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The Sloan Lab in the Department of Biology at Colorado State University has an opportunity for a postdoctoral researcher with experience in plant molecular genetics and biochemistry to lead a 3-year NSF-funded study on cytonuclear co-evolution. Our group focuses on molecular and genome evolution, using a combination of wet-lab and bioinformatic techniques. We are working with flowering plants (a group that exhibits enormous natural variation in mitochondrial mutation rates) to study how rates of evolution in organelle genomes can drive compensatory evolution in the nucleus. We are particularly interested in individuals with wet-lab expertise in plant molecular biology to complement our group’s existing strengths in molecular evolution and computational genomics. Desirable experience/interests include.. - Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of plants (particularly Arabidopsis) - Biochemical assays of mitochondrial function such as OXPHOS enzyme activity - Assays of subcellular/organellar protein targeting - Broad intellectual interests and enthusiasm for addressing evolutionary questions - Motivation and ideas for seeking independent postdoctoral fellowship funding - A strong motivation to foster and contribute to a fun, positive, intellectual, and collaborative research environment Our lab makes extensive use of deep DNA sequencing technologies, so there will be opportunities to gain experience and training with large NGS datasets. Previous bioinformatic experience is always helpful but not essential. The CSU Department of Biology has strengths in plant molecular biology and ecology/evolution, so postdoctoral researchers can expect a large network of colleagues to aid in professional development. CSU is 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, a strong biking culture, and numerous great restaurants and breweries. If you are interested in joining the lab or learning more, please e-mail Dan Sloan (dbsloan@rams.colostate.edu) and include a copy of your CV and a brief cover letter that specifically addresses the skills you would bring to the project and how working in the lab would advance your career goals and fit with your intellectual interests. (Please note that inquiries with boilerplate cover letters are likely to be ignored). Timing is flexible, so those who are still completing their degrees or are otherwise unavailable in the immediate future are still very much encouraged to inquire. Dan Sloan Assistant Professor Department of Biology Colorado State University http://bit.ly/1asiBKM dbsloan@rams.colostate.edu via Gmail

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Biodiversity Research Centre – Earth and Life Institute Universite catholique de Louvain (UCL) 1348, Louvain-la-Neuve, BELGIUM Project Title Molecular control of the development of a morphological evolutionary novelty involved in olfactory communication, androconia, of the model butterfly Bicyclus anynana. Available position A fulltime four-year Ph.D. position is available at the Biodiversity Research Centre, Earth and Life Institute, University of Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL) in Belgium. Description of the project The doctoral project will be undertaken at a leading Belgium University, in a laboratory interested in the evolution of olfactory communication and its role in speciation using the model butterfly Bicyclus anyana. Our group has identified the male sex pheromone involved in mate choice in B. anynana and has shown that this sex perfume is under sexual selection. Moreover, it was shown that wide diversification of the African Bicyclus genus is associated with selection and reproductive character displacement on the composition of the male sex pheromone between closely related sympatric Bicyclus species1-4. Importantly, androconia, formed of hair-like structures located on the wings, are the major morphological structure responsible for male sex pheromone production in the Bicyclus genus. Yet, despite the evolutionary recently acknowledged importance of androconia, these morphological structures are an evolutionary novelty specific to Lepidoptera and as such, the molecular mechanisms controlling their development remain unknown. In this regard, this project aims at unraveling the molecular bases of androconia development in Bicyclus and identifies whether novel genes, or rather recycled developmental pathways, have been used to produce the Lepidoptera-specific androconial structures. A high throughput 454 transcriptome data of B. anynana developing wings is available in the lab for identifying an unbiased list of candidate genes. Moreover, B. anynana butterflies can be reared in large numbers in the laboratory, allowing large-scale experiments. The project will aim at first to identify a list of candidate genes in the transcriptome, and second, validate their patterns of temporal and spatial expression with phenotypic data of androconia development, using RT-qPCR and manipulative gene expression approaches5. The functional characterization of the candidate genes will be conducted in collaboration with the laboratory of Dr. P. Beldade (Gulbenkian Institute of Science, Lisbon, Portugal) 6-8. The research will lead to deciphering the molecular bases of androconia development in the first Lepidoptera studied till date. A second step of this project will aim at investigating whether the same molecular developmental pathways have been conserved, or not, through the diversification of the Bicyclus genus. For this we will test the expression of our B. anynana list of candidate genes in the development of the androconia of closely related Bicyclus species, which numbers and positions are the main character allowing to discriminate among closely related species in the field9. Requirements We are looking for a strongly motivated candidate with a Masters degree in Molecular Biology or Evolutionary Ecology, or related fields. Experience in molecular biology and written and oral communication skills in English are desirable, as is the ability to work efficiently, independently as well as in collaboration. The grant will be delivered upon successful written application prepared in collaboration