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August 30, 2014

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—_000_19D63ED38E704FA595D54E2B9CD811ECkuedu_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”us-ascii” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable A postdoctoral researcher position is available in the research group of Dr. Andrew Short in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity Institute at the University of Kansas. We are particularly interested in applicants with research interests and demonstrated experience in niche modeling, systematics and macroevolution, and/or phylogeography. The selected candidate will conduct both independent and collaborative research along one or more of these research lines using aquatic beetles as a model system; the specific project(s) are open and will be formulated jointly with the successful candidate and their strengths and interests. Research opportunities may include travel for fieldwork and relevant scientific meetings. The selected candidate will also contribute to the training and development of graduate and undergraduate students in the Short lab group. For more information on the position, research group, and project lines: http://bit.ly/1qQyiDV site/theshortlab/ To apply, go to http://bit.ly/1u8XjK7. Application review begins September 8, 2014. KU is an EO/AAE. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex(including pregnancy), age, national origin, disability, genetic information or protected Veteran status. Dr. Andrew Short Assistant Professor & Curator Division of Entomology, Biodiversity Institute Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology University of Kansas 1501 Crestline Drive, Suite 140 Lawrence, KS 66045 USA Office: 785.864.2323 Email: aezshort@ku.edu Web: http://bit.ly/1u8Xk0n Twitter: @TheShortLab —_000_19D63ED38E704FA595D54E2B9CD811ECkuedu_ Content-Type: text/html; charset=”us-ascii” Content-ID: Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable A postdoctoral researcher position is available in the research group of Dr. Andrew Short in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity Institute at the University of Kansas. We are particularly interested in applicants with research interests and demonstrated experience in niche modeling, systematics and macroevolution, and/or phylogeography. The selected candidate will conduct both independent and collaborative research along one or more of these research lines using aquatic beetles as a model system; the specific project(s) are open and will be formulated jointly with the successful candidate and their strengths and interests. Research opportunities may include travel for fieldwork and relevant scientific meetings. The selected candidate will also contribute to the training and development of graduate and undergraduate students in the Short lab group. For more information on the position, research group, and project lines: http://bit.ly/1u8Xhlb To apply, go to http://bit.ly/1u8XjK7. Application review begins September 8, 2014.  KU is an EO/AAE.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex(including pregnancy), age, national origin, disability, genetic information or protected Veteran status. Dr. Andrew Short Assistant Professor & Curator Division of Entomology, Biodiversity Institute Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology University of Kansas 1501 Crestline Drive, Suite 140 Lawrence, KS 66045 USA Office: 785.864.2323 Email: aezshort@ku.edu Web: http://bit.ly/1u8Xk0n Twitter: @TheShortLab

