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The following course will take place at SCENE (Scottish Center for Ecology and the Natural Environment), Glasgow, United Kingdom. in from August 11th - 13th 2015 - An introduction to using GIS in ecological field studies GIS is an important tool that can be used to incorporate environmental and biological data to help look for patterns or causes in the spatial distribution of organisms. This course would most likely suite evolutionary biologists that study how the environment may influence how populations behave or distribute themselves in response to environmental drivers such as habitat type, precipitation, temperature, altitude etc and is most suitable to people in the field of ecological speciation, sympatric divergence or adaptive radiation etc. This course is aimed at biologists and ecologists who are just starting to use GIS in their ecological data collection and analysis and who have little or no existing knowledge of this subject area. There are only 12 places available in total and last time this course filled very quickly! For further details or questions please email oliverhooker@prstatistics.co.uk or visit http://bit.ly/1v1Pet4 Course details: The course will consist of a mix of background talks, practical sessions based around ArcGIS software and field sessions conducted in the local oak woodland. The field sessions will provide experience in how to collect data in a manner that is GIS-compatible. The course will cover areas such as making a map for a paper or a report, extracting information from Google Earth for use in a GIS project, collecting GIS-compatible data using a GPS receiver, transferring data between a GPS and a GIS project, creating raster data layers of environmental information, importing data to a GIS project from a spreadsheet and linking species records to environmental information. All the practical exercises will be done using a standard data set so you do not need to have your own data to do this course. Day 1 - Morning: Background Session: Introduction To GIS Practical Session: Making A Map For Study Area In GIS; Setting the projection, coordinate system and datum for your data frame; Adding existing data layers to your GIS project; Creating a map of a local region; Plotting nest box locations as a point data layer Creating new data layers in ArcGISCreating new data layers through Google Earth; Creating a fine-scale map of a study area Day 1 - Afternoon: Background Session: Collecting Data For Use In A GIS Practical Session: Collecting GIS-Compatible Data In The Field; Converting GIS data layers into GPS-compatible files; Setting up a GPS to record GIS-compatible data; Creating a data sheet to record your data Recording GIS-compatible data along a transect Day 2 - Morning: Background Session: The Importance Of Error-Checking Your Spatial Data Practical Session: Entering Field Data Into A GIS; Transferring data between a GPS and a GIS project; Creating and entering data into a GIS-compatible spreadsheet; Creating a position validator spreadsheet for a GIS project; Converting latitude and longitude coordinates into decimal degrees; Estimating positions from distance and bearing information Day 2 - Afternoon: Background Session: Incorporating Environmental Information Into Your GIS Practical Session: Incorporating Environmental Information Into Your GIS; Collecting environmental information in the field; Extracting environmental information from existing data sets Day 3 - Morning: Background Session: Linking Data Together Based On Spatial Relationships. Practical Session: Investigating Spatial Relationships; Linking the supllied data set to habitat variables; Joining information from an external spreadsheet to a GIS data layer; Analysing spatial relationships using a GAM Day 3 - Afternoon: Background session: Translating biological tasks into the language of GIS Practical Session: Translating biological tasks into the language of GIS; Creating a summary flow diagram for your GIS project; Collating flow diagrams for the individual steps for a summary flow diagram At the end of the course, all attendees will receive a certificate of attendance and completion. Each certificate is embossed with the GIS In Ecology official stamp to prevent its fraudulent reproduction. In addition, each certificate has its own unique identification number that we will record, along with your name, meaning that we can verify the authenticity of the certificates we issue (and the course you have completed) on request. Cost is 425 for the 3 days including lunches and refreshments or 525 for an all inclusive option which includes the addition of accommodation, all meals and refreshments. Oliver Hooker PhD research student University of Glasgow +44 (0) 1360 870 510 +44 (0) 7966 500 340 o.hooker.1@research.gla.ac.uk Oliver Hooker via Gmail
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The Spigler Lab at Temple University is seeking applications from highly qualified individuals for a Postdoctoral Fellow position in the Department of Biology. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be involved in an ongoing project on variation in the mating system and phenotypic selection on floral traits across fragmented populations of a native wildflower species. In addition, the Postdoctoral Fellow will be integrally involved in the design and implementation of new field and/or greenhouse studies related to areas that suit the combined interests of the successful candidate and Spigler Lab, such as mating system and floral trait evolution, plant-pollinator interactions, plant-seed predator dynamics, demography, and/or population genetics. There will also be numerous opportunities to mentor undergraduates in research and to participate in outreach efforts. Additional information about the Spigler lab can be found at http://bit.ly/1izBHiU. Candidates must have a (1) PhD in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Botany, or related field; (2) an interest in plant reproductive ecology and evolutionary biology; (3) experience conducting and managing field and greenhouse studies; and (4) experience with statistics and software packages appropriate for ecological data. Excellent interpersonal, communication, and time-management skills, a strong work ethic, and attention to detail are also essential. Additional preferred qualifications include standard molecular skills (e.g., DNA extraction, PCR, microsatellite genotyping) and related statistical experience. The position is available immediately and to last for one year, with the possibility of extension based on satisfactory progress and funding. Start date is flexible, but preference will be given to applicants who can start Spring 2015. Generous salary and benefits are provided. Interested applicants should send the following as a SINGLE PDF file by email to Rachel Spigler (rachel.spigler@temple.edu): 1) a short statement (one to two pages) on research interests, previous experience, and motivation for applying, 2) your curriculum vitae, and 3) contact information for three references. Informal inquiries about the position are welcome and may also be made to Rachel at rachel.spigler@temple.edu. Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. About the Biology Department at Temple University Temple University is a large, comprehensive public research university in Philadelphia, PA, with more than 37,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students enrolled in over 400 academic degrees. The Biology Department at Temple University (http://bit.ly/YVV0Q1) represents an active research community with strengths in ecology, genomics, conservation, and evolutionary biology. The Biology Department is also home to the newly formed Center for Biodiversity ( http://bit.ly/10Z0cVa), Center for Computational Genetics and Genomics ( http://bit.ly/17Di5rI), and Institute for Genomics and Evolutionary Medicine (http://bit.ly/YVV0zL). Philadelphia is the fifth largest city in the US, rich in history, known for its arts and culture, and is brimming with a vibrant science community. There are approximately 90 colleges and universities in the Greater Philadelphia region, with plenty of opportunities for collaboration. Recreational science activities abound, including ‘Science on Tap’, a monthly science cafe that features a brief, informal presentation by a scientist or other expert followed by lively conversation, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Wagner Free Institute of Science, and the annual Philadelphia Science Festival. Philadelphia is also home to Fairmount Park, one of the world’s largest city park systems. Rachel Spigler via Gmail
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The engineering of adaptation: Exploring the genetic basis of biomechanics and function in an exemplar adaptive radiation Project summary: Adaptive radiations provide a fascinating framework for evolutionary investigations. In many cases such radiations are characterized by substantial variation in craniofacial anatomy which relates to ecological function. African cichlids provide what is considered by many to be the most dramatic example of an adaptive radiation, especially with regards to craniofacial variation where species have adopted an incredible degree of specialization. However, despite possessing such a wide range of phenotypes African cichlids can share a largely similar genetic background. This makes for highly tractable investigations into the genetic basis of craniofacial biomechanics and function. For this project we aim to leverage the wide range of craniofacial phenotypes available in African cichlids as well as their recently derived genomic resources. Specifically, we aim to determine 1) the genetic basis of adaptive craniofacial shape and bone structure, 2) verify candidate genes by testing their function, and 3) identify the mechanisms underlying jaw joint formation and its biomechanical properties. This project will take advantage of an interdisciplinary supervisory team which spans basic evolutionary biology, development, genetics, anatomy, and engineering. Therefore, this project will involve a broad range of training and interdisciplinary skills. We are seeking an enthusiastic student with knowledge in only some of these areas, and a willingness to learn from different fields. A prior degree in engineering is not necessary as this is a biologically driven project, although applications from a range of academic backgrounds is welcomed. If this project if of interest please make all initial contact with Dr. Kevin Parsons (Kevin.Parsons@glasgow.ac.uk). http://bit.ly/1xUYwe4 Stipend: pounds 13,863 per annum (2014/15 rate) Start date: 1 October 2015 Visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1HTiyHd Applicant Instructions These are 3.5-year PhD studentships. The financial package will include a 3.5-year stipend, approved University of Glasgow fees, Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) and a conference allowance. Please read the details outlined below before commencing the online application process, which is available here: http://bit.ly/1puEEaY Students will also participate in our outstanding skills training programme throughout their studies. Residence criteria The MVLS/EPSRC grant provides funding for tuition fees and stipend for UK and *EU nationals that meet all the required eligibility criteria. *Note that EU nationals must be able to demonstrate that they have resided in the UK for three years prior to commencing the studentship. If not, EU nationals are still able to apply to the programme, but would be eligible to receive a ‘fees only’ award. How to Apply You can apply here: http://bit.ly/1puEEaY Within the application, at the programme of study search field option, please select ‘MVLS/EPSRC Studentship’. As much as is possible please provide the following supporting documents during upload of application: - CV/Resume - Degree certificate - Language test (if relevant) - Passport - Personal statement - Reference 1 - Reference 2 - Transcript Kevin.Parsons@glasgow.ac.uk via Gmail

