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Gould Award announcement The Society for the Study of Evolutions Committee for the Stephen J. Gould Award for the Improvement for the Understanding of Evolution is soliciting nominations for the Award for 2015. With this annual award the Society for the Study of Evolution recognizes, promotes, and rewards individuals who have increased public understanding of evolutionary biology and its place in modern science. The award will include a cash prize of $5,000 and the expectation that the recipient will present the Public Outreach Seminar at the Evolution Meeting (expenses for travel/lodging and registration would be covered by the SSE). The awardee should be a leader in evolutionary thought and in public outreach who can deliver an inspiring lecture for both professionals and the broader public at the 2015 meetings of the Society in San Paolo, Brazil. Nominations should include the CV of the nominee along with a 1-2 page letter describing why this individual is worthy of the award. Please send nominations via e-mail to the Chair of the Committee, Steve Palumbi, at spalumbi@stanford.edu. Please submit names of nominees by December 18. All nominations will be treated confidentially and will be evaluated by members of the Committee and the Council for the Society. An awardee will be announced in early February. Stephen R. Palumbi Harold A Miller Director, Hopkins Marine Station Jane and Marshall Steel Professor of Biology Stanford University Steve Palumbi via Gmail
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Computational Biologist - Research & Development 23andMe Mountain View, CA, United States Do you wish that your work had a more direct impact on people? Are you excited about the potential of human genetics to make a real difference in the world? At 23andMe, we believe that genetics is on the cusp of huge advances, and that our unique database of hundreds of thousands of genotypes and almost two hundred million phenotype data points gives us an incredible opportunity to advance not only biomedical research, but our understanding of ourselves. We are looking for a colleague with extensive training and experience in computational biology to join our highly productive, world-class research team. This person will be involved in the analysis of human genetic data and the development of product features that depend on a mix of computational skills, statistical knowledge, creativity, and biological insight. The scope and breadth of our vision means that most of the necessary techniques have yet to be developed anywhere in the world. This person is also expected to participate in the communication and public relations efforts of the company. QUALIFICATIONS: - PhD in Computational Biology or related field (eg, Genetics, Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Math, Bioinformatics) - Strong bioinformatics and biostatistics background - Background in algorithm development - Proficiency with scripting languages (eg, Python, R, bash) - Enthusiasm for working in a highly collaborative environment ALSO VALUABLE: - Evolutionary or population genetics research experience - Demonstrated record of developing and distributing tools for the analysis and visualization of genomics data - Experience with C/C++ Experience mentoring other scientists and familiarity with epidemiological principles are highly desirable. Apply online: http://bit.ly/1szeN0H ABOUT US 23andMe is the leading personal genetics company. We are dedicated to helping individuals understand their own genetic information through DNA analysis technologies and web-based interactive tools. Our mission is to personalize health care by making and supporting meaningful discoveries through genetic research. Combining web development, computer science, genetics, social media, and informatics, 23andMe is at the forefront of a new era in personal genetics. Kasia Bryc via Gmail
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—Apple-Mail=_975A4FE6-3B15-476B-9CA4-7AA827601258 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii DARWIN FELLOW The Graduate Program in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at University of Massachusetts Amherst announces a two-year POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP/LECTURESHIP. OEB draws together more than 80 faculty from the Five Colleges (University of Massachusetts Amherst and Smith, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Amherst Colleges), offering unique training and research opportunities in the fields of ecology, organismic and evolutionary biology. Our research/lecture position provides recent PhD’s an opportunity for independent research with an OEB faculty sponsor, as well as experience mentoring graduate students and teaching a one-semester undergraduate biology course. The successful candidate will have a recent PhD in a field relevant to ecology, organismic or evolutionary biology and proven teaching skills. Position subject to availability of funds. To apply online, please go to http://bit.ly/1qZcTLk and submit a CV, statements of research and teaching interests, and arrange for 3 letters of reference and a letter of support from your proposed OEB faculty sponsor. A list of OEB faculty and additional information is available at http://bit.ly/1vYlB89 . Applicants should apply by the priority deadline of January 26, 2015 in order to ensure consideration. The position is expected to start in August 2015. Questions about this search may be sent to: oeb@bio.umass.edu The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members —Apple-Mail=_975A4FE6-3B15-476B-9CA4-7AA827601258 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/html; charset=us-ascii

DARWIN FELLOWThe Graduate Program in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at University of Massachusetts Amherst announces a two-year POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP/LECTURESHIP.  OEB draws together more than 80 faculty from the Five Colleges (University of Massachusetts Amherst and Smith, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Amherst Colleges), offering unique training and research opportunities in the fields of ecology, organismic and evolutionary biology. Our research/lecture position provides recent PhD’s an opportunity for independent research with an OEB faculty sponsor, as well as experience mentoring graduate students and teaching a one-semester undergraduate biology course. The successful candidate will have a recent PhD in a field relevant to ecology, organismic or evolutionary biology and proven teaching skills. Pos ition subject to availability of funds. To apply online, please go to http://bit.ly/1vYlB8a; and submit a CV, statements of research and teaching interests, and arrange for 3 letters of reference and a letter of support from your proposed OEB faculty sponsor.  A list of OEB faculty and additional information is available at http://bit.ly/1qZcTLo;. Applicants should apply by the priority deadline of January 26, 2015 in order to ensure consideration.  The position is expected to start in August 2015.  Questions about this search may be sent to: oeb@bio.umass.eduThe University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, mino rities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members  