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Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor: Quantitative Evolutionary Biology (10-815) The Division of Biological Sciences (www.biology.ucsd.edu), Section of Ecology, Behavior and Evolution, invites applications for a faculty position at the tenure-track Assistant, Associate, or full Professor level in Quantitative Evolutionary Biology. We are searching broadly for an evolutionary biologist with strong quantitative skills working with any taxonomic group (animal, plant, microbial) or environment (terrestrial or aquatic). Research interests may include, but are not limited to: evolutionary theory and modeling; investigation of how genetic variation affects complex traits and their evolution; experimental evolution; and/or the use of genomic tools and comparative analysis to reconstruct the evolutionary histories of populations and species; with the goal of understanding how traits evolve under different kinds of selection, including those associated with global change. This position is part of a campus-wide initiative for growth in the areas of Systems and Quantitative Biology (qBio). All candidates must have earned a Ph.D., or equivalent degree, and be committed to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. A successful candidate will have demonstrated excellence and creativity in research, scholarship, and a commitment to equity and inclusion in higher education. We are especially interested in candidates who have created or contributed to programs that aim to increase access and success of underrepresented students and/or faculty in the sciences, and/or have detailed plans to accomplish such goals. Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research, statement of teaching, a statement describing their past experience and leadership in fostering equity and diversity and/or their potential to make future contributions, and 3-5 publications. For information on preparing diversity statements and divisional initiatives to promote diversity, see: http://bit.ly/1vsvhwR and http://bit.ly/1e4ZERb. Applicants at the Assistant Professor level need to submit 3-5 references, and applicants at the Associate or Full Professor level need to provide contact information for 3-5 references. Applications must be submitted through the University of California San Diego’s Academic Personnel RECRUIT System. To apply at the Assistant Professor level: http://bit.ly/1qQyiDN To apply at the Associate or Full Professor level: http://bit.ly/1qQyiDP Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales. Completed applications received by October 17, 2014 will be assured of consideration. The Division of Biological Sciences at UCSD is a vibrant center of scientific discovery, innovation, and collaboration. Our large research base spans many areas of biology and has one of the most celebrated graduate programs in the country. We are committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. This is where discovery comes to life. Please apply to the following open position: DIVISION OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor: Quantitative Evolutionary Biology (10-815) Further details about the required application material can be found at: http://bit.ly/1AZNdze UCSD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity (http://bit.ly/1vsvfVNwww.biology.ucsd.edu), Section of Ecology, Behavior and Evolution, invites applications for a faculty position at the tenure-track Assistant, Associate, or full Professor level in Quantitative Evolutionary Biology. We are searching broadly for an evolutionary biologist with strong quantitative skills working with any taxonomic group (animal, plant, microbial) or environment (terrestrial or aquatic). Research interests may include, but are not limited to: evolutionary theory and modeling; investigation of how genetic variation affects complex traits and their evolution; experimental evolution; and/or the use of genomic tools and comparative analysis to reconstruct the evolutionary histories of populations and species; with the goal of understanding how traits evolve under different kinds of selection, including those associated with global change. This position is part of a campus-wide initiative for growth in the areas of Systems and Quantitative Biology (qBio). All candidates must have earned a Ph.D., or equivalent degree, and be committed to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. A successful candidate will have demonstrated excellence and creativity in research, scholarship, and a commitment to equity and inclusion in higher education. We are especially interested in candidates who have created or contributed to programs that aim to increase access and success of underrepresented students and/or faculty in the sciences, and/or have detailed plans to accomplish such goals. Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research, statement of teaching, a statement describing their past experience and leadership in fostering equity and diversity and/or their potential to make future contributions, and 3-5 publications. For information on preparing diversity statements and divisional initiatives to promote diversity, see: http://bit.ly/1vsvhwR and http://bit.ly/1e4ZERb. Applicants at the Assistant Professor level need to submit 3-5 references, and applicants at the Associate or Full Professor level need to provide contact information for 3-5 references. Applications must be submitted through the University of California San Diego’s Academic Personnel RECRUIT System. To apply at the Assistant Professor level: http://bit.ly/1qQyiDN To apply at the Associate or Full Professor level: http://bit.ly/1qQyiDP Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales. Completed applications received by October 17, 2014 will be assured of consideration. The Division of Biological Sciences at UCSD is a vibrant center of scientific discovery, innovation, and collaboration. Our large research base spans many areas of biology and has one of the most celebrated graduate programs in the country. We are committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. This is where discovery comes to life. Please apply to the following open position: DIVISION OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor: Quantitative Evolutionary Biology (10-815) Further details about the required application material can be found at: http://bit.ly/1AZNdze UCSD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity (http://bit.ly/1vsvfVN). “Ta, Laura” via Gmail
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Two post-doc positions on the revision of population genetics of clonal organisms, models and empirical assessments 16 to 18 months, Starting on November 2014 in France research institutes. I./ Postdoc: Montpellier.PartiallyClonal.PopGenetics ANR Clonix: Revising the population genetics of partially clonal organisms A post-doc position of 18 months, to start ideally on November 1st or shortly thereafter, is available at Ifremer- Ste/Montpellier (Southern France). The candidate will work in the framework of a National research project (ANR Clonix: http://bit.ly/1fNF4U0) aiming at providing new tools to understand the ecology and evolution of partially clonal organisms. In the context of a revision of “neutral” expectations in terms of genetic characteristic of populations presenting asexual reproduction, the candidate will work in parallel on a set of synthetic populations derived from simulations and on empirical data on a diversity of organisms with various types of clonality (corals, seagrasses, algae, aphids, human pathogens…). The objectives will be to i) test for the influence of sampling strategy on the reliability of clonality estimates by testing for the accuracy of two families of estimators, those derived from Multi Locus Genotypes characterization and those based on multi-genetic parameters, and ii) infer the impact of clonality on migration and genetic structure among demes in a metapopulation system. She/He will also contribute in building an update for an existing software (GenClone) including, based on results obtained, the necessary improvement in terms of estimators and indices used to characterize the occurrence and extent of clonality, and its influence on the dynamics of natural populations. The work will be performed in Ste in close interaction with Solenn Stoeckel (INRA, Rennes) and with other partners of the project including Fabien Halkett & Stphane de Mita (INRA, Nancy) and Thierry de Meeus (IRD) and Myriam Valero (CNRS, Roscoff). Requirements: (1) PhD with a strong background in population genetics, (2) programming skills (preferably C/C++, an experience with Delphi will be appreciated). (3) Good experience of team work (4) writing