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Dear all, We are looking forward to receive your abstracts for the SMBE Symposium on The biological impact of transposable elements. Vera Gorbunova (University of Rochester) and Nelson Lau (Brandeis University) are the invited speakers in this symposium. Best, Josefa SMBE2015 Symposium:The biological impact of transposable elements INVITED SPEAKERS: Vera Gorbunova. Department of Biology. University of Rochester. Nelson Lau. Department of Biology. Brandeis University. ORGANIZERS: Josefa Gonzlez. Institute of Evolutionary Biology. Barcelona. Ellen Pritham. Department of Human Genetics. The University of Utah. SUMMARY: Transposable elements are a diverse set of genetic elements able to integrate and often propagate within and between genomes. They engender genome variation and novelty directly from integration and incidentally over a longer evolutionary timeframe by providing platforms for recombination and via the exaptation of sequences that they carry. Transposable elements are found in nearly all organisms and often account for the bulk of genetic material. As with so many areas of genetics, the advent of genomic technologies has revolutionized the study of transposable elements, the mutation spectrum and their biological impact. This has led to an avalanche of important discoveries revealing new mechanisms through which transposable elements have shaped the chromosomal and regulatory architecture of genomes. This symposium will showcase the impressive array of mechanisms by which the evolutionary trajectory of the host is influenced by transposable elements. By focusing on the biological impact of transposable elements, we aim to showcase the diversity of ways that eukaryotic genomes have been shaped therefore appealing to researchers beyond the transposable element community. Josefa Gonzlez, PhD Ramn y Cajal Researcher Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC-Universitat Pompeu Fabra) Passeig Martim de la Barceloneta 37-49 08003 Barcelona +34 932309637 http://bit.ly/1HSWHQg http://bit.ly/1xUS4Uu “GONZALEZ PEREZ, JOSEFA” via Gmail
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Dear Colleagues, We are writing to announce a symposium on “Inferring fitness landscapes from experimental evolution”, which will be held as part of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE) meeting, July 12-16 in Vienna, Austria. Applications to give a talk as part of this symposium will be accepted through February 8; for details concerning how to submit an abstract see the conference website (http://smbe2015.at/). Symposium Description: What can we learn about the structure of a fitness landscape from observations in evolving laboratory populations? Despite the potential power of massively replicated laboratory evolution experiments, we remain ignorant about the large-scale structure of fitness landscapes, even in simple, fixed environments. The central difficulty is that we do not know how best to draw inferences from the data generated in such experiments. To make matters worse, we do not even know what types of inferences can be made, in principle, from which types of data that is, which feature of the fitness landscape, such as epistasis, are identifiable. This symposium will showcase recent efforts to provide a firm statistical and population-genetic grounding for drawing inferences about the forces shaping adaptation using data from replicate experimental populations. Olivier Tenaillon and Michael Desai are confirmed as the two invited speakers for this symposium. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. Sincerely, David McCandlish davidmc@sas.upenn.edu Joshua Plotkin jplotkin@sas.upenn.edu Department of Biology University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 19104 david.mccandlish@gmail.com via Gmail

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Reminder: application deadline is Friday 16th January 2015. See: http://bit.ly/1vkRZC0 Systematics Research Fund - 2014/15 call for applications The Systematics Research Fund is a joint fund of the Linnean Society of London and the Systematics Association. It provides grants for small-scale research projects in the field of systematics. The 2014/2015 application round is now open. The deadline for applications is Friday 16th January 2015. The SRF typically supports fieldwork expenditure, the purchase of scientific equipment or expertise (e.g. buying time on analytical equipment), specimen preparation (including the cost of temporary technical assistance), and publication costs. Projects of a more general or educational nature may also be considered, provided that they include a strong systematic component. The fund is unable to cover article processing charges and it does not provide support for attendance at scientific meetings, student maintenance or tuition fees, nor for bench fees. Projects already substantially funded by other bodies may be disadvantaged. Successful projects are selected by a panel of systematists who represent a wide range of conceptual interests and taxonomic groups. The value of any single award will not exceed 1500. Please note that the applicant named on the application form must be a current member of the Linnean Society of London or the Systematics Association to be eligible for funding. For more information, please see: http://bit.ly/1vkRZC0 Mark Carine via Gmail