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A 2-year postdoc position is available at SLU, Alnarp: Plant Resistance Ecology: A new tool to engineer pollination In strawberries herbivore-damaged plants deter pollinators, leading to reduced pollination success. However, wild plant genotypes, as well as domesticated varieties, differ in their resistance against herbivores. The aim of this postdoc project is to investigate whether pollination success is improved when wild strawberries evolve stronger resistance, and during plant breeding for improved resistance in domesticated varieties. The postdoc will have access to a large common garden with 100 wild plant genotypes (Fragaria vesca), and several domesticated varieties (Fragaria x ananassa, F. vesca, F. viridis, F. moschata), that differ in their resistance against herbivores. The full ad can be downloaded here: http://bit.ly/1vYlARM Johan Johan A. Stenberg Associate Professor Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Department of Plant Protection Biology PO Box 102, SE-230 53 ALNARP Visiting address: Sundsvgen 14 Mobile: +46 70 622 00 42 johan.stenberg@slu.se, www.slu.se/stenberg Johan A Stenberg via Gmail
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The Williams and Clark labs at Cornell University have an opening for a postdoctoral fellow in computational genetics and genomics. Key research topics center on analyses of identity by descent (IBD) sharing within and between populations, and include potential development of novel methods to detect IBD segments. In addition to this general topic area, candidates with distinct but related research interests are encouraged to apply. The Clark and Williams labs are in the Biological Statistics and Computational Biology Department at Cornell University, and maintain close connections to neighboring genetics and genomics labs on campus. Postdocs will benefit from a collaborative environment with many opportunities to interact with the vibrant genetics community at Cornell. Initial appointment is for two years with the possibility of extension and includes competitive salary and benefits. Start date is flexible and can be immediate. Qualifications: Candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. in computational biology, computer science, statistics, genetics, applied mathematics, or related disciplines. Strong quantitative and programming experience (ideally in C or C++) are essential skills. Informal inquiries and applications are welcome via email sent to both alw289  cornell.edu and ac347  cornell.edu. To apply, email a CV, one page statement of research interests and experience, and email addresses for at least two references. Applications will be reviewed immediately and continue until the positions are filled. http://bit.ly/1makgwW http://bit.ly/1wJPbC4 via Gmail
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This is the final week to apply for a postdoc position that integrates field work and genomics in Anopheles mosquitoes. Applications submitted before Friday (Dec 19) will be considered. I am seeking a postdoctoral fellow to join the Malaria Programme at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and lead our field-based effort to carry out large-scale genetic analyses of vector/parasite interactions. The fellow will be required to coordinate and manage very large-scale collection and rearing of wild mosquito larvae to adults in field based insectaries, followed by P. falciparum infection and preservation for genome sequencing. The postdoc will be trained on bioinformatic analyses of the data, and carry out functional testing in the lab on genes of interest. Considerable scope to incorporate microbial genetics into the project exists, and candidates from this background will also be considered. The ideal applicant will be interested and able to spend several months at a time in African countries (likely Uganda, Burkina Faso, Mali, but others are possible), and will be extremely organised with the ability to work independently, troubleshoot problems, and plan own work to a high standard, both at Sanger and in the field. The fellow will also join the 1000 Anopheles genomes project, which you can read about here http://bit.ly/1wJLoos More about my group here http://bit.ly/1DLeJoX http://bit.ly/1wJLoou Job description and online application: http://bit.ly/1DLeJFg For further information, please contact me at mara@sanger.ac.uk Thank you, Mara Lawniczak Mara Lawniczak via Gmail
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*BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action* *BEACON Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellows Program* ** BEACON is an NSF Science and Technology Center headquartered at Michigan State University with partners at North Carolina A&T State University, University of Idaho, University of Texas at Austin, and University of Washington. BEACON brings together biologists, computer scientists, and engineers to study evolutionary dynamics using biological and computational techniques and to apply evolutionary principles to engineering problems. We seek outstanding post-doctoral scholars to pursue interdisciplinary research on evolution in action with BEACON faculty members, in the fields of biology, computer science, and/or engineering. Applicants will propose a research project within the scope of BEACONs mission and must have two BEACON faculty sponsors who will serve as research mentors should the fellowship be awarded. One sponsor must be MSU faculty; the other sponsor may be from any of the five BEACON institutions. Preference is given for interdisciplinary research. The post-doc fellow will be based at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Please see our website (http://bit.ly/18YLdLp) for information about BEACON mission, participants and ongoing research projects. Applicants must submit the following, in a single PDF, to BEACON Managing Director Danielle Whittaker via email (djwhitta@msu.edu): 1.CV 2.A two-page description of their research plan 3.A one-page