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August 20, 2014

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Dear EvolDir Community, We are pleased to announce the RNA-seqlopedia: http://bit.ly/1z4tj30 The RNA-seqlopedia is meant as a resource for researchers trying to utilize RNA-seq protocols for their research, including de novo assembly of transcriptomes as well as quantification of gene expression. The site focuses on multiple aspects of RNA-seq work including experimental design, molecular protocols, and bioinformatic analyses. We realize that the site does not yet cover all aspects of transcriptomic analysis, and undoubtedly contains errors or dated information that will be modified. We will continue to update the site and add to its content, particularly via input from the scientific community, so we request your input! We hope that the RNA-seqlopedia will prove to be a useful research resource for those interested in transcriptomic analyses using second (and third) generation sequencing. The site was made possible by a grant from the NIH National Center for Research Resources, and is being created and maintained by the Cresko Lab at the University of Oregon. If you have any feedback or suggestions, please write us. Sincerely, Clay Small Julian Catchen Susie Bassham Bill Cresko William A. Cresko, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biology Director, Institute of Ecology and Evolution University of Oregon http://bit.ly/1pMIFIC; @wcresko wcresko@uoregon.edu via Gmail
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*Postdoctoral position in Evolutionary Genomics and Molecular and Cellular biology * */Molecular and cellular mechanisms of hyper-resistance to stress in the ameiotic bdelloid rotifer Adineta vaga/*** ** A 3-year postdoctoral research position is available in the group of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Genetics of Micro-organisms at the life Science Institute (ISV) of the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL, Belgium) to take part in a collaborative ARC research program with the Research Units in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology (URBE) and in Cellular Biology (URBC) at the University of Namur (UNamur, Be). This postdoc position is embedded within the research project entitled: /Asexuality and ‘immortality’, bdelloid rotifers as an evolutionary ‘scandal’ and a model system in biology. /This project is funded during 5 years and will start in October 2014. *Project:* Bdelloid rotifers are micro-organisms (animals) that have recently attracted much interest in the scientific community because of their ancient asexuality and their extreme resistance to stress, such as desiccation and high doses of ionizing radiation. They are capable to survive when their genome is shattered into small fragments and repair the DNA double strands breaks (DSBs) (see Hespeels et al., 2014). Repeated cycles of chromosomal repair are thought to promote allelic recombination and gene conversion in the absence of meiosis. Moreover desiccation and the induced DNA DSBs are also thought to provide a unique opportunity to acquire horizontally transferred genes, thereby contributing to the adaptive success of these organisms. In this project, the mechanisms that make bdelloid rotifers unique in terms of evolutionary strategy and hyper-resistance to stress will be investigated based on genomic data recently obtained by our consortium for the bdelloid rotifer /Adenita vaga/ (see Flot et al, 2013, Nature 500:453-7). Genomic approaches will be used to study the dynamics of /A. vaga/ genome during cycles of desiccation/rehydration/radiationand to decipher the genetic expression program that governs the different stages of its life-style. Molecular and cellular approaches will be developed to unveil and characterize the mechanisms that allow /A. vaga/ to repair its shattered chromosomes and generate genetic diversity,as well as its dependence with respect to oxidative stress response. Finally, conditions for horizontal gene transfer and RNA interference will be investigated, opening the way to the development of reverse genetic strategies. The ultimate prospect of the project is to establish bdelloid rotifers as a new model system for the understanding of fundamental biological processes such as DNA repair, cell survival and senescence. *PIs of the consortium:* Prof. Bernard Hallet (ISV, UCL), Prof. Karine Van Doninck (URBE, UNamur), Dr. Florence Debacq-Chainiaux (URBC, UNamur)** The involved consortium brings together experts in the fields of evolutionary biology and genomics (K. Van Doninck, URBE, UNamur), DNA recombination and genome plasticity (B. Hallet, ISV, UC) and oxidative stress response (F. Debacq-Chainiaux, URBC, UNamur). The appointed candidate will be expected to share its research time on both sites under the supervision of the three PIs of the consortium. The universities are at a distance of 35km from each other and easily connected by train. *Contacts:* Prof. Bernard Hallet, Bernard.hallet@uclouvain.be Universit Catholique de Louvain. Institut des Sciences de la Vie (ISV) http://bit.ly/1qTDNQl Prof. Karine Van Doninck, karine.vandoninck@unamur.be University of Namur, Laboartory of Evolutionary Genetics and Ecology (http://bit.ly/1qTDQf8) *Qualifications:* We are looking for a post-doc with a strong interest and background in evolutionary genomics and molecular and cell biology. Expertise in the field of DNA repair and recombination, chromosome structure and dynamics, and/or genomics (NGS approach) is a valuable asset. Additional experience in cell biology techniques like DNA transfection, immuno-localization, fluorescence hybridization and microscopy will be a benefit. Priority will be given to candidates with a proven track record (with several publications as a first author) who will express their motivation in developing their autonomy and their interest for new challenges. *Application://* The position is available to both foreign nationals and Belgian citizens under ‘international mobility’ status, meaning that they may not have resided in Belgium for more than 12 months over the past 3 years preceding the appointment. The duration is for 2 years (with a possible 1-year renewal) starting on the *1^st of October 2014. *The closing date for applications is *^September 5th 2014.* Interested applicants should send a cover letter (briefly describing research experience, interests, and career goal), a curriculum vitae (with list of publications), and the names of three references (With address, phone number and E mail) to Bernard HALLET (Bernard.hallet@uclouvain.be) via Gmail

