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October 14, 2014

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Postdoctoral position: Genetics of adaptation to fluctuating environments Centre of Excellence in Biological Interactions, University of Jyvskyl, Finland. Finnish Academy funded post doc position for two years is available (from 1.1.2015) in a project led by Tarmo Ketola (Academy research fellow, PhD). The project concentrates mapping genetic changes associated with adaptation to fluctuating thermal environments vs. adaptation to constant environments (see: Ketola et al. 2013 in Evolution67: 2936-2944). This part of the project is conducted in close collaboration with Dr. Juan Galarza. Applicant must possess excellent programming skills and demonstrated experience in the use of next-generation data and a PhD from the relevant field. Backgroundin evolutionary biology isvery much appreciated, as applicant is also expected to develop independent research questions utilizing the genetic data, for example on genetic and environmental canalization and on phenotypic plasticity. Since sequenced bacterial strains (Serratia marcescens) are stored in suspended animation they can be easily used for additional experiments. The salary ranges from ca. 3000-3500 euro / month, based on the personal qualifications. Note that starting date is negotiable and PhD must be obtained before the starting date. Deadline for applications is 30. 10. 2014. (Please send CV, expression of interest, and contact details of 3 persons who can provide references, as a single pdf-file) For enquiries and submitting the applications contact: Tarmo Ketola tketola(at)jyu.fi http://bit.ly/1z9lQFe Informative/relevant webpages: http://bit.ly/1w1KG5f http://bit.ly/1awsze5 http://on.fb.me/1z9lRZV http://bit.ly/1w1KG5h tarmo.t.ketola@jyu.fi via Gmail

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Course title; ‘SPATIAL ANALYSIS OF ECOLOGICAL DATA USING R’ The course will be delivered by Jason Matthiopoulos who is a Professor of Spatial and Population Ecology at the University of Glasgow (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine) and the author of ‘How to be a Quantitative Ecologist’ the A to R of Green Mathematics and Statistics. The course content will cover the concepts and R tools that can be used to analyse spatial data in ecology covering elementary and advanced spatial analysis techniques applicable to both plants and animals. It will investigate analyses appropriate to transect (e.g. line surveys, trapping arrays), grid (e.g. occupancy surveys) and point data (e.g. telemetry). The focal questions will be on deriving species distributions, determining their environmental drivers and quantifying different types of associated uncertainty. Novel methodology for generating predictions will be introduced. We will also address the challenges of applying the results of these methods to wildlife conservation and resource management and communicate the findings to non-experts. Module 1 Introductory lectures; key questions in spatial ecology, the main types of data on species distributions, concepts, challenges and different types of environmental data; useful concepts from statistics; GLM’s Module 2 Density estimation, spatial autocorrelation, Smoothing, Kernel Smoothers, Kriging, Trend-fitting (linear, generalised linear, generalised additive models) Module 3 Habitat preference, Resource selection functions, MaxEnt: What’s it all about? Overview and caveats related to Niche models Module 4 Analysing grid data, Poisson processes, Occupancy models, Use-availability designs Module 5 Analysing telemetry data, Presence-only data, Spatial and serial autocorrelation, partitioning variation by mixed effects models Module 6 Analysing transect data, Detection functions for point and line transects, Using covariates in transect models Module 7 Advanced methods, Generalised Estimation Equations for difficult survey designs, GAM’s for habitat preference, Dealing with boundary effects using soap smoothers, Spatial point processes with INLA Module 8 Prediction, Validation by resampling, Generalised Functional Responses for species distribution, quantifying uncertainty, dealing with the effects of population density Module 9 Applications, Designing protected areas, thinking about critical habitat, representing uncertainty Module 10 Round table discussions, About 4 groups, each of 5-10 people working on a particular problem, to be worked out in advance of the course starting. The course is aimed at PhD students and post docs (although people at any stage of their career are welcome) with basic to moderate knowledge in R. The course will be held at SCENE (Scottish Center for Ecology and the Natural Environment), Glasgow, United Kingdom from 16th – 20th March 2015. The cost is £450 for the 5 days including lunches and refreshments or £650 for an all inclusive option which includes the addition of accommodation, all meals and refreshments, (accommodation is multiple occupancy (max 3 people) single sex en-suite rooms). For further details or questions please email oliverhooker@prstatistics.co.uk or visit http://bit.ly/1v1Pet4 Oliver Hooker PhD research student University of Glasgow +44 (0) 1360 870 510 +44 (0) 7966 500 340 o.hooker.1@research.gla.ac.uk Oliver Hooker via Gmail
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A meeting dealing specifically with research on topics related to human mutation rates will be held at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology from 25th - 27th February 2015. URL: http://bit.ly/1v6L5Ee This meeting aims at bringing together researchers from different fields that are interested in estimating the rate of mutations in humans and apes, the application of these rates to date events in the past, the differences in male and female mutation rates, the evolution of the mutation rate, the molecular and chemical mechanisms leading to germline and somatic mutations, and other topics related to the human mutation rate. The meeting is limited to a total of 90 participants and we would like all attendees to actively participate in the meeting by presenting results and joining discussions. Interested scientists are invited to submit an application including an abstract through our application website by 15th December 2014. Suitable abstracts will be selected on a first come, first serve basis and applicants will be informed as soon as possible whether they are accepted to attend the meeting. Registration for the meeting is free of charge and includes coffee breaks and small meals during the conference. Unfortunately, we are not able to support participants by funding travel or accommodation. The meeting will start on the evening of 25th February 2015 to allow guests to fly in on the first day of the meeting. Invited Speakers: * Kelley Harris * Agnar Helgason * Jean-Jacques Hublin * Michael Lynch * Kateryna Makova * Gilean McVean (tbc) * Molly Przeworski * David Reich * Aylwyn Scally * Mikkel Schierup * Michael Stratton * Shamil Sunyaev For further information, please visit our website or contact us by email: THMR2015@eva.mpg.de via Gmail