summary of their doctoral research 4.Letters of support from two BEACON sponsors (one must be from MSU) 5.Two additional letters of recommendation Fellowships last two years and include a salary of $50,000/year and modest funds to support research and travel. The successful applicant will help foster collaborations among faculty and disciplines and serve as a professional model for pre-doctoral trainees. A Ph.D. in biology, computer science, engineering or related fields is required. Current MSU graduate students or postdocs are not eligible for this fellowship. US citizens or permanent residents only. Minority applicants are especially encouraged to apply. MSU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The deadline for applications is January 15, 2015. Danielle J. Whittaker, Ph.D. Managing Director BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action 567 Wilson Road, Room 1441E Michigan State University East Lansing, MI 48824 (517) 884-2561 djwhitta@msu.edu http://bit.ly/GN0Rhx “Danielle J. Whittaker” via Gmail
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Last call - GRC conference SPECIATION 2015 Dear colleagues, A few places are still available for SPECIATION 2015, a new Gordon Research Conference (GRC) devoted entirely to speciation research, which will be held from March 15 to 20, 2015, at the Four Points Sheraton Harbor Resort in the beautiful coastal city of Ventura, California. The conference will be the world’s largest on speciation research and will feature an unprecedented mosaic of interrelated talks by invited researchers, as detailed in the conference program appended below. The GRC conferences on speciation, of which this will be the very first, will raise to a trans-Atlantic level a tradition of international conferences on speciation research that has been initiated by the European Research Networking Programme ‘Frontiers of Speciation Research’. The two conferences that have been held so far, SPECIATION 2010 and SPECIATION 2013, helped facilitate bridge-building between disparate approaches to speciation research and attracted more than 150 participants on each occasion. SPECIATION 2015 will continue this tradition of scientific bridge-building and promote integrative perspectives that interface empirical insights with theoretical advances and bring together developments in ecology, systematics, and genetics. Reflecting the aims of the GRC conference series, and committed to a pluralistic perspective on the field, we have selected invited scientists based on their complementary expertise in different areas of speciation research. In this way, the conference will provide a platform for comparing and orchestrating different approaches to speciation research. In addition to about 30 invited presentations, the conference will prominently feature a rich poster session, as well as selected poster introductions. The topics that will be covered at the conference include the biodiversity crisis, mechanisms of reproductive isolation, genetic constraints, ecological drivers, genomic signatures, behavioral mechanisms, species cohesion, hybrid zones, macro-ecological explanations, as well as integrative and synthetic perspectives on speciation. Each of a total of nine conference sessions will feature 3 or 4 invited presentations, with ample time for discussion. Registration is open at http://bit.ly/16s5mvF until the few remaining open slots have been completely filled. With many thanks and best wishes, ke Brnnstrm & Ulf Dieckmann Overview of invited presentations; for the full program see http://bit.ly/16s5mvF. Session 1: Biodiversity Crisis and Speciation Roger Butlin (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom) “Local Adaptation and Speciation” Michael Rosenzweig (University of Arizona) “Speciation Rates at the Paleontological Scale: Is Autonomous Regulation Important?” Session 2: Mechanisms of Reproductive Isolation Loren Rieseberg (University of British Columbia, Canada) “Sexual Selection and Plant Speciation” ke Brnnstrm (Ume University, Sweden) “Phenotypic Plasticity and Reproductive Isolation” Chris Jiggins (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom) “Multiple Mechanisms of Reproductive Isolation in Heliconius Butterflies” Leonie Moyle (Indiana University) “Postmating Sexual Selection and the Evolution of Reproductive Isolation: Tales from Two Kingdoms” Session 3. Genetic Constraints Reinhard Buerger (University of Vienna, Austria) “On the Evolution of Assortative Mating in Spatially Structured Populations” Sara Via (University of Maryland) “Genetic Constraints on Speciation-with-Gene-Flow?” Sergey Gavrilets (University of Tennessee) “Models of Speciation: Where Are We Now?” Session 4. Ecological Drivers Ulf Dieckmann (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria) “Robust Adaptive Speciation” Rees Kassen (University of Ottawa, Canada) “Species Interactions and Diversification in a Model Adaptive Radiation” Michael Doebeli (University of British Columbia, Canada) “Two Little-Known Facts About Speciation Models, and an Empirical Example” Session 5. Genomic Signatures Jeffrey Feder (University of Notre Dame) “Genomics, Ecological Adaptation, and Divergence: A Case Study Involving the Apple Maggot Fly” Anna Qvarnstrm (Uppsala University, Sweden) “Mechanisms of Speciation Driving Genome Divergence” Louis Bernatchez (Laval University, Canada) “Think Globally: Investigating Ecological Speciation by Means of an Integrative Biology Framework” Session 6. Behavioral Mechanisms Erik Svensson (Lund University, Sweden) “Behaviour as a Facilitator or Constraint on Population Divergence and Speciation” Jenny Boughman (Michigan State University) “Sexual Selection and the Dynamic Process of Speciation” Glenn-Peter Saetre (University of Oslo, Norway) “A Fruitful Affair: Speciation by Hybridisation in Sparrows” Rebecca Safran (University of Colorado, Boulder) “The Role of Sexual Selection in Speciation: An Integrative Perspective” Session 7. Species Cohesion and Hybrid Zones James Mallet (Harvard University) “Large Fractions of the Genome Are Exchanged Between Heliconius Species via Natural Hybrids” Kerstin Johannesson (University of Gothenburg, Sweden) “Reproductive Barriers in Littorina” Axel Meyer (University of Konstanz, Germany) “Repeated Parallel Sympatric Speciation in the Adaptive Radiations of Crater Lake Cichlid Fish from Nicaragua” Session 8. Macro-Ecological Explanations of Biodiversity Rampal Etienne (University of Groningen, Netherlands) “Inference on Diversification from Phylogenies” Stephen Hubbell (University of California, Los Angeles) “The Potential of Red-Queen Host-Pathogen Dynamics to Drive Speciation” Akira Sasaki (Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Sokendai, Japan) “Discrete Species Packing and Evolved Neutrality in a Continuous Niche Space” Hans Metz (Leiden University, Netherlands) “Branching for Multivariate Traits” Session 9. Toward a Synthetic Understanding of Speciation Ole Seehausen (University of Bern, Switzerland) “Exploring Causes of Very Large Variation in Rates of Speciation Among Closely Related Lineages: Ecology, Contingency and Constraint” Xavier Thibert-Plante (Ume University, Sweden) “Insights on Ecological Speciation from Two New Case Studies” Dolph Schluter (University of British Columbia, Canada) “Speciation, Ecological Opportunity, and Latitude” Ulf Dieckmann Program Director Evolution and Ecology Program International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis A-2361 Laxenburg Austria Email dieckmann@iiasa.ac.at Phone +43 2236 807 386 Phone secretary +43 2236 807 231 Fax +43 2236 807 466 or +43 2236 71313 Web http://bit.ly/17j1ut8 Online reprints http://bit.ly/17j1utc FishACE Network http://bit.ly/17j1sS3 FinE Network http://bit.ly/17j1ute FroSpects Network http://bit.ly/17j1sS5 DIECKMANN Ulf via Gmail
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The Centre for Ecology & Conservation at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus is offering a range of Scholarships to students wishing to undertake a Masters degree. Our portfolio of programmes includes: MSc Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology MSc Applied Ecology MSc Conservation and Biodiversity MSc Conservation Science and Policy We are offering the following awards that include some with a specific geographic focus and others that are open to all applicants: Award Value Description Conservation, Ecology and Evolution Masters Distinction Scholarships 5,000 The Conservation, Ecology and Evolution Masters Distinction Scholarships are available for top performing students enrolling on the MSc Conservation and Biodiversity, MSc Conservation Science and Policy, MSc Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology or MSc Applied Ecology. Masters Distinction Scholarships 5,000 Masters Distinction Scholarships are available for top performing students who accept a place to study an eligible taught Masters programme. Africa Masters Excellence Awards 2,000 The Africa Masters Excellence Awards are available for top performing applicants who are resident of an African country and who accept a place to study an eligible taught Masters programme. China Masters Excellence Awards 2,000 The China Masters Excellence Awards are available for top performing applicants who are resident of China and who accept a place to study an eligible taught Masters programme. US Masters Excellence Awards 2,000 The US Masters Excellence Awards are available for top performing applicants who are resident of the US and who accept a place to study an eligible taught Masters programme. The application deadline for all of the awards is 30 April 2015. For additional information see: http://bit.ly/1wJw0sk Prof DJ Hosken University of Exeter, Cornwall Tremough, Penryn TR10 9FE UK 01326 371843 D.J.Hosken@exeter.ac.uk http://bit.ly/1bMLIqH DJ Hosken via Gmail
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Dear EvolDir users, (sorry for repost, some users pointed out no contact information) I’m currently assembling a database for a meta-analysis looking at the performance of extra-pair young in versus within-pair young in birds. I would appreciate your help in getting the data that was not published (e.g. due to lack of significant results, low statistical power etc). The types of data I would require include mainly differences between the extra-pair and within-pair young in any phenotypic traits (morphology, physiology, genetics, sex-ratio, life-history etc). The form of these differences should ideally be means in respective groups (within-pair and extra-pair young) and respective sample sizes but if for some reasons original means are not available any form of sigificance testing is acceptable. Of course - I would gladly accept original data if only you could share them with me - that would make calculation of relevant effect sizes the easiest. The data of particular interest are differences measured in several consecutive breeding seasons (accompanied by indication of geographical location and year ID) or measures taken in differing conditions (e.g. different experimental treatments, different climatic regimes etc.) Please contact me if you find my explanations unclear, I’ll be happy to explain everything in more detail if needed. Best regards Szymon Drobniak Jagiellonian University, Institute of Environmental Sciences szymek.drobniak@uj.edu.pl geralttee@gmail.com via Gmail

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Dear colleagues, It is our pleasure to announce a Symposium on ‘Genomics of local adaptation’ (see Abstract below) that will take place during the next ESEB meeting, August 10th-14th 2015 in Lausanne, Switzerland (www.unil.ch/eseb2015). The Symposium is organized by Dr. Santiago C. Gonzlez-Martnez (Madrid, Spain) and Prof. Martin Lascoux (Uppsala, Sweden) and the invited speakers are Prof. Outi Savolainen (Oulu, Finland; http://bit.ly/1GOxxjj) and Prof. Thomas Mitchell-Olds (Durham, USA; http://bit.ly/1GOxyUh). We hope to see you in Lausanne! Deadline for Abstract submission is January 10th, 2015 Genomics of Local Adaptation The study of how organisms adapt to different environments is one of the major challenges in evolutionary biology. Recent genome and transcriptome sequencing has allowed fast progress in our understanding of the genomic signatures of local adaptation, including the genetic architecture of fitness traits, and the identification of ecologically-relevant gene variation. Genome-wide molecular studies have addressed classical questions on local adaptation, such as the role of new mutation vs. standing variation or the geographical distribution of adaptive polymorphisms. They are also starting to produce the empirical information needed to assess the potential for evolutionary responses of keystone plants and animals in the face of impending climate change, a major societal concern, and to push forward the field from mostly descriptive studies towards the construction of prediction models. Recently, genome-wide studies have also produced detailed knowledge on covariance of allelic effects and adaptive gene networks. Nevertheless, ecological genomic studies of local adaptation also bring about new challenges related to sampling issues, the production of reliable genomic data in many individuals, the analysis of large and particularly complex datasets, and the understanding of