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—f46d0442878695e853050c13834f Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8 Dear Colleagues, We would like to invite you to register to present in the upcoming symposium titled “Genomics of sex bias: Addressing questions with or without genomes”. Our symposium will be a part of the 2015 Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution Meeting (http://smbe2015.at/). The meeting will be held in the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria. More details about the destination can be found here: http://bit.ly/1BORVzD The deadline for registration is Feb. 8, 2015. You may find registration information and a link to the registration portal here: http://bit.ly/1Hs3vnD We have confirmed the following speakers: Dr. Deborah Charlesworth: “The molecular evolution of plant sex chromosomes” Dr. Jennifer A.M. Graves: “Evolution of vertebrate sex chromosomes and dosage compensation” Dr. Sevinc Ercan: “Comparative analysis of X chromosome expression in nematodes” Dr. Beatriz Vicoso: “Using the surprising diversity of fly sex chromosomes to systematically test evolutionary hypotheses” The following is a description of the symposium. Next-generation sequencing technology permits the study molecular evolution of sex chromosomes even in the absence of reference genomes. Longstanding questions are now amenable to systematic large-scale study, including the analysis of gene movements between the sex chromosomes and autosomes, Y chromosome degeneration, and transcriptome analyses of sex-linked genes, including changes in the expression pattern of the X compared to the Y, as well as stage dependent expression of sex-linked genes (e.g. meiotic sex chromosome inactivation). Comparative genomics studies highlight divergent and convergent patterns of sex chromosome evolution in a range of taxa (e.g., XY versus ZW systems, as well as between vertebrates, invertebrates and plants), with new sequencing technologies expediting the investigation of non-model organisms. Such studies highlight substantial and functionally important variation, and provide insights into the evolutionary mechanisms that drive sex chromosome evolution. This symposium highlights the ability of technology to allow investigation of previously unattainable questions in sex-biased molecular biology and evolution. We look forward to seeing you in Vienna! Sincerely, Melissa A. Wilson Sayres, PhD Assistant Professor of Genomics, Evolution, and Bioinformatics The Biodesign Institute Arizona State University J.J. Emerson, PhD Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Center for Complex Biological Systems University of California Irvine —f46d0442878695e853050c13834f Content-Type: message/external-body; access-type=x-mutt-deleted; expiration=”Wed, 7 Jan 2015 14:16:23 -0500”; lengthV73 Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable —f46d0442878695e853050c13834 via Gmail

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PhD Studentship at the University of Liverpool, UK: The spatial ecology of host-parasite communities Supervisors: Profs Andy Fenton and Mike Begon (University of Liverpool) Dr Amy Pedersen (University of Edinburgh) Prof Owen Petchey (University of Zurich) With on-going concerns about zoonotic diseases and increasing cases of emerging infectious diseases, it has never been more important to understand disease dynamics in natural populations. Parasites exist within hierarchies of biological organisation (infecting individual hosts, within populations, within communities, across landscapes). Infection therefore depends on multiple factors (parasite transmission mode, host characteristics, host location, environmental characteristics etc). Separating these factors is a major challenge. Metacommunity theory may provide the tools to understand how these factors interact to determine parasite community structure. To develop and test these approaches we need high resolution, spatially structured host and parasite datasets, which are very rare. We have 6 years’ worth of longitudinal data of wild rodents and their parasites (nematodes, cestodes, protozoa, viruses, bacteria) at fine temporal scales (every 2-4 weeks) under spatially-hierarchical sampling (traps within grids within woodlands). These data provide a unique resource to explore the spatial ecology of parasites. This studentship will explore how environmental and individual-level factors interact to determine infection risk and parasite community structure. The student will explore: (1) the extent to which parasite communities vary across space, (2) whether there are ‘hotspots’ of infection by different parasites, and (3) the roles of individual and environmental factors in driving infections. This work will primarily use our existing data, although the student could conduct their own experiments as needed. This project will suit students with interests in community and/or disease ecology, and particularly those with strength in statistical analyses. The student will work with ecologists with considerable experience in natural disease systems, and will receive training in conceptual, quantitative and empirical aspects of host-parasite ecology. The studentship is part of the NERC ‘ACCE’ Doctoral Training Partnership, and will be based at the University of Liverpool, where the student will be a member of the highly-active research groups of Professors Fenton and Begon, and part of a wide-ranging research environment, spanning the Universities of Liverpool, Edinburgh and Zurich. This studentship is fully funded for UK residents, but fees only for EU and International citizens. For informal enquiries please contact Professor Andy Fenton (a.fenton@liverpool.ac.uk). Applicants should send a CV, cover letter and contact details of two academic referees to Mrs Linda Marsh (biolres@liverpool.ac.uk). Deadline: Sunday 11th Jan 2015. Professor Andy Fenton Institute of Integrative Biology Biosciences Building Crown Street University of Liverpool Liverpool L69 7ZB Tel: 0151 795 4473 Fax: 0151 795 4408 http://bit.ly/1tMLXuj “Fenton, Andy” via Gmail