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The Rosenthal lab in the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology at Ohio University, in Athens, OH is looking for independent, motivated graduate students interested in pursuing PhD in Plant Evolutionary Ecophysiology. I am particularly interested in applicants with a strong foundation in evolutionary genetics or breeding and a demonstrated interest in plant physiological ecology. The student will be expected to develop a thesis or dissertation that seeks to elucidate physiological, genetic (genomic) mechanisms constraining plant ecophysiological performance and productivity. Please contact me via email rosentha@ohio.edu prior to submitting an application. Highly qualified applicants who have completed their degrees by December 2014 could begin as early as January of 2015. To be considered for January admission a complete application must be received before November 7th, 2014. Application instructions can be found here: http://bit.ly/1vpGtuj David M Rosenthal Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Environmental and Plant Biology 309 Porter Hall Ohio University Athens, OH, 45701 740 593 0792 http://bit.ly/17d8uVu davidrosenthal2@gmail.com via Gmail

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GRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY The Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University is recruiting doctoral and master’s level graduate students for Fall 2012. The program trains students in Ecology, Evolution and Biometry. The following faculty are seeking graduate students this year: Stephen B. Baines - Aquatic Ecosystem Ecology http://bit.ly/1qZ3zk2 Michael A. Bell - Contemporary Evolution and Evolutionary Genetics http://bit.ly/15pztQp Liliana M. Dvalos - Vertebrate Phylogenetics, Biogeography and Conservation http://bit.ly/1qZ3zk7 Lev Ginzburg - Theoretical Ecology http://bit.ly/15pzwvr Catherine Graham - Tropical Vertebrate Biogeography and Ecology http://bit.ly/GPOPnC Jessica Gurevitch - Plant Population and Invasion Ecology http://bit.ly/15pzwLP Brenna Henn - Human Evolutionary Genomics http://bit.ly/1sErBY3 Jesse D. Hollister - Plant Evolutionary Genomics and Epigenetics http://bit.ly/1qZ3zAu Dianna K. Padilla - Invertebrate Aquatic Ecology and Conservation Biology http://bit.ly/GPORMk Joshua Rest - Evolutionary genomics http://bit.ly/15pzwvt Alistair Rogers - Plant Physiology and Climate Change www.bn.gov/TEST John True - Evolutionary Developmental Biology http://bit.ly/1sErCeq Kishna M. Veeramah - Primate Comparative Genomics http://bit.ly/1vGcJX0 For more information regarding the Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution see http://bit.ly/GPOPnG and http://bit.ly/15pzwvv The deadline for receipt of all application materials for the PhD program is January 15, 2015 although earlier submission is encouraged to ensure full consideration for available fellowships. The deadline for receipt of all application materials for the master’s program is April 15, 2015. The Graduate School’s Center for Inclusive Education is offering application fee waivers if a studentwww.bn.gov/TEST John True - Evolutionary Developmental Biology http://bit.ly/1sErCeq Kishna M. Veeramah - Primate Comparative Genomics http://bit.ly/1vGcJX0 For more information regarding the Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution see http://bit.ly/GPOPnG and http://bit.ly/15pzwvv The deadline for receipt of all application materials for the PhD program is January 15, 2015 although earlier submission is encouraged to ensure full consideration for available fellowships. The deadline for receipt of all application materials for the master’s program is April 15, 2015. The Graduate School’s Center for Inclusive Education is offering application fee waivers if a student has met with SBU representatives at a recruitment event and provided SBU with their contact information. For assistance, with this or other aspects of the application process, e-mail our Graduate Program Coordinator, Melissa Cohen melissa.j.cohen@stonybrook.edu. lmdavalos@gmail.com via Gmail

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next talk: David Rasmussen: Statistical inference for phylodynamics, 2014-10-16 09:00 PDT Phylodynamic methods are widely used to estimate demographic parameters and historical population dynamics from genealogies of individuals sampled from a population. In this phyloseminar, I will describe how we can understand genealogies in terms of basic demographic or ecological processes, and how these concepts can be used to develop statistical models for inference. In particular, I will discuss some similarities and differences between the two main modeling frameworks in phylodynamics: the coalescent and birth-death models. I will also briefly introduce some of the latest statistical methods currently used to fit these models to genealogies. I will end by discussing one of the main challenges facing the fiel via Gmail