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Postdoctoral Research Associate: Mechanistic Phylogenetic Models for Amino Acid Substitution Temple University An NSF-funded postdoctoral research position is available in the research group of David Liberles (Temple University from November, 2014; currently at University of Wyoming). The position is guaranteed for 1 year with the possibility of extension with successful performance. The successful candidate will be expected to relocate to Philadelphia, PA, USA and a start date as soon as possible after 11/1/14 is desired. The research project involves the construction and phylogenetic implementation of mechanistic models for amino acid substitution in C++. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in mathematics and statistics, strong C++ programming skills, and experience with phylogenetic methods. Knowledge of proteins and/or evolutionary biology is a plus. To apply, please send a cover letter that describes your background, motivation, and interests as well as a full CV to liberles@uwyo.edu. Please also arrange to have 3 letters of recommendation sent directly by the letter writer to the above email address as well. International applicants are encouraged to apply and will be given full consideration. “David A. Liberles” via Gmail
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Ph.D. Student: Mechanistic Phylogenetic Models for Amino Acid Substitution Temple University An NSF-funded Ph.D. student position is available in the research group of David Liberles (Temple University from November, 2014; currently at University of Wyoming). The successful candidate will be expected to enroll in the Ph.D. program at Temple University in spring semester, 2015. The research project involves the construction and phylogenetic implementation of mechanistic models for amino acid substitution in C++. The ideal candidate will have prior programming coursework or experience, a strong background in mathematics, and interest in evolutionary biology. Students with any number of primary backgrounds, including biology and mathematics will be considered. To apply, please send a cover letter that describes your background, motivation, and interests as well as a full CV to liberles@uwyo.edu. I will guide the successful candidate through the Ph.D. application process at Temple University. International applicants are encouraged to apply and will be given full consideration. “David A. Liberles” via Gmail
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Faculty Position in Genomics The Genome, Cell, and Developmental Biology Program at Indiana University invites applications for a tenured/tenure-track faculty position in Genomics at the level of assistant professor. Candidates should have well-developed research programs that apply cutting-edge genomic approaches to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying important aspects of eukaryotic biology, including gene regulation, epigenetics, development, or evolution. More senior candidates with outstanding credentials in research and extramural funding may also be considered. The Department of Biology (http://bit.ly/1cfCtA9) and affiliated departments and programs represent more than 60 research labs housed in 3 adjacent buildings, providing ample opportunities for collaboration. The applicant will have access to outstanding resources including state-of-the-art facilities for genomics and bioinformatics, light and electron microscopy, flow cytometry, biophysical instrumentation, and computing. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree and have relevant postdoctoral experience with a strong record of research accomplishments. Faculty members are expected to establish vigorous well-funded research programs and to participate in undergraduate/graduate education. Applications received by October 15, 2014 will be assured of full consideration. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, research statement (past, present, and planned), up to three PDFs of re-prints/pre-prints, and arrange for three letters of references to be submitted at http://bit.ly/1n8sv7E. Please address inquires to Jennifer Tarter at 812-856-3984; jenjones@indiana.edu; 1001 E. Third Street, Bloomington, IN 47405-3700. Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Jennifer Tarter Administrative Assistant to the Chair Department of Biology Indiana University “Tarter, Jennifer A” via Gmail
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"Open post-doc position on birds and climate change in University of Helsinki The Zoology Unit of the Finnish Museum of Natural History is inviting applications for a position of a Post-doctoral Researcher for a fixed term of 2 years and 8 months into the project The combined effect of climate change and habitat protection on population changes and range shifts in birds. The preferred starting time is 1 January 2015. More details can be found from this link: http://bit.ly/1ocfARV" Best wishes, Aleksi Lehikoinen Aleksi Lehikoinen, Docent, intendentti - curator Linnustonseuranta - Monitoring Team, The Helsinki Lab of Ornithology Luonnontieteellinen keskusmuseo - Finnish Museum of Natural History PL 17 - P.O. Box 17 00014 Helsingin yliopisto - University of Helsinki Finland puh. - tel. +358-9-19128851 mobile phone +358-45-1375732 aleksi.lehikoinen@helsinki.fi Aleksi Lehikoinen via Gmail

