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November 15, 2014

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A post-doctoral position is available in the lab of Michel Slotman in the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University (http://bit.ly/1q2xluC). Our lab focuses on the evolutionary and behavioral genetics/genomics of disease transmitting mosquitoes. The post-doc will conduct NIH-funded research into the genomic basis of outdoor feeding preference of the African malaria mosquito An. gambiae, using a pool-seq approach. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to ongoing research into the genetic basis of the attraction of An. gambiae to human hosts. The ideal candidate will have a background in population genetics, experience with analyzing next-generation sequencing data, and familiarity with R and Python (or Perl). The position is available for two years with a negotiable start date. To apply please send a cover letter, CV, PDFs of representative publications, and contact information for three references to maslotman@tamu.edu. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the position. The Texas A&M System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity. Michel Slotman via Gmail
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*Thanks to support from NESCent and donors, student travel awards are now available for The International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health Inaugural Meeting. **To apply see http://bit.ly/1vaNFak * *December 1, 2014 Early registration and abstract deadlineMarch 19-21, 2015 at Arizona State University* March 18, 2015 Pre-meeting for directors of evolutionary medicine programs The International Society for Evolution, Medicine, & Public Health will hold its inaugural meeting March 19-21 in Tempe, Arizona. Early registration and abstract submission are open until December 1st. Early registrants receive a substantial discount, and all fees are refundable until February 15th. This meeting will bring together scientists, scholars, teachers, clinicians, and students in the evolution and medicine community to share ideas and create new connections that will advance the field. This will be the first large open meeting designed to bridge the many different disciplines (e.g. infectious disease, genetics, clinical medicine, veterinary medicine, anthropology, psychology, etc.) where relevant research takes place. Students and clinicians with an interest in the field are especially welcome. The format will include invited speakers, shorter presentations, discussion groups and poster sessions. This meeting is co-sponsored by The Society and the Arizona State University Center for Evolution & Medicine. For full meeting information visit: http://bit.ly/1vaNFak *Pre-meeting for Directors of Evolutionary Medicine Programs, Centers, and Institutes*, and those who are considering organizing such units will be held Wednesday, March 18, 12 pm - 5 pm. Organizers include Randolph Nesse, Gillian Bentley, Daniel Blumstein, Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, and Frank Rhle. For information about the pre-meeting visit: http://bit.ly/1vaNFak *Plenary Speakers* *Harvey Fineberg *Institute of Medicine *Stephen Stearns *Yale University *Barbara Natterson-Horowitz *UCLA *Sir Peter Gluckman *University of Auckland *Ruslan Medzhitov *Yale University *Ann Demogines *(Omenn Award Winner) BioFire Diagnostics *Confirmed participants include:* Carl Bergstrom, University of Washington | Sudhir Kumar, Temple University | Daniel Lieberman, Harvard University | Gilbert Omenn, University of Michigan Allen Rodrigo, NESCent | Frank Rhli, University of Zurich | Elizabeth Uhl, University of Georgia | Robert Perlman, University of Chicago | Ajit Varki, UC San Diego | Gillian Bentley, Durham University | Bernard Crespi, Simon Fraser University | David Haig, Harvard University | Andrew Read, Penn State University Mark Schwartz, New York University | Marlene Zuk, University of Minnesota | Cynthia Beall, Case Western University | Charles Nunn, Duke University | Randolph Nesse, Arizona State University | Carlo Maley, UCSF | Athena Aktipis, UCSF | Wenda Trevathan, New Mexico State University | Matthew Keller, University of Colorado, Boulder | Lewis Wolpert, University College London | Joshua Schiffman, University of Utah | Joseph Alcock, University of New Mexico | Kathleen Barnes, Johns Hopkins University | Fabio Zampieri, University of Padua, Italy | Michael Ruse, Florida State University | Detlev Ganten, World Health Summit, Berlin | Grazyna Jasienska, Jagellonian University, Poland | Beverly Strassmann, University of Michigan | Daniel Blumstein, UCLS Mark Flinn, University of Missouri | Koos Boomsma, University of Copenhagen *Sponsor Websites*: The International Society for Evolution, Medicine, & Public Health http://bit.ly/1eXchLd and The Arizona State University Center for Evolution & Medicine http://bit.ly/1mP32pF Randolph Nesse via Gmail
