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May 17, 2013
This is a multi-part message in MIME format. --------------000001000707010200070203 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1; format=flowed Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit The Faculty of Biology and Medicine of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland invites applications for the position of a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Entomology. The position is at the Department of Ecology and Evolution, but is also linked to the Museum of Zoology and Botanical Garden. The Department of Ecology and Evolution (http://www.unil.ch/dee) has a long track record of excellence in research. A start-up package, a state-of-the-art research infrastructure as well as an annual research allowance for positions and consumables will be available within an environment favoring collaborations. The successful candidate is expected to develop an internationally recognized research program funded by external sources and take a leading role in a new initiative aimed at developing interactions between the University of Lausanne and the Museum of Zoology and the Botanical Garden. Pre-existing knowledge of French is not required but the successful candidate is expected to be able to teach in French within 2 years. She/he will also supervise Masters and PhD students and participate to other training activities. The job description is available on the Internet site http://www.unil.ch/fbm/page64812.html. Further information may be obtained from the Chair of the Search Committee, Prof. Jan R. van der Meer (JanRoelof.VanDerMeer[at]unil.ch) The applications, in English, will include the curriculum vitae, the list of publications with copies of the five most significant ones, a brief statement of the research program and teaching experience, as well as three references (names and contact information). They should be submitted online by August 16th 2013 as a single pdf file at www.unil.ch/iafbm/application. Seeking to promote an equitable representation of men and women among its staff, the University encourages applications from women. -- Tadeusz J. Kawecki Associate Professor Department of Ecology and Evolution University of Lausanne Le Biophore, CH 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland tadeusz.kawecki[at]unil.ch --------------000001000707010200070203 Content-Type: text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit The Faculty of Biology and Medicine of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland invites applications for the position of a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Entomology. The position is at the Department of Ecology and Evolution, but is also linked to the Museum of Zoology and Botanical Garden.
The Department of Ecology and Evolution (http://www.unil.ch/dee">http://www.unil.ch/dee) has a long track record of excellence in research.
A start-up package, a state-of-the-art research infrastructure as well as an annual research allowance for positions and consumables will be available within an environment favoring collaborations. The successful candidate is expected to develop an internationally recognized research program funded by external sources and take a leading role in a new initiative aimed at developing interactions between the University of Lausanne and the Museum of Zoology and the Botanical Garden.
Pre-existing knowledge of French is not required but the successful candidate is expected to be able to teach in French within 2 years. She/he will also supervise Masters and PhD students and participate to other training activities.
The job description is available on the Internet site http://www.unil.ch/fbm/page64812.html.
Further information may be obtained from the Chair of the Search Committee, Prof. Jan R. van der Meer (JanRoelof.VanDerMeer[at]unil.ch)
The applications, in English, will include the curriculum vitae, the list of publications with copies of the five most significant ones, a brief statement of the research program and teaching experience, as well as three references (names and contact information). They should be submitted online by August 16th 2013 as a single pdf file at www.unil.ch/iafbm/application.
Seeking to promote an equitable representation of men and women among its staff, the University encourages applications from women.
-- Tadeusz J. Kawecki Associate Professor Department of Ecology and Evolution University of Lausanne Le Biophore, CH 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland tadeusz.kawecki[at]unil.ch --------------000001000707010200070203--
May 16, 2013
May 14, 2013
Ideas on measuring the "impact" of a natural history collection have been bubbling along, as reflected in recent comments on iPhylo, and some offline discussions I've been having with David Blackburn and Alan Resetar.
My focus has been at the specimen-level, with a view to motivation the adoption of persistent specimen-level identifiers so that we can citations of specimens over time (e.g., in publications and databases such as GenBank). Not only does this provide a measure of the "impact" of a collection, it helps with provenance. If we sequence a specimen that is subsequently assigend to a different taxon and we have a way of tracking that specimen via its identifier, then we can transmit that new identification to other consumers of data based on that specimen. For example, we could automatically notify GenBank that what we thought was an x is actually a y.