October 13, 2014

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A PhD position is available in the lab of Adam Eyre-Walker at the University of Sussex to work on bacterial population genetics. The vast majority of organisms on this earth are prokaryotes and they are responsible for many of the biggest problems facing mankind, from diseases such as tuberculosis and typhoid, to hospital infections, such as those caused by methicilin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). However, despite their prevalence and importance we still have a poor understanding of bacterial population genetics. We know the genome of many bacteria is highly labile so that any two strains of a bacterial “species” share only some genes; this has led to the concept of a core genome and an accessory genome. However, the evolutionary forces that act upon both genomes have not been extensively investigated. The aim of this project is to rectify this and to look at several aspects of bacterial population genetics in over 100 bacterial species for which multiple strains have been completely sequenced. The project will involve the bioinformatic analysis of publicly available data. Students with a str ong background in evolutionary biology, genetics and/or bioinformatics are particularly encouraged to apply. The position is available to UK and EU residents only. It is fully funded for 3.5 years; funding includes fees and a stipend equivalent to the standard UK research council rate (currently 13,863 per annum). The position involves 50 hours of teaching a year. Informal enquiries should be directed to Adam Eyre-Walker - a.c.eyre-walker@sussex.ac.uk. Further details about the group can be found at http://bit.ly/11hpRZ7. Applications must be made through the University of Sussex’s clunky graduate school application system http://bit.ly/1D8yd2Q. Apply for September 2015 entry. Mention the name of supervisor in “suggested supervisor” section. In funding mention sponsored or seeking funding. In Award details mention School of Life Sciences funded studentship. Include brief statement of interest (upto 2 pages), CV, two academic references, UG/PG transcripts, IELTS/TOEFL results if residing in EU. Only full time students will be accepted. Deadline for applications is 30/11/14 via Gmail