with the selected applicant and an oral interview in Brussels (October-November 2014), which can be done either in English or French. Adequate training will be provided for preparing for the interview. The selected applicant will be supervised throughout the process. The degrees obtained abroad (outside Belgium) or in the Flemish Community will require an equivalence (necessary to provide documentation of passed examinations for 300 credits including a research work of at least six months during master with a scientific report; more information: http://bit.ly/16gTAOn) for which the deadline is August 11th, 2014. The candidate will be expected to present his/her research results in national and international conferences. Work environment The PhD student will work in a highly active and integrated academic environment, in the research team of Prof. Caroline Nieberding and in close collaboration with Dr. Alok Arun, as well as other postdocs and PhD students, and will interact with members of other research teams of the Institute. Our University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and is in a French-speaking region, but the language for meetings and scientific interactions is English. For background information about our university, see http://bit.ly/11ickgx. Salary Salary ranges between 21.349 to 23.659 euros brutto per year (approx. 1700 euros netto per month) and includes all social benefits such as health insurance and retirement benefits in the Belgian system. For practical information concerning salaries, benefits, insurances and conditions of eligibility please contact Mrs. N. Wittorski at UCL (Natacha.Wittorski@uclouvain.be; +32 (0) 10 47 29 22). Application Application should be sent as soon as possible and before July 21st, 2014, to Caroline Nieberding and Alok Arun (caroline.nieberding@uclouvain.be; alok.arun@uclouvain.be) and include the following: (1) a cover letter describing your research interests and qualifications, (2) a full CV, (3) contact information (email, phone number) of minimum 2 referees. Only complete applications sent preferably in one single digital pdf file will be considered. You are welcome to include a copy of your graduate work and/or reprints of published work. Applications will start being reviewed immediately and until the position is filled. Informal inquiries are welcome. References: 1. Nieberding, C.M., de Vos, H., Schneider, M.V., Lassance, J.-M., Estramil, N., Andersson, J., Bång, J., Hedenström, E., Löfstedt, C., Brakefield, P.M. The male sex pheromone of the butterfly Bicyclus anynana: Towards an evolutionary analysis (2008) PLoS ONE, 3 (7). 2. Nieberding, C.M., Fischer, K., Saastamoinen, M., Allen, C.E., Wallin, E.A., Hedenström, E., Brakefield, P.M. Cracking the olfactory code of a butterfly: The scent of ageing (2012) Ecology Letters, 15 (5), pp. 415-424. 3. van Bergen, E., Brakefield, P.M., Heuskin, S., Zwaan, B.J., Nieberding, C.M. The scent of inbreeding: A male sex pheromone betrays inbred males (2013) Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 280 (1758). 4. Bacquet* P, Brattström* O, Wang H-L, Löfstedt C, Brakefield P, Nieberding CM (2014, under review) Selection of male sex pheromone composition drives butterfly diversification. 5. Monteiro, A., Chen, B., Ramos, D.M., Oliver, J.C., Tong, X., Guo, M., Wang, W.-K., Fazzino, L., Kamal, F. Distal-less regulates eyespot patterns and melanization in Bicyclus butterflies (2013) Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution, 320 (5), pp. 321-331. 6. ConceiçãoInê, I.C., Long, A.D., Gruber, J.D., Beldade, P. Genomic sequence around butterfly wing development genes: Annotation and comparative analysis (2011) PLoS ONE, 6 (8). 7. Brakefield, P.M., Beldade, P., Zwaan, B.J. In situ hybridization of embryos and larval and pupal wings from the African butterfly Bicyclus anynana (2009) Cold Spring Harbor Protocols, 4 (5). 8. Beldade, P., Koops, K., Brakefield, P.M. Developmental constraints versus flexibility in morphological evolution (2002) Nature, 416 (6883), pp. 844-847. 9. Condamin M (1973) Monographie du genre Bicyclus (Lepidoptera, Satyridae). Institut Thank you . Alok Alok Arun, PhD Post doctoral Researcher Evolutionary Ecology and Genetics Group BDIV Research Centre Universite Catholic de Louvain Louvain-La-Neuve, 1348 BELGIUM Phone: +32 10 47 34 57 (Office) Alok Arun via Gmail
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The upcoming Intersociety Meeting in Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology, organized by the American Physiological Society and several sponsoring societies (Society for Experimental Biology, SICB, TCS) will be held in San Diego, CA, October 5-8, 2014. The Meeting Website is available at: http://bit.ly/1pAjIxn Funds are available to support student and postdoc travel. Several Special Symposia will cover a variety of topics regarding physiological adaptation. Abstract submissions are due July 9, 2014. In particular, Professor Guy Charmantier from Universit Montpellier, France has organized a special symposium on Physiological Adaptation from Marine to Freshwater Environments. Invited speakers are listed below. Abstract submissions are encouraged to be included in this session: Invasions of freshwater habitats by marine and brackish organisms have been successfully performed by only a few animal taxa over evolutionary time, and constitute one of the major transitions in the history of life. In addition, recent and rapid colonizations of freshwater areas have resulted from human activities, such as transportation. Invading low salinity environments confronts the animals with serious challenges for maintaining hydromineral balance, mainly in retaining and acquiring ions against adverse gradients, and excreting excess water. Freshwater environments can also be affected by contaminations, either natural or anthropogenic. As natural selection acts on all developmental stages, each must adapt to new conditions before invasion of a novel environment, such as freshwater, can become successful. This symposium addresses various physiological adaptations that have enabled colonizations of fresh water from marine environments over different time scales. Speakers will describe physiological adaptations at multiple hierarchical levels of biological organization, from molecules to organisms and populations, and will discuss several model species or taxa, mainly crustaceans and fish, at different stages of development, from embryos to adults. The talks will explore adaptive responses to challenges imposed by freshwater environments, including the presence of contaminants. List of Invited Speakers: Patricia Schulte, University of British Columbia, Canada Jonathon Stillman, RTC, SFSU, UC-Berkeley, USA Carol Eunmi Lee, University of Wisconsin, USA Guy Charmantier, Universit Montpellier, France This session will also include other talks selected from submitted abstracts. Carol Eunmi Lee, Ph.D. Professor Center of Rapid Evolution (CORE) 430 Lincoln Drive, Birge Hall University of Wisconsin Madison, WI 53706 carollee@wisc.edu http://bit.ly/1xKJvHU carollee@wisc.edu via Gmail