skills. Interested candidates should apply by September 8th by following the guidelines provided at the following link: http://bit.ly/URMeRe (Please note that electronic submissions are welcome and handwriting letter not requested) Contact: Sophie Arnaud-Haond Sophie.Arnaud@ifremer.fr Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la MER Unit Halieutique Mditerrane (HM) du Dpartement Ressources Biologiques et Environnement (RBE)- UMR 212 - Ecosystme Marin Exploit (EME) Bd Jean Monnet, BP 171, 34203 Ste Cedex - France Tel: (+33)(0)4 99 57 32 61 Fax: (+33)(0)4 99 57 32 95 Tel Standard/Switchboard: (+33)(0)4 99 57 32 00 Adresse secondaire: Station Mditerranenne de l’Environnement Littoral (SMEL) 2 rue des Chantiers 34200 Ste Tel: (+33)(0)4 67 46 33 93 http://bit.ly/1senEHt http://bit.ly/URMeRf Sophie Arnaud Sophie Arnaud-Haond Sophie.Arnaud@ifremer.fr researcher at UMR212 EME (Exploited Marine Ecosystems), Ifremer, F-34203 Sète, France; phone:+33 (0)4 99 57 32 61 II./ Postdoc: Rennes.PartiallyClonal.PopGenetics ANR Clonix: Revising the population genetics of partially clonal organisms A post-doc position of 16 months, to start ideally on November 1st or shortly thereafter, is available at INRA Rennes (Western France). The candidate will work in the framework of a National research project (ANR Clonix: http://bit.ly/1fNF4U0 and http://bit.ly/VSvnyC) aiming at providing new tools to understand the ecology and evolution of partially clonal organisms. In the context of a revision of “neutral” expectations in terms of genetic characteristic of populations presenting asexual reproduction, the candidate will work in parallel on a set of synthetic dataset derived from simulations and mathematical developments, and from varying organisms exploring different mode of asexuality. The objectives of the postdoc will be 1) to revisit the “neutral” expectations and identify the characteristic distributions of Multi Locus Genotypes under cyclical parthenogenesis, 2) use an already-developed (by the team) mathematical method to infer the clonality from temporal empirical and simulated dataset. Analyses and publications of both mathematical methods and their applications will be the main goals of this postdoc. She/He will contribute in validating new mathematical and statistical methods to infer evolutionary forces from partially asexual populations that will later be aggregated within an update of GenClone software. This postdoc will be performed in close interaction with Sophie Arnaud-Haond and one synergetic postdoc (Ifremer, Sète), Fabien Halkett & Stéphane de Mita (INRA, Nancy) Thierry de Meeus (IRD) and Myriam Valero (CNRS, Roscoff). Requirements: (1) PhD with a strong background in population genetics, (2) Good experience of team work, (3) writing skills and (4) programming skills (preferably C/C++ or python). PhD student who will defend their doctoral thesis before the end of 2014 are also encouraged to apply. Interested candidates should apply by September 21th by sending an email with: 1. A small text including the detail of your skills and competences in line with this postdoctoral position. 2. A detailed curriculum vitae. 3. A short summary of their previous work, mentioning the date of submission of the thesis. 4. A list of publications and communications / symposia. 5. Two letters of recommendation. Contact: Solenn Stoeckel solenn.stoeckel@rennes.inra.fr researcher at the Institute for Genetics, Environment and Plant Protection, INRA, AgroCampus Rennes, University Rennes1, F-35653 Le Rheu, France; phone: +33 (0)2 23 48 70 83 dr solenn stoeckel via Gmail
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Rennes.PartiallyAsexual.PopGenetics Revising the population genetics of partially asexual organisms A post-doc position of 16 months, to start ideally on November 1st or shortly thereafter, is available at INRA Rennes (Western France). The candidate will work in the framework of a National research project (ANR Clonix: http://bit.ly/1fNF4U0 and http://bit.ly/VSvnyC) aiming at providing new tools to understand the ecology and evolution of partially clonal organisms. In the context of a revision of “neutral” expectations in terms of genetic characteristic of populations presenting asexual reproduction, the candidate will work in parallel on a set of synthetic dataset derived from simulations and mathematical developments, and from varying organisms exploring different mode of asexuality. The objectives of the postdoc will be 1) to revisit the “neutral” expectations and identify the characteristic distributions of Multi Locus Genotypes under cyclical parthenogenesis, 2) use already-developed (by the team) mathematical method to infer the clonality from temporal empirical and simulated dataset. Analyses and publications of both mathematical methods and their applications will be the main goals of this postdoc. She/He will contribute in validating new mathematical and statistical methods to infer evolutionary forces from partially asexual populations that will be later aggregated within an update of GenClone software. This postdoc will be performed in close interaction with Sophie Arnaud-Haond and one synergetic postdoc (Ifremer, Ste), Fabien Halkett & Stphane de Mita (INRA, Nancy) Thierry de Meeus (IRD) and Myriam Valero (CNRS, Roscoff). Requirements: (1) PhD with a strong background in population genetics, (2) Good experience of team work, (3) writing skills and (4) programming skills (preferably C/C++ or python). Phd student that should defend their doctoral thesis before the end of 2014 are also encouraged to apply. Interested candidates should apply by September 21th by sending an email with: 1. A small text including the detail of your skills and competences in line with this postdoctoral position. 2. A detailed curriculum vitae. 3. A short summary of work previously done, mentioning the date of submission of the thesis. 4. A list of publications and communications / symposia. 5. Two letters of recommendation. Contacts: - Solenn Stoeckel solenn.stoeckel@rennes.inra.fr researcher at the Institute for Genetics, Environment and Plant Protection, INRA, AgroCampus Rennes, University Rennes1, F-35653 Le Rheu, France; phone: +33 (0)2 23 48 70 83 - Sophie Arnaud-Haond Sophie.Arnaud@ifremer.fr researcher at UMR212 EME (Exploited Marine Ecosystems), Ifremer, F-34203 Ste, France; phone:+33 (0)4 99 57 32 61 Solenn Stoeckel via Gmail
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION IN BIOINFORMATICS AND GENOME EVOLUTION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO The newly established Alvarez-Ponce lab at the University of Nevada, Reno, is accepting applications for a postdoctoral position to work on molecular evolution. Research interests of the lab include the evolution of molecular pathways and networks (e.g., protein-protein interaction networks, metabolic pathways/networks, signal transduction pathways/networks, etc.), natural selection, and the adaptation of proteins to different temperatures. Funds are available for 2-4 years. The initial appointment will be for one year, extensible upon satisfactory performance. The successful candidate will have: - A PhD in Biology, Computer Science or a related field. - A strong interest in Molecular Evolution. - Experience with bioinformatics analyses, including programming in any scripting language (e.g. PERL or Python). - Evidence of excellence in research and high productivity. - Good communication and interpersonal skills. Experience in as many as possible of the following areas would be a plus: - Network analyses. - Molecular evolution analyses, and in particular natural selection analyses. - Computer simulations. - Protein structure analysis, and homology modeling. - Next Generation Sequencing. Candidates should submit their applications on http://bit.ly/1zVY6zC, including: - An application letter, addressing the applicants motivation for the position, and how their experience and skills fulfill the requirements listed above. - A full CV. - Contact information for 3 potential referees. More information on the lab can be found at http://bit.ly/1mBYsH3 The University of Nevada, Reno is a Tier I institution offering a highly productive research environment, including outstanding core facilities in proteomics, genomics, and bioinformatics. The Biology Department has a growing evolutionary genomics research community. Reno is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains near Lake Tahoe, and has been recently rated as one of the best small cities in the US for outdoor recreation and overall quality of life. Please circulate this post among suitable candidates. David Alvarez-Ponce, PhD Assistant Professor Department of Biology University of Nevada, Reno http://bit.ly/1mBYsH3 david.alvarez.ponce@gmail.com via Gmail