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Two Research Fellows and two PhD positions to study the genetic and epigenetic basis of fish domestication and the early detection of aquatic invasive species We are looking for 2 Postdoctoral Research Fellows and 2 PhD students to work on an exciting project that will use a multidisciplinary, cutting-edge approach to: 1. bridge, for the first time, the behavioural, genetic and environmental (epigenetic) components of fish undergoing domestication 2. disentangle the role of domestication in disease resistance in response to stress and temperature change, and 3. model pathways of introduction and dispersal of aquaculture-related invasive species (AIS) under different environmental conditions, combining state-of-the-art methods for early detection (environmental DNA) and citizen science. The AquaWales Research Cluster combines academic (Swansea, Cardiff and Abersytwyth Universities) and non-academic participants, including stakeholders and local government involved in policy and regulation, and will target these challenges by capitalising on the diverse and complementary expertise of the group (from behavioural ecology to genomics, citizen-science and fisheries policy). We will use a multidisciplinary approach to disentangle the basis of domestication and the response to crowding (stress and parasite susceptibility), an aspect often neglected in breeding programs, and to investigate the potential effects of climate change on the risk of expansion and establishment of non-native aquatic species associated with aquaculture and fisheries using state-of-the-art methods. Research Fellow positions are available for 42 months starting approximately April 2015. Applicants are expected to match the following criteria: - Have a PhD in a relevant field (e.g. Biology, Ecology, Genetics). - Not be awarded their first PhD less than 2 years and more than 8 years prior to the starting date of the position. - Have published, confirmed accepted or in press, at least 5 papers in ISI accredited peer-reviewed journals by the starting date of the position. (Applicants with longer periods of postdoctoral experience will be expected to have proportionally higher numbers). Desirable criteria are: experience working on fish behaviour, genetics/genomics background, experience programming in R/Python • RF1: will be working on behavioural and epigenetic basis of fish domestication. RF1 will be mainly based at Swansea University developing behavioural and genetic/epigenetic methods for lines 1 & 2 of research. • RF2: will be working on the relation between domestication and disease resistance under stressful conditions crowding & disease: tilapia, salmon). RF2 will be mainly based at Cardiff University working on infection and resistance under crowding conditions and developing infection protocols, culture assay methods and performing genomic/transcriptomic analyses. PhD studentships are available for 42 months starting approximately April 2015. Applicants are expected to have a good 1st/2.1 degree in a relevant field (e.g. Biology, Ecology, Genetics). Desirable criteria are: - Molecular laboratory experience (or an interest in learning) - Knowledge of R/Python - Good statistical background • PhD1: will be based at Aberystwyth working on the gene expression underlying disease resistance in different temperature conditions under domestication conditions. • PhD2: will be based at Swansea working on the development of molecular methods for early detection of aquatic invasive species in combination with citizen science approached (e.g. mobile apps). The three Research Lines are integrated and fully collaborative among all the 3 institutions and RFs and PhD students are expected to collaborate closely in all of them. Informal enquiries can be directed to RF1, PhD2: Sonia Consuegra (s.consuegra@swansea.ac.uk)- Carlos Garcia de Leaniz (c.garciadeleaniz@swanea.ac.uk) RF2: Jo Cable (CableJ@cardiff.ac.uk) Pablo Orozco-terWengel (Orozco-terWengelPA@cardiff.ac.uk) PhD1: Joe Jackson (jaj11@aber.ac.uk) “CONSUEGRA S.” via Gmail
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Course title; ‘SPATIAL ANALYSIS OF ECOLOGICAL DATA USING R’ The course content will cover the concepts and R tools that can be used to analyse spatial data in ecology covering elementary and advanced spatial analysis techniques applicable to both plants and animals. It will investigate analyses appropriate to transect (e.g. line surveys, trapping arrays), grid (e.g. occupancy surveys) and point data (e.g. telemetry). The focal questions will be on deriving species distributions, determining their environmental drivers and quantifying different types of associated uncertainty. Novel methodology for generating predictions will be introduced. We will also address the challenges of applying the results of these methods to wildlife conservation and resource management and communicate the findings to non-experts. Module 1 Introductory lectures; key questions in spatial ecology, the main types of data on species distributions, concepts, challenges and different types of environmental data; useful concepts from statistics; GLM’s Module 2 Density estimation, spatial autocorrelation, Smoothing, Kernel Smoothers, Kriging, Trend-fitting (linear, generalised linear, generalised additive models) Module 3 Habitat preference, Resource selection functions, MaxEnt: What’s it all about? Overview and caveats related to Niche models Module 4 Analysing grid data, Poisson processes, Occupancy models, Use-availability designs Module 5 Analysing telemetry data, Presence-only data, Spatial and serial autocorrelation, partitioning variation by mixed effects models Module 6 Analysing transect data, Detection functions for point and line transects, Using covariates in transect models Module 7 Advanced methods, Generalised Estimation Equations for difficult survey designs, GAM’s for habitat preference, Dealing with boundary effects using soap smoothers, Spatial point processes with INLA Module 8 Prediction, Validation by resampling, Generalised Functional Responses for species distribution, quantifying uncertainty, dealing with the effects of population density Module 9 Applications, Designing protected areas, thinking about critical habitat, representing uncertainty Module 10 Round table discussions, About 4 groups, each of 5-10 people working on a particular problem, to be worked out in advance of the course starting. The course is aimed at PhD students and post docs (although people at any stage of their career are welcome) with basic to moderate knowledge in R. The course will be held at SCENE (Scottish Center for Ecology and the Natural Environment), Glasgow, United Kingdom from 16th – 20th March 2015. The cost is £450 for the 5 days including lunches and refreshments or £650 for an all inclusive option which includes the addition of accommodation, all meals and refreshments, (accommodation is multiple occupancy (max 3 people) single sex en-suite rooms). For further details or questions please email oliverhooker@prstatistics.co.uk or visit http://bit.ly/1v1Pet4 Oliver Hooker PhD research student University of Glasgow +44 (0) 1360 870 510 +44 (0) 7966 500 340 o.hooker.1@research.gla.ac.uk Oliver Hooker via Gmail
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BIODIVERSITY POSTDOCTORAL POSITION IN PHILADELPHIA The Center for Biodiversity at Temple University (Philadelphia) is interested in hiring a postdoctoral scholar to conduct studies on the evolution and conservation of biodiversity and its multiple dimensions. This is a computational (bioinformatics) position where strong programming and statistical skills are required and projects will involve large data sets and large numbers of species in the tree of life, often in a global context. The work will take place in the evolutionary biology laboratory of Professor S. Blair Hedges (http://bit.ly/1vT6hvF). The lab is also part of a multi-institutional and NSF-funded Dimensions in Biodiversity group. The Center for Biodiversity is located in the new Science, Education, and Research Center (SERC building) on Temple’s main campus (http://bit.ly/10Z0cVa). It is affiliated with the Institute for Genomics and Evolutionary Medicine at Temple (http://bit.ly/YVV0zL). Members of the Center for Biodiversity include Erik Cordes, Amy Freestone, S. Blair Hedges (director), Matthew Helmus, S. Tonia Hsieh, Sudhir Kumar, Julie Marin, Robert Sanders, and Brent Sewall. We are part of a larger biodiversity and conservation community in the Philadelphia area, including researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel, Villanova, Princeton, and the Academy of Natural Sciences. Interested persons should send an e-mail to temple.biodiversity@gmail.com stating their interest in this position and briefly discussing past research experience and skills. Please attach a curriculum vitae that contains contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin on November 20th and continue until the position is filled. The start date is negotiable. Temple University is located in the heart of historic Philadelphia and is the sixth largest provider of graduate school education in the USA. Situated in close proximity to New York City and Washington DC, Philadelphia is the birthplace of America and home to many academic and research institutions as well as numerous cultural attractions. Temple University is an equal opportunity, equal access, affirmative action employer committed to achieving a diverse community (AA, EOE, m/f/d/v). via Gmail

October 12, 2014

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—Apple-Mail=_23A91202-765D-4789-AC04-30A00FC8A823 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii Hi…can you please post this under graduate positions? Thanks, Spence +++++++++++++++++++ Interested in pursuing a PhD? Come take a look at Texas A&M! The Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University, a growing and vibrant Department with stimulating and diverse research opportunities, is pleased to announce the availability of travel grants for prospective PhD students. These grants, which provide airfare (within the continental United States), hotel accommodations and a modest per diem for food, give prospective PhD students the opportunity to meet our faculty, students and staff, tour the department and campus, and explore College Station. For more information on how to apply for a PhD travel grant, please visit us at http://bit.ly/1suja1s. Spencer T. Behmer Professor Department of Entomology | Faculty of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology | Faculty of Neuroscience Texas A&M University Heep Building, room 509 College Station, TX 77843-2475 | Phone: (979) 845-7304 | FAX: (979) 845-6305 Email: s-behmer@tamu.edu | Website: http://bit.ly/1qJhU47 —Apple-Mail=_23A91202-765D-4789-AC04-30A00FC8A823 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/html; charset=us-ascii