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The Proulx/Hespanha group at UC Santa Barbara is searching for a postdoctoral scientist to work on modeling the evolution and dynamics of dynamical networks. The proposed work may involve modeling gene transcriptional networks that respond to external stimulus, signal transduction networks, or the combination of cellular control and cell physiology. The goal is to understand both the mechanistic basis of dynamic cellular responses and the evolution of control networks. We take a joint approach drawing from expertise on engineering principles and optimal control theory based in the Hespanha lab (http://bit.ly/1jouSY8) and on principles of evolutionary theory based in the Proulx lab (http://bit.ly/1jouSYa). Opportunities also exist for the postdoc to study gene network evolution in yeast. Applicants should have a strong quantitative background and either experience with evolutionary theory or with control theory (including optimal control). The appointment is for 1 year with a start date by September, 2014. Submit applications including a cover letter, CV, description of research experience and interests, brief description of background computational or mathematical modeling, and names and addresses of three references to stephen.proulx@gmail.com with the words $B!H(Bnetwork evolution$B!I(B in the subject. Stephen Proulx Associate Professor Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology UC Santa Barbara proulx@lifesci.ucsb.edu stephen.proulx@gmail.com via Gmail

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Please note the following DEADLINES: Registration and abstract submission: 4 August, 2014 Accommodation: booking service link ends 28 July, 2014 ******************** The United Kingdom is home to exceptional evolutionarybiologists. However, compared to the number of evolutionaryzoologists, the number of their botanical counterparts is few. In many cases, U.K. plant evolutionary biologists are in small numbers at any one institution, and such isolation hinders progress. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh will host a conference on 8, 9 September, 2014 to help address this situation. The conference will showcase evolutionary research on plants by UK researchers to foster new collaborations. The conference will also hold a workshop, where discussion will identify challenges faced and suggest strategies to overcome them. We see this as a first step towards developing a longer-terms strategy for strengthening the UK community of plant evolutionary biologists. The conference will include a poster and networking session, open speaking slots (both standard and “lightning” talks), as well as an exciting lineup of invited speakers. For more information and to register, please visit the website at: http://bit.ly/1h7xbNN Invited speakers: Mating system: Dr. Mario Vallejo-Marin Speciation: Dr. Richard Buggs Ecological Speciation: Dr. Patrik Nosil Evo-Devo: Dr. Beverley Glover Phylogeny: Dr. Toby Pennington Polyploidy: Dr. Barbara Mable Biogeography: Dr. Bill Baker Population Genetics ? (Molecular ecology): Dr. Simon Hiscock Population Genetics (Genomics): Dr. Rob Ness International Speaker: Dr. Spencer Barrett (University of Toronto) via Gmail

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Dear Colleagues, Registration is open for the course “MODELLING DINAMICS IN BIOLOGY. FROM HISTORY TO PRACTICAL EXAMPLES”, January 19-22, 2015. 28 hours on-site. Instructors: Dr. Andreea Munteanu (CGR, Spain) and Dr. Carlos Rodrguez-Caso (Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Spain) Place: Premises of Sabadell of the Institut Catal de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont, Sabadell, Barcelona (Spain) The current course will present an overview of systems biology with emphasis on the necessity, uses and pitfalls of dynamical modelling in biology. It introduces the required language and philosophy for a smooth and fruitful collaboration between life scientists and theoreticians (i.e. mathematicians, physicists, computer scientists). The main goal of the course is not a detailed description of the modelling tools in systems biology, but a thorough overview of the terminology and applicability range of these methodologies. The time dedication throughout the course will be one third for theoretical introduction, and two thirds for modelling applications for very diverse biological systems. The participants will acquire the necessary skills to understand and interpret models and modelling results from scientific articles, and will take the first steps into building their own mathematical models. Organized by: Transmitting Science and the Institut Catal de Paleontologia More info: http://bit.ly/1f4sZvA or writing to courses@transmittingscience.org Course poster: http://bit.ly/1xQF4vk With best regards Soledad De Esteban Trivigno, PhD. Course Director Transmitting Science http://bit.ly/1gdSpYn soledad.esteban@transmittingscience.org via Gmail

