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—Apple-Mail=_D931F972-38BA-4D16-A2A8-F8CE11896D9B Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii Postdoctoral fellowship in human genomics University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine Postdoctoral positions are available in Christopher Brown’s lab in the Genetics Department at the University of Pennsylvania. Current research in the Brown lab is focused on identifying and characterizing non-coding variants that affect complex phenotypes. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to design their own projects relating to the genetics of gene expression regulation, eQTLs, or post-GWAS fine mapping and functional interpretation. The fellow will also have the opportunity to work as a part of the GTEx consortium and related projects. Candidates with expertise in experimental or computational biology will be considered, but the ideal candidate will have significant wet and dry experience. Applicants must have an MD, PhD, or equivalent degree in genetics/genomics, evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, computational biology, or a related discipline. Candidates with backgrounds in statistics, computer science, physics, or other quantitative fields will be considered if they have experience with biological data. Experience with next-generation sequencing techniques and data, ChIP and related functional genomics techniques, and/or scientific programming are desired. Applications (including CV, statement of research interests, and references) and informal inquiries should be emailed to Christopher Brown (chrbro@upenn.edu). Applications will be considered as they are received; positions are available now. Christopher Brown Assistant Professor Department of Genetics University of Pennsylvania chrbro@upenn.edu http://bit.ly/1stOB85 —Apple-Mail=_D931F972-38BA-4D16-A2A8-F8CE11896D9B Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/html; charset=us-ascii

Postdoctoral fellowship in human genomicsUniversity of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of MedicinePostdoctoral positions are available in Christopher Brown’s lab in the Genetics Department at the University of Pennsylvania.  Current research in the Brown lab is focused on identifying and characterizing non-coding variants that affect complex phenotypes.  Successful applicants will have the opportunity to design their own projects relating to the genetics of gene expression regulation, eQTLs, or post-GWAS fine mapping and functional interpretation.  The fellow will also have the opportunity to work as a part of the GTEx consortium and related projects.Candidates with expertise in experimental or computational biology will be considered, but the ideal candidate will have significant wet and dry experience.     Applicants must have an MD, PhD, or equivalent degree in genetics/genomics, evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, computational biology, or a related discipline.  Candidates with backgrounds in statistics, computer science, physics, or other quantitative fields will be considered if they have experience with biological data.  Experience with next-generation sequencing techniques and data, ChIP and related functional genomics techniques, and/or scientific programming are desired.  Applications (including CV, statement of research interests, and references) and informal inquiries should be emailed to Christopher Brown (chrbro@upenn.edu).   Applications will be considered as they are received; positions are available now.Christop her BrownAssistant ProfessorDepartment of GeneticsUniversity of Pennsylvaniachrbro@upenn.eduhttp://bit.ly/1stOB85 —Apple-Mail=_D931F972-38BA-4D16-A2A8-F8CE11896D9 via Gmail
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> This message is in MIME format. Since your mail reader does not understand this format, some or all of this message may not be legible. —B_3491827199_1095631 Content-type: text/plain; charset=”ISO-8859-1” Content-transfer-encoding: quoted-printable Liber Ero Fellowship Program - call for post-doctoral applications We are delighted to announce the third call for post-doctoral applications for the Liber Ero Fellowship Program. The Liber Ero Fellowship Program supports exceptional postdoctoral fellows who address pressing conservation challenges of relevance to Canada. The Program aims to develop the next generation of conservation scientists, trained in the latest methods and in the skills necessary to affect policy and improve conservation of Canadas wild places and natural resources. The Liber Ero Fellowship is open to candidates from any country whose research furthers conservation goals within Canada. Fellows must be hosted at a Canadian institution, with mentorship teams drawing from expertise in non-governmental organizations, government, and universities. Applications are now being accepted, with a deadline of November 1, 2014. See http://liberero.ca/ for more details. Please see http://bit.ly/13rrSzT to read about the current cohort of fellows and their projects. Contact information: info@liberero.ca —B_3491827199_1095631 Content-type: text/html; charset=”ISO-8859-1” Content-transfer-encoding: quoted-printable Liber Ero Fellowship Program - call for post-doctoral applications

We are delighted to announce the third call for post-doctoral applications for the Liber Ero Fellowship Program. The Liber Ero Fellowship Program supports exceptional post–doctoral fellows who address pressing conservation challenges of relevance to Canada. The Program aims to develop the next generation of conservation scientists, t rained in the latest methods and in the skills necessary to affect policy and improve conservation of Canada’s wild places and natural resources.

 

The Liber Ero Fellowship is open to candidates from any country whose research furthers conservation goals within Canada. Fellows must be hosted at a Canadian institution, with mentorship teams drawing from expertise in non-governmental organizations, government, and universities. Applications are now being accepted, with a deadline of November 1, 2014.  See http://liberero.ca/ for more details.

 

Please see http://bit.ly/13rrSzT to read about the current cohort of fellows and their projects.

Contact information:

info@liberero.ca

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—_000_5454EEAF5C8D42A793D117045D358E7Cmissouriedu_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”us-ascii” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable A 3-year post-doctoral fellowship in Brassica comparative genomics is available in the Conant/Pires to start immediately. This NSF-funded position is at the University of Missouri-Columbia in Columbia MO. The goal of the project is to develop computational tools to model the evolution of multiple Brassica species (broccoli, turnips, and Brussels sprouts) after a genome triplication. The initial phases of the project will involve modifying and improving our existing models of polyploid genome evolution (http://bit.ly/1stCQ1m). As a result, we are looking for applicants with strong programming and statistical backgrounds: a knowledge of object-oriented programming (preferably c++) is highly desired. Experience in plant genomics is desirable but not required. More information about my lab is available from our website (http://bit.ly/1pbHm79). Please direct all inquires to me (conantg@missouri.edu). Gavin Conant Assistant Professor F21C Animal Reproductive Biology Group Associate Director for Education, MU Informatics Institute S134A Animal Science Research Center 920 East Campus Drive University of Missouri Columbia, MO 65211 Phone: 573-882-2931 Email: conantg@missouri.edu Web: http://bit.ly/1stCTdv —_000_5454EEAF5C8D42A793D117045D358E7Cmissouriedu_ Content-Type: text/html; charset=”us-ascii” Content-ID: Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable A 3-year post-doctoral fellowship in Brassica comparative genomics is available in the Conant/Pires to start immediately. This NSF-funded position is at the University of Missouri-Columbia in Columbia MO. The goal of the project is to develop computational tools to model the evolution of multiple Brassica species (broccoli, turnips, and Brussels sprouts) after a genome triplication. The initial phases of the project will involve modifying and improving our existing models of polyploid genome evolution (http://bit.ly/1stCQ1m). As a result, we are looking for applicants with strong programming and statistical backgrounds: a knowledge of object-oriented programming (preferably c++) is highly desired. Experience in plant genomics is desirable but not required. More information about my lab is available from our website (http://bit.ly/1pbHm79).    Please direct all inquires to me (conantg@missouri.edu).  Gavin Conant  Assistant Professor F21C Animal Reproductive Biology Group   Associate Director for Education, MU Informatics Institute S134A Animal Science Research Center  920 East Campus Drive  University of Missouri  Columbia, MO 65211 Phone: 573-882-2931  Email: conantg@missouri.edu  Web:  http://bit.ly/1stCTdv 

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Post Doctoral Research Associate in host-pathogen evolutionary ecology Vacancy Ref: : 031106 Closing Date : 22-Sep-2014 The Vale Lab at the University of Edinburgh is looking to recruit a Post-doctoral Research Associate (PDRA). The Vale lab is closely affiliated with the Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution (http://bit.ly/1tEjOac) and works on the evolutionary ecology of infectious disease, focusing on the fruit fly Drosophila as model host of viral infection. The postdoctoral position will be funded by a Society in Science – Branco Weiss grant to investigate how individual variation in resistance and tolerance may influence disease spread and pathogen evolution. The specific focus of the project is flexible according to the interests of the successful candidate, but should ideally address the genetic basis of variation in host tolerance to viral infection, or the consequences of this variation for disease transmission and viral evolution. This project will take advantage of the vast resources offered by Drosophila as a model system for the evolutionary ecology and genetics of host-pathogen interactions. Specifically, key infection phenotypes pertaining to resistance and tolerance will be measured on lines derived from the Drosophila Genetic Reference Panel (DGRP). The fully sequenced genomes of these lines allow high resolution mapping of phenotypes to genome-wide SNP data. The emphasis in the lab is to achieve a multifaceted view of host health, complimenting traditional measures such as host survival with more subtle but equally important measures of host morbidity such as fecundity, activity and sleep cycles, feeding rate, or foraging and courtship behaviours. Depending on the candidate’s interests and skills, there is therefore scope to focus on host life-history, physiological health, or sickness behaviours under infection. We therefore welcome applications from candidates with a wide range of interests. We are looking for someone who is self-driven and looking to work independently within a small but dynamic group. Candidates should have or should shortly obtain a PhD with a strong background in host-pathogen interactions, evolutionary ecology, evolutionary genetics, or similar field, with the demonstrated ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals. The ideal candidate should have previous experience in designing and executing large experiments with Drosophila, or other invertebrates. Experience with molecular techniques (RNA extraction, PCR, qPCR, cell culture) would be particularly advantageous, as these skills are central to the project. The position is initially available for 24 months, with the possibility of extension. The starting date is flexible, but early (Jan/Feb) 2015 is preferred. Informal inquiries can be made directly to Dr. Pedro Vale (pedro.vale@ed.ac.uk), but full applications must be made by following the link to the University of Edinburgh’s recruitment website (or searching the for vacancy Ref 031106): http://bit.ly/1wvdruG The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments. For further information about our research, please see: http://bit.ly/1wvdqqD We look forward to receiving your application. via Gmail

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Research Technician (Part-time or Full time) Vacancy Ref: : 031148 Closing Date : 22-Sep-2014 An opportunity has arisen for a Research Technician in the Vale lab at the University of Edinburgh. The Vale lab is closely affiliated with the Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution, and works on the evolutionary ecology of infectious disease, focusing on the fruit fly Drosophila as model host of viral infection. We are seeking an experienced research technician / research assistant who will contribute to the efficient day-to-day running of the lab, as well as to carry out experimental work. The position has a diverse set of responsibilities, including: - Routine rearing and maintenance of fly stocks. - Conducting experiments in the molecular lab (RNA and DNA extraction, PCR, RT-PCR, and cell culture). - Ordering of supplies and maintenance of basic equipment. - Basic data analyses. Good technical and laboratory skills are therefore highly desirable, although there will be ample opportunities to develop a range of techniques and skills. Further duties may include helping with evolution and infection experiments, collection of samples in the field and general support of the working group. Good interpersonal and communication abilities are therefore essential, as well as the ability to plan and organise work independently. Prior experience working in a lab environment is highly advantageous. The position is available from January 2015, initially for 2 years (part-time) or one year (full-time), although there is the possibility for extension. The annual salary is UE05 £21,391 - £24,775. Informal inquiries can be made directly to Dr. Pedro Vale (pedro.vale@ed.ac.uk), but full applications must be made by following the link to the University of Edinburgh’s recruitment website (or search for vacancy Ref 031148): http://bit.ly/1tEjNTS The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments. The closing date is 5pm GTM on 22 September. For further information about our research, please see: http://bit.ly/1wvdqqD We look forward to receiving your application. via Gmail