August 19, 2014

23:51
The Department of Biology at Stanford University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Evolution. We seek outstanding applicants engaged in answering broad basic questions in Evolution. We welcome a wide spectrum of applicants and will consider both theoretical and empirical evolutionary biologists. Applicants working at the interface of Evolution and Ecology and/or other areas of Biology are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D., and is expected to develop a vigorous research program and to participate in the Department’s teaching activities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. More information about the Department and the University can be found at http://stanford.io/1vfKoa3. All applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including publication list, a statement of research accomplishments and future plans, a description of teaching experience, and three letters of reference. All materials must be submitted electronically to AcademicJobsOnline . Inquiries may be directed to Faculty Searches, Dept. of Biology, 371 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305, or to maychin@stanford.edu. Applicant materials must be received by October 15, 2014. The appointment would begin September 1, 2015. Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of and applications from women and members of minority groups, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the universitys research, teaching, and clinical mission. fukamit@gmail.com via Gmail
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—047d7bfea87e5374270500f00a30 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8 Call for Nominations Joseph Grinnell Medal University of California, Berkeley The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley solicits nominations for the Joseph Grinnell Medal. This award is given every five years to a senior scientist who exemplifies a commitment to natural history research and is making fundamental empirical and conceptual contributions to ecology and evolution. The award was established in 1983 and named after Joseph Grinnell, the founding director of the UC Berkeley Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. Past recipients include George A. Bartholomew, James H. Brown, David B. Wake, Peter and Rosemary Grant, and Michael J. Ryan. Nominations should include a CV and supporting letter and should be sent to Michael Nachman, Director MVZ (mnachman@berkeley.edu), by October 1, 2014. Michael Nachman Director, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Professor, Department of Integrative Biology 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720-3160 (510) 642-1792 mnachman@berkeley.edu —047d7bfea87e5374270500f00a30 Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

Call for Nominations

Joseph Grinnell Medal

University of California, Berkeley

The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley solicits nominations for the Joseph Grinnell Medal.  This award is given every five years to a senior scientist who exemplifies a commitment to natural history research and is making fundamental empirical and conceptual contributions to ecology and evolution.  The award was established in 1983 and named after Joseph Grinnell, the founding director of the UC Berkeley Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.  Past recipients include George A. Bartholomew, James H. Brown, David B. Wake, Peter and Rosemary Grant, and Michael J. Ryan.  Nominations should include a CV and supporting letter and should be sent to Michael Nachman, Director MVZ (mnachman@berkeley.edu), by October 1, 2014.