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Postdoctoral Research Scientist - Molecular Population Genetics/Ecology Location: A new, collaborative, state-of-the-art facility established for molecular-genetic studies of exploited marine organisms, located at the Harte Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas 78412-5869. Responsibilities: Position responsibilities involve assay and analysis of nuclear-encoded single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) for projects involving population genetics and molecular ecology, primarily of exploited marine fishes. Central responsibilities include data acquisition and analysis, preparation of reports and publications, and positive interaction with other members of the laboratory. Qualifications: Dissertation or postdoctoral work in molecular population genetics and/or molecular ecology is required, as is documented experience with microsatellite and mtDNA data acquisition and analysis. Documented experience with major software programs used in analysis of molecular (DNA) data for population genetics/molecular ecology also is required. Individuals with documented experience in analysis of next-generation-sequencing data, primarily RADseq, RNAseq, or genome assembly, will be given highest priority. Applicants should be ambitious, able to work collaboratively with other group members, and capable of taking initiative and assuming responsibility. Salary: Salary range is from $40,000/year and will depend on experience. Benefits include health care and retirement. Position is for 12-24 months. Closing date: Position will remain open until filled. Contact: Send curriculum vitae, description of research experience/interests, and names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail address of three references to Dr. John R. Gold and Dr. David S. Portnoy at goldfish@tamucc.edu and David.Portnoy@tamucc.edu, respectively. International applicants will be considered if they hold the correct visa(s). The Harte Research Institute and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employers. John.Gold@tamucc.edu via Gmail

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Dear members I am a PhD student working on population genomics of freshwater shrimp, Paratya australiensis. I am trying to extract high quality, high molecular weight DNA (~3ug, >50kb); from Paratya for RAD-sequencing. I have tried different extraction methods on fresh and frozen samples so far, e.g. Spin-Column extraction, CTAB extraction and Salt extraction. Besides, I have also tried an extended gDNA extraction procedure by incorporating a salting out step prior to phenol/chloroform cleanup. But unfortunately these methods have all produced what appears to be a smear of degraded DNA rather than high molecular weight band on agarose gels. Can anyone suggest me any other procedures that might help? Thanks. Sharmeen Rahman PhD student, Australian Rivers Institute Environment 2 Building N13, 2.02A, Nathan Campus Griffith University, 170 Kessels Road, Nathan QLD 4111 Tel: +61 7 3735 57711, Fax: +61 7 37357459 email:sharmeen.rahman@griffithuni.edu.au Sharmeen Rahman via Gmail
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UMuenster.GraduateSchoolofEvolution_BiologyMedicineorPhilosophy 2 PhD positions for international (non-German) students within the interdisciplinary “Muenster Graduate School of Evolution”: PhD projects in Biology, Medicine, or Philosophy The “Muenster Graduate School of Evolution” (MGSE) offers 2 PhD positions funded by DAAD- stipends for international (non-German) students within the stimulating environment of the University of Muenster, Germany. As an interdisciplinary graduate school, the MGSE uses the unifying concept of evolution to bridge the faculties of biology, medicine, geosciences, mathematics, and philosophy. PhD students work on their diverse disciplinary projects in one of the involved institutes and benefit from interdisciplinary curricular activities as well as a structured supervision and support throughout their PhD. The MGSE is based in the stimulating city of Muenster in a historical building opposite the Muenster castle and offers a family friendly and international atmosphere. Location: Muenster, Germany Working Language: English Start of the PhD: 2015 Duration: 3 years (4 years for students from developing and emerging countries) You can apply for one or several of the following six projects. Each project involves high-quality research and state-of-the-art techniques and is supervised by excellent researchers. 1) The genetic origin of novel protein coding genes in populations and their evolutionary constraints Prof. Erich Bornberg-Bauer (Research Group Evolutionary Bioinformatics), Prof. Matthias Loewe (Institute of Mathematical Statistics), Prof. Juergen Gadau (School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University) 2) Immunogenic males: where sex and immunity meet Dr. Claudia Fricke (Research Group Evolution and Sexual Conflict), Dr. Sophie Armitage (Research Group Animal Evolutionary Ecology) 3) The Concept of Disease in Individualized Medicine Prof. Ulrich Krohs (Research Group Philosophy of Science and of Nature) 4) Interactions of animal personality, social environment and immunity Prof. Joachim Kurtz (Research Group Animal Evolutionary Ecology), Dr. Joern Scharsack (Research Group Animal Evolutionary Ecology), Prof. Norbert Sachser (Department of Behavioural Biology) 5) Functional consequences of evolutionary conservation vs. variability in the influenza virus genome Prof. Stephan Ludwig (Institute of Molecular Virology) 6) Reconstruction of the ancient transcriptome of species Dr. Juergen Schmitz (Institute of Experimental Pathology), Dr. Francesco Catania (Research Group Evolutionary Cell Biology) More information on the projects can be found here: http://bit.ly/1zowANF Highly qualified and motivated candidates all over the world are invited to submit their application. Requirements: - MSc (or an equivalent degree) relevant for the respective project (biology, medicine, mathematics, or philosophy). At the time of application, generally no more than six years should have passed since you gained the last degree. - Excellent academic record, interest to work interdisciplinary, and motivation to actively participate in the structured PhD program of the MGSE. - Fluency in spoken and written English (or willingness to take part in a respective course). - Only international (non-German) applicants can be accepted. At the time of application you should not be living in Germany for more than 15 months. - Applications from women are particularly