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Dear all the 19th EBM early deadline (as usual) is January 31st see http://bit.ly/15fa2ML or http://bit.ly/1mcBgPS all the best Pierre Pierre PONTAROTTI via Gmail
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—_000_5E99AE786A7DBF4B868F4BC62B19236103485845MBX201004univly_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”Windows-1252” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Dear colleagues, We are pleased to invite you to submit an abstract to a symposium titled “The Golden age of Archaea: unveiling the diversity and evolution of the third Domain of Life” which will be hosted at the 2015 Meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE) in July 12-16, Vienna, Austria. Our confirmed invited speakers are Graeme Nicol (University of Aberdeen, UK) and Manolo Gouy (CNRS, France) Please note that the deadline of abstract submission for oral presentation is February 8th. You can submit your abstract here: http://bit.ly/1Kbb0l3 Symposium description: Since their discovery nearly 40 years ago, the Archaea have not stopped being one of the major challenges of Evolutionary Biology. From a cell biology and genomic point of view they represent chimeras of prokaryotic and eukaryotic features, which places them in a key position in the Tree of Life. They thrive in a wide variety of contrasted environments, from deep oceans to the human gut, and have occupied key roles in the setup of major biogeochemical cycles of the early Earth. The development of culture-independent genomics techniques is providing access to an ever-larger and so far inaccessible fraction of archaeal diversity. This leads to a number of exciting discoveries that are revolutionizing our vision of archaeal evolution, generating novel challenges to dissect the nature of the last common archaeal ancestor and the evolutionary trajectories that shaped this domain of life. The archaeal tree is being rapidly filled up with new branches constituting entire phyla and o rders with novel characteristics. Genomic data has highlighted the existence of additional eukaryotic-like characters previously unsuspected in the archaea and re-launched the issue of their role in eukaryogenesis. A symposium specifically focused the diversity and evolution of the Archaea will be a timely occasion to present these exciting new data for this major prokaryotic domain, still widely unknown by the large audience. Looking forward to seeing you in Vienna this summer! Simonetta Gribaldo Institut Pasteur (Paris, France) simonetta.gribaldo@pasteur.fr and Celine Brochier-Armanet Claude Bernard University (Lyon, France) celine.brochier-armanet@univ-lyon1.fr —_000_5E99AE786A7DBF4B868F4BC62B19236103485845MBX201004univly_ Content-Type: message/external-body; access-type=x-mutt-deleted; expiration=”Wed, 7 Jan 2015 14:16:23 -0500”; length(23 Content-Type: text/html; charset=”Windows-1252” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable —_000_5E99AE786A7DBF4B868F4BC62B19236103485845MBX201004univly via Gmail

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The International Society for Evolution, Medicine, & Public Health invites nominations for the Omenn Prize of $5000 to be awarded in March 2015 for the best article published in 2014 in any scientific journal on a topic related to evolution in the context of medicine and public health. The prize, provided by the generosity of Gilbert S Omenn, will be awarded to the first author of the winning article. Authors are encouraged to nominate their own articles, but nominations of articles by others are also welcome. Nominations, including a brief statement in the body of the email (max. 250 words), a copy of the article (if distribution is permitted) or abstract and article link, must be submitted by 21 January, 2015 at 5 PM US Eastern Standard Time. All applications should be sent to OmennPrize@evolutionarymedicine.org Any relevant peer-reviewed article published online or in print in 2014 is eligible, but the prize is intended for work that uses evolutionary principles to advance understanding of a disease or disease process. The prize committee will give priority to articles with implications for human health, but many basic science or theoretical articles have such implications. The Prize Committee for this year is chaired by Sarah Tishkoff, and its members are Joe Alcock, Noah Rosenberg, and Alison Galvani. Papers by committee members, their students and lab group members are not eligible, and articles by their co-authors or close associates are subject to special conditions. rmnesse@gmail.com via Gmail

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—_000_14206404595682428unilch_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”iso-8859-1” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Dear EvolDir colleagues, for some bizarre reason the website address for abstract submission to the next ESEB meeting was not transmitted correctly in my previous reminder e-mails. Sorry for the problem. The correct address is www.unil.ch/eseb2015 Hopes it works correctly this time This mail was to remind you that the deadline for abstract submission is approaching fast: (coming saturday, Jan 10). thanks and all the best Nicolas Perrin —_000_14206404595682428unilch_ Content-Type: message/external-body; access-type=x-mutt-deleted; expiration=”Wed, 7 Jan 2015 14:16:23 -0500”; lengthV40 Content-Type: text/html; charset=”iso-8859-1” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable —_000_14206404595682428unilch via Gmail