twww.unil.ch/eseb2015). The Symposium is organized by Dr. Santiago C. Gonzlez-Martnez (Madrid, Spain) and Prof. Martin Lascoux (Uppsala, Sweden) and the invited speakers are Prof. Outi Savolainen (Oulu, Finland; http://bit.ly/1GOxxjj) and Prof. Thomas Mitchell-Olds (Durham, USA; http://bit.ly/1GOxyUh). We hope to see you in Lausanne! Deadline for Abstract submission is January 10th, 2015 Genomics of Local Adaptation The study of how organisms adapt to different environments is one of the major challenges in evolutionary biology. Recent genome and transcriptome sequencing has allowed fast progress in our understanding of the genomic signatures of local adaptation, including the genetic architecture of fitness traits, and the identification of ecologically-relevant gene variation. Genome-wide molecular studies have addressed classical questions on local adaptation, such as the role of new mutation vs. standing variation or the geographical distribution of adaptive polymorphisms. They are also starting to produce the empirical information needed to assess the potential for evolutionary responses of keystone plants and animals in the face of impending climate change, a major societal concern, and to push forward the field from mostly descriptive studies towards the construction of prediction models. Recently, genome-wide studies have also produced detailed knowledge on covariance of allelic effects and adaptive gene networks. Nevertheless, ecological genomic studies of local adaptation also bring about new challenges related to sampling issues, the production of reliable genomic data in many individuals, the analysis of large and particularly complex datasets, and the understanding of the limitations associated with these analyses. This Symposium will welcome original research in model and non-model species as well as the presentation of novel methodological approaches. Invited speakers: Outi Savolainen (University of Oulu, Finland) and Thomas Mitchell-Olds (Duke University, USA) via Gmail

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—_000_C87C1C21E904CA429965ADABCB2CB0C451BF8596exchange22_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”iso-8859-1” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable A 4-year PhD position is available at SLU, Alnarp: Plant Resistance Ecology: A new tool to engineer biological control of herbivores Several plant traits are important for plants’ interactions with herbivores and parasitoids. One very important plant trait is resistance against herbivores. A general question to investigate is how herbivore-parasitoid interactions are affected when resistance in wild plants evolves, and when domestic plants are bred for increased resistance. Horticultural plants are often dependent on biological control of herbivores provided by parasitoids. This ecosystem service may be affected if resistance increases or declines during plant breeding. Knowledge regarding such plant effects opens up novel opportunities to actively breed for improved biocontrol. Similarly, plant resistance evolution in natural populations may lead to altered trophic interactions which could affect the level of herbivory experienced by the plant. The aim of this PhD project is to investigate how plant resistance against herbivores affects plant-herbivore-parasitoid interactions in wild and domesticated strawberry. The PhD student will have access to a large common garden with 100 wild plant genotypes (Fragaria vesca), and several domesticated varieties (Fragaria x ananassa, F. vesca, F. viridis, F. moschata), that differ in their resistance against herbivores. The full ad can be downloaded here: http://bit.ly/1GOxxjb Johan Johan A. Stenberg Associate Professor Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Department of Plant Protection Biology PO Box 102, SE-230 53 ALNARP Visiting address: Sundsvgen 14 Mobile: +46 70 622 00 42 johan.stenberg@slu.se, www.slu.se/stenberg —_000_C87C1C21E904CA429965ADABCB2CB0C451BF8596exchange22_ Content-Type: text/html; charset=”iso-8859-1” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

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************************************************************************* PHD STUDENTSHIPS IN EVOLUTION AND GENOMICS IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON and partner organisations ************************************************************************* Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet (SSCP) is an exciting Doctoral Training Programme supported by the Natural Environmental Research Council and led by Imperial College London in association with 6 core partners and 27 partners from the business and policy world. Projects on evolution and genomics for the October 2015 start are listed below. For a full list with links to project descriptions and instructions on how to apply, visit: http://bit.ly/1GOsKy8 ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible for a full award a student must have: - Settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay, - Been ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences) - Not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals). IF YOU’RE NOT ELIGIBLE: We welcome queries from students who do not meet these eligibility criteria for discussion of alternative potential funding sources. CONTACTS: For project-related queries and to apply, contact individual supervisors. For general queries about evolutionary PhD projects at Imperial College London, contact Prof. Tim Barraclough (t.barraclough@imperial.ac.uk). CLOSING DATE for applications 19th January 2015. The positions are competitive-funded: each project will put forward their best student applicant, then a subset of projects (roughly one quarter) will be funded based on the quality of the students. List of supervisors and projects in Evolution for 2015 Dr Ben Raymond (b.raymond@imperial.ac.uk) Assessing “evolution-proof” bacterial treatments in model systems: do anti-virulence drugs have better consequences for the evolution of resistance and virulence than antibiotics? Dr David Orme (d.orme@imperial.ac.uk, Dr Robin Freeman and Dr Monika Bhm, ZSL) Monitoring species from space: objective assessments and dynamics of extinction risk Dr James Rosindell (j.rosindell@imperial.ac.uk) Modelling of dispersal, speciation and extinction on islands Dr Samraat Pawar (s.pawar@imperial.ac.uk) Biological Limits to Acclimation and Adaptation to Climate change Dr Sarah Knowles (s.knowles@imperial.ac.uk) Ecology and fitness effects of the gut microbiota in wild mice Prof Alfried Vogler (a.vogler@imperial.ac.uk) Metagenomics and museum collections to characterize declining pollination webs Dr Alan Paton (Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Prof. Tim Barraclough, Life Sciences) Evolution of pollination syndromes in South African and Madagascan species of Plectranthus (Lamiaceae) Dr Bente Klitgaard (Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Prof. Tim Barraclough, Life Sciences) Neotropical plant evolution: Adding pieces to the jigsaw Dr Jason Hodgson (j.hodgson@imperial.ac.uk) The relationship between tsetse flies, trypanosomiasis, and development in rural Africa Dr Martin Bidartondo (m.bidartondo@imperial.ac.uk) The diversity, physiology and evolution of fungal symbiosis in land plants Prof Tim Barraclough (t.barraclough@imperial.ac.uk) Modelling the dynamics, evolution and ecosystem functioning of microbial communities Prof Vincent Savolainen (v.savolainen@imperial.ac.uk) Ecological genomics of the evolution of species on islands via Gmail