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Dear Colleague, This email is to remind you that the upcoming deadline for research exchange grants from the Evo-Devo-Eco Network (EDEN) is October 31, 2014. EDEN is a program funded by the National Science Foundation Research Coordination (http://edenrcn.com/). One of EDENs major goals is to enable graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty to undertake research exchanges in the field of Evo-Devo-Eco, in order to develop or share techniques, protocols and tools for use with emerging model systems. Please note that the eligibility for EDEN funding is as follows: Researchers based anywhere in the world can apply for funding to visit labs in the US. Researchers based in the US are eligible for funding to visit labs anywhere in the world. Each exchange will consist of an award of up to $3,000 per researcher toward travel, lodging and subsistence costs. You can find out more about this program at http://bit.ly/15D4m0a. If you know of outstanding lab personnel who would be interested, please forward this announcement to them. You can read more about EDEN’s activities and opportunities at http://bit.ly/1aqhQ7f, where you will be able to obtain protocols for evo-devo-eco work developed with EDEN funding. Please feel free to email edenrcn@fas.harvard.edu with questions about the program, and forward this email to colleagues who you think would be interested in EDEN. Best wishes, Cassandra Extavour EDEN Grants via Gmail
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August 29, 2014

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Department: Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (EEOB) and the Department of Entomology Position: The Martha N. and John C. Moser Chair in Arthropod Biosystematics and Biological Diversity Rank: Assistant or Associate professor Description and Qualifications: The Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (EEOB) and the Department of Entomology of The Ohio State University seek applicants for The Martha N. and John C. Moser Chair in Arthropod Biosystematics and Biological Diversity. We seek a colleague taking a lineage-focused approach to questions in evolution and ecology of terrestrial or freshwater arthropods. We are especially interested in those scientists using novel approaches and those who enhance existing strengths of the departments and the Museum of Biological Diversity in phylogenetic systematics, species discovery and description, biodiversity informatics, population genetics, or evolution of character systems or interspecific interactions. The Moser Chair will be jointly appointed in EEOB and Entomology and will contribute to the research, mentoring, and teaching missions of both departments. S/he will be expected to develop a nationally recognized, externally funded research program that includes opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students. Teaching duties will include graduate-level classes in insect systematics, undergraduate core courses in EEOB or the Center for Life Sciences Education, and specialty classes in his/her research focus. This endowed, tenure-track position is open to applicants at the level of either Assistant or Associate Professor. Applicants are expected to hold a PhD and to have postdoctoral experience. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated record of excellence in research and a commitment to the highest quality of graduate and undergraduate teaching. We offer competitive resources for initial laboratory development and a collaborative, integrative research environment. Application Instructions: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research goals and teaching/mentoring philosophy, and contact information for three references. Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Marymegan Daly (daly.66@osu.edu 614-247-8412), Chair of the search committee or to the other members of the search committee: Dr. Bryan Carstens (Carstens.12@osu.edu), Dr. Norman Johnson (Johnson.2@osu.edu); Dr. Hans Klompen (Klompen.1@osu.edu), or Dr. Joseph Raczkowski (Raczkowski.5@osu.edu). Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2014. We encourage submission before that date, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Please apply online through Academic Jobs Online at: http://bit.ly/1qQ0k2v. The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status. Ohio State is an NSF Advance Institution. via Gmail

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Background: Lysozyme g is an antibacterial enzyme that was first found in the eggs of some birds, but recently has been found in additional species, including non-vertebrates. Some previously characterized lysozyme g sequences are suggested to have altered secretion potential and enzymatic activity, however the distribution of these altered sequences is unknown. Duplicated copies of the lysozyme g gene exist in some species; however, the origins of the duplicates and their roles in altered function are unclear. Results: We identified 234 lysozyme g sequences from 118 vertebrate species, including 181 sequences that are full or near full length representing all vertebrate classes except cartilaginous fish. Phylogenetic analysis shows that most lysozyme g gene duplicates are recent or lineage specific events, however three amplification events are more ancient, those in an early amniote, an early mammal, and an early teleost. The older gene duplications are associated with changes in function, including changes in secretion potential and muramidase antibacterial enzymatic activity. Conclusions: Lysozyme g is an essential muramidase enzyme that is widespread in vertebrates. Duplication of the lysozyme g gene, and the retention of non-secreted isozymes that have lost enzymatic activity indicate that lysozyme g has an activity other than the muramidase activity associated with being an antibacterial enzyme.
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Registration for the 48th Population Genetics Group meeting is now open PGG or PopGroup is a yearly international meeting held in the UK, covering all aspects of evolutionary genetics, and famous for its informal feel combined with high-quality content! Everything you need to know is at http://bit.ly/1tRl1ex via Gmail

