rental (sleeps up to 14 with two bathrooms and kitchen) is available at Snowbird for the duration of the meeting.Call Snowbird accommodations for more information (1-800-232-9542). 3.>>>>>Priority childcare registration ends June 3^rd .Contact Camp Snowbird for more information By email: campsnowbird[at]snowbird.com (please put 'Evolution 2013' in the subject line) By phone: (801) 933-2256 Evolution 2013 is the joint annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution http://www.evolutionsociety.org/> (SSE), the Society of Systematic Biologists http://systbiol.org/> (SSB), and the American Society of Naturalists http://www.amnat.org/> (ASN), on June 21-25, 2013, at the Snowbird Alpine Village . This meeting is the premier annual opportunity for sharing scientific research related to evolution. Symposia presentations, concurrent contributed papers, and poster sessions will be presented by the 1,400 expected participants. Product and service providers will contribute to the meeting through their exhibits. Social activities will include an opening reception, mixers with each evening poster session, and a super-social/award ceremony - *all of these mixers and receptions are included with registration.* Evolution 2013 meets jointly with the *iEvoBio * conference, which brings together biologists interested in evolution, systematics, biodiversity, software, and mathematics. You can still register for the conference - for more information visit the conference web site: http://www.evolutionmeeting.org/index.html --------------000803010503040303020703 Content-Type: text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit
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1. >>>>>Housing for the conference is available at Crystal Inn, which is at the base of Little Cottonwood Canyon. Crystal Inn offers free airport shuttles. In the AM Crystal Inn will transport to a nearby bus stop for public transportation to Snowbirdand there will be complementary shuttle service from the meeting site back to the hotel late in the evening (10 PM). Rooms are still available at Snowbird from June 23rd onwards. Call Snowbird accommodations for more information (1-800-232-9542).
2. >>>>>Cabin rental (sleeps up to 14 with two bathrooms and kitchen) is available at Snowbird for the duration of the meeting. Call Snowbird accommodations for more information (1-800-232-9542).
childcare registration ends June 3rd. Contact Camp Snowbird for
This meeting is the premier annual opportunity for
sharing scientific research related to evolution. Symposia
presentations, concurrent contributed papers, and poster sessions
will be presented by the 1,400 expected participants. Product and
service providers will contribute to the meeting through their
exhibits. Social activities will include an opening reception,
mixers with each evening poster session, and a super-social/award
ceremony - all of these mixers and receptions are included
You can still register for the conference - for more information visit the conference web site:
Post Doctoral Associate Vacancy The vacancy is assigned to the Intervention Strategies to Control Viral Diseases of Swine project, Virus and Prion Research Unit, National Animal Disease Center, Ames, Iowa. The incumbent's overall responsibility is to evaluate the genetic evolution of influenza A viruses (IAV) identified in the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) swine influenza virus (SIV) surveillance system by sequence analysis and computational biology tools and pair with in vitro and in vivo characterization of selected viruses. Identifying the relative representation of subtypes, phylogenetic types, and whole genome variants in the swine population in geographic and temporal contexts will allow monitoring of the genetic evolution of IAV in swine. The resulting data will provide scientific based approaches for IAV intervention strategies, vaccine and diagnostic test development, and pandemic preparedness. The research assignment requires a PhD degree with emphasis on bioinformatics and computational biology with additional knowledge of virology, microbiology, and research techniques. The incumbent's specific objectives within the research assignment are to: 1. Participate with a team of virologists, diagnosticians, and bioinformaticists to assemble, validate, and deposit fully assembled sequences into GenBank or other selected databases from high throughput next generation sequence techniques and/or traditional Sanger sequencing. 2. Conduct computational evolutionary biology analyses with fully assembled swine IAV sequences in the context of contemporary and historical isolates for determination of phylogenetic relationships, lineages, interspecies transmission, and/or reassortment events. Adapt existing database(s) for efficient management of swine IAV surveillance data. 3. Interact and liaise with National Veterinary Services Laboratory staff to transfer knowledge and skills as appropriate, with National Surveillance Unit staff for data management, and with NADC scientific staff for associated in vitro and in vivo study of select SIV isolates. Contact: Amy L. Vincent DVM, PhD National Animal Disease Center, USDA-ARS 1920 Dayton Avenue Ames, IA 50010 (515) 337-7557 amy.vincent[at]ars.usda.gov Amy L. Vincent DVM, PhD National Animal Disease Center, USDA-ARS 1920 Dayton Avenue Ames, IA 50010 (515) 337-7557 amy.vincent[at]ars.usda.gov "Vincent, Amy"