Hi…can you please post this under graduate positions?Thanks,Spence+++++++++++++++++++Interested in pursuing a PhD? Come take a look at Texas A&M! The Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University, a growing and vibrant Department with stimulating and diverse research opportunities, is pleased to announce the availability of travel grants for prospective PhD students. These grants, which provide airfare (within the continental United States), hotel accommodations and a modest per diem for food, give prospective PhD students the opportunity to meet our faculty, students and staff, tour the department and campus, and explore College Stati on. For more information on how to apply for a PhD travel grant, please visit us at http://bit.ly/1suja1s.
Spencer T. BehmerProfessorDepartment of Entomology | Faculty of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology | Faculty of NeuroscienceTexas A&M UniversityHeep Building, room 509College Station, TX  77843-2475 | Phone: (979) 845-7304 | FAX: (979) 845-6305 Email: s-behmer@tamu.edu | Website: http://bit.ly/1qJhU47
—Apple-Mail=_23A91202-765D-4789-AC04-30A00FC8A82 via Gmail
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The Evolution lab (School of Sciences, University of Buenos Aires) has an opening for a postdoctoral researcher beginning in february 2015 (a later start is possible). The postdoc will contribute to ongoing projects that use genomic tools to address questions about the processes that generate morphological diversity. The core projects in which the successful applicant will be involved are related to the genomics of rapid adaptive evolution of genital organs. . The work involves the analysis of whole genomes and RNA-seq data in cactophilic flies of the genus Drosophila (buzzatii complex repleta group).As well as research duties, applicants are expected to write papers and train graduate students in the field of genomics. The successful applicant should have a PhD in the areas of population, evolutionary genetics and some. Prior experience with NGS data and script programming is a plus. Applications will be accepted until November 30th 2014. Applicants should a submit a CV, two references and a one page research statement to: Esteban Hasson ehasson@ege.fcen.uba.ar estebanhasson@gmail.com Esteban Hasson Dr Cs Biolgicas Dept. Ecologa Gentica y Evolucin Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales Universidad de Buenos Aires Ciudad Universitaria Pab. 2 C1428 EHA Buenos Aires Argentina Esteban Hasson via Gmail

October 11, 2014

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I note that Charles Dawson was the name of the man who “found” the Piltdown man in 1912 Since this matches the supposed identity of this “historian” I strongly suspect a creationist troll looking to misquote scientists. I strongly urge the community NOT to help his cause Mark Farmer Univ. Georgia via Gmail

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Colorado State University is seeking outstanding graduate students in the field of evolutionary biology. CSU is home to a strong and diverse group of evolution-focused labs, many of which are accepting grad students this year. Interested students are highly encouraged to explore the research pages of CSU faculty and contact professors before applying to a CSU graduate program. The university is home to a number of departmental and interdisciplinary graduate programs, and prospective faculty mentors can assist in selecting the program that would be the best match for a student’s interests. CSU faculty members currently accepting graduate students include: Chris Funk Department of Biology http://bit.ly/1kKPRUq Kim Hoke Department of Biology http://bit.ly/1wkJ5q7 Ruth Hufbauer Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management http://bit.ly/1wkJ3yG John McKay Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management http://bit.ly/16jyOAz Rachel Mueller Department of Biology http://bit.ly/1wkJ5qg Dhruba Naug Department of Biology http://bit.ly/1sALf6c Paul Ode Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management http://bit.ly/1wkJ5GA Mark Simmons Department of Biology http://bit.ly/1wkJ5GC Dan Sloan Department of Biology http://bit.ly/1asiBKM Colleen Webb Department of Biology http://bit.ly/1wkJ3OU CSU is a world-class research university located in Fort Collins, CO, about an hour north of Denver and right at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Fort Collins is widely regarded as having a great quality of life at a reasonable cost of living. It has excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation, an active music scene, a strong biking culture, and numerous great restaurants and breweries. dbsloan@rams.colostate.edu via Gmail

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PhD fellowships at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) Each year the University of Lausanne offers competitive PhD fellowships in broadly defined biological sciences, including evolution and ecology. The winners can choose a supervisor among those participating in the program, including many group leaders at the Department of Ecology of Evolution (www.unil.ch/dee). The Department of Ecology and Evolution is one of the strongest centers in evolutionary biology in Europe and the organizer of the next congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology. It consists of over 20 research groups including about 50 postocs and 70 PhD students; several of those PhD students are winners of the fellowship in previous years. The fellowships are for three years plus a fourth year funded by grants of the supervisor. A Master or an equivalent degree is a prerequisite of being admitted into a PhD program in Switzerland (but the candidates do not yet have to hold a master at the time of application). Information about the fellowships, requirements and the application procedure can be found under http://bit.ly/1wkJ3yuwww.unil.ch/dee). The Department of Ecology and Evolution is one of the strongest centers in evolutionary biology in Europe and the organizer of the next congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology. It consists of over 20 research groups including about 50 postocs and 70 PhD students; several of those PhD students are winners of the fellowship in previous years. The fellowships are for three years plus a fourth year funded by grants of the supervisor. A Master or an equivalent degree is a prerequisite of being admitted into a PhD program in Switzerland (but the candidates do not yet have to hold a master at the time of application). Information about the fellowships, requirements and the application procedure can be found under http://bit.ly/1wkJ3yu Note that to assure consideration, the application must be sent in paper form by mail and have arrived by November 1. Lausanne is a medium-sized city on the shores of Lake Geneva, surrounded by a wine growing region (recognized as one of UNESCO Heritage sites) and within one hour of the Alps. It offers a great variety of cultural, recreational and outdoor opportunities. Tadeusz J. Kawecki via Gmail