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Re-domesticating an ancient domesticated fungus A 4-year PhD position is available in my lab at Wageningen University in The Netherlands, starting fall 2015. This NWO funded project will study adaptations of the Termitomyces fungi cultivated by fungus-growing termites to a symbiotic lifestyle. The work will use in vitro microbial techniques to study life-history traits (mycelial growth and asexual spore production and details of enzyme production) of Termitomyces strains, followed by genetic analyses. We have a collection of more than 100 Termitomyces strains, associated with the three most common genera of fungus-growing termites and recently the genome of one strain has been sequenced. The primary goal of this project is to gain fundamental insight in functional aspects of coevolution and mutualistic symbiosis. Ultimately, this knowledge may be used for the artifical cultivation of the highly valued mushrooms formed by Termitomyces. Attempts to cultivate this fungus have been unsuccessful, because essential knowledge of the mutualistic relationship with termites is still lacking. Summary Knowledge of division of labour between interacting species is required to understand their interdependence in mutualistic relationships, but also to be able to grow mutualistic species in isolation. This second aspect is of applied interest to cultivate organisms that already have been domesticated by other species. Examples of ‘re-domestication’ exist in nature, but humans have not employed this approach yet. A promising possibility for re-domestication is provided by the obligate mutualistic symbiosis between termites and Termitomyces fungi. The mushrooms formed by Termitomyces are the most protein-rich mushrooms known, and highly appreciated as a wild food source in many African countries. Unfortunately, attempts to cultivate this fungus have been unsuccessful, because essential knowledge of the mutualistic relationship with termites was lacking until recently. The objectives of this proposal are i) to establish division of labour in substrate degradation between termites and Termitomyces; ii) to establish variation in the growth requirements between Termitomyces strains, and, iii) to establish the factors that initiate mushroom formation. We will use the recently sequenced genome of Termitomyces for in-depth analysis of the genes expressed during different stages of the fungal life cycle, screen our culture collection on a standard set of 35 carbon sources and select strains for further research. The fundamental knowledge gained in this project on the evolution of division of labour in mutualisms will go hand-in-hand with the knowledge required for artificial cultivation of Termitomyces by humans. Informal enquiries can be addressed to: Duur Aanen, Tel: +31 (0)317 483144, Email: duur.aanen@wur.nl Duur Aanen Laboratory of Genetics Wageningen University and Research Center The Netherlands Tel. +31(0)317 483144 Mobile: +31 (0)6 10327948 Fax: +31 (0)317 483146 http://bit.ly/1zwpVya Wageningen University and Research centre (Wageningen UR) is a leading international organization. Within the field of healthy nutrition and living environment we are working on the quality of life. We are always looking for talented colleagues. Professionals with passion who want to work with us for the world of tomorrow. The interrelationship between genetics, heredity and evolution is the focus of research of the Laboratory of Genetics (LoG). Central is the study of genetic variation that ranges from the processes that produce it (mutation, recombination), to the factors that have shaped its architecture in the past, and to the factors and processes that determine its fate. Our current research focus can be captured in the following three themes, (1) Generating variation; (2) Genetics and levels of selection, and (3) Genetics of adaptations. Within these themes we can retain and expand on our national and international reputation as a key research group with a unique focus on fundamental and applied aspects of genetics and heredity. Because evolutionary theory applies to all life forms, and heredity is a key characteristic of life, the genetic and evolutionary analysis of biodiversity requires a broad range of model species that span the major kingdoms. Therefore, the LoG uses prokaryotes (bacteria) and eukaryotes from yeast, fungi, to animals (Drosophila melanogaster) and plants (Arabidopsis thaliana). All our systems are characterized by the ease of laboratory rearing and by the availability of a plethora of genetic and phenotypic tools for experimental manipulation. Our strength is that we study both fundamental mechanism of genetics as well as the more inclusive mechanisms of heredity (e.g. cytogenetics, epigenetics, regulation of gene expression) and how this influences the genotype-phenotype map. We do this within the unifying framework of evolutionary theory and we focus on fundamental questions and concepts rather than on specific phenotypes or organisms. With our research we both test and further develop the theories and hypotheses of genetics, heredity and evolution, while creating and using opportunities for applying our research to relevant societal problems and questions. Duur Aanen Assistant professor Laboratory of Genetics Wageningen University and Research Center The Netherlands Tel. +31(0)317 483144 Mobile: +31 (0)6 10327948 Fax: +31 (0)317 483146 http://bit.ly/1zwpVya “Aanen, Duur” via Gmail
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Updated from earlier post: link to the College of Charleston HR to submit applications now available. http://bit.ly/1qm2ypZ The unPAK project (undergraduates Phenotyping Arabidopsis Knockouts - http://bit.ly/W63Xp6) seeks a project manager to coordinate activities across 10 participating institutions. The unPAK project is collecting phenotypic information associated with Arabidopsis thaliana T-DNA insertion mutants and includes extensive involvement of undergraduate researchers. This project addresses broad questions in ecological genomics and is developing a phenotypic resource for the Arabidopsis and evolutionary genomic communities. The project manager will be responsible for communication between institutions, seed stock production, seed distribution, data curation, and management of participating undergraduates. The position will be located at the College of Charleston, and will involve travel to other participating institutions. We seek a candidate who is organized, energetic, and has strong communication skills. A successful candidate will have professional, diplomatic and leadership qualities. Ideally the candidate will bring experience working in a field or laboratory setting with plants. The position has ample opportunities for developing management skills and for publishing research. Interested individuals with undergraduate, master’s or doctoral degrees are welcome to apply. Specific responsibilities - distribution of protocols to new partner schools - travel to institutions to train participants in phenotyping and data management - grow plants with student help to bulk seeds for distribution - maintain seed-stock records - coordinate seed stocks to be shipped. - maintain of tissue and genotype records - assist PI and CoPIs with maintaining CURE (course-based undergraduate research experience) plants - format datasheets for downstream bioinformatics analyses - upkeep experiment log - maintain an already existing cyber-presence including the project website and the - project google wiki site - maintain contact information for all participants - initial training of students in lab procedures - contribute to newsletters, organize joint meetings (both virtual and in person) - podcast and vodcast development For more information about the position, please contact us at: Matt Rutter (rutterm@cofc.edu) Courtney Murren (murrenc@cofc.edu) Allan Strand (stranda@cofc.edu) Department of Biology College of Charleston Charleston SC USA Courtney Murren Associate Professor Dept. of Biology 66 George Street College of Charleston Charleston SC 29424 murrenc@cofc.edu phone: 843-953-8077 research and outreach website: http://bit.ly/W63Xp6 Laboratory space during renovations: 321 SSMB Office space during renovations: 144 SSMB “Murren, Courtney J” via Gmail