encouraged. Handicapped candidates with equivalent qualifications will be given preference. Application procedure: You can apply for one or several of the listed projects via the DAAD platform by 1.8.2014: http://bit.ly/1kCDrZW Please indicate which project(s) you are interested in! >From among the applicants, we will shortlist candidates for (Skype) interviews and subsequently nominate 4-8 applicants. From among the nominees, a DAAD committee will select the two scholarship recipients. In case of questions please contact: (Please don’t send your applications here, instead use the DAAD online application (see above)!) Dr. Rebecca Schreiber (MGSE Coordinator) Email: rebeccaschreiber@uni-muenster.de Telephone: +49-(0)251 / 83-21252 Dr. Rebecca Schreiber (nee Heiming) Coordinator of the Muenster Graduate School of Evolution Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster Schlossplatz 6, D-48149 Muenster, Germany Phone: +49 251 83-21252 E-Mail: rebeccaschreiber@uni-muenster.de Website: http://bit.ly/1zowANH “Schreiber, Rebecca” via Gmail
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The University of Queensland is looking for a Science Leader for the Animal Genetics Laboratory. The Animal Genetics Laboratory (AGL) operates within the School of Veterinary Science and is located at the Gatton campus. AGL is a commercial and research laboratory that provides genotyping services to cattle and alpaca producers and their organisations, mostly for parentage verification. The AGL is also a provider of genotyping, sequencing and quantitative PCR services to researchers within the School, as well as to research groups from other Faculties in the University. The role This position will manage and lead the Animal Genetics Laboratory in the provision of genetic diagnostic services, development of new genetic diagnostic tests and high quality research in animal genetics The Person Applicants should have a Bachelors degree in animal or veterinary science and PhD in the area of animal genetics or molecular biology Remuneration This is a full-time, fixed term appointment of 5 years at Academic Level B or C. The base remuneration package will be in the range: Academic Level B - $84,323.66 to $100,134.07 p.a, plus employer superannuation contributions of 17% (total package will be in the range ($98,658.68 to $117,156.86 p.a.). Academic Level C - $103,296.12 to $119,106.52 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17 % (total package will be in the range $120,856.46 to $139,354.63 p.a.). Enquiries To discuss this role, please contact Associate Professor Jennifer Seddon ,Deputy Head of School on+61-7 5460 1838 or email j.seddon1@uq.edu.au. Further details available at www.uq.edu.au, job position number 496158. Jennifer Seddon via Gmail

July 8, 2014

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SISRS is a new tool for extracting phylogenetically informative data directly from whole-genome or whole-transcriptome paired-end shotgun reads without a reference genome. Input for SISRS are FastQ files separated into folders by OTU (e.g. species). The output nexus file includes sites that are invariable within taxa and variable among taxa. The amount of missing data allowed can be included as input. A reference genome can be included to identify the location of the sites in the output alignment. SISRS is free and open source distributed under a GPL v3.0 license. SISRS can be dowloaded from http://bit.ly/1rLbl6x and the manuscript describing the SISRS method and successful simulations and case studies can be found at http://bit.ly/1k1mCYJ . Slides from my Evolution 2014 talk can be found at http://bit.ly/1rLbl6D . If you have trouble or results using SISRS please email me at Rachel.Schwartz@asu.edu . Rachel Schwartz, PhD Assistant Research Scientist Cartwright Lab Center for Evolutionary Medicine and Informatics The Biodesign Institute Arizona State University Tempe, AZ via Gmail

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Population Genetics, Conservation Genetics & Phylogeography One Postdoctoral Fellowship is available at CIBIO (http://cibio.up.pt), University of Porto, Portugal, in the field of population genetics and phylogeography, under the Program ON2. Candidates should have a solid research background in the interface between population genetics/genomics, phylogeography and conservation biology, as well as experience in fieldwork. They should master molecular biology techniques including genotyping (microsatellites) and sequencing, preferably using both Sanger and Next Generation Sequencing procedures, and be familiar with multiple and commonly used population genetics software tools. Topics to be developed during the Post-doc include but are not limited to i) analysis of population structure and relevance for conservation, ii) analysis of hybrid zones using multiple types of molecular markers in spatially explicit contexts, iii) genetic differentiation of populations and description of hidden biodiversity, particularly possible new species or subspecies, iv) identifying genes or genomic regions associated with incipient speciation processes, v) understanding of the domestication process and the genes/genomic regions underlying it. Projects can include a variety of species, both model and non-model organisms. Candidates should have a PhD in biology, preferably a minimum of 3 years of Post-doc and solid background in the field. They should have a good publication record in SCI journals in this area. Candidates should be good communicators, and speak and write fluently in English. The ranking of candidates will result from a global appreciation of the Curriculum vitae, possibly followed by an interview. The Fellowship will correspond to 1450€ per month (free of taxes). The contract will end on the 30th of June 2015. Applications are open between the 15th and the 31st of July 2014. Applications should be sent to bolsas.cibio@cibio.up.pt and will include a motivation letter, a detailed CV and the email contact of three referees. The jury is composed by: Dr. Raquel Godinho, Dr. Paulo Célio Alves and Prof. Nuno Ferrand de Almeida. Dr. Natália Dias is a substitute member. The selected candidate is expected to start immediately after selection. Candidates will be informed about the result of their application by email. Job Reference: ON2 _ CIBIO_FCOMP-01-0124-FEDER-000030 Natália Dias Executive Coordinator CIBIO Natalia Dias via Gmail