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Dear Colleagues, The Georgetown University Department of Biology invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level commencing in August of 2015. We seek a community ecologist focusing on topics such as: community genetics, mechanisms of community structure, the interplay of community and ecosystem dynamics, eco-evolutionary dynamics, and food web dynamics, using field/lab/computational approaches and working at any scale from microbes through ecosystems. We encourage applications from individuals whose scholarship will involve interactions with colleagues in social science, public policy, environmental health, law, or a combination of these areas; such interactions will be supported by the Georgetown Environment Initiative (http://bit.ly/1n1C7l5), a university-wide initiative to support environment-focused scholarship and teaching as well as multidisciplinary collaboration. In addition to establishing a vigorous, externally funded research program, the successful candidate will be expected to effectively teach and serve as a research mentor to the ecology, evolution, and behavior graduate and undergraduate students, including undergraduate Environmental Biology majors. Postdoctoral experience is expected. The Department of Biology (http://bit.ly/1qJ9Lkb) is in the new, state-of-the-art Regents Hall in the Georgetown College of Arts & Sciences. Located in Washington, D.C., Georgetown University is committed to world-class research and teaching and benefits from close proximity to federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Science Foundation, and Smithsonian Institution, as well as several nearby research universities. To apply, candidates should submit a single PDF that includes 1) a curriculum vitae, 2) a description of previous research training and accomplishments, 3) a plan for future research, 4) a statement of teaching and mentoring philosophy, and 5) a list of three or more references with contact information (no more than 2 pages per section, with the exception of the CV). Application materials should be submitted electronically to biology@georgetown.edu with $B!H(BECOLOGY Application$B!I(B as the subject. Review of application materials will begin on October 15, 2014; please submit applications before this date for priority consideration. Funding for this position is dependent upon final approval by the University Provost. Georgetown is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. Matthew B. Hamilton, PhD Chair, Georgetown Environment Initiative Steering Committee Associate Professor Georgetown University Department of Biology, Regents Hall 506 37th and O Streets NW Washington, DC 20057 202-687-5924 office 202-687-5662 fax 202-784-7105, 202-784-7181 lab http://bit.ly/1n1C7Bl Matthew Hamilton via Gmail
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Evolutionary biologists interested in a UMBC Postdoc for Faculty Diversity should look over the research interests of faculty in Biological Sciences, including Tamra Mendelson, Jeff Leips, Kevin Omland, Ivan Erill, Bernard Lohr and Tom Cronin. http://bit.ly/1AZPaf5 Potential applicants can contact prospective research mentors and/or Dr. Autumn Reed in the Office of the Provost. UMBC’s Postdoctoral Fellowship for Faculty Diversity is a two-year in-residence fellowship that supports promising scholars committed to diversity in the academy and prepares them for possible tenure-track appointments at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). During the two-year appointment, UMBC provides teaching and research mentors and professional development opportunities across campus. Fellows also receive a stipend, health benefits, and additional funding for conference travel and the preparation of scholarly work, as well as office space with a computer, library, and other privileges at the university. http://bit.ly/1ljZKty via Gmail