Michael NachmanDirector, Museum of Vertebrate ZoologyProfessor, Department of Integrative Biology3101 Valley Life Sciences BuildingUniversity of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720-3160(510) 642-1792mnachman@berkeley.edu —047d7bfea87e5374270500f00a3 via Gmail
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*2015 Workshop on Molecular Evolution, esk Krumlov, Czech Republic* *Dates:* 25 January - 7 February, 2015 *Application Deadline:* 15 October, 2014 is the preferred application deadline, after which time people will be admitted to the course following application review by the admissions committee. However, later applications will certainly be considered for admittance or for placement on a waiting list. *Registration Fee:* $1500 USD. Fee includes opening reception and access to all course material, but does not include other meals or housing. Special discounted pricing has been arranged for hotels, pensions and hostels. Information regarding housing and travel will be made to applicants following acceptance. *APPLY HERE:* http://bit.ly/1thqrz5 *Useful Links:* Direct Link to the Full Workshop Schedule: http://bit.ly/1oMu5la General Workshop information: http://evomics.org Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Workshop and esk Krumlov can be found here: http://bit.ly/177ZDoJ *Confirmed Faculty:* *Walter Salzburger: *Universitat Basel *Toni Gabaldon:* CRG @ Barcelona *Paul Lewis:* University of Connecticut *David Swofford: *Duke University *Joseph Bielawski:* Dalhousie University *Adam Bazinet:* University of Maryland *Sebastian Hohna:* Stockholm University *Alexei Drummond:* University of Auckland *Laura Kubatko: *The Ohio State University *Peter Beerli: *Florida State University *Tanja Stadler:* ETH Zurich *Workshop Overview:* The 2015 Workshop on Molecular Evolution brings together an international collection of faculty members and Workshop participants to study and discuss current ideas and techniques for exploring molecular evolution. The Workshop on Molecular Evolution consists of a series of lectures, demonstrations and computer laboratories that cover theoretical and conceptual aspects of molecular evolution with a strong emphasis on data analysis. The Workshop has a strong focus on molecular phylogenetics, and covers all aspects of phylogenetic workflows, including marker selection, phylogeny reconstruction, time-calibration, as well as detection of natural selection, phylogeography, diversification rates, and trait evolution patterns. A majority of the schedule is dedicated to hands-on learning activities designed by faculty and the workshop team. This interactive experience provides Workshop participants with the practical experience required to meet the challenges presented by modern evolutionary sciences. *Co-directors: *Walter Salzburger, Michael Matschiner, Jan Stefka and Scott Handley *For more information and online application see the Workshop web site *- http://evomics.org Scott Handley via Gmail
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The Hodgins lab is currently seeking outstanding PhD candidates interested in studying plant ecological genomics (www.hodginslab.com). Our laboratory studies the genetic basis for adaptation in plants. We are particularly interested in using introduced species as a model for studying rapid adaptation. We also study adaptation to climate in forest trees and plant domestication. To address evolutionary questions relating to these topics, we use a combination of genomics, ecological fieldwork and experimental approaches. The project can commence any time and will be developed in collaboration with the student. Teaching is not required for the duration of the PhD (3.5 years in Australia). Research funding as well as attendance in one conference per year is guaranteed. A top-up scholarship will be awarded to the successful recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award (tax-free 2013 rate of approximately $25,000 AUD, top up of $5000). In addition, one fully funded PhD stipend is available for either Australian/NZ domestic or international students. The stipend includes all course fees plus approximately $25,000 AUD per annum tax-free. Melbourne is diverse and thriving city with a desirable climate. It is one of the most livable cities in the world and is a cultural and recreational hub. Monash is a member of the Group of Eight, a coalition of top Australian universities recognized for their excellence in teaching and research. The School of Biological Sciences is a dynamic unit with strengths in both ecology and genetics and the nexus between these disciplines. Please send your CV, a transcript, a brief statement of your research interests and the contact details of two referees to kathryn.hodgins@monash.edu. The deadline for scholarship applications at Monash University is October 31, 2014 for a January 1, 2015 start date. Kristin Nurkowski via Gmail
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Post-doctoral position on Modelling the Origin of Life and Cooperation in the RNA World A post-doc position is available to work with Dr Paul Higgs at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario (http://bit.ly/VBVQjz). We will study the origin of life from prebiotic chemistry using mathematical models and computer simulations of replicating molecular systems. We will investigate the fidelity of replication and the error threshold in spatial models of cooperative replicators. We also want to assess the likelihood of emergence of an autocatalytic network relative to a general RNA replicase. The applicant should have a PhD in a relevant discipline such as mathematical/computational biology or statistical physics and should have some previous experience with differential equation models and/or stochastic simulations. The applicant will work within the Origins Institute, which focuses on interdisciplinary science questions including Astrobiology and the Origins of Life (http://bit.ly/1pDRlkj). There will be an opportunity to work with experimentalist colleagues studying RNA evolution in the laboratory (Dr Niles Lehman of Portland State University and Dr Peter Unrau of Simon Fraser University). Duration - 1 year. Salary - $45000. Start Time - Fall 2014 or asap. Please send a CV and cover letter to Paul Higgs - higgsp@mcmaster.ca Paul Higgs via Gmail
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A Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology post is available at the University of York, UK. Department Biology Based at University of York, Heslington Campus Hours of work Full-time Contract status Open Salary 37,394 - 45,954 a year Apply by 19/09/2014 Role Description The Department of Biology is seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology who has an excellent publication record and can demonstrate a reputation for internationally recognised research. Your research interests will complement existing strengths in the Department of Biology, which range from genome organisation to global change biology and which use theoretical, analytical and experimental approaches. You should have a PhD or equivalent and be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the promotion of teaching and learning. You will be expected to participate actively in research supervision, management and administration. You are invited to make an informal enquiry to Professor Ian Graham (Head, Department of Biology; (+44) 01904 328507), Professor Jane Hill (Jane.Hill@york.ac.uk) or Professor Michael Brockhurst ((+44) 01904 328576; Michael.Brockhurst@york.ac.uk). Please do not send applications to the above. For full details and application process please visit http://bit.ly/1qejN8L Interviews will be held on Thursday 23 October 2014. “Foster, GM” via Gmail
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Dear Colleagues, We are writing to invite you to participate in a one-day workshop to be held at the 21st Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on 25 October 2014. The workshop will take place on Saturday, October 25th, and is titled $B!H(BResearch and Management of Novel Infectious Diseases in Reptiles and Amphibians.$B!I(B We are sponsored by the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, The Wildlife Society$B!G(Bs Wildlife Disease Working Group, and Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, and. We are looking for participation from the broadest group of wildlife researchers, managers, veterinarians, and educators as possible in order to strengthen knowledge, communication, and collaboration among this diverse group of professionals who are dealing with the threat of emerging diseases in ectothermic vertebrates. A full description of the program can be found in the attached document. Also attached is a questionnaire on reptile and amphibian disease observations that we are asking each participant to fill out and bring to the workshop. If you have relevant information that is not published and would be willing to share, please consider sending us back the questionnaire even if you cannot attend the workshop. We have arranged for this workshop to be offered at the minimal expense ($10 for students, $25 for professionals). We hope to see many of you in October! -Kimberly, Anna, Terry, Matthew, and Valorie For questions, feedback, and to submit questionnaires, please contact us at: herpdisease@gmail.com Valorie Titus via Gmail
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RESEARCH TECHNICIAN POSITION AVAILABLE Phadnis Lab Department of Biology, University of Utah. A Laboratory Technician position is available in the laboratory of Nitin Phadnis at the Department of Biology, University of Utah. We are looking for a highly motivated individual with experience in Drosophila genetics and molecular biology. The Phadnis Lab takes a multi-disciplinary approach with genetics, genomics and cell biology to address broad questions in evolutionary genetics, with a particular focus on understanding the molecular basis of speciation in Drosophila. Projects include using a combination of classical genetics and genomics to identify genes important for speciation in Drosophila and using cell biological techniques to understand the molecular basis of selfish genetic elements. These projects involve crosses between various Drosophila species, transgenic strain production in non-model Drosophila, microscopy and various molecular techniques (e.g., genomic DNA preparation, PCR, molecular cloning, Sanger sequencing, library construction for next gen-sequencing). The research technician may be solely responsible for the development and execution of research projects, and successful projects can lead to authorship on scientific publications. In addition to research, this technician will also assist in mentoring undergraduate students and with daily laboratory management. Participation in lab meetings and presentation of data is expected. The ideal candidate will have excellent organizational skills in recordkeeping, multitasking, prioritizing responsibilities, time management, and an ability to interact with all levels of staff. A Bachelors degree in Biology or a related discipline and experience in a lab environment is required. Use the following link for more details and to apply: http://bit.ly/1mfQbHf Please send a cover letter, CV, and list of three references with contact information. Nitin Phadnis | Ph.D. Assistant Professor Department of Biology University of Utah |Salt Lake City, UT 84112 801.585.0493 | nitin.phadnis@utah.edu http://bit.ly/1Bwilay via Gmail