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A special symposium on Copepod Evolution will be held at Hanyang University, Seoul Korea, at the Copepoda Conference organized by Professor Wonchoel Lee. Special Symposium on Copepod Evolution Tuesday, July 15, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm HIT building, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea Invited Speakers (30 minute talks) A. Evolutionary Adaptation to Environmental Change Carol Eunmi Lee, University of Wisconsin, USA Without Gills: Rapid evolution of osmoregulatory function in the copepod Eurytemora affinis during habitat invasions Hans G. Dam, University of Connecticut, USA Phenotypic plasticity and evolutionary thermal adaptation in the copepod genus Acartia B. Evolution of Parasitic Copepods Geoff Boxshall, The Natural History Museum The evolution of host specificity in parasitic copepods Frank Nilsen, University of Bergen, Norway The salmon louse (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) genome: Some evolutionary implications based on the annotated gene-set. C. Genomic Regulation Grace Wyngaard, James Madison University, USA Can the “yolk genome” hypothesis explain the elimination of billions of basepairs during chromatin diminution of Cyclops in nutrient poor lakes? D. Zooplankton Metagenomics Ryuji Machida, Academia Sinica, Taiwan Community-based zooplankton genetic analyses: lessons from microbial studies Carol Eunmi Lee, Ph.D. Professor Center of Rapid Evolution (CORE) 430 Lincoln Drive, Birge Hall University of Wisconsin Madison, WI 53706 carollee@wisc.edu http://bit.ly/1xKJvHU Carol Eunmi Lee via Gmail
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Drs. Derek Hogan and Chris Bird at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi are seeking a post-doc to help lead quantitative analyses of climate change impact, data gap analysis, and management prioritization for the Marianas Trench, Rose Atoll (Samoa), Pacific Remote Islands (Line Islands) Marine National Monuments. The position is part of an NOAA-funded project on assessing the impact of climate change on select Marine National Monuments and involves a close collaboration with Dr. Kim Selkoe at UC Santa Barbara. The post-doc will help lead spatial analyses to model the vulnerability of marine ecosystems and the intensity of climate change threats in order to compute and map impacts. In addition, the project will involve using expert elicitation surveys to quantify professional opinion about the relative importance of many categories of climate change stressors in relation to different ecosystems and species of particular concern. This work will be conducted in close collaboration with NOAA, NGOs, local stakeholders, and will help to define near- and long-term agendas for climate change remediation efforts in the tropics. The position will offer considerable latitude to devise and pursue additional analyses to address the underlying causes, future prospects, and prioritization of data gaps and management actions Desired qualifications include: - expertise in marine biodiversity and biogeography - experience conducting large-scale spatial analysis and conservation prioritization models - strong communication skills to coordinate efforts with project partners - a strong record of publication based on independent thinking - a collaborative approach to science but ability to work on tasks independently The position will begin ASAP, and funding is available for at least 1 year, pending performance. A competitive post-doc salary will be offered, including retirement plan and health benefits. The position will be based at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi and will involve some travel to UC Santa Barbara. To apply, please email (subject line: MNM Climate Change PostDoc) a curriculum vitae, PhD transcripts (unofficial is fine), three reprints, and contact information for three references to chris.bird@tamucc.edu and james.hogan@tamucc.edu Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. “Bird, Chris” via Gmail
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This survey study concerns evolution of cognitive reactions to music. Below, you will find general information about the study. After reading the information, you can decide whether you would like to participate in the survey. The link to the survey is: http://bit.ly/1ofIFw1 The purpose of this study is to explore how people experiences of music hace evolved across human populations and cultures. The study is part of a large project conducted by the Music Psychology Group at Uppsala University in Sweden. As a participant, you will be asked to complete an electronic survey on the internet. The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.Your participation is voluntary. You are free to withdraw your participation from the study at any time. All responses in the survey will be recorded anonymously.The study is funded by the Swedish Research Council, and involves no commercial interests. Data collected will be used only for scientific purposes. We are not able to provide any monetary compensation, but your participation would make an important contribution to the scientific and evolutionary study of music, and would be much appreciated. A summary of the results will be available in early 2015 at this website: http://bit.ly/1ofIFw3 If you decide to participate in the study, please answer all questions as carefully as possible. The link to the survey is: http://bit.ly/1ofIFw1 “Andres J. Cortes” via Gmail