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I am looking for a graduate student to work on my NSERC-funded research on the relationship between variation in sexual differentiation and personality. Research in the Hurd lab (aka the Sex and Violence Lab) centres on questions relating to the evolution of genetic, epigenetic and environmental influences on sexual development and their long-term effect on personality (along the lines spelled out in/Trends in Ecology and Evolution/.*29*:581V589 - doi:10.1016/j.tree.2014.07.008 ). The current opening is for a MSc or PhD project investigating social and environmental influences on gene regulation related to sexual differentiation during early life and subsequent life-long, and intergenerational, individual differences in brain and behaviour in a cichlid fish model. Broadly, lab members have interests in neuroscience, behavioural ecology, and/or comparative psychology, with some human personality psychology and behavioural genetics interests as well. Prospective students are expected to have a background including coursework or research experience within these fields, with behavioural ecology, neuroscience and/or genetics of particular value. Opportunities exist to pursue related side-projects related to genetics and epigenetics of sex and personality in human subjects as well. The official application deadline is 15 January 2015 for admission in September 2015, however applications will be reviewed as soon as they are complete. Earlier candidates will also have an advantage in competing for the usual departmental and University prizes and inducements. Please refer to our departmental web pages for information about our graduate program (http://bit.ly/1q2uUbo), and to my own web page (http://bit.ly/1sPJzCd) for more detailed recent information research in my laboratory. Peter L. Hurd Associate Chair, Undergrad Associate Professor Department of Psychology Centre for Neuroscience University of Alberta phurd@ualberta.ca Edmonton, Alberta http://bit.ly/1q2uUbq T6G 2E9 Canada “Peter L. Hurd” via Gmail
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The Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation is a collaboration between Northwestern University (NU) and the Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG). Both MS and PhD degrees are offered, including a new internship-based MS degree. The programs offer a unique opportunity to study ecology, evolution, and environmental issues at the interface of basic and applied plant science. Students apply to the program through Northwestern University and take their courses at both NU and CBG with faculty from both institutions. The Plant Conservation and Science Center at CBG is a tremendous resource for students, and the Chicago region provides an excellent community at the forefront of research in conservation and sustainability. Faculty research areas include: To learn more, contact the program director, Nyree Zerega (nzerega@chicagobotanic.org) or visit our websites: Graduate Program: http://bit.ly/1aIZfxC Plant Science Center: http://bit.ly/1dqeJNl Application deadlines: PhD: December 31, 2014 MS (thesis-based): February 15, 2015 MS (internship-based) Applications will be reviewed beginning February 15 and review will continue through April 30, 2014, and admissions are on a rolling basis. Nyree J C Zerega via Gmail
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Hello all (my apologies for cross posting), OTS is offering a graduate level course on Tropical Plant Systematics in Spanish for 2015. This course is an intensive, five-week field introduction to the identification, inventory, classification, and phylogenetic analysis of tropical vascular plants. This course is primarily for plant systematists but will also interest ecologists, zoologists, and conservation biologists - anyone whose research requires a broad knowledge of plant relationships and classification. Faculty: Mario Blanco, Ph.D. Universidad de Costa Rica. Lucas C. Majure, Ph.D. Desert Botanical Garden, AZ. For more information go to: http://bit.ly/1EKLyiS I would appreciate your help letting graduate students know about this opportunity. Best, Andrs Santana Graduate Education Department Organization for Tropical Studies San Pedro, Costa Rica. 676-2050 (506) 2524-0607 ext. 1511 Skype: andres.santana_otscro www.ots.ac.cr twitter: @ots_tropicaledu Andrs Santana Mora via Gmail
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*The registration to the 10th topical meeting of the Ethological Society: “Causes and consequences of social behaviour” is now open (and closes on 18th December 2014). The conference will be held at the University of Hamburg 11th-14th February 2015. * For further information and registration please visit our website: http://bit.ly/11pFOwI or contact us under info(at)ethology-hamburg-2015.de wiebkesch@googlemail.com via Gmail

November 14, 2014

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Dear colleagues, We are very happy to invite submissions to the following ESEB 2015 symposium: Forecasting Eco-Evolutionary Responses To Global Changes Our goal is to highlight current empirical and theoretical studies that mix evolutionary and ecological approaches to investigate the fate of species’ ranges or persistence under a changing environment. The 15th Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB), will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland, from August 10 - 14 2015. http://bit.ly/1rIZnbW INVITED SPEAKERS Katja Schiffers (Laboratoire d’Ecologie Alpine, Grenoble, France) http://bit.ly/1xB4Pjl Kathleen Donohue (Duke University, NC, USA) http://bit.ly/1GZC3yg ORGANISERS Frdric Guillaume (University of Zurich, Switzerland) http://bit.ly/1puEGzN Ophlie Ronce (CNRS - University of Montpellier, France) http://bit.ly/1GZC31p SYNOPSIS “Evolutionary biology is seldom seen as a predictive science mostly because evolutionary changes are traditionally expected to occur over long time scales where it becomes impossible to predict evolutionary trajectories. Current evidence for rapid adaptive changes on short time scales challenges this vision and argues for the inclusion of evolutionary responses into ecological niche modelling of shifting species’ distributions under climate changes. Ecological forecasting of future species’ ranges has been preferred based on the premise of conservatism of species’ fundamental ecological niches