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—Apple-Mail=_36BE6AFE-C1FB-4E09-A06E-97D7BA2E5AB1 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”us-ascii” Field Volunteer Needed for Anole Research in Puerto Rico I am looking for two field assistants to survey populations of Anolis cristatellus in Puerto Rico from October 12 - November 23, 2014. This project is part of my dissertation research at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Daily activities include searching for and capturing lizards in both forest and human dominated habitats (e.g. college campuses), collecting habitat data, and taking morphological measurements on lizards. We will work long hours on most days (beginning 7-8am), with about half of the day in the field and half indoors collecting data. Applicants should be physically fit and be prepared for very hot and humid work conditions. Phone and internet contact will be limited at times. Applicant must be able to work independently and be comfortable handling lizards, should be enthusiastic about reptiles, and have a good work ethic. Ideal applicants will have research or field experience with herpetofauna and be conversational to fluent in Spanish. This opportunity is unpaid, but all expenses (airfare from the US, food, lodging, and incidentals) will be covered. For more information about the Revell lab, see: http://bit.ly/QYyHpE If interested, please contact Kristin Winchell: Kristin.Winchell001@umb.edu with a brief letter describing why you are interested in this position and any relevant research experience along with your CV and 2 professional references that I may contact by email. I will review applications as they arrive until the positions are filled. —Apple-Mail=_36BE6AFE-C1FB-4E09-A06E-97D7BA2E5AB1 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/html; charset=”us-ascii”