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Assistant Teaching Professor: Ecology, Behavior & Evolution (10-813) The Division of Biological Sciences at UC San Diego (www.biology.ucsd.edu), Section of Ecology, Behavior and Evolution, invites applications for a new Assistant Teaching Professor position. Faculty in the Teaching Professor series are Academic Senate members whose expertise and responsibilities center on undergraduate education, as well as the scholarly analysis and improvement of teaching methods. This appointment can lead to tenure and is comparable to an assistant professorship. The incumbent’s primary teaching responsibility will be undergraduate lecture courses in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution at introductory and advanced levels, and lab courses in these fields, as needed (see Biology course catalogue http://bit.ly/1AZNdzc). We are especially interested in candidates who have created or contributed to programs that aim to increase access and success of underrepresented students and/or faculty in the sciences, and/or have detailed plans to accomplish such goals. The incumbent will also advance science education by such activities as developing a research program in science teaching, initiating new teaching methods or new courses, or by participating in writing textbook or on-line teaching materials. As a member of the Division of Biological Sciences educational leadership team, the incumbent will provide academic guidance, leadership and innovation for the Division’s undergraduate programs. In this context, the incumbent is expected to initiate and/or participate in the development of grant applications for improving undergraduate education. All candidates must have earned a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Biology (or related field). A successful candidate will have demonstrated a dedication to teaching and educational leadership, and a commitment to equity and inclusion in higher education. The successful candidate is expected to have: * Ability to successfully address the educational and academic needs of a diverse student population, including identifying and or developing effective teaching strategies for the educational advancement of students from groups who are underrepresented in higher education; * Substantial breadth of biological knowledge and biology training, as evidenced by a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Biology (or related field) and scholarly activity such as postdoctoral experience, publications, and experience in successful grant writing, to demonstrate preparation to teach college courses focused on Ecology, Behavior and Evolution; * Significant university-level teaching experience, demonstrated success in teaching at the undergraduate level, and experience in teaching large introductory biology courses is preferred; * Knowledge of and experience in applying instructional strategies that are rooted in results from modern research on the science of learning; * Ability to link insights from the study of learning to the practice of teaching and to engage in and contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning; * Excellent communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize effective collaboration with a diverse community of campus and external colleagues; * Ability or potential to provide educational leadership by supporting the transformation of introductory biology courses to emphasize core concepts, problem solving, and the development of critical thinking skills. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales. Completed applications received by October 17, 2014 will be assured of consideration. Interested applicants must submit: * Curriculum vitae and cover letter * Statement of current and proposed teaching (not to exceed 4 pages) * Statement of current and proposed science education research (not to exceed 4 pages) * Electronic copies (in PDF format) of 3 recent publications * Statement describing past experience and leadership in fostering equity and diversity and/or their potential to make future contributions. For information on preparing diversity statements and divisional initiatives to promote diversity, see: http://bit.ly/1vsvhwR and http://bit.ly/1e4ZERb * 3-5 references Applications must be submitted through the University of California San Diego’s Academic Personnel RECRUIT System at http://bit.ly/1vsvhwU The Division of Biological Sciences at UCSD is a vibrant center of scientific discovery, innovation, and collaboration. Our large research base spans many areas of biology and has one of the most celebrated graduate programs in the country. We are committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. This is where discovery comes to life. Please apply to the following open position: DIVISION OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES Assistant Teaching Professor: Ecology, Behavior and Evolution (10-813) Further details about the required application material can be found at: http://bit.ly/1AZNdze UCSD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity (http://bit.ly/1vsvfVNwww.biology.ucsd.edu), Section of Ecology, Behavior and Evolution, invites applications for a new Assistant Teaching Professor position. Faculty in the Teaching Professor series are Academic Senate members whose expertise and responsibilities center on undergraduate education, as well as the scholarly analysis and improvement of teaching methods. This appointment can lead to tenure and is comparable to an assistant professorship. The incumbent’s primary teaching responsibility will be undergraduate lecture courses in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution at introductory and advanced levels, and lab courses in these fields, as needed (see Biology course catalogue http://bit.ly/1AZNdzc). We are especially interested in candidates who have created or contributed to programs that aim to increase access and success of underrepresented students and/or faculty in the sciences, and/or have detailed plans to accomplish such goals. The incumbent will also advance science education by such activities as developing a research program in science teaching, initiating new teaching methods or new courses, or by participating in writing textbook or on-line teaching materials. As a member of the Division of Biological Sciences educational leadership team, the incumbent will provide academic guidance, leadership and innovation for the Division’s undergraduate programs. In this context, the incumbent is expected to initiate and/or participate in the development of grant applications for improving undergraduate education. All candidates must have earned a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Biology (or related field). A successful candidate will have demonstrated a dedication to teaching and educational leadership, and a commitment to equity and inclusion in higher education. The successful candidate is expected to have: * Ability to successfully address the educational and academic needs of a diverse student population, including identifying and or developing effective teaching strategies for the educational advancement of students from groups who are underrepresented in higher education; * Substantial breadth of biological knowledge and biology training, as evidenced by a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Biology (or related field) and scholarly activity such as postdoctoral experience, publications, and experience in successful grant writing, to demonstrate preparation to teach college courses focused on Ecology, Behavior and Evolution; * Significant university-level teaching experience, demonstrated success in teaching at the undergraduate level, and experience in teaching large introductory biology courses is preferred; * Knowledge of and experience in applying instructional strategies that are rooted in results from modern research on the science of learning; * Ability to link insights from the study of learning to the practice of teaching and to engage in and contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning; * Excellent communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize effective collaboration with a diverse community of campus and external colleagues; * Ability or potential to provide educational leadership by supporting the transformation of introductory biology courses to emphasize core concepts, problem solving, and the development of critical thinking skills. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales. Completed applications received by October 17, 2014 will be assured of consideration. Interested applicants must submit: * Curriculum vitae and cover letter * Statement of current and proposed teaching (not to exceed 4 pages) * Statement of current and proposed science education research (not to exceed 4 pages) * Electronic copies (in PDF format) of 3 recent publications * Statement describing past experience and leadership in fostering equity and diversity and/or their potential to make future contributions. For information on preparing diversity statements and divisional initiatives to promote diversity, see: http://bit.ly/1vsvhwR and http://bit.ly/1e4ZERb * 3-5 references Applications must be submitted through the University of California San Diego’s Academic Personnel RECRUIT System at http://bit.ly/1vsvhwU The Division of Biological Sciences at UCSD is a vibrant center of scientific discovery, innovation, and collaboration. Our large research base spans many areas of biology and has one of the most celebrated graduate programs in the country. We are committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. This is where discovery comes to life. Please apply to the following open position: DIVISION OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES Assistant Teaching Professor: Ecology, Behavior and Evolution (10-813) Further details about the required application material can be found at: http://bit.ly/1AZNdze UCSD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity (http://bit.ly/1vsvfVN). “Ta, Laura” via Gmail
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August 28, 2014 Dear Colleagues, The United States branch of Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI U.S.) is seeking a part-time Executive Director. The primary responsibilities of this position will be to increase financial support for BGCI’s U.S. and international plant conservation programs and to participate in implementation of the BGCI U.S. strategic plan. The position announcement be found at: http://bit.ly/1pOVNxe This is an exciting opportunity for an individual who shares BGCI’s vision of protecting plant diversity and inspiring others to join in the effort. Please share this job description with potential candidates as well as colleagues who can help spread the word. Experienced professionals from outside the world of plant conservation - who can demonstrate relevant skills and success - will be considered. Thank you. Dr. Jim Affolter, President Board of Directors, BGCI U.S. affolter@uga.edu This e-mail is for the addressee only. If received in error, please delete and notify us immediately. Any unauthorised access, disclosure, copying, distribution or reliance on it, is prohibited. BGCI is a registered charity and company, limited by guarantee, in England and Wales, and in the U.S. as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Registered UK address: Descanso House, 199 Kew Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3BW, UK, Charity number: 1098834, Company Number: 04673175 www.bgci.org Abby Hird Program Director Botanic Gardens Conservation International U.S. www.bgci.org/usa at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden 1500 N. College Ave, Claremont, CA 91711 Tel: (909) 625-8767 ext. 272 Abby Hird via Gmail
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August 28, 2014