on the time scale of global change. The question of niche conservatism is currently intensely debated and a role for evolutionary adaptation in niche dynamics is expected. Current niche modelling predictions of species extinctions may thus be inaccurate whenever species have the capacity to adapt to novel conditions outside their niche. On the other hand, evolutionary processes may aggr avate the consequences of environmental changes on species persistence whenever the evolution of adaptive traits is limited by genetic or demographic constraints. This symposium aims at highlighting recent efforts to bring together ecological and evolutionary approaches to better understand and predict the potential responses of natural species to environmental changes and the impact of ongoing global changes on the maintenance of biodiversity.” The DEADLINE for abstract submission is January 10, 2015. Further details on ABSTRACT SUBMISSION and the conference are here: http://bit.ly/1rIZnbW Abstracts will be evaluated by the symposium organisers and will be selected for either oral or poster presentation by early March. When submitting your abstract please state your preference (talk, poster). We are looking forward to holding a very exciting symposium! Fred Guillaume & Ophlie Ronce via Gmail
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Dear colleagues, We would like to invite abstract submissions for the symposium “Novel insights in the genetics of sex-specific variation” at the ESEB 2015 conference in Lausanne. Invited speakers: - Daphne Fairbairn (UC Riverside) - Tim Connalon (Monash University) Organisers: - Elina Immonen (Uppsala University) - Holger Schielzeth (Bielefeld University) - Arild Husby (University of Helsinki) This symposium aims to bring together and showcase recent advances in our understanding of the genetics of sex-specific variation and its contribution to sexual dimorphism. Some of the specific areas of interest include identification of genetic basis for sexually dimorphic or sex-specific traits, the role of sex chromosomes in harboring sex-specific variance, the degree to which sex-specific evolution is constrained by intersexual genetic correlations and the link between sexual dimorphism at the molecular and phenotypic levels. Researchers using (quantitative) genetic, genomic and transcriptomic approaches in these fields are invited to contribute to the symposium. Please see the symposium description (no 5) at the ESEB website: (http://bit.ly/1AEbj5O) To register for the ESEB meeting and for abstract submission to this symposium please visit: http://bit.ly/1ED5KBg Deadline for submission for contributed talks and posters is 10th January 2015. Submission guidelines can be found at http://bit.ly/1zTG7yd We look forward to receiving your submissions. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us. Elina, Holger and Arild Elina Immonen, Department of Ecology and Genetics Uppsala University, Norbyvägen 18D, 75236 Uppsala, Sweden e-mail: elina.immonen AT ebc.uu.se Holger Schielzeth, Department of Evolutionary Biology Bielefeld University Morgenbreede 45, 33615 Bielefeld, Germany e-mail: holger.schielzeth AT uni-bielefeld.de Arild Husby, Department of Biosciences, University of Helsinki, PO Box 65, FI 00014 Helsinki, Finland e-mail: arild.husby AT helsinki.fi Elina Immonen via Gmail
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Dear Colleagues, On behalf of my cohorts here in Madison, I would like to encourage you to recommend the UW-Madison Genetics PhD program to your students applying for graduate school. UW-Madison Genetics is one of the top Genetics training programs in the country (entering the 42nd consecutive year of our NIH training grant), with stellar research labs studying a wide variety of systems through classical genetic and genomic approaches. We would also like to announce our connections to the new Quantitative Biology Initiative (QBI, http://qbi.wisc.edu.) at UW-Madison. The QBI is an interdisciplinary and cross-college initiative to provide outstanding training and research opportunities in the quantitative biological sciences. Research and training spans four thematic areas in Computational, Statistical, Theoretical, and Experimental Biology. Students entering the UW-Madison Genetics PhD program have access to many labs within the QBI, including those studying evolutionary and population genetics, statistical genomics, systems and synthetic biology, and more. More information about the UW-Madison Genetics program, including information on how to apply, is available on our website http://bit.ly/1zTG5X2. Thank you, Audrey Gasch via Gmail

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Hello, I am working with two distinct mtDNA clades, each of which is predominated by a major haplotype. Clade ‘A’ has numerous 1-step mutations away from the main A type with a couple of 2-3 step mutations. Clade ‘B’ has fewer 1-step mutations from the main B type with a single 2 step haplotype. I have tried running BEAST with little success (lack of convergence, I think due to the simplistic nature of the network). I have also tried estimating time of population expansion for the two clades individually from mismatch distributions and get a more recent event for A (the more variable of the two) than for B. I am certain this is not a data formatting error, but the expectation would be the more variable should have the older time of expansion. Any thoughts? Mark Mark Coulson via Gmail