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—_000_75EA1BBB3C171D4C98D1D745BA72D01D22E3B6B1ITSEXMP05regist_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”iso-8859-1” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Lecturers/Senior Lecturers - Behavioural and/or Evolutionary Ecology-1402226 DEPARTMENT OF ZOOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO Applications are invited from behavioural and/or evolutionary ecologists to teach at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and to develop a strong research programme in their area of expertise. At least one appointee is expected to have research expertise in behavioural ecology. The Department of Zoology has a strong reputation in whole-organism biology, with research strengths in areas including conservation biology, genetics, evolutionary parasitology, environmental physiology, wildlife management, neurobiology and statistical modelling, as well as in molecular, population, community, behavioural and quantitative ecology. Applicants are encouraged to identify the manner in which they could complement existing strengths in the Department. Up to two positions will be offered as confirmation-path (tenure track) positions at the level of Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor in the North American system). An appointment at Senior Lecturer Level may also be considered. The successful candidates are expected to take up duties between 1 July and 1 December 2015. Specific enquiries may be directed to Associate Professor Gerry Closs gerry.closs@otago.ac.nz +64 3 479 7972 Applications quoting reference number 1402226 close on 15 February 2015. Further Information: http://bit.ly/1wBGhb8 ******************************************************************* Graham Wallis office +64 3 479 7984 Department of Zoology fax +64 3 479 7584 University of Otago home +64 3 476 1314 PO Box 56, Dunedin 9054 courier 340 Great King St Aotearoa-New Zealand email g.wallis@otago.ac.nz Professor in Genetics http://bit.ly/1u7uf44 ******************************************************************* —_000_75EA1BBB3C171D4C98D1D745BA72D01D22E3B6B1ITSEXMP05regist_ Content-Type: text/html; charset=”iso-8859-1” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable P {margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;} Lecturers/Senior Lecturers - Behavioural and/or Evolutionary Ecology-1402226  

DEPARTMENT OF ZOOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF OTAGOApplications are invited from behavioural and/or evolutionary ecologists to teach at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and to develop a strong research programme in their area of expertise. At least one appointee is expected to have research expertise in behavioural ecology. The Department of Zoology has a strong reputation in whole-organism biology, with research strengths in areas including conservation biology, genetics, evolutionary parasitology, environmental physiology, wildlife management, neurobiology and statistical modelling, as well as in molecular, population, community, behavioural and quantitative ecology. Applicants are encouraged to identify the manner in which they could complement existing strengths in the Department. Up to two positions will be offered as confirmation-path (tenure track) positions at the level of Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor in the North American system). An appointment at Senior Lecturer Level may also be considered. The successful candidates are expected to take up duties between 1 July and 1 December 2015. Specific enquiries may be directed to Associate Professor Gerry Closs  gerry.closs@otago.ac.nz  +64 3 479 7972

Applications quoting reference number 1402226 close on 15 February 2015. Further Information: http://bit.ly/1wBGhb8

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A postdoctoral position is available on an NSF-funded project investigating the relationship be-tween cognition and foraging efficiency in a Neotropical frugivore guild. The position is funded by and will be based at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama, but the successful applicant will be expected to spend time each year at the University of California, Davis in the laboratory of Dr. Meg Crofoot. The research will involve (1) GPS-tracking the movements of six large-bodied, frugivorous mammal species on Barro Colorado Island, Panama during an ecologically simple period when only one major fruit source is available, mapping the spatial distribution of this keystone fruit tree species via remote sensing, and collecting data on individual travel routes, patch visit durations, and fruit intake rates to estimate the relative foraging efficiency of each species, and (2) analyzing observed animal movement patterns to evaluate what frugivores know about the distribution of resources in their habitat and how they encode and integrate that information. The applicant will work as part of a collaborative team with Dr. Crofoot and project collaborators Roland Kays (North Carolina Museum of Natural Science), Ben Hirsch (STRI) and Damien Caillaud (Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund). S/he will be expected to supervise and mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and to participate in all aspects of the research project from field work and data collection to managing and analyzing data to writing manuscripts and grant proposals, and will be asked to contribute to the development of research approaches and directions. Eligibility: a Ph.D. in ecology, animal behavior or a related field with expertise in movement ecology or animal foraging behavior. Experience with field-based animal research and movement modelling is necessary. Proficiency in (or the burning desire to learn) R and/or