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WageningenZambia.ExpEvolutionMicrobialEcosystems Three (3) PhD projects on the experimental evolution of microbial ecosystems in traditional fermented products from Zambia. Location: Wageningen University (the Netherlands) and the University of Zambia (Lusaka, Zambia). Like commonly known products such as yoghurt, wine, and beer, Zambia has numerous local fermented foods. Many are consumed on a daily basis by large parts of the population and are part of Zambian and African culture. Fermented food products rely on microbial activity and have significant added value compared to unfermented food products due to higher nutritional value, longer shelf life and better taste and are produced locally according to ancient traditions. Producers are mainly women, who produce at home by continuously re-using their bacterial cultures from batch to batch by serial transfer. They sell the products at local markets generating a livelihood for themselves and their families. To stimulate development of the products through both fundamental and applied research, this NWO-WOTRO funded project will study to the microbial ecology and evolution that underlies product properties and key elements of the food value chains of two exemplary products, Mabisi (based on milk) and Munkoyo/Chibwantu (based on cereal). This project is a collaboration of consortium led by Wageningen University in the Netherlands and the University of Zambia, further consisting of other partners in the Netherlands (CSK Food Enrichment and Yoba-for-Life) and in Zambia (Tropical Diseases Research Centre, Heifer International). We are looking to fill three PhD positions. PhD position 1. In this PhD project, we will use traditional fermented foods from Zambia as experimental model systems to study microbial community dynamics and evolution. We aim to address fundamental questions relating to eco-system evolution both experiments and modelling on the microbial ecology and evolution of fermenting microbes. We will also relate this to compositional and functional stability of the community of fermenting microbes. This PhD position will be part of a larger research programme on traditional fermented foods in Zambia. Candidate profile: Masters in (evolutionary) biology, genetics, microbiology, food (bio)technology or related field. Proven experimental skills in microbiology and molecular tools. Experience with of microbial community analysis is a bonus. Affinity with modelling (such as metabolic flux models, niche competitive exclusion models). Willingness and ability to travel to Zambia on occasion to visit field sites and to discuss with the other PhD candidates in the programme. The candidate will stationed at Wageningen University at the Laboratory of Genetics on the basis of the CAO Nederlandse Universiteiten for 4 years. http://bit.ly/1qCpSMf PhD positions 2 and 3. PhD candidates 1 and 2 will establish consumer preference and requirements and how taste, nutritional value, food stability and food safety of the products are affected by production procedures, fermentation processes and the ecology the micro-organisms responsible for fermentation. Phd candidate 2 will focus on Mabisi, PhD candidate 3 will focus on Munkoyo/Chibwantu. Candidate profiles: Masters degree in food science and technology, microbiology or related field. Willingness and ability to perform field as well as laboratory based research and affinity with conditions in rural Zambia. Willingness and ability to spend 50% of time in Zambia (mostly Lusaka) and 50% in Wageningen. Candidates will be offered a contract for 4 years out of Wageningen University on the basis of Nuffic guidelines (see www.nuffic.nl) and will be stationed at Wageningen University (Food Quality and Design and Food Microbiology), as well as the University of Zambia (Department of Food Science and Nutrition). Preference will be given to candidates from Zambia and the Southern African region. The 3 PhD candidates will be working with a multidisciplary team of supervisors at Wageningen University: Dr Sijmen Schoustra and prof Bas Zwaan (Evolutionary Biology and Genetics), Dr Anita Linnemann (Food Quality and Design) and Prof. dr. Eddy Smid (Food Microbiology). In Zambia, supervision will be by Dr Sijmen Schoustra and Dr John Shindano (Department of Food Science and Nutrition, School of Agriculture, University of Zambia). Representatives of other members of the programme consortium will also be involved in the project. To apply for PhD position 1, please send your application through the electronic system of Wageningen University, see http://bit.ly/1qCpSMf. To apply for PhD positions 2 or 3, send one file containing a motivation letter, your CV and names and contact details of three references to Sijmen Schoustra via email. Sijmen.Schoustra@wur.nl. Closing date for applications: 7 November 2014. Start of the PhD projects is planned for 1 February 2015. For more information and informal enquiries you may contawww.nuffic.nl) and will be stationed at Wageningen University (Food Quality and Design and Food Microbiology), as well as the University of Zambia (Department of Food Science and Nutrition). Preference will be given to candidates from Zambia and the Southern African region. The 3 PhD candidates will be working with a multidisciplary team of supervisors at Wageningen University: Dr Sijmen Schoustra and prof Bas Zwaan (Evolutionary Biology and Genetics), Dr Anita Linnemann (Food Quality and Design) and Prof. dr. Eddy Smid (Food Microbiology). In Zambia, supervision will be by Dr Sijmen Schoustra and Dr John Shindano (Department of Food Science and Nutrition, School of Agriculture, University of Zambia). Representatives of other members of the programme consortium will also be involved in the project. To apply for PhD position 1, please send your application through the electronic system of Wageningen University, see http://bit.ly/1qCpSMf. To apply for PhD positions 2 or 3, send one file containing a motivation letter, your CV and names and contact details of three references to Sijmen Schoustra via email. Sijmen.Schoustra@wur.nl. Closing date for applications: 7 November 2014. Start of the PhD projects is planned for 1 February 2015. For more information and informal enquiries you may contact Sijmen Schoustra - project coordinator. Full project description is available upon request. (sijmen.schoustra@wur.nl; phone +260 974 572686; +31 317 483142). Wageningen University and Research Centre (Wageningen UR) is a leading international organization. Within the field of healthy nutrition and living environment we are working on the quality of life. We are always looking for talented colleagues. Professionals with passion who want to work with us for the world of tomorrow. The University of Zambia is the main academic institution in Zambia. Within the School of Agriculture, the Department of Food Science and Nutrition studies Zambia related foods, their properties, processing and nutritional impact. Dr Sijmen Schoustra Laboratory of Genetics, Wageningen University, The Netherlands & Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Zambia Email: sijmen.schoustra@wur.nl Phone: +31 317 483142 and +260 974 572686 Website “Schoustra, Sijmen” via Gmail