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New graduate student positions at the NASA Astrobiology Institute at the University of Montana (admitting for Fall 2015) Overview: The NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) at the University of Montana is seeking outstanding graduate students interested in pursuing research related to the evolution of biological complexity. Research assistantships (NIH scale) are available to work on projects led by Scott Miller, Matt Herron and Margie Kinnersley. NAI students will join the robust and collaborative Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Group, a diverse set of UM faculty using genetic and genomic approaches to investigate evolutionary processes in plants, animals, and microbes. Funding is also available for short- or long-term travel to the UM-NAI partner labs of Vaughan Cooper (U New Hampshire), Shelley Copley (U Colorado, Boulder), Gavin Sherlock (Stanford U), and Paul Sniegowski (U Pennsylvania). Students will also have the opportunity to interact with Montana NAI team leader Frank Rosenzweig, Montana NAI co-Investigator John McCutcheon, as well as with theoretical biologists Eric Smith (Santa Fe Institute) and Phil Gerrish (U New Mexico), who will be summer scholars-in-residence at Montana and Pennsylvania, respectively. Program Description: It is now widely recognized that not just competitive, but also cooperative interactions are fundamental features of biological systems ranging from enzymes to organelles, cells and societies of cells and organisms. The Montana NAI consists of eight projects organized around five questions related to how such interactions influenced major transitions in the history of Life: (1) How do enzymes and metabolic networks evolve? (2) How did the eukaryotic cell come to be, specifically the cell that contained a mitochondrion? (3) How do symbioses arise? (4) How does multicellularity evolve? and (5) How do pleiotropy, epistasis and mutation rate constrain the evolution of novel traits? A unifying theme underlying these questions is: how do cooperative vs. competitive interactions play out in driving major transitions that occur when independently replicating entities combine into a larger, more complex whole? Project Descriptions: Consequences of recA duplication for recombination, genome stability and fitness (PI Scott Miller; Scott.Miller@mso.umt.edu; http://bit.ly/1sLHO9k ): Despite the importance of homologous recombination during the proliferation of biological diversity, we still have a poor understanding of the balance of its creative, stabilizing and destabilizing contributions to organismal fitness and genome evolution. Addressing this issue hinges on understanding the regulation of the expression and activity of the recombinase A (recA) gene family, an ancient gene family that plays a central role in HR-mediated processes in all three domains of life. We will use the extraordinary genetic variation exhibited by duplicated recA gene copies in the genomes of the cyanobacterium Acaryochloris as a model to address both the impact of recA copy number on recombination and fitness and whether Acaryochloris RecA paralogs have specialized for different sub-functions. With the recent development of genetic tools for these organisms that enables us to manipulate recA copy number, the Acaryochloris system presents a unique opportunity to gain novel insights on the fitness consequences that emerge from the interplay between HR-mediated maintenance of genome stability, selectively favored gene duplications and non-adaptive genomic rearrangements. The evolution of complexity via multicellularity and cell differentiation (PI Matt Herron; matthew.herron@mso.umt.edu; http://bit.ly/1BmI4ER): How and why organismal complexity increases are central questions in evolutionary biology. Although the vast majority of life forms remain simple, both the maximum and the average levels of complexity have increased from the origin of life to the present day. Large increases in organismal complexity resulted from a series of events in which existing individuals combined to become parts of a new kind of individual with components specialized for various roles. Such events are known as major transitions and include the emergence of cellular life from groups of interacting molecular replicators, of eukaryotes from two prokaryotes, of multicellular organisms from unicells, and of eusocial $B!H(Bsuperorganisms$B!I(B from individual animals. Among such transitions, the evolution of multicellular organisms from single-celled ancestors set the stage for unprecedented increases in complexity, especially in land plants and animals. We have used the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii to experimentally generate de novo origins of simple (undifferentiated) multicellularity in two separate experiments. Using these newly-evolved, multicellular Chlamydomonas, we plan to ascertain the genetic bases underlying the evolution of multicellularity, evaluate the role of genetic assimilation in the evolution of multicellularity, and observe the evolution of multicellular development in real time. An experimental model for eukaryogenesis: Co-evolution of Escherichia coli and its parasite Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus (PI Margie Kinnersley; Margie.Kinnersley@mso.umt.edu; http://bit.ly/1BmI7jW): Among the major evolutionary transitions, perhaps the most crucial to understanding extant biodiversity is the transition from prokaryote to eukaryote (eukaryogenesis). Because the timing of eukaryogenesis coincides with the phylogenetic origin of the mitochondrion, it has been hypothesized that acquisition of this organelle heralded the prokaryote-eukaryote transition and preceded the rapid diversification referred to as the eukaryotic big bang. By selecting for metabolic interdependence between the intracellular prokaryotic predator Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus and its host, an acetate-excreting strain of Escherichia coli, we plan to establish a simple, straightforward model for mitochodrial acquisition based on the $B!H(Bparasitism hypothesis$B!I(B of mitochondriogenesis. This co-evolving system will be used to test hypotheses concerning ecological prerequisites for, early molecular events in, and evolutionary consequences of incipient endosymbiosis based on metabolic niche partitioning and energy generation, exactly the features that define the mitochondrion$B!G(Bs role in eukaryotic systems. Understanding these aspects of symbiogenesis is essential for truly understanding the prokaryotic/eukaryotic transition and thus is applicable to the study of myriad aspects of cellular and organismal diversity. The University of Montana: UM is located in Missoula, MT, a college town in the heart of the Northern Rocky Mountains with a high quality of life. Missoula has excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation, an active music scene, a strong biking culture, numerous restaurants and breweries, and was listed among Outside Magazine$B!G(Bs $B!H(BBest Towns$B!I(B in 2011 and 2013. Application Process: Interested students should contact the PIs listed above with a CV (including research experience and outcomes, as well as a description of relevant coursework) and a short description of their research interests. Selected candidates will also need to apply for graduate admission to the University of Montana Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology Program (http://bit.ly/1sLHR4Q Sciences , priority application deadline: January 15, 2015). via Gmail
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**The University of Bordeaux hires a junior scientist in the field of Evolutionary Ecology.* We seek candidates whose research encompasses the fields of quantitative ecology, evolutionary biology through investigations in subfields such as population, and evolutionary genetics. The overarching goal is to integrate the various processes shaping the composition of terrestrial or aquatic communities in order to predict their future evolution. This can be achieved by coupling ecological, genetic but also social drivers into a generic framework, through modeling approaches. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in ecology or evolutionary biology and postdoctoral experience. A strong background in modeling and theoretical approaches is also recommended. The successful candidate will be part of the “Integrative Ecology” team within the cluster of Excellence COTE and build on existing contributions from its different members. COTE Continental to Coastal Ecosystems: Evolution, Adaptability and Governance” is a Cluster of Excellence (LabEx) recently created at the University of Bordeaux within the national program of “Initiatives d’Excellence” as a joint project with CNRS, INRA, IRSTEA (former CEMAGREF) and IFREMER. The “Integrative Ecology” team will be composed of two scientists and two post doctorates, which will be affiliated with the member labs of COTE. In addition, it will have access to modeling facilities and personnel including dedicated engineers (data management and programming). The successful candidate is expected to develop strong collaborations and interactions between the different member labs of COTE and contribute significantly to the development of Evolutionary Ecology within the Cluster of Excellence. The position is funded for two years by Labex COTE, with the perspective to apply for a permanent position during this period. Applicants should send a cover letter describing their interest in the position, a curriculum vitae, and name and contact information of three references to: manager-labexcote@u-bordeaux.fr For additional information on the research project contact: antoine.kremer@pierroton.inra.fr. For additional information regarding application procedure contact : manager-labexcote@u-bordeaux.fr - Opening date for applications: 28/10/2014 - Submission deadline for applications: 31/12/2014 - Short listing: 15/01/2015 - Final selection: 28/02/2015 Universit de Bordeaux Julien Dumercq Charg de mission LabEx COTE Summer school coordinator T. 0540002255 P. 0665376668 cotesummerschool.u-bordeaux.fr/ Julien Dumercq via Gmail
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Graduate student positions in Plant Evolution at McGill University, Montreal. Position 1. Self-incompatibility is the most effective method by which flowering plants enforce outcrossing and maintain a system of mating that the negative consequences of inbreeding depression in progeny. The self-incompatibility system in the Brassicaceae is perhaps the best characterized one. We have recently found exciting evidence suggesting that this system has evolved more than once within the family (http://bit.ly/1xV5743). We are looking to recruit a graduate student (M.Sc. or Ph.D. level) to assist us in furthering this investigation. Position 2. Climate change is producing new ecological challenges for plants in this century (e.g., temperature, water stress conditions). When phenotypic plasticity is insufficient for plants to cope with such challenges, they must either adapt evolutionarily or face local extinction. We are exploring how next generation sequencing approaches can help us to better understand the underlying genetics and evolutionary genomics of this process. We would like to recruit a graduate student (Ph.D. level) to work on this problem in our lab. Please send me your CV and a brief statement detailing: (1) which position you are interested in applying for; (2) why you are interested in the position and any relevant experience you may have; and (3) the names of 3 people we may write to for letters of reference. This information should be sent to Prof. Daniel Schoen: schoenlab@gmail.com by 15 February 2015 (for Canadian students) and 30 December 2014 (for non-Canadian students). dan.schoen@mcgill.ca via Gmail