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Background: A compelling demonstration of adaptation by natural selection is the ability of parasites to manipulate host behavior. One dramatic example involves fungal species from the genus Ophiocordyceps that control their ant hosts by inducing a biting behavior. Intensive sampling across the globe of ants that died after being manipulated by Ophiocordyceps suggests that this phenomenon is highly species-specific. We advance our understanding of this system by reconstructing host manipulation by Ophiocordyceps parasites under controlled laboratory conditions and combining this with field observations of infection rates and a metabolomics survey. Results: We report on a newly discovered species of Ophiocordyceps unilateralis sensu lato from North America that we use to address the species-specificity of Ophiocordyceps-induced manipulation of ant behavior. We show that the fungus can kill all ant species tested, but only manipulates the behavior of those it infects in nature. To investigate if this could be explained at the molecular level, we used ex vivo culturing assays to measure the metabolites that are secreted by the fungus to mediate fungus-ant tissue interactions. We show the fungus reacts heterogeneously to brains of different ant species by secreting a different array of metabolites. By determining which ion peaks are significantly enriched when the fungus is grown alongside brains of its naturally occurring host, we discovered candidate compounds that could be involved in behavioral manipulation by O. unilateralis s.l.. Two of these candidates are known to be involved in neurological diseases and cancer. Conclusions: The integrative work presented here shows that ant brain manipulation by O. unilateralis s.l. is species-specific seemingly because the fungus produces a specific array of compounds as a reaction to the presence of the host brain it has evolved to manipulate. These studies have resulted in the discovery of candidate compounds involved in establishing behavioral manipulation by this specialized fungus and therefore represent a major advancement towards an understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying this phenomenon.
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My BioNames project has been going for over a year now, but I hadn't gotten around to providing bulk access to the data I've been collecting and cleaning. I've gone some way towards fixing this. You can now grab a snapshot of the BioNames database as a Darwin Core Archive here. This snapshot was generated on the 22nd August, so it is already a little out of date (BioNames is edited almost daily as I clean and annotate it when I should be doing other things).

The data dump doesn't capture all the information in the BioNames as I've tried to keep it simple, and Darwin Core is a bit of a pain to deal with. The actual database is in CouchDB which is (mostly) an absolute joy to work with. I replicate the database to Cloudant, which means there's a copy "in the cloud". A number of my other CouchDB projects are also in Cloudant, in the case of Australian Faunal Directory and BOL DNA Barcode Map the data is also served directly from Cloudant.
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Vince Richards lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Clemson University is accepting applications from graduate students to start in the Spring, Summer, and Fall of 2015. The lab’s primary research objective is to utilize comparative genomics, transcriptomics, population genomics, and phylogenomics to better understand how bacterial pathogens evolve, adapt, and respond to different environments and hosts. Two Ph.D positions are available for a USDA project investigating genetic population structure and transmission dynamics of the zoonotic pathogen Streptococcus agalactiae. This bacteria is an important pathogen that infects multiple species including humans, livestock, and aquaculture. Towards a better understanding of the evolution and transmission dynamics of S. agalactiae both within and across host species, this project leverages comparative genomic approaches to a global collection of hundreds of S. agalactiae strains isolated from a diverse range of host species. Clemson University is ranked 21st among national public universities by U.S. News & World Report and is located on Lake Hartwell near the Blue Ridge mountains in beautiful Upstate South Carolina. Graduate students accepted into the Biological Sciences or Microbiology graduate programs are either awarded support through the Department of Biological Sciences as Graduate Teaching/Laboratory Assistants (GTAs) or from individual Faculty Advisors’ sponsored grand funds as Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs). Graduate Student Assistants (GTA or GRA) receive tuition remission either through the Department or from Sponsored Grant Funds. Graduate students are, however, responsible for paying graduate student fees each semester. Annual salary starts at $19,000. Students involved in the USDA project will be hired as Graduate Research Assistants for at least one year with an accompanying salary supplement. Applicants should contact Vince Richards directly at vpricha@clemson.edu. Deadline for Spring admission is September 30th, 2014. Please provide a full CV and cover letter that describes your background, motivation, interests, and your reasons for considering the Richards lab for graduate training. International applicants are encouraged to apply and will be given full consideration (September 15th deadline for Spring). Although not required, a background or interest in LINUX or some form of bioinformatics would be advantageous. Vincent P Richards, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Microbial Genomics Department of Biological Sciences Clemson University Clemson, SC 29634 Email: vpricha@clemson.edu Lab website: http://bit.ly/1lgQmH6 Vincent Paul Richards via Gmail
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Scalable visualization of phylogenies and 2D/3D image collections I have released a new program, “Ceiba” (vers. 1.05), for visualization and navigation of a large phylogenetic tree, and (optionally) annotation of that tree with collections of images. It has been tested on trees with 55,000 leaves and the same number of images. Images can be either 2D digital photographs or 3D surface models such as those obtained from CT scans of biological specimens. Ceiba is not a program for building phylogenies or analyzing comparative data. It is a program for tree visualization, exploration, and education. It provides interactive 3D and 2D tree layouts in a hierarchical display meant to ease navigation in a potentially very large and complex tree. Some features are aimed at researchers interested in quickly navigating across a phylogenetic tree and interacting with its annotations; others are tailored to more naive users interacting with the tree in an educational setting, such as an outreach exhibit. The program reads Nexus and Newick formatted trees, and can take as input a phylogenetic classification scheme the user may provide to annotate major clades in the tree. A manual, data sets, source code (distributed under a GPL license) and binaries for OS X are available at http://bit.ly/1rBCutU. It has also been compiled successfully on Linux platforms. A brief paper describing the program is available (Sanderson, M. J. 2014. Ceiba: Scalable visualization of phylogenies and 2D/3D image collections. Bioinformatics, 30: 2506-2507). Michael J. Sanderson, Professor Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology University of Arizona Tucson, AZ 85721 Office: BSW 412 Phone:520-626-6848 email:sanderm@email.arizona.edu lab web site: http://bit.ly/1zIFPWc Ceiba phylogenetic tree visualization: http://bit.ly/1rBCutU PhyLoTA Browser: http://phylota.net r8s software: http://bit.ly/1rBCutV Mike Sanderson via Gmail
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Brooklyn College Assistant Professor Computational Biology (Job ID 11210) The Biology Department at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Computational Biology position beginning Fall 2015. The successful candidate will add research expertise to our growing group specializing in molecular and cell biology. The selected candidate is expected to develop a strong independent research program that is competitive for external grants, promotes collaborations, and trains Ph.D. students in the CUNY doctoral program. Teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels is also required. Any area of computational biology will be considered, including genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, and molecular biostatistics. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Biology or a related field; at least two years of Post-doctoral research experience or equivalent; at least three peer-reviewed publications in the areas of Bioinformatics/Computational or Systems Biology; and experience with writing research grant proposals. Review of applications will begin on October 30, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. For more information and to apply, please visit http://bit.ly/1mVs2py. AA/EOE. via Gmail