Registration is now open ICREA Conference on the evolution of multicellularity Barcelona, Spain, September 30-October 1, 2013 we are pleased to announce the ICREA Conference on the Evolution of Multicellularity to be held September 30th – October 1st, 2013, in Barcelona (Spain). The transition to multicellular life represents one of the most important events in the history of life. Yet, despite its significance, little is known about the mechanisms involved in this transition. In recent years, emerging data from various fields are providing new insights into this major evolutionary transition. With advances in theoretical, molecular/cell biology and genomics approaches, there is a clear need for further conversation and collaborative efforts between experimentalists and theoreticians. The ICREA Conference on the Evolution of Multicellularity will bring together researchers with diverse backgrounds with the goal of stimulating and fostering inter-disciplinary discussion and collaborations. The talks will be organized around six mini-symposia encompassing the major topics and approaches related to the evolution of multicellularity. The six symposia are: 1) Origins and mechanisms; 2) Development and Gene regulation; 3) Genomics approaches and insights; 4) Theoretical approaches; 5) Social Evolution; 6) Computational and synthetic approaches. For additional information and updates (including preliminary program, registration and abstract submission deadlines) please visit the Conference page at www.multicellularity2013.com/). Please note that registration is free but limited to 100 participants. Invited speakers: Douglas H. Erwin Philip Donoghue Andrew H. Knoll David C. Queller J. Mark Cock Stuart A. Newman Gregory J. Velicer Richard E. Michod Daniel Richter Pauline Schaap Organizers: Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo, Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (UPF-CSIC) Ricard V. Solé, Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (UPF-CSIC) Aurora Nedelcu, University of New Brunswick Aurora M. Nedelcu University of New Brunswick Department of Biology PO Box 4400 Fredericton, NB Canada E3B 5A3 phone: (506) 458-7463 Aurora Nedelcu
FIRST INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL 'OMICS SYNTHESIS CONFERENCE Cardiff University, UK, 9-11 September 2013 http://www.environmentalomics.org/ieos2013 CALL FOR ABSTRACTS We are pleased to announce the first ever conference on 'omics applications, tools and resources, focused on the environmental sciences. The meeting is targeted both at current and future users of 'omics, and for developers of bioinformatics and 'omics technologies. This includes dedicated introductory talks and training sessions on day one, for those who are new to the field, followed by two days of world-class science presentations delivered by several international leaders in environmental 'omics. The conference will promote exchange of ideas between all of these groups. We encourage submission of abstracts to be considered for oral and poster presentation, and in particular encourage submissions from PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. To register - with optional submission of an abstract - see: http://environmentalomics.org/ieos_registration ABSTRACT DEADLINE: 1 July 2013 REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 1 August 2013 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Professor Eske Willerslev, Natural History Museum of Denmark Professor Jack Gilbert, University of Chicago Professor John Colbourne, University of Birmingham INVITED SPEAKERS include: Professor Terry Brown, University of Manchester Professor Robin Allaby, University of Warwick Dr Andrew Whitehead, University of California, Davis Professor Kevin Chipman, University of Birmingham Dr Joe Shaw, Indiana University SPONSORED in part by the NERC, STFC, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and BGI. On behalf of the iEOS organising committee, Daniel -- Daniel Barker http://biology.st-andrews.ac.uk/staff/db60 The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland : No SC013532
--_000_CE941683C88B49488FF7A790D0CB54CA044A18EEMBX1eeempeawch_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset="Windows-1252" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable A collaborative research team led by Blake Matthews, Ole Seehausen, and Bernhard Wehrli are seeking a postdoctoral researcher with a background and interest in evolutionary biology, community ecology, and/or ecosystem science. The aim of the project is to understand the interaction between eco-evolutionary dynamics and the functioning of aquatic ecosystems. Specifically, we are interested in how organism-mediated changes to the temporal and spatial heterogeneity of ecosystems can alter environmental sources of selection, so as to either promote or constrain further adaptive evolution. The project involves large-scale eco-evolutionary experiments that address fundamental links between the ecology and evolution of food webs and the physical environment and biogeochemistry of aquatic ecosystems. An ideal candidate would have some experience with next generation sequencing methodologies and strong analytical abilities for the analysis of ecological communities. Eawag's Center for Ecology, Evolution & Biogeochemistry (CEEB) is located on the shore of Lake Lucerne in Switzerland, and is a strong nucleus of Eawag research groups aimed at integrating evolutionary biology, community ecology, and ecosystem science http://www.eawag.ch/forschung/cc/ceeb/index_EN. The postdoc will interact with a diverse range of researchers studying community ecology, evolutionary biology, ecological genetics, ecosystem science, and applied environmental science. The starting date for the postdoc is flexible, but a starting date in 2013 is preferred. Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vita, and the names of three references. Copies of 3-5 prior publications will also be considered if made available via PDF. Please submit your application by 1 July 2013. Applications must be submitted online via this link: http://internet1.refline.ch/673277/0201/++publications++/1/index.html For further information: please contact Blake Matthews by email (email@example.com), or visit our webpages below. Blake Matthews: http://homepages.eawag.ch/~matthebl/Welcome.html Ole Seehausen: http://www.eawag.ch/about/personen/homepages/seehauso/index_EN Bernhard Wehrli:
Post-doc, Statistical Genetics Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Position Title Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Ref# 724/2013) Position Description See http://www.mcri.edu.au/careers-students/careers/current-vacancies/ Group Statistical Genetics Employer Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Location (Melbourne) Royal Children's Hospital, Parkville, Victoria Work Type Full-time Classification MCRI Research Scale (AUD 75,404 - 80,939 p.a. plus superannuation and salary packaging benefits) Closing Date 7 June 2013 Applications are invited for a Post-doctoral Researcher to join the Statistical Genetics Group at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, headed by Dr Stephen Leslie. The group's work focuses on methodological developments for the analysis of high throughput genetic data and the application of these methods to studies of disease and natural population variation. These methods typically combine modern computationally-intensive statistical approaches with insights from population genetics models. Specifically the group works on statistical methods for imputing immune system (and other) genes from incomplete genetic data; the application of these methods to studies of autoimmune and other diseases; methods for detecting and controlling for population stratification; and understanding the causes and consequences of genetic variation in populations. The group has strong established collaborations with the Donnelly and McVean groups at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Gene tics in Oxford. The position involves working on problems at the cutting edge of human genetics, and represents an exciting opportunity for a statistical geneticist, or someone with a strong statistical background and skills wishing to move into this field. The successful applicant will work on developing statistical methods for detecting and controlling for population stratification, with particular focus on incorporating such methods into genetic (and in particular genome-wide) association studies. The appointee will also contribute to other research projects in statistical genetics as directed by the group leader. He/ she will be encouraged to develop his/ her independent research projects where appropriate. We are seeking a highly motivated scientist, with a PhD in statistics or a closely related area. Applications are encouraged from people who can demonstrate a strong statistical or other quantitative background and wish to move into statistical genetics research. Ideally you will have experience of genetic analyses but this is not essential. You must have considerable programming experience with a low level language (e.g. C, C++) and preferably also with the statistical software R. The successful applicant will have an aptitude for visualizing data, problem solving and careful statistical analysis. You should be able to work alone and collaboratively, and be able to digest and communicate scientific ideas effectively. The position is available for two years with the possibility of extension. Informal enquires can be directed to Stephen Leslie (stephen.leslie[at]mcri.edu.au). Applications close at 9am Friday 7th June 2013. Late applications will not be considered. REF: 724/2013 Please send written applications (in PDF format) addressing the Key Selection Criteria (see http://www.mcri.edu.au/careers-students/careers/current-vacancies/), Academic Transcripts, Cover Letter and CV containing details of 3 referees, quoting the above mentioned reference number to Human Resources via recruitment[at]mcri.edu.au.
Technology Support Position A staff position is available in the Center for Evolutionary Medicine at Arizona State University (cemi.asu.edu). We invite applicants with expertise in system administration and desktop support. Knowledge of evolution and/or bioinformatics is a plus. You can see a detailed job description at the following URL https://www.asu.edu/go/employment/?auth=3Dguest&jobid=3D30380&SiteId=3D1&PostingSeq=1 You must submit a complete application at the above URL. Applications will be reviewed immediately. If you have any questions, please contact Sudhir Kumar (s.kumar[at]asu.edu).