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Graduate research opportunity to study ectoparasite population genetics and metapopulation dynamics. Department of Biological Sciences - University of Tulsa A graduate student at the M.S. or Ph.D level is sought to work with Drs. Warren Booth and Charles Brown in the Department of Biological Sciences at The University of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The successful applicant will develop a thesis research project focused on the metapopulation dynamics and population structure of swallow bugs (Oeciacus vicarius: Cimicidae), a disease vectoring ectoparasite of cliff swallows (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota). The PIs have amassed a large collection of swallow bugs from cliff swallow colonies varying in size, geographic location, and patterns of occupation, and have recently identified hundreds of microsatellite markers specifically for swallow bugs using next-generation sequencing. The work will draw on a long-term (33-year) study on social behavior and reproductive ecology of cliff swallows in western Nebraska. The study aims to examine the following objectives: nest fidelity and dispersal patterns, inbreeding dynamics, metapopulation structure and population differentiation; relationships between host and parasite genetic structure and diversity; and the potential of blood-fed bugs as indirect indicators of cliff swallow demography and social structure. Applicants for this position should have a strong background in population genetics, molecular ecology, evolutionary biology, or ecology, be willing to undertake seasonal field research at the study site in western Nebraska, and meet the admission requirements for the Department of Biological Sciences graduate program. (http://bit.ly/1aOtTdZ) Applications should include the following: 1) A letter of interest (not exceeding two pages). 2) A curriculum vitae. 3) Names and email addresses for at least three academics/researchers willing to provide a letter of recommendation 4) Copies of undergraduate/post-graduate transcripts 5) Electronic copies of published manuscripts, if any. For more information about this opportunity, contact Dr. Booth (warren-booth@utulsa.edu). Anticipated start date is January or August 2015. Additional information regarding our research can be found at - www.booth-lab.org via Gmail

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ESEB symposium on ECOLOGY AND THE EVOLUTION OF SEX We would like to invite you to contribute to the ESEB symposium Ecology and Evolution of Sex, which will take place at the 15th Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB), in Lausanne, Switzerland, 10 - 14 August 2015. Invited speaker: Sally Otto (UBC) and Levi Morran (Emory University) Organizer: Hanna Koch and Lutz Becks (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology) SYMPOSIUM DESCRIPTION: We are still missing the answer to one of the important questions in evolutionary biology: Why sex? Despite the high prevalence of sexual reproduction in nature, understanding its evolution and maintenance is still not that straightforward. The reason lays partly in the scarcity of experimental tests and theory that account for ecological dynamics and their direct consequences, i.e. population cycling and thus changes in strength and/or direction of selection. An important step towards solving the mystery of sex is to include ecological dynamics in experimental, theoretical as well as genomic studies. With this proposed symposium, we hope to start a rapid growing discussion on how to further integrate the role of ecology into the field of the evolution of sexual reproduction. WEBSITE (see symposium 1): http://bit.ly/1AEbj5O The site for registration for the ESEB meeting and for abstract submission for this symposium is now open at: http://bit.ly/1rIZnbW DEADLINE for abstract submission for contributed talks and posters: 10 January 2015. Abstracts will be evaluated by the symposium organizers and will be selected for either oral or poster presentation by early March. When submitting your abstract please state your preference (talk, poster). Submitted talks will be 17 min each, including discussion, plus 3 min to change rooms. The overall time window allotted to each symposium will be decided by the congress committee, depending on the number and quality of submissions. Lutz Becks & Hanna Koch Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology August Thienemann Str. 2 24306 Pln, Germany Lutz Becks via Gmail
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*Graduate Studies in Integrative Biology* *The University of Miami, FL, USA* The University of Miami’s Department of Biology is seeking outstanding graduate students in integrative biology. Our department’s research strengths and foci include Neuroscience & Behavior, Development & Disease, Tropical Biology, and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. Our graduate program promotes an interdisciplinary training in the biological sciences, that takes advantage of our diverse faculty, proximity to the Neotropics and strong partnerships with other departments and institutions. Our partner institutions and departments include the Departments of Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science and Psychology, as well as the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miller School of Medicine, Rosenstiel School for Marine & Atmospheric Sciences, and the Abess Center for Environmental Science & Policy. Shared facilities available in the department include tissue culture, imaging, isotope, molecular core and zebrafish facilities. The University of Miami is nestled in a vibrant and diverse community, minutes from downtown Miami and South Beach, and within an hour of natural areas such as the Everglades National Park and the Florida Keys. All PhD students are guaranteed 5 years of financial support and tuition waiver. Current sources of support include: university and college fellowships, HHMI/NIH fellowships, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden fellowships, and research & teaching assistantships.Applications for the 2015-2016 academic year close December 1^st 2014. For more information on our program and our graduate faculty, please visit: http://bit.ly/19mRldP For additional information contact Al Uy, Graduate Program Director at uy@bio.miami.edu J. Albert C. Uy Aresty Chair in Tropical Ecology Department of Biology University of Miami 1301 Memorial Drive 202/204 Cox Science Center Coral Gables, FL 33146, U.S.A. Office: 305.284.8558 Lab: 305.284.3039 http://bit.ly/1u8FZGd uy@bio.miami.edu via Gmail

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Seeking outstanding students interested in evolutionary biology and chemistry to join the Bushley lab in fall 2015. Fungal secondary metabolites are enigmatic small molecules that shape the interaction of fungi with plants and other organisms. Using a combination of next generation sequencing, natural products chemistry, molecular genetics, and metabolomics, we examine the evolution, diversity, and functions of these metabolites, with a focus on large modular proteins such as nonribosomal peptide synthetases (NRPSs) and polyketide synthetases (PKSs). Current research is focused on population genomic analyses and fine-scale evolution of NRPS secondary metabolites among strains of Tolypocladium inflatum, a fungal pathogen of beetles. Questions addressed include looking at how selection on secondary metabolite genes, together with horizontal transfer and transposition in fungal genomes shapes the evolution of new chemical compounds. Other projects in the lab include identification of regulatory networks involved in controlling secondary metabolism, characterizing genome features that allow fungi to interact with distinct hosts (insects, plants, and other fungi), and examining the roles of endophytic fungi and their metabolites in mediating plant resistance to insect and nematode pests. The Bushley lab (http://bit.ly/1e1IgKp) in the Deptartment of Plant Biology at University of Minnesota is a diverse, interdisciplinary, and stimulating research environment that values ethnic, cultural, and gender diversity. The University is home to a vibrant academic community with strong expertise in mycology, genetics, host-microbe interactions, and natural products chemistry. The university recently hired 4 new faculty in mycology, adding additional expertise to an already strong program. Students will have the opportunity to interact with other mycology labs (Kennedy,May,Figuroa,Shilling,and Kistler) as well as strong programs in molecular and cellular biology and computational biology. Students can apply through either The Department of Plant Biology (Application deadline 12/15/2014) or The Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (Application deadline 12/1/2014) which both offer competitive stipends, tuition waivers, and health benefits for full-time graduate students. http://bit.ly/1eVY2tu http://bit.ly/1fEPEjh Prospective students are expected to have a passion for fungi and interests in evolutionary biology, comparative genomics, and/or natural products chemistry. Research experience/interest in molecular biology, next-generation sequencing, and computational biology are a plus. Please contact Dr. Kathryn Bushley (kbushley@umn.edu) for additional information. Please send a CV, a brief outline of your research interests and goals, and contact information for references. Kathryn Bushley Assistant Professor University of Minnesota Department of Plant Biology 822 BioSci Bldg 1445 Gortner Avenue St. Paul, MN 55108 Kathryn Bushley via Gmail
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—54644f8c_6b8b4567_11b Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”utf-8” Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Content-Disposition: inline Graduate opportunities in Microbial Population Biology at the University of Minnesota The Microbial Population Biology research group (Micropop) at the University of Minnesota encourages graduate applications to the Ecology, Evolution & Behavior and Plant Biology graduate programs. Current research includes the causal bases of biological complexity, aging, cooperation, the evolution of multicellularity, and microbial community dynamics. We employ a variety of approaches, from Experimental Evolution, Molecular & Systems Biology, and Microbiology; using a broad diversity of microbes. Micropop members are highly interactive, and have interdisciplinary connections with the University of Minnesota BioTechnology Institute, Minnesota Center for the Philosophy of Science and Interdisciplinary Center for the study of Global Change. Competitive graduate fellowships are available. Faculty Micropop members are: Tony Dean: deanx024@umn.edu R. Ford Denison: denis036@umn.edu Will Harcombe: harcombe@umn.edu Michael Travisano: travisan@umn.edu Please feel free to contact any of us with questions about the graduate programs or our individual labs. The application deadline for both graduate programs is December 1st. More information about the graduate programs can be