Field Volunteer Needed for Anole Research in Puerto Rico

I am looking for two field assistants to survey populations of Anolis cristatellus in Puerto Rico from October 12 - November 23, 2014. This project is part of my dissertation research at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Daily activities include searching for and capturing lizards in both forest and human dominated habitats (e.g. college campuses), collecting habitat data, and taking morphological measurements on lizards. We will work long hours on most days (beginning 7-8am), with about half of the day in the field and half indoors collecting data. Applicants should be physically fit and be prepared for very hot and humid work conditions. Phone and internet contact will be limited at times. Applicant must be able to work independently and be comfortable handling lizards, should be enthusiastic about reptiles, and have a good work ethic. Ideal applicants will have research or field experience with herpetofauna and be conversational to fluent in Spanish. This opportunity is unpaid, but all expenses (airfare from the US, food, lodging, and incidentals) will be covered.  For more information about the Revell lab, see: http://bit.ly/QYyHpE

If interested, please contact Kristin Winchell: Kristin.Winchell001@umb.edu with a brief letter describing why you are interested in this position and any relevant research experience along with your CV and 2 professional references that I may contact by e mail. I will review applications as they arrive until the positions are filled.

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August 18, 2014

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Graduate position: U.Southampton/NHM_London_SpeciationGenomics Mark Chapman (Centre for Biological Sciences, University of Southampton) and Mark Carine (Department of Life Sciences, Natural History Museum) are looking for a PhD student to study speciation genomics in a group of Macaronesian plants. The evolutionary outcomes of hybridisation can range from being of little consequence to the origin of entirely new species. In some cases, hybridisation is rare, but if the hybrids exhibit adaptation to a novel habitat they can be maintained as a new species. These scenarios are ideal for understanding the intersection between adaptation, migration, hybridisation and speciation. Of particular value to these studies is using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) to assay the expressed portion of the genome (the transcriptome), simultaneously providing gene expression and sequence polymorphism data for thousands of genes. Firstly, this allows detection of differentially expressed loci that underlie adaptive divergence between differentially adapted or independently evolved taxa. Secondly, the genetic signatures of sequence-based adaptive divergence can be investigated by assaying polymorphism and divergence between species, identifying loci with non-neutral patterns of sequence polymorphism. In the past, such analyses were only possible for model organisms; however one can now study non-model organisms, in prime ecological and evolutionary scenarios, to investigate the genetic control of these phenomena. Isolated oceanic archipelagos are natural laboratories of evolution, ideally suited for in situ studies of speciation. The volcanic oceanic archipelagos of Macaronesia (the Azores, Madeira, Canaries and Cape Verde Islands) are a notable example, demonstrating a high degree of endemism, and spectacular examples of evolutionary radiations with geographic isolation, habitat shifts and hybridisation all contributing to the rapid diversification of endemic lineages. The endemic genus Argyranthemum (Compositae) provides an excellent example of a Macaronesian radiation, comprising twenty-four species that have evolved following a single colonisation of the region. As with many Macaronesian endemic lineages, phylogenetic relationships are not fully resolved and hence any efforts to study speciation processes will require an accurate phylogenetic and population genetic understanding of the species involved. Argyranthemum also provides a rare, well-documented case of homoploid hybrid speciation with the hybrid species A. sundingii derived on multiple occasions from A. frutescens and A. broussonetii. This makes Argyranthemum an ideal biological scenario to understand multiple evolutionary phenomena in concert. If you are interested in this studentship and would like more information (please take note of the nationality requirements, funding situation and other requirements) please take a look at http://bit.ly/VBgwbj Dr. Mark A. Chapman M.Chapman@soton.ac.uk +44 (0)2380 594396 Centre for Biological Sciences University of Southampton Life Sciences Building 85 Highfield Campus Southampton SO17 1BJ “Chapman M.” via Gmail
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August 17, 2014