August 25, 2014

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Assistant Professorship in Aquatic Ecology at the University of Toronto The University of Toronto invites applications for one joint tenure-stream appointment in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (51%) and the School of the Environment (49%). The appointment is in the area of Aquatic Ecology and Environmental Science, and will commence on July 1, 2015. We seek a candidate who conducts conceptually driven research, using field, lab, and/or quantitative approaches to study issues in aquatic (freshwater and/or marine) ecology. Research may be at the level of population, community, landscape, and/or ecosystem. We seek applications from candidates whose research program fits well with the highly collaborative research in our Department and with the interdisciplinary focus of the recently formed School. We encourage applicantsto review both academic units? research and teaching prior to applying. Successful applicants will have a PhD by date of appointment or shortly thereafter, with an outstanding academic record and will be expected to build an active, externally funded andinternationally recognized research program. The appointee will demonstrate excellence in teaching and contributions to the education and training of undergraduate and graduate students in both EEB and the School. Teaching responsibilities will be split between EEB and the School and may include jointly offered courses. Salary to be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of Toronto is a leading academic institution in Canada with over 60 faculty members specializing in ecology and evolution and is an internationally leading institution in environmental science. Strong links exist between the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Royal Ontario Museum and between EEB, the School of the Environment and many cognate departments involved in environmental science. The University has a nearby renowned field station dedicated to ecological research (the Koffler Scientific Reserve (www.ksr.utoronto.ca). A partnership withthe Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources provides access to infrastructure, including lab facilities in Algonquin Provincial Park (www.harkness.ca), funding, and long-term data sets. Strong collaborations also exist between EEB and the School of the Environment with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and Environment Canada. Toronto is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, one of the most desirable in the world in which to work and live. The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking on the link below. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests in a single PDF, and three representative publications in three separate PDF documents. Submission guidelines can be found at: http://bit.ly/1cXmbMK. Applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation addressed to Professor Donald Jackson, Chair, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary sent by email tochairsec.eeb@utoronto.ca. Deadline for the receipt of applications and all supporting documentation is October 1, 2014. Please visit http://bit.ly/1tE7KWI http://bit.ly/15I7SGOwww.ksr.utoronto.ca). A partnership withthe Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources provides access to infrastructure, including lab facilities in Algonquin Provincial Park (www.harkness.ca), funding, and long-term data sets. Strong collaborations also exist between EEB and the School of the Environment with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and Environment Canada. Toronto is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, one of the most desirable in the world in which to work and live. The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking on the link below. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests in a single PDF, and three representative publications in three separate PDF documents. Submission guidelines can be found at: http://bit.ly/1cXmbMK. Applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation addressed to Professor Donald Jackson, Chair, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary sent by email tochairsec.eeb@utoronto.ca. Deadline for the receipt of applications and all supporting documentation is October 1, 2014. Please visit http://bit.ly/1tE7KWI http://bit.ly/15I7SGO for more information about the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the School of the Environment. If you have questions about this position, please contact Professor Donald Jackson at chairsec.eeb@utoronto.ca. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. helen.rodd@utoronto.ca via Gmail

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We have a vacant PhD position at the Marine Evolution and Conservation group at the Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Studies (University of Groningen, The Netherlands). The objective of the project is to elucidate the evolution and population genetic structure of sea turtles in the Dutch Caribbean by analyses of genomic data. The closing date for (on-line) applications is September 30^th , 2014. Please read the full advert (http://bit.ly/1pbl3hG) for more details. via Gmail

August 24, 2014

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Tenure Track Position in Biology Assistant Professor, tenure-track position, starting fall 2015  via Gmail