found at: Ecology, Evolution and Behavior (http://bit.ly/1zPNJTf) and Plant Biology (http://bit.ly/114lu2W). Michael Travisano Associate Professor Director of Graduate Admissions | Ecology, Evolution & Behavior BioTechnology Institute Resident Fellow | Minnesota Center for the Philosophy of Science 1987 Upper Buford Circle, Ecology Bldg, Saint Paul, MN 55108 University of Minnesota www.micropop.org —54644f8c_6b8b4567_11b Content-Type: text/html; charset=”utf-8” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Disposition: inline Graduate opportunities in Microbial Population Biology at the University of MinnesotaThe Microbial Population Biology research group (Micropop) at the University of Minnesota encourages graduate applications to the Ecology, Evolution & Behavior and Plant Biology graduate programs. Current research includes the causal bases of biological complexity, aging, cooperation, the evolution of multicellularity, and microbial community dynami cs. We employ a variety of approaches, from Experimental Evolution, Molecular & Systems Biology, and Microbiology; using a broad diversity of microbes. Micropop members are highly interactive, and have interdisciplinary connections with the University of Minnesota BioTechnology Institute, Minnesota Center for the Philosophy of Science and Interdisciplinary Center for the study of Global Change.  Competitive graduate fellowships are available. Faculty Micropop&nb sp;members are:Tony Dean: deanx024@umn.eduR. Ford Denison: denis036@umn.eduWill Harcombe: harcombe@umn.eduMichael Travisano: travisan@umn.eduPlease feel free to contact any of us with questions about the graduate programs or our individual labs. The application deadline for both graduate programs is December 1st. More information about the graduate programs can be found at: Ecology, Evolution and Behavior (http://bit.ly/1zPNJTf) and Plant Biology (http://bit.ly/114lu2W).Michael TravisanoAssociate ProfessorDirector of Graduate Admissions | Ecology, Evolution & BehaviorBioTechnology InstituteResident Fellow | Minnesota Center for the Philosophy of Science1987 Upper Buford Circle, Ecology Bldg, Saint Paul, MN 55108University of Minnesotawww.micropop.org —54644f8c_6b8b4567_11 via Gmail

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2 PhD positions - The genetics of parallel pollinator-driven ecological speciation in orchids Two PhD positions are open for highly motivated students with a keen interest in evolutionary and ecological questions, and a solid knowledge of (1) bioinformatics/statistics/genomics or (2) molecular biology/biochemistry. The successful candidates will be part of a team investigating the molecular basis of parallel pollinator-mediated reproductive isolation and ecological speciation between sexually deceptive orchids of the genus Ophrys. The project seeks to understand the degree of convergence, at the phenotypic and molecular levels, of two cases of species divergence mediated by the same pollinators. This multidisciplinary project will involve a combination of field experiments, chemical ecology, metabolomics, population genetics, ecological genomics, bioinformatics, evolutionary analysis, transgenesis (in Arabidopsis), molecular biology and enzyme biochemistry, to address fundamental questions about the repeatability of evolution. For background information on the study system, please see e.g. Schlter & Schiestl (2008, Trends Plant Sci.) and Schlter & al. (2011, PNAS). The two main components of the project, each addressed by one PhD student, focus on (1) a field and ecological genomics approach utilising exome and RNA sequencing involving an in-depth analysis of candidate genes and metabolic pathways involved in the production of pollinator-relevant traits; (2) identification and key genes and specific mutations underlying repeated adaptations, and in-depth analysis of their biochemical functions, their regulation, evolutionary origin and ecological effect. The ideal candidates should be highly motivated and able to articulate their motivation for this project clearly. S/he should be well organised, with a thorough understanding of evolutionary biology, population genetics and molecular biology. Moreover, candidates for position (1) are expected to have programming/analysis skills (knowledge of R is required, knowledge of C/C++, Delphi or other languages are a plus) and a proven experience in bioinformatics, ideally with an ecological genomics background. Candidates for position (2) should have ample experience in molecular laboratory techniques, such as molecular cloning and RNA work, and ideally protein work (expression/purification/Westerns/enzyme work), plant transformation and subcellular protein localisation (e.g. GFP). For both positions, proficiency in English and good communication skills are essential, as is an MSc degree (or equivalent) in biology, biochemistry, or a related discipline, and the proven ability to carry out research independently. We offer two 3-year PhD positions at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The students will be part of the Institute of Systematic Botany, located in the beautiful Botanic Gardens and within walking distance of Lake Zurich. The successful candidates will work in a young, active and interdisciplinary environment and will have access to state-of-the-art tools and techniques. Applications should be made via the Life Science Zurich Graduate School (http://bit.ly/16PBvHj), selecting the Plant Science programme, before 1 December 2014. Contact for further information: Dr Philipp Schlter, Institute of Systematic Botany, Zollikerstr. 107, CH-8008 Zurich, Switzerland. philipp.schlueter at systbot.uzh.ch. Telephone: +41 44 63 48328. via Gmail