C/C++, the ability to communicate in Spanish, and experience with animal capture, GPS-tracking and GIS software are highly desirable. The position will begin May 2015 and, subject to performance and funding, will last up to two years, with an initial appointment of 12 months and a possible renewal for another 12 months. Salary will be commensurate with experience, and additional funding to defray the costs of professional travel is available. STRI in Panama is home to a lively and diverse academic community, and hosts 100s of visiting scientists from around the world each year (http://bit.ly/1k9tggc). The field station on Barro Colorado Island is well-equipped, accessible and family-friendly. To apply for this position, send a single pdf file containing: a CV, a 1-page statement of research and professional goals, one representative publication and the names and contact information for three references to Dr. Crofoot at crofootm@si.edu. Please include $B!H(BFrugivore Cognition Post-doc$B!I(B in the subject header. Informal inquiries are welcome at the same address. Review of applications will begin Jan 20th, and continue until the position is filled. The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute is an equal opportunity employer, and veterans and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement and Panamanian candidates are particularly welcome. Damien Caillaud via Gmail
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*Applications invited for the Master’s program “Geobiology and Paleobiology” (MGAP) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitt (LMU) Munich (Germany)* The Master’s program “Geobiology and Paleobiology” (MGAP) is a consecutive, research-focussed, two-year Master of Science program at the Faculty of Geosciences of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitt (LMU) Munich, in collaboration with researchers of the Bavarian Natural History Collections and the GeoBio-Center @ LMU. MGAP aims to provide students with a comprehensive introduction into the interdisciplinary research fields of geobiology and paleobiology to prepare them for careers in science and beyond. The MGAP program is based on interdisciplinary, research-oriented courses that address patterns and processes of evolutionary and environmental geobiology and paleobiology, supported by courses in complementary areas e.g., bioinformatics and statistics. The module-based curriculum provides an integrative approach facilitated by experts in different areas of expertise. Students will learn and acquire routines with a wide range of scientific methods such as modern techniques in molecular biology, fieldwork, collection management, comparative morphology, phylogeny, bioinformatics, statistics and (paleo-) biodiversity assessments. Students will learn independent scientific work in individual and intensively supervised research projects at early stages of the curriculum. A mentoring program offers further guidance and support throughout the studies. *MGAP in brief* - International Master’s program in Geobiology and Paleobiology (Master of Science, M.Sc.) at the LMU Munich - 2 years, 4 semesters, start in October (winter semester) - All courses taught in English - Courses are combined in Modules - Course total: 120 credit points (ECTS) More information is available on the program’s website: For the winter semester 2015-2016 (courses start mid-October), application dates are as follows: 1. January 31, 2015 for international students (non-EU students and EU students (non-German)), applications are possible now: 2. February 15 to May 31, 2015 for EU students (including German students). All applications have to be submitted via an online submission portal: The Department of Earth- and Environmental Sciences (Division of Palaeontology & Geobiology) of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitt Munich offers an excellent multidisciplinary research and learning environment, one of its particular strength being the close interaction between Geosciences, the Biological Faculty, and the Bavarian Natural History collections () in the framework of the GeoBioCenter@ LMU (). The LMU Munich is the leading research university in Germany, with a more than 500-year-long tradition, and builds upon its success in the Excellence Initiative, a Germany-wide competition promoting top-level university research. LMU Munich also has been successful in the “Qualittspakt Lehre” initiative by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to promote innovative teaching and learning. Munich has also been repeatedly voted Germany’s most livable city. via Gmail
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Dear colleagues, For those interested in conflict as it pertains to reproduction, I am pleased to announce a symposium that will be held at the Behaviour2015 conference in Cairns, Australia, in August 2015. Abstracts are due March 15 2015. Please see below for details: COSTS AND CONFLICTS IN REPRODUCTION Nikolai Tatarnic1, Leigh W Simmons2 1. Western Australian Museum, Welshpool, WA, Australia 2. Centre for Evolutionary Biology, The University of Western Australia, Perth, WA, Australia Conflict between individuals is ubiquitous in nature, and stems from costs incurred by one or more players in an interaction when their optima do not align. Self-promotion and cost avoidance help to shape all manner of behavioural interactions X including those associated with reproduction. Conflict can manifest among members of the same sex (e.g., male-male sperm competition, queen/worker conflict), or between the sexes, where the reproductive optima of females and males differ (sexual conflict). Additionally, when species with poor mate recognition systems occur sympatrically, interspecies interactions may also impose significant costs to one or both players (reproductive interference). This symposium aims to focus on different facets of antagonism in the context of reproduction, to gain insights into conflict and conflict resolution gleaned from different perspectives and across hierarchical levels (i.e., within sexes, between sexes, between populations, between species). For further information, please contact Nik Tatarnic for details (nikolai.tatarnic@museum.wa.gov.au). Nikolai Tatarnic via Gmail