August 23, 2014

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Working Title: Research Curator, Ichthyology Position: Natural Science Research Curator II Vacancy Number: 60034991 Description of Work: This position of Research Curator, Ichthyology, has several areas of responsibility, including: 1. Development of original scientific research programs in ichthyological systematics (taxonomy, phylogenetics), genomics, ecology, and/or related fields; research programs may have local, regional, and/or international focus and will include pursuit of external research funding, data generation and analyses, and publication/dissemination of results; some aspects of this research should, ideally, include collaborations with other agencies, universities, and/or citizen scientists. 2. Curatorial responsibilities for the Ichthyology Research Collection, including maintenance and growth of collection, migrating collections data to databse format, specimen loan activities, and setting curatorial best-practice guidelines for collection. 3. Operational management and administration of the Icthyology unit, a subdivision of the Research & Collections section; duties include supervision of laboratory with oversight of equipment, budgets, and personnel. 4. Participation in science communication initiatives, including participation in Museum educational programming, delivering public science-based presentations, interacting with Museum visitors, serving as a role model for students and citizen scientists, and creating programmatic themes that raise the science literacy of visitors. A successful candidate will have the following knowledge, skills and abilities: (1) Considerable taxonomic/systematic knowledge in Ichthyology, in general, and of North Carolina and South Eastern United States fishes, specifically (2) Experience applying principles and practices of research, with special expertise in at least one aspect of fish systematics (taxonomy, phylogenetics), genomics, ecology, and/or related fields (3) A demonstrated mastery of materials, equipment, and techniques used in relevant research (laboratory based protocols and fieldwork) and specimen collection curatorial activities (4) A demonstrated track record of effective and creative science communication to diverse audiences (5) Experience managing/supervising research projects, a research laboratory, and/or personnel (6) Experience in preparing grant proposals to fund biological research and/or administering budgets supporting research or collections- related activities (7) Experience in publishing technical science papers in peer- reviewed journals Training and Experience Requirements: Required: A Master’s degree in biology, zoology, or related science field and three years of experience in specialty area; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Preferred: A Ph.D. in biology, zoology, or related science field. Applicants should attach: a current CV; contact information for 3 personal references; and a vision statement outlining their short and long term research goals, their approach to collection curation, and their philosophy and objectives regarding science communication. For more information and application instructions, see: http://bit.ly/1qCjFA5 Jason R. Cryan, Ph.D. Deputy Museum Director, Research & Collections North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences 11 W. Jones Street Raleigh, NC 27601 Phone: (919) 707-9933 Fax: (919) 715-2614 email: jason.cryan@naturalsciences.org Museum Website: http://bit.ly/1krSgkd Research Website: www.planthopper.com “Cryan, Jason R” “Stuart, Bryan” via Gmail
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MOLECULAR EVOLUTION Faculty Position, Princeton University Princeton University seeks candidates for a tenured or tenure track faculty position in the area of Molecular Evolution to join a growing collaborative program across the broad interface of evolution, ecology, molecular biology and genomics. We are interested in scientists whose research focuses on questions that integrate across this interface, with the aim of offering novel conceptual advances. The position will be shared between the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and the Department of Molecular Biology. We seek colleagues who will enthusiastically contribute to a climate of interdisciplinary collaboration, excellence and diversity. The candidate should share our commitment to a mentoring process that attracts students of all ethnicities, nationalities, and genders. Applicants should write a vision statement, no longer than two pages, that outlines one or more major unsolved problems in their field and how they plan to address them. In this respect, the vision statement should go beyond a summary of the applicant’s prior and current research. Applications, including the vision statement, curriculum vitae, three reprints, and contact information for three references can be submitted online via http://bit.ly/1dfwjBL, Req #1400594. Screening of applications will begin October 31, 2014. Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy. The direct link to the online posting of Job Req #1400594 http://bit.ly/1pss50S (If the site does not come up, click twice or search Req#.) Thank you, Diane Carlino Department Manager Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Princeton University 104A Guyot Hall 609-258-5810 dcarlino@princeton.edu Diane Carlino via Gmail

August 22, 2014

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AustralianNationalUniversity.GeneticDiversity ARC Laureate Fellowship PhD scholarship - Genetic Diversity The Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University is seeking applications from highly qualified and motivated candidates for a PhD scholarship for research on ecological surrogates. Purpose Professor David Lindenmayer’s ARC Laureate Fellowship research program is examining surrogate ecology, particularly when and where it might work to improve environmental management. We are seeking an outstanding candidate to join a team working on biodiversity surrogates. Genetic diversity is an often overlooked aspect of biodiversity. This PhD program will evaluate genetic indicators and their use in biodiversity conservation. Aspects of the project may include assessing the use of genetic indicators for monitoring genetic diversity and assessing the impacts of management interventions and natural disturbance on genetic diversity and connectivity. This project will be focused on an exciting and novel aspect of biodiversity monitoring and as such provides scope for the student to develop ideas based around the topic of genetic indicators. The successful applicant will need to be highly motivated and capable of writing high-level scientific articles for leading international journals. Experience in population genetics is highly desirable. The successful candidate will be awarded a post-graduate scholarship stipend as part of an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship held by Professor David Lindenmayer. The scholarship will support the PhD program for 3 years, with a possible extension for a further 6 months. The successful candidate will need to commence their project no later than November 2014. The position is supported by an ARC Laureate Fellowship with a stipend of $29,844 per annum, tax-free for 3 years paid in fortnightly instalments. Other benefits The Fenner School of Environment and Society has a large, dynamic community of PhD students who are provided with modern office facilities and computer and statistical support. Students are encouraged to collaborate widely and attend national and international conferences. The successful candidate will become part of the Environmental Decisions Group - a network of some of the world’s leading applied environmental scientists that provides travel support for national and international collaboration. Duration Three years full-time with a possible six month extension. Supervision The project will be supervised by ARC Laureate Fellow Professor Lindenmayer and a supervisory panel that matches the candidate’s skills. Candidate requirements Bachelors degree with first-class honours, or a research Masters degree from a recognised university. Australian and New Zealand citizens; permanent residents of Australia; international students who hold an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS). Selection is based on academic merit and the candidate’s research proposal. The successful candidate will have experience in environmental science and management, ecology or similar. Application process and closing date Interested individuals are invited to discuss the project with Professor David Lindenmayer (02 6125 0654 or david.lindenmayer@anu.edu.au) and must submit a CV and a one page statement of possible research directions they would pursue in their project to david.lindenmayer@anu.edu.au by 5pm 19 September 2014. The successful candidate would be expected to commence their doctoral program no later than November 2014. jennifer.pierson@anu.edu.au via Gmail