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The position (Research Curator, Ichthyology at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences) will is re-opened for only a brief time (10 days), and previous applicants must re-apply. Thank you! Jason Job Class Title: Natural Science Research Curator II Working Title: Research Curator, Ichthyology Position Number: 60034991 Department: Dept of Environment & Natural Resource Division/Section: NC Museum of Natural Sciences/Research and Collections Salary Range: $42,667.00 - $69,177.00 Annually Recruitment Range: $42,667 - $53,437 Salary Grade / Salary Grade Equivalent: 72 Appointment Type: Permanent Full-Time Pos. Location: Wake County, North Carolina Opening Date: Thu. 10/09/14 Closing Date/Time: Sat. 10/18/14 5:00 PM Eastern Time THIS IS A REPOST. PREVIOUS APPLICANTS MUST RE-APPLY TO BE CONSIDERED. This position is located in Raleigh, North Carolina at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, an award-winning major institution with a prominent State-wide, national and international profile. This key position is in the Museum’s Research & Collections section and is located at the Museum’s Research Laboratory, approximately 15 minutes away from the downtown Raleigh Museum buildings. This position of Research Curator, Ichthyology, has several areas of responsibility, including: 1. Development of original scientific research programs in ichthyological systematics (taxonomy, phylogenetics), genomics, ecology, and/or related fields; research programs may have local, regional, and/or international focus and will include pursuit of external research funding, data generation and analyses, and publication/dissemination of results; some aspects of this research should, ideally, include collaborations with other agencies, universities, and/or citizen scientists. 2. Curatorial responsibilities for the Ichthyology Research Collection, including maintenance and growth of collection, migrating collections data to database format, specimen loan activities, and setting curatorial best-practice guidelines for collection. 3. Operational management and administration of the Ichthyology unit, a subdivision of the Research & Collections section; duties include supervision of laboratory with oversight of equipment, budgets, and personnel. 4. Participation in science communication initiatives, including participation in Museum educational programming, delivering public science-based presentations, interacting with Museum visitors, serving as a role model for students and citizen scientists, and creating programmatic themes that raise the science literacy of visitors. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies: **To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the application form. Any information omitted from the application form, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit** A successful candidate will have the following knowledge, skills and abilities: (1) Taxonomic/systematic expertise in Ichthyology (2) Experience applying principles and practices of research, with special expertise in at least one aspect of fish systematics (taxonomy, phylogenetics), genomics, ecology, and/or related fields. (3) Experience with specimen collections and/or curatorial activities. (4) Experience in science communications to diverse audiences (i.e., academic and/or public presentations, academic journal publications and/or experience with popular media). (5) Experience in preparing grant proposals to fund biological research and/or administering budgets supporting research or collections- related activities. Minimum Education and Experience Requirements: Possession of a master’s degree in biology, zoology, or a science curriculum related to area of expertise and three years of experience in specialty area; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Preferred: A Ph.D. in biology, zoology, or related science field. Supplemental and Contact Information: To apply for this position, please click APPLY link above. All relevant experience must be included on application to receive proper credit. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of state application. Persons eligible for veteran preference must submit a copy of Form DD-214. DENR uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act with the most qualified applicants. When a salary range is posted, the actual salary will be based on relevant competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position. The State of North Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For additional information, please contact: Eileen Head(919) 707-9819 or Eileen.head@naturalsciences.org Jason R. Cryan, Ph.D. Deputy Museum Director, Research & Collections North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences 11 W. Jones Street Raleigh, NC 27601 Phone: (919) 707-9933 Fax: (919) 715-2614 email: jason.cryan@naturalsciences.org Museum Website: http://bit.ly/1krSgkd Research Website: www.planthopper.com “Cryan, Jason R” via Gmail
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The Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in ancient genetics/genomics beginning August 2015. We seek an energetic scholar with an active research program in molecular anthropology/archaeology and strong records of publishing in top-tier venues and participating in sponsored research. While geographic specialization is open, preference will be given to candidates who use ancient genetics to investigate evolution, dispersal, and migration in an archaeological context, and who can cooperate with existing faculty investigating these problems in the department and the department’s Center for the Study of the First Americans. The successful candidate will be expected to teach two courses in anthropology each semester ranging from introductory and upper-level undergraduate classes to graduate seminars; conduct research in the area of ancient genetics/genomics; advise and mentor students; and participate in service to the department, college, and university. Minimum qualifications: Applicants are required to have a PhD in hand by 2014 or earlier, demonstrated experience in ancient DNA analysis either at the doctoral or post-doctoral level, and ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in anthropology. Post-doctoral research in an ancient DNA laboratory, prior teaching experience, an active field research program, research publications, and success in obtaining grants for research will be considered as strengths in the search process. Applicants are encouraged to articulate how they may contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching and/or service. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV and contact information for three references preferably as a single pdf file by email or mail to Dr. Ted Goebel, Chair, Anthropological Genetics Search Committee, Department of Anthropology, Mailstop 4352, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843-4352 (goebel@tamu.edu). Texas A&M University is a leading public research university with over 55,000 students. Texas A&M is located in the city of College Station which is within 90 minutes of both Houston and Austin metropolitan areas. Texas A&M University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. “Goebel, Ted” via Gmail