So I made a simple "league table" of museum collections based on specimens cited in BioStor. There are all sorts of issues with this approach. Once you rank collections, people may use that to argue some can be axed and more resources funnelled into others. A more positive approach would be to indetify collections that are underused, and try and figure out why. And in the same way that taxonomic papers may have a citation long life, specimens may sit in a museum for a long time before being cited (for example, when eventually recognised as a new species doi:10.1016/j.cub.2012.10.029). So, metrics can be a double-edged sword.
Citing specimens is a useful metric, but not all citations are equal, and not all citations are immediate. A specimen that yields DNA sequences that are published in, say, Nature, arguably has more weight than a specimen listed in a rarely cited paper. Likewise, subsequent citations of a paper that cites a specimen should confer more weight on the value of that specimen. Elsewhere (doi:10.1093/bib/bbn022, preprint here: hdl:10101/npre.2008.1760.1) I've argued for a Google PageRank-style way to measure the impact of a specimen that takes into account papers and other objects derived from a specimen (e.g., images, sequences).
Meanwhile, Morgan Jackson alerted me to a quicker way to get a measure of the impact of the collection.
May 16, 2013The "short note" Morgan refers to is by Kevin Winker and Jack J. Withrow:
Winker, K., & Withrow, J. J. (2013). Natural history: Small collections make a big impact. Nature, 493(7433), 480–480. doi:10.1038/493480b
They constructed a Google Scholar profile and collected papers that cite the University of Alaska Museum's bird collection (see here for full details). The h-score of this collection of papers is 42, which Winkler and Withrow note is "equivalent to an average Nobel laureate in physics". Here's the graph of citations over time:
It's a neat trick, if a little time consuming. But one advantage it has is that it puts collections on a similar footing to individual researchers. You could imagine asking the question "how much money would you spend supporting a researcher at this level?" How does this compare to the resources actually being spent?
One thing I hope will emerge from discussions like this is a desire to make specimens first-class citizens of the web, with stable identifiers that enable them to be cited in the same way we cite papers and, increasingly, data sets.
RESEARCH TECHNICIAN UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA, ATHENS, GA I anticipate hiring a research technician with an immediate start date. My laboratory conducts research in evolutionary and ecological genetics of invasive species. Qualifications are an undergraduate degree in Biology or related field with 1 or more undergraduate or graduate courses in genetics, and some research experience. Experience with PCR and molecular biology protocols is necessary. Salary will be commensurate with experience. I would prefer to hire a recently graduated undergraduate who is interested in working in an academic setting for at least a year before starting graduate school. The working conditions, intellectual atmosphere, and facilities in Genetics at Georgia are excellent. Athens is a lovely and inexpensive place in which to live with all of the advantages of and culture of a 200 year-old university town. You may wish to look at the Department of Genetics' web site at: www.genetics.uga.edu. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found. For more information, please contact me by e-mail at: mauricio[at]uga.edu Interested persons should send by e-mail a letter of application, a CV and the name, phone number and e-mail address of 2 references. _____________________________________ Rodney Mauricio, Ph.D. Department of Genetics University of Georgia Athens, GA 30602-7223 Lab Web Page: http://www.genetics.uga.edu/mauriciolab=0APIRE Grant Web Page: http://www.genetics.uga.edu/pire=0A
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 tiny URL: http://goo.gl/fgbbt 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).
Postdoctoral Associate in Population Genomics Postdoctoral positions are available with Jeffrey Kidd in the Department of Human Genetics and Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics at the University of Michigan Medical School. These positions are focused on population genomic analysis to learn about the demographic history of populations and species and how demography interacts with selection to create observed patterns of variation. Multiple projects are available in a number of systems, including human populations (particularly African populations), dogs, and other species. Qualifications The applicant should have a Ph.D. in genetics, ecology and evolution, anthropology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, computational biology or a related field and have experience in the analysis of genome-wide data. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required. Successful applicants will be part of a cutting-edge research program in genomics with ample opportunities for collaboration with researchers at the University of Michigan and around the world. To apply, send a CV, cover letter describing your research experiences and ongoing research interests, and contact information for up to three references to Jeffrey Kidd at jmkidd[at]umich.edu ********************************************************** Electronic Mail is not secure, may not be read every day, and should not be used for urgent or sensitive issues
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.
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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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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
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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
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