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PhD scholarships at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, Adelaide, Australia Project 1: Epigenetic modifications in adaptation to climate change Project 2: Phylogenomic analysis of the impacts of climate change, population fragmentation and localised extinctions We have 2 PhD positions available at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD), School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, at the University of Adelaide. For more information about ACAD, check out http://bit.ly/1wjI463 for links to Twitter, Facebook, our blog, recent publications and the official website. The positions are open to both international and domestic students with a strong academic achievement in either of the following areas: evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, or molecular biology. Competitive scholarships are also available via the University of Adelaide Graduate Centre for domestic (http://bit.ly/1ktxIHU) and international students (http://bit.ly/1iMxKwV). Both the Australian Department of Immigration and University of Adelaide expect international applicants to meet the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements. The ELP is based on high scores in IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). For further information please refer to http://bit.ly/1ktxIY8. The projects are described below. There is the potential for fieldwork, and training in ancient DNA, bioinformatics, genomics, and population genetics. Interested applicants are encouraged to send a resume, a cover letter, and the contact details of 3 referees to Dr Bastien Llamas (bastien.llamas@adelaide.edu.au). 1) The role of epigenetic modifications in bovid adaptation to environmental change (Australian Research Council grant LP130100646). Supervision: Dr Bastien Llamas and Prof Alan Cooper. This project will use a novel experimental system to explore the potentially important role of epigenetics in long-term evolution and how animals adapt to rapid climate change. Bones of ancient bison and cattle preserved in permafrost or caves will be analysed for epigenetic markers using advanced Next Generation Sequencing approaches, and the patterns contrasted over a 30,000-year record of major climatic and environmental shifts. It has strong potential to reveal key loci for climate adaptation in modern cattle. Most previous genetic research has been blind to epigenetic marks, and this study promises to be a major advance in addressing this issue, with considerable implications for conservation genetics and the cattle industry. 2) Using phylogenomics to record the impacts of climate change, extinction and population fragmentation (Australian Research Council grant DP140104233). Supervision: Dr Julien Soubrier and Prof Alan Cooper. We will use ancient DNA from permafrost-preserved Steppe bison bones and bovid exome capture systems to build a detailed record of the genomic impacts of rapid climate and environmental change at the end of the Pleistocene (30-11 kyr). The project will analyse how ancestral genetic diversity is distributed amongst surviving bison populations, and the role of nuclear loci under selection and drift. It will create a novel temporal dataset of genomic adaptation and evolution, and will generate critical data for studies of evolutionary processes such as extinctions, speciation and conservation biology and management. via Gmail

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POST-DOCTORAL POSITION IN MICROBIAL GENOMICS A post-doctoral position is available in the laboratory of Jesse Shapiro (www.shapirolab.ca) at the University of Montreal (UdeM), starting in autumn 2014. About the lab. Our current research theme is microbial adaptation over recent (“human”) time scales. We aim to answer the following types of questions: What are the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms of adaptation? How do these mechanisms interact? What are the genomic changes that underlie microbial phenotypes of clinical and environmental importance? How does speciation work in bacteria? We are a diverse and international group of scientists, working on natural systems ranging from human gut-associated bacteria to bloom-forming freshwater cyanobacteria, using a combination of wet- lab and dry-lab approaches, rooted in population genomics, and located in the wonderful city of Montreal. About the position. We are looking for an excellent quantitative/computational biologist to work on a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) funded project entitled “Genomic analysis of cholera transmission and microevolution.” This is a multi-disciplinary collaboration, involving researchers at UdeM, The Massachusetts General Hospital and The International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh. The aims of the project are (1) to identify Vibrio cholerae variants associated with symptomatic disease using (and developing) genome-wide association studies (GWAS), (2) to map cholera transmission events with a genomic-epidemiological approach, and (3) to quantify within-patient V. cholerae genetic diversity and its impact on disease and transmission. Within the scope of this project, the candidate will have the opportunity to work on the aspects that best suit their interests and skills. Desired candidate. The candidate must have a high level of training (PhD) with expertise in computational biology, population genetics and/or genomics, as evidenced by first-author publications. The ability to work in a collaborative, interdisciplinary research environment is essential. A strong computational or quantitative background is also essential. Applying. To apply, please send (1) a brief letter of research interests, (2) your CV, (3) contact information for three references, and (4) a publication representative of your work to: jesse.shapiro@umontreal.ca. Selected publications from the lab: Shapiro BJ & Polz MF. (2014) Ordering microbial diversity into ecologically and genetically cohesive units. Trends in Microbiology 22: 235-247. PMID: 24630527 Farhat M, Shapiro BJ et al. (2013) Genomic Analysis Identifies Targets of Convergent Positive Selection in Drug-Resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Nature Genetics 45: 1183-1189. PMID: 23995135 Shapiro BJ, Friedman J, Cordero OX, Preheim SP, Timberlake SC, Szabò G, Polz MF, Alm EJ. (2012) Population Genomics of Early Events in the Ecological Differentiation of Bacteria. Science 336: 48-51. PMID: 22491847 B. Jesse Shapiro Canada Research Chair // Chaire de recherche du Canada Microbial Evolutionary Genomics // Génomique microbienne évolutionnaire Assistant Professor // Professeur adjoint Department of Biological sciences // Département de sciences biologiques Université de Montréal www.shapirolab.ca Jesse Shapiro via Gmail