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—_000_D016F9FABCF7coylebsiedu_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”Windows-1252” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable UPDATE - Frontiers in Phylogenetics Fourth Annual Symposium. Full schedule, speakers and titles have been updated - see below “Genome-Scale Phylogenetics: Analysing the Data” Symposium Location: Warner Brothers Theatre, National Museum of American History, Washington, DC Time and Date: 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday September 15, 2014 REGISTRATION IS FREE BUT REQUIRED. Please visit the link below to register. http://bit.ly/FIPSymposium 8:00 Coffee and Continental Breakfast Service in Constitution Caf 9:00 Introductions Michael Braun, National Museum of Natural History 9:05 Welcome to the Smithsonian John Kress, Interim Undersecretary for Science, Smithsonian Institution 9:15 Overview and Logistics Guillermo Ort, George Washington University 9:25 Phylogenomics and Next-Generation Inferences: the Future of Phylogenetics in an Era of Big Data Lacey Knowles, University of Michigan 10:05 Break 10:30 Deep Metazoan Phylogeny and the Utility of Taxon-Specific Ortholog Sets Kevin Kocot, University of Queensland, Brisbane 11:10 A Phylogenomic View on the Early History of Gnasthostome Evolution: Is One Tree Enough? Ingo Ebersberger, Goethe University, Frankfurt 11:50 Lunch Break 1:30 Distinguishing Methodological and Biological Causes of Gene Tree Discordance in Phylogenomic Datasets Derrick Zwickl, University of Arizona 2:10 Filtering and Partitioning Strategies for Phylogenomic Analyses David Swofford, Duke University and National Evolutionary Synthesis Center 2:50 Break 3:10 Genome-scale Phylogenetics in the Presence of Hybridization and Incomplete Lineage Sorting Luay Nakhleh, Rice University 3:50 Joint Inference of Gene Trees and Species Trees at the Genomic Scale Bastien Boussau, University Claude Bernard, Lyon 4:30 Round Table Discussion With All Speakers Sponsored by the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, and the Washington Area Phylogenetics Consortium Any questions or for more information contact Brian Coyle Coyleb@si.edu National Museum of Natural History Smithsonian Institution Washington DC —_000_D016F9FABCF7coylebsiedu_ Content-Type: text/html; charset=”Windows-1252” Content-ID: Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

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Two Postdoctoral positions available at Guangxi University, Nanning, China The Plant Ecophysiology and Evolution Group at Guangxi University (Nanning, China) is seeking two highly motivated and productive postdoctoral researchers to engage in 2-year projects in (1) Plant Ecophysiology and (2) Molecular systematics & historical biogeography. Projects and Qualifications: (1) Plant Ecophysiology The position requires an individual with a PhD in plant ecophysiology and preferentially a good background in the anatomy and hydraulics of stems or leaves, water relations, or photosynthesis and photoprotection. The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to work on mangrove plants on the coast of southern China, or plants on karst lands in Guangxi province. The candidate should have a proven track record of successful publication in peer-reviewed journals, and will work as part of a team studying the evolution and ecophysiology of selected plant lineages in Asia. (2) Molecular systematics & historical biogeography Candidates should have a PhD with a strong background in evolutionary biology, molecular phylogenetics and dating as well as biogeographical analyses, and should have a proven track record of successful publication in peer-reviewed journals. Experience in botanical collecting, taxonomy, genomics and/or bioinformatics are considered a major advantage when applying. The candidate will be part of a team studying the evolution and diversification of major plant lineages in Asia and Africa. A number of topics are available for discussion following an accepted application. Opportunities for the development of individual research projects as well as collaborative work exist within our lab and with external groups. Candidates will be part of a growing and multidisciplinary team of Chinese and foreign researchers, providing a creative and stimulating research environment. Both positions come with an annual salary, and include housing on campus, as well as research funding for up to two years (may be extended with a third year following satisfactory evaluation). Opportunities exist to apply for additional research funding through university to the national postdoctorate program and provincial programmes. Knowledge of Chinese is not mandatory, but opportunities exist to attend weekly courses in Mandarin. The working language in our research group is English. Our research group is part of the College of Forestry, under the State Key Laboratory of Conservation and Utilization of Subtropical Agro-bioresources, which houses a wide range of laboratories and research teams. We are centrally located on the large Nanning city campus, with easy access to on-campus housing and day-to-day facilities for life on campus. Guangxi University (>25,000 students) in Nanning is part of the National 211 University Scheme of China (http://bit.ly/1pqTsrD) and aims to become a major research hub in Southern China. The city forms the natural gateway to South-East Asia, with Vietnam a mere 300kms away and direct international connecting flights available to most major cities in Asia. Please visit our website for more information on our group and research: http://bit.ly/1m7jVG9 To apply for a position, please email a statement of research interests and goals, a curriculum vitae, and the email addresses of three references to Prof. Cao Kunfang (kunfangcao@gxu.edu.cn). Review of applications will begin October 1st, 2014, and will continue until the positions have been filled. jsstrijk@hotmail.com via Gmail