May 13, 2013
Research Technician in Community Ecology at The University of Alabama The Howeth Laboratory at the University of Alabama invites applications for a full-time research technician in community ecology beginning August 15, 2013. The technician will be involved in projects which aim to understand (1) succession in pond metacommunities and (2) the role of metacommunity dynamics in affecting the establishment, spread, and impact of non-native species, using freshwater plankton communities as a model system. The position is for 12 months, with responsibilities divided equally between field and laboratory work. Field work may include out-of-state travel for several weeks, and mesocosm experiments at the University of Alabama Tanglewood Biological Station. Laboratory work may include identification and enumeration of zooplankton, culturing of zooplankton, water chemistry analyses, and microsatellite DNA analyses. Required qualifications: BS or MS in Biology, Ecology, or related science. Ability to tolerate harsh field conditions when necessary. Basic computer skills and familiarity with major software programs (word processing and database management). Ability to interact congenially with students. Preferred qualifications: Previous experience in freshwater ecology and/or molecular ecology. Relevant Links: Department of Biological Sciences: http://bsc.ua.edu/ Center for Freshwater Studies: http://as.ua.edu/cfs/ University of Alabama: www.ua.edu Tuscaloosa, Alabama is a vibrant university community with numerous cultural and recreational opportunities available. The newly constructed Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, located on the banks of the Black Warrior River and just minutes from the UA campus, brings a variety of shows and musicians to the city. Recreational activities such as canoeing and hiking are quite popular in the nearby Black Warrior and Sipsey River natural areas, and the Talladega National Forest. Salary is commensurate with experience. Visit UA's staff employment website at http://jobs.ua.edu for more information and to apply. All applicants should submit a cover letter, a statement detailing relevant research experience, contact information for three references, and a CV. Job close date 05/30/2013. EOE/AA -- Jennifer Howeth, PhD Assistant Professor Department of Biological Sciences Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics University of Alabama Box 870206 1106 Bevill Building, 201 7th Ave. Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0206 firstname.lastname@example.org http://bsc.ua.edu/jennifer-howeth/
May 12, 2013
Some time ago I blogged about The mysterious rankings in Forbes' Celebrity 100. I noted at the time that "There are some other things that we can learn from an analysis of the Celebrity 100 list, but they have nothing to do with networks, so I will not cover them here." I will, however, cover them now.
Each year since 1999 Forbes magazine has produced a list called the Celebrity 100, which purports "to list the 100 most powerful celebrities of the year" within the USA. The list is based on entertainment-related earnings plus media visibility (exposure in print, television, radio, and online). The 2012 list generated plenty of negative comments around the web, and my network analysis of the data showed that there is little apparent mathematical logic to some of the rankings.
However, the data do also reveal interesting patterns about the perception of celebrity in the media, provided that we accept the quality of Forbes' data (even if we find fault with what Forbes did with those data). In the graphs below I have simply used the information provided by Forbes in order to take a look at some of the features that Forbes did not comment upon.
The first graph plots the celebrity ranking by sex and "profession" (each dot represents one celebrity). You will note that the data are not randomly distributed among the groups.
The graph shows that one third of the celebrities are female, and they dominate the top 10 and the bottom 30. So, in order to get a high ranking it is best to be female but that after that it becomes a handicap.
The other groupings are based on the Forbes description of each celebrity's principal claim to fame. Clearly, in terms of celebrity status: being a musician is better than being an athlete, which is better than being an actor, which is better than being an actress. Being a TV or radio personality is not bad, either. Note that this explains the bi-modal distribution of females: the music females are in the top 10 while the acting females are in the bottom 30.
For the rest, if you are a male, then being a producer/director is marginally better than being an author, which is marginally better than being a comedian. If you are female, then being a model is much worse than being a singer or an actress. Being an entrepreneur works only if you are Donald Trump.
The second graph compares each celebrity's money ranking (based on an estimate of their earnings) with their overall ranking. This is an attempt to see who is financially benefitting from their celebrity status (or vice versa). The two lines on the graph show that for most celebrities (those between the lines) their financial status closely follows their celebrity status.
However, for those at the top-left of the graph their celebrity standing is greater than they are being paid. (They are ranked in the top 30 on overall celebrity status but are not in the top 25 money earners.) This means that their manager is "not getting them what they are worth". These people are, from top to bottom on the graph:
Stefani Germanotta (Lady Gaga)
Justin Bieber actress
singer You will note that there are nine females but only two males in this list. Note, also, the number of singers in the list, indicating that being a singer will get you more celebrity than money.
For those at the bottom-right of the graph their celebrity standing is less than their monetary worth. (They are in the top 25 money earners but are not ranked in the top 25 on overall celebrity status.) This means that their publicity agent is not doing their job (or not being asked to!). These people are, from right to left on the graph:
Howard Stern television producer
country music singer
country music singer
film and television producer
film director and producer
film director and producer
radio personality These people are all male, so these males have more money than celebrity. Most of these men do not work directly in the public spotlight, or they prefer country music to pop music.