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Research interns are needed to assist in a multi-disciplinary, multi-investigator, experimental study ecology and evolution in Trinidad. The research is led by Professor David Reznick at the University of California, Riverside. We seek to integrate multiple biological fields for the study of the interactions between ecological and evolutionary processes in Trinidadian streams. Duties of the position include assisting in monthly censuses of fish populations (guppies) in montane streams. The monthly censuses include long hours of laboratory time. Qualifications: We seek interns who are entertaining the possibility of pursing graduate studies in some area of ecology and evolution and who wish to gain some field research experience before entering graduate school. Research will take place in semi-remote areas of Trinidad sometimes under bad weather conditions. Applicants must be able to live and work well with others. Research will also involve carrying heavy packs over slippery and steep terrain. Applicants must be in good physical condition and be able to meet the demands of field research under these conditions. Ability to drive a standard transmission vehicle is desirable but not required. Applicants with first-aid/first responder training, skills in automobile maintenance, and construction skills are highly desirable. Please address these skills when applying. Interns will be required to spend a minimum of 3-months in Trinidad, with possibility of extension. Starting dates are flexible, starting as early as November 2014. We will cover travel expenses and living expenses. Applicants should send cover letter, CV and the names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of three or more professional references to David Reznick (gupy @ ucr.edu) and Andrs Lpez-Sepulcre (alopez @ biologie.ens.fr ). At least two of the references should be academics. Andrs Lpez-Sepulcre via Gmail
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The Lakehead University Paleo-DNA Laboratory Practical DNA Training Program. Please post the following information about the training program on the EvolDir website and direct it towards evolutionary biologists: Practical DNA Training Program: A two-week (9 business days) intensive laboratory-based training program designed to teach participants the fundamentals of molecular techniques including DNA extraction, amplification (using PCR), sequencing and interpretation. This training program is offered at various times throughout the year and we will work with you to find a suitable time for training. The next two scheduled courses for the Practical DNA Training Program are October 14 - 24, 2014 and November 10 - 20, 2014. For more information please contact us at 807-343-8877 or paleodna@lakeheadu.ca or visit our website www.ancientdna.com and click on ‘Training Programs’. Thank you. Karen. Karen Maa Administrative Assistant Paleo-DNA Laboratory 1294 Balmoral Street, 3rd Floor Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 5Z5 Telephone: 1-866-DNA-LABS or 1-807-343-8616 Karen Maa via Gmail
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—_000_87FCC0D1FF47BB4E8B42E4989C746A862B9E0C80EXCHMBOX6exchuc_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”Windows-1252” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Position Description A postdoctoral position is available in the Department of Entomology at the University of California Riverside to work on the genetic and molecular basis of insecticide resistance in glassy winged sharpshooter (GWSS) - the primary vector of the bacteria Xylella fastidiosa, which causes Pierce’s Disease in grapevines. Recent insecticidal control failures and corresponding surges in GWSS numbers have raised serious concerns about the status of insecticide susceptibility in Californian populations of GWSS. The successful candidate will (1) determine the current resistance status of GWSS in California agricultural and nursery settings, (2) elucidate the genetic and molecular underpinnings of any resistance, and (3) design tools and assays for use in an integrated insecticide resistance management plan. Additionally, the postdoc is encouraged to develop new lines of work (e.g. population genomics, ecological modeling, etc.) on GWSS. The project, funded by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, is a collaborative effort headed by Drs. Frank Byrne, Rick Redak, and Bradley White. The postdoc will be supervised by Dr. White, but will also work closely with the other PIs. After completion of the project, the postdoc will have substantial experience designing and conducting bioassays, analyzing next-generation sequencing data, and communicating policy recommendations to growers. As such, the position represents an excellent opportunity to acquire a unique combination of skills that serve as good training for various positions in academia, industry, and government. We are looking for someone with expertise in evolutionary biology, insect ecology, vector biology, insect toxicology, and/or agricultural entomology. Familiarity with next-generation sequencing analysis is a positive, but not required. Regardless of prior experience, we expect the candidate to develop a wide-knowledge base and skillset. The position is for one year with the possibility of renewal for up to three years total. Salary will be commensurate with experience level. For additional information about the White Laboratory please navigate to http://bit.ly/17xDZQ5 To Apply A minimum qualification is a PhD or equivalent in Biology, Entomology, or a related discipline. Applicants with multiple, first-author publications are preferred. To apply, please send a brief description of previous research (1 page), a CV, and contact information for three references to bwhite@ucr.edu. A start date in Fall 2014 is ideal, but negotiable. Position is open until filled. Additional Information The White Lab is housed in the relatively new Entomology Building at UCR. We have access to state of the art genomic and bioinformatics core facilities and are part of the Center for Disease Vector Control (CDVR), which is composed of a diverse and highly talented group of scientists studying insect vectors of animal, human, and plant diseases. Substantial resources for field experiments are available through the Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) facilities. UCR is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a commitment to workforce diversity. AA/EOE Bradley J. White Assistant Professor Center for Disease Vector Research Department of Entomology University of California Riverside, CA 92521 —_000_87FCC0D1FF47BB4E8B42E4989C746A862B9E0C80EXCHMBOX6exchuc_ Content-Type: text/html; charset=”Windows-1252” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

Position Description

 

A postdoctoral position is available in the Department of Entomology at the University of California Riverside to work on the genetic and molecular basis of insecticide resistance in glassy winged sharpshooter (GWSS) - the primary vector of the bacteria Xylella fastidiosa, which causes Pierce’s Disease in grapevines. Recent insecticidal control failures and corresponding surges in GWSS numbers have raised serious concerns about the status of insecticide susceptibility in Californian populations of GWSS. The successful candidate will (1) determine the current resistance status of GWSS in California agricultural and nursery settings, (2) elucidate the genetic and molecular underpinnings of any resistance, and (3) design tools and assays for use in an integrated insecticide resistance management plan. Additionally, the postdoc is encouraged to develop new lines of work (e.g. population genomics, ecological modeling, etc.) on GWSS.

 

The project, funded by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, is a collaborative effort headed by Drs. Frank Byrne, Rick Redak, and Bradley White. The postdoc will be supervised by Dr. White, but will also work closely with the other PIs. After completion of the project, the postdoc will have substantial experience designing and conducting bioassays, analyzing next-generation sequencing data, and communicating policy recommendations to growers. As such, the position represents an excellent opportunity to acquire a unique combination of skills that serve as good training for various positions in academia, industry, and government.  

 

We are looking for someone with expertise in evolutionary biology, insect ecology, vector biology, insect toxicology, and/or agricultural entomology. Familiarity with next-generation sequencing analysis is a positive, but not required. Regardless of prior experience, we expect the candidate to develop a wide-knowledge base and skillset. The position is for one year with the possibility of renewal for up to three years total. Salary will be commensurate with experience level.

 

For additional information about the White Laboratory please navigate to http://bit.ly/17xDZQ5

 

To Apply

 

A minimum qualification is a PhD or equivalent in Biology, Entomology, or a related discipline. Applicants with multiple, first-author publications are preferred. To apply, please send a brief description of previous research (1 page), a CV, and contact information for three references to bwhite@ucr.edu. A start date in Fall 2014 is ideal, but negotiable.  Position is open until filled.

 

Additional Information

The White Lab is housed in the relatively new Entomology Building at UCR. We have access to state of the art genomic and bioinformatics core facilities and are part of the Center for Disease Vector Control (CDVR), which is composed of a diverse and highly talented group of scientists studying insect vectors of animal, human, and plant diseases. Substantial resources for field experiments are available through the Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) facilities.