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Position Announcement Joint Program Coordinator Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program and NSF IGERT in Applied Biodiversity Science The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) Interdisciplinary program, and the Applied Biodiversity Sciences (ABS) doctoral training program, are seeking a full-time joint Coordinator to manage program affairs. The EEB faculty group integrates research related to the disciplines of ecology and evolutionary biology, and is on target to become an interdisciplinary PhD granting program in 2015. The EEB group consists of 80+ faculty from thirteen departments and seven colleges. The ABS program, supported by a NSF-IGERT, is a multidisciplinary, international, doctoral training program. Faculty/student teams carry out integrative research in biological and social science approaches to biodiversity conservation at sites in Latin America, USA-Mexico trans-boundary region, and Africa. The ABS team consists of 20+ faculty from nine departments and four colleges. About twelve faculty are members of both EEB and ABS. The Coordinator will report to the EEB Chair and ABS Co-directors. The position will begin when filled, and last at least 5 years. More about these two groups can be found at http://eeb.tamu.edu and http://bit.ly/YjiOxE. Responsibilities X The Coordinator position is a hub for the EEB and ABS program. S/he will become a central communicator and facilitator for faculty, students, and the international network. Duties include managing day-to-day activities and information requests; supervising design and updates to the website; coordinating course schedules and enrollment; organizing outreach and recruitment activities; managing graduate applications; arranging interviews for applicants to both programs; facilitating contacts with international partners; coordinating logistics for field courses and on-campus events; working to arrange internships at participating partner institutions; helping implement student recruitment strategies; tracking student progress; coordinating program assessment activities and compiling assessment data. The coordinator will also help implement new programs to increase undergraduate participation in ABS and EEB. Qualifications X The Coordinator will be a Ph.D.-level or 5-year experienced social or natural scientist and have demonstrated experience with administrative and organizational tasks. Ability to work with faculty and students in interdisciplinary teams and in diverse cultural settings is paramount. The candidate should possess outstanding leadership skills as well as demonstrated success in communicating effectively with diverse groups. The ability to communicate in Spanish is desirable. Application Process X Applications should include a letter of interest emphasizing a track record in relevant research, a complete Curriculum Vitae, and list of references. Materials should be sent by email attachment to both addresses listed below: Donald Brightsmith Spencer T. Behmer Department of Veterinary Pathology Department of Entomology E-mail: DBrightsmith@cvm.tamu.edu E-mail: s-behmer@tamu.edu Screening will begin 15 September 2014, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Salary X Commensurate. About the CommunityX Texas A&M University is in College Station, part of a metropolitan community of 160,000 people, including the city of Bryan. In addition to excellent health, education, and recreation services, the community affords a rich variety of cultural activities typical of a major university environment, including museums, music, art, and theatre. College Station is within easy reach of some of the most cosmopolitan cities in the US V about 90 minutes from Houston and its major international airport, and under 2 hours from Austin. The Texas A&M University System is an Equal Opportunity Employer grosenthal@bio.tamu.edu via Gmail