One can perform a similar analysis to compare the celebrities' TV/Radio rank with their Press rank. This produces a very similar graph. It turns out that the people whose TV/Radio rank is poor compared to their Press rank are mostly athletes (David Beckham, Roger Federer, Lionel Messi, Li Na, Cristiano Ronaldo, Maria Sharapova), along with one model (Kate Moss) and one producer/director (Steven Spielberg). The thirteen people whose Press rank is poor compared to their TV/Radio rank are almost all TV/Radio "personalities", as expected.
I am sure that there is more to be found in this dataset, if anyone cares to look.
We are pleased to announce that this year's ASAB Winter Conference will be held on 5-6 December, at the usual location of London Zoo (ZSL Meeting Rooms). The topic is 'The Evolution of Behavioural Mechanisms' and the keynote speakers will be Melissa Bateson, Reuven Dukas, Simon Laughlin and Marlene Zuk. For more information, to submit an abstract (deadline: 16 August) or to register your interest, please visit http://tinyurl.com/winterasab2013 or contact us at madorganiser[at]gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you in London! Tim Fawcett, Andy Higginson & Pete Trimmer Modelling Animal Decisions (MAD) group, University of Bristol -- Dr Tim W. Fawcett Room B72 School of Biological Sciences University of Bristol Woodland Road Bristol BS8 1UG United Kingdom +44 117 9287478 (office) +44 7789 126382 (mobile) tim.fawcett[at]cantab.net www.timwfawcett.com tim.fawcett[at]gmail.com
The Myles lab at Dalhousie University (www.cultivatingdiversity.org) invites applications for a postdoctoral position in apple genomics. The position is available from July 1st, 2013 for a duration of 2 years with the possibility of extension. We are seeking a postdoc to work on the analysis of genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) data generated from a diverse collection of more than 1000 apple cultivars. The successful applicant will have extensive experience with computer programming and will preferably have experience with Java and at least one other programming language. No previous experience in agriculture is required. The aim of the project is to develop novel imputation algorithms that will allow us to better exploit GBS data. Experience handling next-generation DNA sequence data and software development will be considered a major asset. We will also use these data to elucidate the evolutionary history of apples, so experience with population genetics and evolutionary analyses of genome-wide polymorphism data will also be considered an asset. The location of the lab is in Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada, but we will consider applicants who wish to work remotely. For more information about the Myles lab, please visit: www.cultivatingdiversity.org Interested applicants can send a cover letter and a CV to jobs[at]cultivatingdiversity.org-- Sean Myles Assistant Professor Canada Research Chair in Agricultural Genetic Diversity Faculty of Agriculture Dalhousie University Mobile: 902-690-7093 Lab Manager: 902-365-8463 Fax: 902-679-2311 www.cultivatingdiversity.org sean.michael.myles[at]gmail.com
British Ecological Society Centenary Symposium on Evolutionary Ecology of Infectious Disease Friday, 17 May 2013 from 09:15 to 19:00 London, United Kingdom Register at: http://besevolutionsymposium.eventbrite.co.uk Ecologists have played a central role in developing the hugely successful theory of the epidemiology of infectious disease and this theory in turn has stimulated a great interest in the role of disease in natural communities. British Ecological Society (BES) members have influenced the development and advancement of the field, with many of the key papers published in BES journals. In recognition of this the BES is holding a meeting in its centenary year on the evolutionary ecology of infectious disease. The aim of the meeting is to highlight a number of ways in which ecology impacts on the evolution of and evolutionary implications of infectious disease, and how evolution may further impact on ecological dynamics. Talks will range from examining the role of ecology in determining host-parasite coevolutionary dynamics and to the parasite mediated evolution of sex, to how ecology drives plastic immune responses in hosts and determines the abundance of species, through to implications for the control of tropical disease. The day will finish with a discussion of future directions and how a better understanding of the evolutionary ecology of parasites will allow us to manage disease effectively in human, agricultural and natural populations. Programme 9.15 Registration with tea, coffee & pastries 10.00 Professor Angus Buckling, University of Exeter Ecological determinants of host-parasite coevolution 10.40 Professor Andrea Graham, Princeton University St. Kilda's Soay sheep, from environmental to immune dynamics and back again 11.20 Coffee break 11.50 Professor Joanne Webster, Imperial College London Do schistosomes maximize fitness over changing environments? 12.30 Professor Curt Lively, Indiana University Infectious disease and the evolutionary ecology of sex 13.10 Lunch 14.10 Dr Heather Fergusson, University of Glasgow Evolution of vector behavior in response to control 14.50 Professor Janis Antonovics, University of Virginia Disease and the abundance and distribution of species 15.30 Reactors session 16.30 Drinks reception
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