UCR is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a commitment to workforce diversity.  AA/EOE

Bradley J. White

Assistant Professor

Center for Disease Vector Research

Department of Entomology

University of California

Riverside, CA 92521

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Postdoctoral position in Systematics and Evolution A two-year postdoctoral position in Systematics and Evolution is available in the Department of Zoology, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm. Project description “Species-level phylogeny and delimitation in a biodiversity hotspot” Madagascar is well known for its high level of endemism, basically across every organism group. The combination with severe habitat degradation has “rewarded” the island with a top placement among biodiversity hotspots. The increased evolutionary research interest last twenty years has focused on vertebrates and surprisingly little is yet known about the colonization and speciation history of most insect groups. Using Hydradephagan water beetles as model organisms this project will use dated phylogenetic frameworks to analyze colonization and speciation patterns across replicated endemic radiations and clades with representatives but seemingly without radiations. Intraspecific genetic variation will be sampled to estimate parameters in the multispecies coalescent model as a window into the speciation process. The project also includes evaluation of species delimitation methods on endemic radiations with non-reciprocally monophyletic species in gene-trees. Tasks The position is part of a research project and group (Bergsten Systematic Entomology Lab: http://bit.ly/1uZz1FZ) at the Swedish Museum of Natural History on the taxonomy, faunistics, phylogeny, colonization, speciation and evolutionary history of Hydradephagan water beetles on Madagascar. The work includes DNA labwork, fieldwork, data analyses, help with supervision of student projects, article- and grant writing. The DNA labwork will be conducted at the Molecular Systematics Laboratory at the Swedish Museum of Natural History. Qualifications To be qualified for the postdoctoral position the applicant needs to have a PhD degree (or have a PhD thesis ready with a date fixed within 2014 for thesis defense) in Systematics/Phylogenetics/Evolutionary Biology or similar direction of studies. The PhD degree should have been received no more than six years before the deadline for applications. Criteria for selection Among qualified applicants selection is made according to scientific merits, quality of the PhD thesis, personal skills, the applicant´s documented knowledge in subjects of relevance for the research area, ability to master English language (both spoken and written), analytical ability, creativity, initiative, independence, teamwork and ability to cooperate. Previous experience with molecular (DNA) lab work and knowledge of relevant theory and methods (phylogenetic, dating, species delimitation, biogeographic and diversification rate analyses) weigh heavily. Experience with entomological fieldwork, taxonomic work and French language (spoken in Madagascar) are consider as additional qualifications. Terms of employment The position is for two years full time. Start of position should be in 2014 but exact date up to negotiation with the successful candidate. The position is financed by a grant from the Swedish Research Council, VR. For more information, please contact Johannes Bergsten (johannes.bergsten@nrm.se). Union representative is Bodil Kajrup, SACO-S. Both can be reached at telephone number + 46 8 519 540 00. To be included in the application Maximum one A4-page of personal presentation and your reasons for applying (letter of intent). Curriculum vitae with publication list. Copy of three selected publications. Copy of PhD thesis and PhD degree certificate or date of scheduled defense within 2014. Also provide a list of two persons who may act as references (with telephone numbers and e-mail addresses). Please send your application, marked with dnr 2.3.1-603-2014, to rekrytering@nrm.se or to Swedish Museum of Natural History, P. O. Box 50007, SE-104 05 Stockholm, Sweden, no later than September 9, 2014. Johannes Bergsten, PhD Senior Curator / Förste Intendent Research Division Swedish Museum of Natural History Box 50007 SE-104 05 Stockholm SWEDEN Visiting Address: Frescativägen 40 Phone: +46 8 5195 4192 Fax: +46 8 5195 4212 E-mail: johannes.bergsten@nrm.se http://bit.ly/1AA3fQ2 Johannes Bergsten via Gmail
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The Washington Area Phylogenetics Consortium is pleased to announce the Fourth annual Frontiers in Phylogenetics Symposium “Genome-Scale Phylogenetics: Analysing the Data” Sponsored by the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, and the Washington Area Phylogenetics Consortium Location: Warner Brothers Theatre, National Museum of American History, Washington, DC Time and Date: 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday September 15, 2014 REGISTRATION IS FREE BUT REQUIRED. Please visit the link below to register. http://bit.ly/FIPSymposium 8:00 Coffee and Continental Breakfast Service in Constitution Café 9:00 Introductions Michael Braun, National Museum of Natural History 9:05 Welcome to the Smithsonian John Kress, Interim Undersecretary for Science, Smithsonian Institution 9:15 Overview and Logistics Guillermo Ortí, George Washington University 9:25 Phylogenomics and Next-Generation Inferences: the Future of Phylogenetics in an Era of Big Data Lacey Knowles, University of Michigan 10:05 Break 10:30 Deep Metazoan Phylogeny and the Utility of Taxon-Specific Ortholog Sets Kevin Kocot, University of Queensland, Brisbane 11:10 A Phylogenomic View on the Early History of Gnasthostome Evolution: Is One Tree Enough? Ingo Ebersberger, Goethe University, Frankfurt 11:50 Lunch Break 1:30 Distinguishing Methodological and Biological Causes of Gene Tree Discordance in Phylogenomic Datasets Derrick Zwickl, University of Arizona 2:10 Filtering and Partitioning Strategies for Phylogenomic Analyses David Swofford, Duke University and National Evolutionary Synthesis Center 2:50 Break 3:10 Genome-scale Phylogenetics in the Presence of Hybridization and Incomplete Lineage Sorting Luay Nakhleh, Rice University 3:50 Joint Inference of Gene Trees and Species Trees at the Genomic Scale Bastien Boussau, University Claude Bernard, Lyon 4:30 Round Table Discussion With All Speakers Any questions or for more information contact Brian Coyle Coyleb@si.edu “Coyle, Brian J.” via Gmail