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—_000_1E5462A3F4224B44A2A7519D263A41062F01CF10ITSEXMP05regist_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”windows-1257” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Department of Zoology University of Otago Dunedin, New Zealand Lecturers/Senior Lecturers - Behavioural and/or Evolutionary Ecology-1402226 Applications are invited from behavioural and/or evolutionary ecologists to teach at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and to develop a strong research programme in their area of expertise. At least one appointee is expected to have research expertise in behavioural ecology. Up to two positions will be offered as confirmation-path (tenure track) positions at the level of Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor in the North American system). An appointment at Senior Lecturer Level (North American Associate Professor) may also be considered. For more information, please see http://bit.ly/1A2CKne Professor Hamish G. Spencer, FRSNZ Director & PI, Allan Wilson Centre Department of Zoology / Te Tari o Mtai Kararehe University of Otago / Te Whare Wnanga o Otgo Dunedin / tepoti New Zealand / Aotearoa Email: h.spencer@otago.ac.nz Postal: Department of Zoology, University of Otago, P.O. Box 56, Dunedin 9054 Courier: 340 Great King Street, Dunedin 9016 Phone: +64-3-479-7981 Fax: +64-3-479-7584 Departmental Website: http://bit.ly/1obYeLJ Allan Wilson Centre Website: http://bit.ly/1aD3b3R Gravida Website: http://bit.ly/1aiYIIQ NZ Mollusca Website: http://bit.ly/1A2CMeW —_000_1E5462A3F4224B44A2A7519D263A41062F01CF10ITSEXMP05regist_ Content-Type: text/html; charset=”windows-1257” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable
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Please save the dates and plan to attend! Registration will open in January! *-*-*-*-* Ninth Annual Arthropod Genomics Symposium*-*-*-*-*- June 17, 2015 to June 19, 2015 Manhattan, Kansas, U.S.A. Keynote Speaker: David A. OBrochta, Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research & Department of Entomology, University of Maryland College Park Featured Speakers (confirmed): +Michelle Cilia, USDA-ARS, Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, Cornell University, USA +Martin J. Donnelly, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK +Rosemary G. Gillespie, University of California, Berkeley, USA +Sijun Liu, Iowa State University, USA +Frank Lyko, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany +Duane McKenna, University of Memphis, USA +Armin P. Moczek, Indiana University, USA +Amanda J. Moehring, Western University, Ontario, Canada +Daniel E. Neafsey, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University, USA +Greg Ragland, Kansas State University, USA +Anne-Nathalie Volkoff, INRA (UMR1333), Montpellier 1 University, France +Additional speakers will be announced soon! The symposium focuses on new insights gleaned from analyzing arthropod genomes and is designed for scientists interested in genomic studies of Arthropods, both model organisms and those of agricultural or health relevance. The program will include platform presentations, a welcome reception, a gene annotation workshop and arthropod genomics-related poster sessions. A few poster abstract submissions will be selected for platform presentations. Postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate students are also encouraged to attend. Sessions conclude Friday evening, followed by an optional evening meal. *-*-*-*-* Pre-Symposium Workshop *-*-*-*-*- INSECT GENETIC TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH COORDINATION NETWORK June 17, 2015 (Wednesday morning and afternoon) Robust protocols to manipulate genes and genomes have not yet been developed for most insects other than Drosophila melanogaster, and this shortfall is limiting research progress in many aspects of arthropod genomics. The NSF-RCN on Insect Genetic Technologies (IGTRCN: 2014-2019; igtrcn.org) seeks to remedy this problem by facilitating the communication of best practice and new techniques among arthropod genomicists. This IGTRCN-sponsored workshop will comprise (1) talks that showcase the latest genetic technologies, and (2) discussion sessions for exchange of ideas and solutions for effective insect genetic engineering. Proposals from the workshop will be integrated into the IGTRCN program of hands-on practical workshops, fellowships, and the IGTRCN KnowledgeBase. Early-career researchers are particularly encouraged to present their research at this workshop. POSTER ABSTRACT DEADLINES IN 2015: Friday, February 27 V If you DO wish your poster abstract to be considered for a General Session talk. Wednesday, May 20 - If you do NOT wish for your poster abstract to be considered for oral presentation during the General Session. TENTATIVE PROGRAM for SYMPOSIUM & WORKSHOP Wednesday, June 17 V Workshop: Insect Genetic Technology Research Coordination Network (IGT-RCN) Wednesday evening, June 17, 7:30 pm - Arthropod Genomics Symposium begins with keynote presentation and welcome reception Thursday, June 18 V Symposium Platform and Poster Sessions Thursday evening, June 18, 7:00 to 9:00 pm - Gene Annotation Workshop Friday, June 19 V Symposium Platform and Poster Sessions, tentatively concluding at 5:00 pm Friday evening, June 19 V Optional dinner at Konza Prairie Biological Station with nature hikes, bison viewing, and opportunity to collect insects. VENUE: The 2015 Symposium is being hosted by the Arthropod Genomics Center at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Symposium sessions will be held at the K-State Alumni Center on campus. HOTEL/DORM ROOMS: A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Manhattan at the Campus. Reservation deadline is May 20. Campus dormitory rooms will also be available. REGISTRATION: Registration will open in January! QUESTIONS: Contact Doris Merrill at dmerrill@ksu.edu. If you would like to join the ArthropodNews listing to ensure receiving future notices, please send an e-mail with your name and e-mail address to dmerrill@ksu.edu. PLEASE SHARE THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WITH COLLEAGUES AND STUDENTS! SPONSORS: *Arthropod Genomics Center, Kansas State University *Eck Institute for Global Health, University of Notre Dame *Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2015 SYMPOSIUM ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: At Kansas State University: Susan J. Brown, Chair, Professor in the Division of Biology and Director, Arthropod Genomics Center Kristin Michel, Division of Biology Subbaratnam Muthukrishnan, Department of Biochemistry Yoonseong Park, Department of Entomology Gregory Ragland, Department of Entomology Anna Whitfield, Department of Plant Pathology At University of Notre Dame: Mary Ann McDowell, Department of Biological Sciences At University of Illinois: Hugh Robertson, Department of Entomology by Doris Merrill, Event Coordinator K-State Arthropod Genomics Center Division of Biology, Kansas State University dmerrill@k-state.edu Doris Merrill via Gmail