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—_000_57D32D16924D4AB0B45EA043EBFA32C6ugaedu_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”us-ascii” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable The Burke lab in the Entomology department at the University of Georgia is recruiting PhD students for the Spring semester of 2015. Research in the lab focuses upon symbiotic relationships between microbes and animals, and uses functional and evolutionary genetics and genomics to examine how these kinds of relationships can occur and are maintained. In particular, we study the fascinating beneficial viruses that are harbored by parasitic wasps. Graduate students in the lab will generally work on the molecular genetics and genomics of microbial symbionts of animals and are encouraged to consider projects involving viral associations with parasitic wasps or other insects. Graduate students accepted into the Entomology program are guaranteed financial support for their 5-year program through Teaching Assistantships (TAs) or Research Assistantships (RAs), which includes an out-of-state tuition waiver. Additional funding exists for graduate student research and travel to scientific meetings. Interested students are also strongly encouraged to apply for graduate research fellowships, such as the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Importantly, students are eligible to apply for this and other fellowships in their final year as undergraduates. Please refer to the Burke lab website for detailed information about financial support and the University of Georgia graduate program in Entomology. The University of Georgia is a Tier I research university located in Athens, Georgia. The University of Georgia Entomology department has strong representation of faculty studying host/parasite relationships and vector biology, creating a collaborative environment in which students can benefit from interaction with other faculty and students. The Burke lab has been recently renovated and is well-equipped for molecular biology and genomics research. Athens is a city of 100,000 located in the Piedmont basin south of the Appalachian mountains in a green and leafy environment. The city not only has a terrific music scene, great restaurants, nearby mountains for hiking, art, cultural and sports events, etc., but it also has a very low cost of living index compared to many other places in the United States. Athens is conveniently located 90 minutes to the east of Atlanta, a major city with the largest airport in the US. Interested candidates should contact Gaelen Burke at grburke@uga.edu with a description of your 1) academic background, 2) research experience, 3) your general and specific interests in research in the Burke lab at the University of Georgia and 4) contact information for three references. Please also attach your current resume or Curriculum Vitae. Students must have a greater than 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and must have taken the general GRE exam. Gaelen Burke Assistant Professor Department of Entomology University of Georgia Phone (706) 542-1863 Website: http://bit.ly/1ofIFfy —_000_57D32D16924D4AB0B45EA043EBFA32C6ugaedu_ Content-Type: text/html; charset=”us-ascii” Content-ID: Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable The Burke lab in the Entomology department at the University of Georgia is recruiting PhD students for the Spring semester of 2015.  Research in the lab focuses upon symbiotic relationships between microbes and animals, and uses functional and evolutionary genetics and genomics to examine how these kinds of relationships can occur and are maintained. In particular, we study the fascinating beneficial viruses that are harbored by parasitic wasps. Graduate students in the lab will generally work on the molecular genetics and genomics of microbial symbionts of animals and are encouraged to consider projects involving viral associations with parasitic wasps or other insects. Graduate students accepted into the Entomology program are guaranteed financial support for their 5-year program through Teaching Assistantships (TAs) or Research Assistantships (RAs), which includes an out-of-state tuition waiver. Additional funding exists for graduate student research and travel to scientific meetings. Interested students are also strongly encouraged to apply for graduate research fellowships, such as the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Importantly, students are eligible to apply for this and other fellowships in their final year as undergraduates. Please refer to the Burke lab website for detailed information about financial support and the University of Georgia graduate program in Entomology. The University of Georgia is a Tier I research university located in Athens, Georgia. The University of Georgia Entomology department has strong representation of faculty studying host/parasite relationships and vector biology, creating a collaborative environment in which students can benefit from interaction with other faculty and students. The Burke lab has been recently renovated and is well-equipped for molecular biology and genomics research. Athens is a city of 100,000 located in the Piedmont basin south of the Appalachian mountains in a green and leafy environment. The city not only has a terrific music scene, great restaurants, nearby mountains for hiking, art, cultural and sports events, etc., but it also has a very low cost of living index compared to many other places in the United States. Athens is conveniently located 90 minutes to the east of Atlanta, a major city with the largest airport in the US. Interested candidates should contact Gaelen Burke at grburke@uga.edu with a description of your 1) academic background, 2) research experience, 3) your general and specific interests in research in the Burke lab at the University of Georgia and 4) contact information for three references. Please also attach your current resume or Curriculum Vitae. Students must have a greater than 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and must have taken the general GRE exam. Gaelen Burke Assistant Professor Department of Entomology University of Georgia Phone (706) 542-1863 Website: http://bit.ly/1ofIFfy —_000_57D32D16924D4AB0B45EA043EBFA32C6ugaedu via Gmail