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PhD fellow in Ancient DNA and Evolutionary Genomics Applications are invited for a three-year PhD fellowship in the field of Ancient DNA and Evolutionary Biology in the Paleomix group led by Dr. Ludovic Orlando at the Centre for GeoGenetics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Research in the Paleomix group is focused on developing integrative approaches for studying ancient DNA molecules, promoting the field of palaeomics by the merger of biochemistry, molecular biology, genomics and computational biology. These approaches are presently mainly used to reconstruct the evolutionary history of horses and other equids and have strong implications for conservation. Recent work from the group includes the characterization of the oldest genome hitherto sequenced and the first ancient human epigenome. *Project* The project will concern retrieval, sequencing and analyses of ancient horse genomes, metagenomes and epigenomes for tracking the prehistorical and historical modifications that have accompanied the transformation of wild horses into modern domesticated breeds. The principal supervisor is Associate Professor Dr Ludovic Orlando, one of the six PIS of the Centre for GeoGenetics, University of Copenhagen. We are seeking a highly motivated, hard worker and productive student who is interested and capable of contributing to a research team consisting of molecular biologists, bioinformaticians, statisticians, and evolutionary biologists. The ideal candidate will show great abilities to work in a team environment and strong expertise in experimental genetics, and the molecular tools used in next-generation sequencing and population genomics. She/he should have strong background in molecular biology, particularly in molecular methods for generating large-scale sequence/SNP datasets, and be familiar with basic concepts in computational science and optionally, with Bash or other programming languages such as R, Perl and/or Python. Experience in the analysis of ancient DNA and/or Next-Generation Sequencing will be considered positively but is not mandatory. Principal supervisor is professor, Ludovic Orlando, Centre for GeoGenetics, mail: lorlando@snm.ku.dk. *Job description* PhD students at Science are expected to: - Manage and carry through their research project - Take PhD courses (equivalent to 30 ECTS) - Write scientific articles as well as the PhD thesis - Participate in scientific meetings - Stay at an external research institution, preferably abroad, for a up to 3 months - Teach and disseminate research - Possibly partake curation work in the Collections of the Natural History Museum of Denmark *Key criteria for the assessment of candidates* - A masters degree related to the subject area of the project. - The grade point average achieved - Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD programme - Previous publications - Relevant work experience - Other professional activities - Language skills (English is the language at the Centre for GeoGenetics) *Terms of employment* The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff. Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State . The starting salary is currently up to DKK 305,291 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 42,171). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. The language of the Centre is English. *Application Procedure* The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by visiting http://bit.ly/1yYiFA7 Please include: - Curriculum vitae (with publication record, if any) - Diplomas and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc) - Motivation letter - Contact details from two references - Documentation of English language qualifications, cf. general rules and guidelines, p. 5 Review of applications will begin October 7st 2014 and will continue until the position is filled, with a deadline on November 15th 2014. The appointment is expected to start in February 1st 2015. *Questions* For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor. General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at PhD Regulations. Further information: On the Department and the Centre for GeoGenetics. Alan Wervick via Gmail
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A PhD position in poultry genetics and genomics is available (Fall 2015) in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Delaware. The primary goal for this position is to work on a next-generation sequencing project on poultry genetics and genomics. The project will primarily be focused on using the whole-genome sequence data (i) to discover and characterize polymorphisms within and among purebred populations and (ii) to characterize genomic landscape and relatedness of purebred populations. We are looking for a self-motivated and enthusiastic person who possesses good interpersonal skills and willing to work in close collaboration with others. The individual is expected to interact with our industry partner and have determination to gain insight and publish papers in leading, international scientific journals. The Research Assistantship includes a competitive stipend, as well as covering 100% of tuition, and funds for presenting the research results at regional, national and international scientific meetings. The student will also have opportunities to perform internships or on-site research with our industry partner in the U.S. Candidates from different fields of biology are encouraged to apply; however, those with background in animal breeding and genetics with experience in analyzing large datasets are preferred. In your application, please include a letter of interest; a curriculum vita as well as the names and contact details of 3 references; GRE and TOEFL or ILTS (if foreign students whose primary language is not English) scores. The application materials should be sent to Dr. Behnam Abasht (abasht@UDel.edu) no later than November 15, 2014. The University of Delaware is an equal opportunity employer, which encourages applications from minority group members and women. “Abasht, Behnam” via Gmail