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Genetics Graduate Program Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2015! The Graduate Program in Genetics is *still* currently accepting applications (until February 1, 2015) for M.S. and Ph.D. students for the Fall 2015 semester. This program was established in 1952, and is one of the longest running genetics graduate programs in the USA. The graduate training faculty are a highly interactive group performing research in all aspects of genetics from molecules to populations. Our research encompasses behavioral genetics, biomedical genetics, computational genetics and bioinformatics, evolutionary, population and quantitative genetics, and molecular, cellular and developmental genetics. Our faculty utilize a wide range of traditional and non-traditional model systems in their research. We consider graduate students to be professionals in training, and provide a well-rounded program of academic, research and professional training. Students are intimately involved in program activities have a strong voice in shaping the program. We provide broad and comprehensive graduate training in genetics and also flexible academic programs tailored to meet the background and career goals of the individual student. For more information go to *genetics.sciences.ncsu.edu* or email Trudy Mackay (trudy_mackay@ncsu.edu) or Melissa Robbins (melissa_robbins@ncsu.edu). You may also contact us by phone at 919-515-2292. merobbi3@ncsu.edu via Gmail

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Dr. Tom Juenger’s research group is currently seeking undergraduates interested in conducting research in Switchgrass biology. We are seeking undergraduate applicants for the The University of Texas at Austin Switchgrass Summer Research Program. This program is an opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in mentored independent research on the biology of Switchgrass. The program is funded through the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program and is associated with our ongoing interdisciplinary work on the ecology, physiology, and genomic responses of switchgrass to future climate change. Summer students will be immersed in research and learn basic and applied biology through active participation. Working as part of our research team, they will contribute to group research projects, design short research projects, and present their work in an end-of-summer student symposium. Who Should Apply? Undergraduates in the second or third year. Each REU position is supported for ten weeks, with a stipend of $4,500. The program runs from the first week in June until the first week of August 2013. Students will be housed in a UT dormitory, and the costs of the dormitory and meal plan are included in the program. Some funds will be available to help defray the cost of traveling to Austin. Applications The application deadline is February 15, 2015. Applicants should submit a cover letter describing experience, interests and future career plans, along with a copy of their transcripts. Applicants should also ensure that two letters of recommendation are submitted on their behalf. Only applications that are complete will be considered. If acknowledgement of receipt is required, please request this in the application. Applications and requests for further information should be directed to: Dr. Brandon Campitelli e-mail: brandon.campitelli@utexas.edu Subject: Switchgrass REU 2015 Mail: 1 University Station CO930, Austin 78712 For current information regarding ongoing research in the Juenger lab, please visit http://bit.ly/1wv1HmM via Gmail

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—_000_67AC53F0A110F048894454E4F8F611F048A8E6F1000sexmbxqs1uni_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”us-ascii” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Dear evoldir members, As a part of the Behaviour 2015 conference that will be held in Cairns, Australia, on 9-14 August 2015 (http://bit.ly/1HjbfJz), we are pleased to announce a symposium on the topic “Female song: fitness costs and benefits”. Symposium summary: Bird song, traditionally regarded as primarily a male trait, is in fact widespread among female songbirds and was likely present in the ancestor of modern songbirds. These recent findings challenge the view that sexual dimorphism in the expression and complexity of song is largely the outcome of sexual selection on males. It is now clear that understanding the evolution of bird song requires explaining variation within and among species in the expression and complexity of female song. To do this, we need a better understanding of the nature of variation in female song in different contexts and systems, as well as the fitness costs and benefits of variation in the expression and complexity of female song. The aim of this symposium is to draw together current research on female song with the goal of understanding the fitness costs and benefits of the diversity of female singing behaviour apparent among songbirds. Abstract submissions for oral presentations can be submitted until 15 March 2015: http://bit.ly/1F23ANv For more details, please don’t hesitate to contact us: Michelle L Hall - hall.mATunimelb.edu.au Naomi E Langmore - naomi.langmoreATanu.edu.au The conference is a major international meeting and a great opportunity to meet and interact with other scientists in the field, as it will be a joint meeting of the International Ethological Conference (IEC), Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASSAB), Australasian Evolution Society (AES), and International Society for Applied Ethology: Australasia, New Zealand and Africa Region. Dr Michelle L Hall Research Fellow Department of Zoology University of Melbourne Melbourne, Vic, 3010 Australia Email: hall.mATunimelb.edu.au Phone: 03 90359576 Web: http://bit.ly/1ibTZYU —_000_67AC53F0A110F048894454E4F8F611F048A8E6F1000sexmbxqs1uni_ Content-Type: message/external-body; access-type=x-mutt-deleted; expiration=”Wed, 7 Jan 2015 14:15:20 -0500”; lengthc94 Content-Type: text/html; charset=”us-ascii” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable —_000_67AC53F0A110F048894454E4F8F611F048A8E6F1000sexmbxqs1uni via Gmail