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CEBA 2nd Thematic school : ‘Advanced methods and applications in Ecology, Evolution and Control of Infectious Diseases (CEBA-EECID), with a focus on Neotropical infections’, 17 - 21 November 2014, Autonomous University of Yucatan, Merida, Mexico As part of its training programme, the LabEx CEBA organizes its second Thematic school on the field of ecology, evolution and control of infectious diseases (EECID). During one week, a dozen lectures and researchers will interact with up to 18 PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, originating from all around the world, on major recent advances in disease control and optimization of public health strategies in the fight against infections. CV and letters of motivation should be sent as two pdf files before September 7th, 2014 to jean-francois.guegan@ird.fr with the header ‘Application CEBA EECID’. On September 7th, 2014 registration will be closed. For more details, please check the Summer school website: http://bit.ly/1maOgad Best regards, On behalf of the organizing committee, Benjamin Roche International Research Unit UMMISCO Center for Mathematical and Computational Modeling of Complex Systems Research Institute for Development (IRD) 32, avenue Henri Varagnat 93143 Bondy Cedex, France Phone:+33629585460 e-mail:roche.ben@gmail.com web:http://bit.ly/1maOgaf roche.ben@gmail.com via Gmail

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Dear colleague, We are organizing a symposium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on *Biodiversity and Health* in November 2014 and we invite you to join us. Below, some practical information about this event: *What?* A symposium entitled ‘Biodiversity & Health’ that joins scientific expertise and stakeholders in order to identify research priorities in several domains that link biodiversity and human health: 1. emerging diseases and biodiversity loss, 2. drug and insecticide resistance, 3. pharmacognosy and plant biodiversity, 4. contaminants in the food web, 5. ethics and laws for biodiversity and health 6. ecosystem services and health 7. the ‘One Health’ concept. *Why?* - To share knowledge and experiences acquired with partners, projects and authorities. - To improve training capacities of students. - To enhance further collaborative projects. *Where?* In Phnom Penh at the University of Health Sciences. *When?* Between the 17th and the 19th of November 2014 . So, reserve those days! We are looking forward to meeting you in Cambodia. *How?* Participation is free but limited to about 100 participants and it is going to be on a first come first serve basis. Please mention in your message your name and contact details. If are a PhD or a Master student and if you are willing to do a short communication or a poster presentation, please give us a title, a short summary and a list of authors. Registration is going to open on July, 15 and close on September, 15. It can done by sending an email to cboete@gmail.com, serge.morand@cirad.fr and biodivhealthPNH@gmail.com You’ll be informed of your registration by the end of September. In the meantime feel free to contact us if you have any question and follow the twitter account @biodivhealth for updates. Best regards, On behalf of the organizing committee, Christophe Bote Organizing committee: Monidarin Chou (Lab. R. Mrieux, Phnom Penh, Cambodia), Youlet By (Fondation Mrieux, Phnom Penh, Cambodia), Tan Boon Hua (NUS, Singapore), Aurlie Binot (CIRAD, Kasetsart University, Thailand) Serge Morand (CNRS-CIRAD, CICM Laos) Christophe Bote (IRD/ Aix-Marseille Universit, France) cboete@gmail.com via Gmail

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Comparative & Population Genomics of the Pearl Mullet A postdoctoral position is available immediately at the Computational Genomics and Bioinformatics Group in Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, joint with the Comparative & Evolutionary Biology Group at METU, Ankara. The successful candidate will be responsible for leading a project that involves de novo assembly and comparative analysis of the pearl mullet (Chalcalburnus tarichi) genome. This is a fish endemic to Lake Van of eastern Turkey, and one of few known examples of adaptation to extremely alkaline (pH 9.8) water. The goal will be to determine the genetics of alkaline adaptation by comparative genomic, population genomic and transcriptome analyses. Another question to be answered will be the population structure and demographic history of the pearl mullet, which recently underwent a severe bottleneck. The project will include the following steps: - De novo assembly and the annotation of the pearl mullet genome using both Illumina and Pacific Biosciences data. - Comparative genomics analysis to understand the evolution of the Cyprinidae family and adaptive evolution of the pearl mullet. - Transcriptome analysis for genome annotation; identification of gene expression networks underlying adaptation to alkaline water. - Population genomics analysis of samples from different sections of the lake to understand the pearl mullet’s migration and breeding patterns and population history. Further details can be found in our lab web page at: http://bit.ly/1jWyGPa Requirements: - Ph.D. degree in bioinformatics, genomics, computer science, or related fields. Ph.D. candidates who expect to graduate soon are welcome to apply. - Experience in genome assembly and annotation is strongly preferred. - Experience in evolutionary genetics, population genomics, or transcriptome analysis is a plus. - Strong programming skills in at least one high level programming language; such as C, C++, Java, or Python. A competitive salary and subsidized on-campus accommodation will be provided. The successful candidate will also be encouraged to apply for the TTAK 2232 (for Turkish candidates) and the Co-Funded Brain Circulation Scheme fellowship programs (all candidates; gross monthly salary 4,167; deadline September 19, 2014; URL: http://bit.ly/1imPYzu). The initial appointment will be for one year, with renewal available for two more years. Applicants should email a cover letter, CV, brief research statement and list of 3 references to Dr. Can Alkan (calkan@cs.bilkent.edu.tr), or Dr. Mehmet Somel (somel.mehmet@gmail.com). Please combine all files into a single PDF and use the subject line Postdoc Application (Pearl Mullet): (name). Further contact details below. Can Alkan, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Bilkent University Department of Computer Engineering EA-509 Bilkent, Ankara 06800, Turkey Phone: +90-312-290-2912 Email: calkan@cs.bilkent.edu.tr http://bit.ly/1qKflUz somel.mehmet@googlemail.com via Gmail