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—20cf3043515ada11f205019d6b1a Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8 Faculty Position: Biologist: The School of Biological Sciences at Louisiana Tech University invites applications for a tenure-track, 9-month, Assistant Professor position. We seek a broadly-trained collaborative applicant that is committed to both research and teaching. Applicants, whose research areas include plant biology, developmental biology, and/or toxicology, are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students in support of our degree programs, including our environmental science program. In addition, the successful applicant will be expected to establish and maintain an externally funded research program involving graduate and undergraduate students. This position requires a Ph.D. in biology or a related relevant field, prior teaching and postdoctoral experience is a plus. Position is available to begin September 1, 2015. Louisiana Tech University is a comprehensive selective-admissions public university that is recognized by US News and World Report as a Tier One National University and by the Carnegie Foundation as a Research University/High Research Activity (RU/H). It is located in Ruston, a small college town of 22,000 residents in North Louisiana. Our School of Biological Sciences is a dynamic, collegial unit with 21 faculty and approximately 480 undergraduate and 50 graduate students (M.S. and Ph.D.). To apply, email application letter, curriculum vitae, separate statements of research interests/plans and teaching interest/philosophy, and names and contact information including email addresses for three references, to William Campbell, Chair of Search Committee (campbell@latech.edu). Review of applications begins September 22, 2014, and will continue until position is filled. Louisiana Tech University is a member of the University of Louisiana System, AA/EOE. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities. —20cf3043515ada11f205019d6b1a Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8

Faculty Position: Biologist:

The School of Biological Sciences at Louisiana Tech University invites applications for a tenure-track, 9-month, Assistant Professor position. We seek a broadly-trained collaborative applicant that is committed to both research and teaching. Applicants, whose research areas include plant biology, developmental biology, and/or toxicology, are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students in support of our degree programs, including our environmental science program. In addition, the successful applicant will be expected to establish and maintain an externally funded research program involving graduate and undergraduate students. This position requires a Ph.D. in biology or a related relevant field, prior teaching and postdoctoral experience is a plus. Position is available to begin September 1, 2015.

Louisiana Tech University is a comprehensive selective-admissions public university that is recognized by US News and World Report as a Tier One National University and by the Carnegie Foundation as a Research University/High Research Activity (RU/H). It is located in Ruston, a small college town of 22,000 residents in North Louisiana. Our School of Biological Sciences is a dynamic, collegial unit with 21 faculty and approximately 480 undergraduate and 50 graduate students (M.S. and Ph.D.).

To apply, email application letter, curriculum vitae, separate statements of research interests/plans and teaching interest/philosophy, and names and contact information including email addresses for three references, to William Campbell, Chair of Search Committee (campbell@latech.edu). Review of applications begins September 22, 2014, and will continue until position is filled. Louisiana Tech University is a member of the University of Louisiana System, AA/EOE. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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August 27, 2014

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Background: Myzostomids are marine annelids, nearly all of which live symbiotically on or inside echinoderms, chiefly crinoids, and to a lesser extent asteroids and ophiuroids. These symbionts possess a variety of adult body plans and lifestyles. Most described species live freely on the exterior of their hosts as adults (though starting life on the host inside cysts), while other taxa permanently reside in galls, cysts, or within the host?s mouth, digestive system, coelom, or gonads. Myzostomid lifestyles range from stealing incoming food from the host?s food grooves to consuming the host?s tissue directly. Previous molecular studies of myzostomids have had limited sampling with respect to assessing the evolutionary relationships within the group; therefore molecular data from 75 myzostomid taxa were analyzed using maximum likelihood and maximum parsimony methods. To compare relationships of myzostomids with their hosts, a phylogeny was inferred for 53 hosts and a tanglegram constructed with 88 associations. Results: Gall- and some cyst-dwellers were recovered as a clade, while cyst-to-free-living forms were found as a grade including two clades of internal host-eaters (one infecting crinoids and the other asteroids and ophiuroids), mouth/digestive system inhabitants, and other cyst-dwellers. Clades of myzostomids were recovered that associated with asteroids, ophiuroids, and stalked or feather star crinoids. Co-phylogenetic analyses rejected a null-hypothesis of random associations at the global level, but not for individual associations. Event-based analyses relied most upon host-switching and duplication events to reconcile the association history. Conclusion: Hypotheses were revised concerning the systematics and evolution of Myzostomida, as well their relationships to their hosts. We found two or three transitions between food-stealing and host-eating. Taxa that dwell within the mouth or digestive system and some cyst forms are arguably derived from cyst-to-free-living ancestors ? possibly the result of a free-living form moving to the mouth and paedomorphic retention of the juvenile cyst. Phylogenetic conservatism in host use was observed among related myzostomid taxa. This finding suggests that myzostomids (which have a free-living planktonic stage) are limited to one or a few closely related hosts, despite most hosts co-occurring on the same reefs, many within physical contact of each other.