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—Apple-Mail=_186C3C67-9AD0-4BA0-A538-B3A7FE5BBD9E Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/plain; charset=windows-1252 SMBE 2015: SYMPOSIUM ON THE HORIZONTAL COMPONENT OF MICROBIAL EVOLUTION INVITED SPEAKERS: Bill Martin (University of Dsseldorf, Germany) Uri Gophna (Tel-Aviv University, Israel) Dear Colleagues, We are pleased to invite you to attend our symposium on the horizontal component of microbial evolution to be held during the annual conference of the society for molecular biology and evolution (SMBE) in Vienna, July 12th-16th 2015. * Symposium description: Microbes are found everywhere: in clouds and rain drops, on tree leaves, in soil and oceans, on and in our body. Bacteria are interesting research subjects not only due to their impact on human health dynamics and ecological transitions but also because of their genetic characteristics. Unlike eukaryotes, their evolution comprises both vertical and horizontal components. Recombination at the species level plays a role in selective sweeps through the population, while inter-species lateral gene transfer has important implications to microbial adaptation and evolutionary transitions. The advance in high throughput sequencing methods has enabled to study the impact the horizontal component on microbial genome evolution at an unprecedented resolution. Research in this field covers a broad range of topics including the biology of DNA transfer mechanisms, the ecology of mobile genetic elements, experimental evolution of rapid adaptation, and phylogenetics of reticulation events. We aim to include speakers presenting recent advance in the study of microbial evolution by horizontal gene transfer including both computational and experimental approaches. SMBE 2015 website: http://bit.ly/1xIlYts * The abstract submission deadline for oral presentations is February 8, 2015. * Abstracts for poster presentations should be sent by March 29, 2015. * Early bird registration fees are charged until March 1, 2015. Looking forward to meeting you in Vienna this summer! Tal Dagan Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel, Germany tdagan@ifam.uni-kiel.de Peter Gogarten University of Connecticut, USA gogarten@uconn.edu * For a summary of the recent SMBE satellite meeting on microbial reticulated evolution read the report in GBE (2014) 6:2206. —Apple-Mail=_186C3C67-9AD0-4BA0-A538-B3A7FE5BBD9E Content-Type: message/external-body; access-type=x-mutt-deleted; expiration=”Wed, 7 Jan 2015 14:16:23 -0500”; length)22 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/html; charset=windows-1252 —Apple-Mail=_186C3C67-9AD0-4BA0-A538-B3A7FE5BBD9 via Gmail

January 7, 2015

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*Post-Doctoral Associate to research primate socio-endocrinology and genetics at Yale Anthropology * The Department of Anthropology and the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale University invite applications for a full-time, two-year Postdoctoral Associate position in biological anthropology and/or primatology during academic years 2015-17. The postdoctoral position is offered within the Owl Monkey Project directed by Dr. Eduardo Fernandez-Duque (owlmonkeyproject.wordpress.com). The successful applicant will collaborate on research projects related to the socio-endocrinology and genetics of captive and wild owl monkey populations. The applicant will participate in the analyses of hormonal samples collected as part of an ongoing NSF project on the energetics of biparental care in owl monkeys. The applicant will also be responsible for data analysis and manuscript preparation using data from multi-year behavioral and demographic datasets. The position will include some field work in Argentina and/or in one of two captive colonies of owl monkeys where research is conducted. A Ph.D. degree in animal behavior, biological/evolutionary anthropology, ecology, conservation, or related field is required. The position will remain open until filled, but applicants are advised to submit their applications by February 15, 2015 for primary consideration since some interviews will take place at the AAPA Meetings (St. Louis, Missouri, March 25-29). Applicants must have a demonstrated record of publication in peer-reviewed journals and/or successful grant writing. Please email the following documents to both of these email addresses: owlmonkeyproject@gmail.com and eduardo.fernandez-duque@yale.edu: 1. A cover letter indicating your interest in the position. 2. A CV with names and email addresses of three referees. 3. A 1-2 page research experience and future goals statement. 4. pdf samples of publications (submitted, in press, or published). Yale University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Ben Finkel via Gmail
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ESEB 2015 SYMPOSIUM ON SPECIATION GENOMICS Dear colleagues, This is a final reminder of the abstract deadline (10th January) for our symposium CHARTING THE GENOMIC LANDSCAPE OF SPECIATION which will be held at the 15th Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) in Lausanne, Switzerland, 10th - 14th August 2015. INVITED SPEAKERS - Nicolas Bierne (Institut de Sciences de l’Evolution-Montpellier, France) - Mohamed Noor (Duke University, USA) ORGANIZERS - Anja Westram (Sheffield, UK) - Mark Ravinet (NIG, Japan) - Juan Galindo (Vigo, Spain) - Rui Faria (Porto, Portugal) NB: Although only two organisers are officially listed, the idea for the symposium was conceived by a group of four people who are all contributing to its organisation. WEBSITE (Symposium No. 34) http://bit.ly/1AEbj5O DESCRIPTION: Understanding how speciation with gene flow works at the genomic level is currently a major focus of speciation biology. Genome scans between diverging populations have become widespread, demonstrating that the extent of differentiation can be quite variable across the genome. Highly differentiated regions are often interpreted as resulting from divergent selection, therefore playing an important role in speciation. This view is prominently expressed in the striking metaphor of ‘speciation islands’. Yet some debate remains. Is differentiation generated by divergent natural selection acting as a barrier to otherwise homogenising gene flow? Or by recombination rate variation and/or intrinsic incompatibilities? Might differentiation occur when gene flow ceases and local adaptation increases the rate of lineage sorting in some parts of the genome but not others? And what genomic features affect homogenising gene flow? Being able to distinguish these alternative explanations i s fundamental for understanding the genomic basis of speciation with gene flow. This symposium will explore this debate, bringing together empirical evidence from different perspectives and focusing on emerging approaches for identifying the processes that cause the rugged landscape of genomic differentiation. DETAILS: Registration for ESEB 2015 and abstract submission for all symposiums is now available at: http://bit.ly/1rIZnbW. Please be aware the deadline for submitting abstracts for both talk and posters is 10th January 2015. Please be sure to state your preference for a talk or poster when submitting your abstract. All four organisers will evaluate the submissions and we hope to finalise our selections by early March. When selecting presentations, we aim to take into account gender balance. Please don’t hesitate contact us if you have any further questions (mravinet@nig.ac.jp; a.westram@sheffield.ac.uk) We look forward to reading your abstracts and discussing speciation with you at ESEB 2015! Mark, Anja, Juan and Rui via Gmail

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Ph.D. Scholarship in Multivariate Evolution: Experimental evolution of multiple trait interactions under changed environments I have a Ph.D. scholarship available for a first class student starting in 2015 or 2016 at the Waurn Ponds (Centre for Integrative Ecology) campus of Deakin University, Australia. The research takes advantage of my long term experimental evolution project which investigates multivariate evolution of male colour pattern components, female colour preferences and colour vision in 12 guppy mesocosms under three different light environments. General topic: Quantitative genetics of experimental evolution of colour patterns and behaviour in guppies and its relationship to trait functions and functional interactions. General aims: To examine the pattern, processes and causes of evolution of the G-matrix (genetic variance-covariance matrix) of multiple colour pattern components and their links to mate choice behaviour in populations which are actively evolving under different visual conditions. We are explicitly interested in the pattern and process of multivariate evolution under divergent environmental conditions. Questions include: What are the effects of correlational selection on the G-matrix? Does the form of the G-matrix influence multivariate evolution in the predicted ways? You can also investigate the causes of correlational selection, for example: Does correlational selection of colour pattern components result from their interacting effects on chromatic and luminance contrast and hence on their efficacy as visual signals? There are a lot of different possible avenues of research so long as they investigate the patterns and process of multivariate evolution; I encourage all my students to follow the lines most interesting to them provided it is practical in the 3 years of research. If you are interested in any aspect of this, please email me (John A. Endler): John.Endler@deakin.edu.au Eligibility requirements: In addition to the general PhD requirements at Deakin (see the website http://bit.ly/14mVoKH) you will need some experience with quantitative genetics techniques and some multivariate statistics. Experience with MATLAB or R analysis is particularly welcome. First preference will be given to Australian citizens or permanent residents (the rules here) but if no appropriate candidates apply, I will give the fellowship to the best non-Australian who applies. You should be able to provide a very strong undergraduate record and letters of recommendation. Unlike other Australian scholarships, I do not expect you to have published any papers, in fact I’m highly suspicious of publication of work done as an undergraduate. However, you should definitely show your merit in your undergraduate record and letters of recommendation. These documents should also show that you are creative, original, innovative, and analytic rather than just a technician or a paper mill. Stipend: Standard APA rate (AU $25,849 in 2015) with standard conditions in regards to extensions and other allowances. Dates and details: The closing date for applications is 1 July 2015; and the successful applicant should start no later than February or March 2016, sooner if possible. For more information on any aspect of the scholarship, please email me: John.Endler@deakin.edu.au. For information about the Centre for Integrative ecology, see http://bit.ly/14mVp0W Important Notice: The contents of this email are intended solely for the named addressee and are confidential; any unauthorised use, reproduction or storage of the contents is expressly prohibited. If you have received this email in error, please delete it and any attachments immediately and advise the sender by return email or telephone. Deakin University does not warrant that this email and any attachments are error or virus free. Prof. John A. Endler. FAA, FAAAS Alfred Deakin Professor Editor-in-Chief, Evolutionary Ecology Centre for Integrative Ecology School of Life & Environmental Sciences Deakin University, Waurn Ponds Campus 75 Pigdons Road Waurn Ponds, VIC 3216, Australia email: John.Endler@deakin.edu.au tel: 03 5227 1313, or +61 3 5227 1313 mob: 0488 255 712 Deakin University CRICOS Provider Code 00113B “John A. Endler” 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 “Daniel Schoen, Prof.” via Gmail