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February 3, 2015


Postdoctoral Research Scholar Institute of Ecology and Evolution Posting: 14431 Location: Eugene Closes: Open Until Filled Revised Posting Postdoctoral Position in Microbial Ecology and Evolution Jessica Green at the University of Oregon (http://bit.ly/1hBUxFf) is currently seeking a postdoctoral researcher to collaborate on the Seagrass Microbiome Project (http://bit.ly/1pzwQlr). Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a biological, computational, mathematical, or statistical field and strong writing skills. The ideal candidate will have experience developing and applying models to understand the ecology, evolution, and/or function of complex systems. Experience in the analysis of environmental sequence data is highly desirable, but not required. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to creatively and independently tackle one or more of the science questions outlined in the Seagrass Microbiome Project grant proposal (http://bit.ly/16pYqiX), funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The successful candidate will interact regularly with team members Jonathan Eisen (http://bit.ly/1pzwTxI), Jay Stachowicz http://bit.ly/1pzwTxJ, and Jenna Lang (http://bit.ly/1rVnWDR) at the University of California, Davis through weekly tele-conferencing and also through regular visits to the UC Davis campus. At the University of Oregon, the candidate will benefit from ongoing microbiome research programs including the Microbial Ecology and Theory of Animals Center for Systems Biology (http://bit.ly/1pzwQlx) and the Biology and Built Environment Center (http://bit.ly/1jC1tsQ). The position is available for 1 year with the possibility for renewal depending on performance. The start date is flexible. Please email questions regarding the position to Jessica Green (jlgreen@uoregon.edu). To apply A complete application will consist of the following materials: (1) a brief cover letter explaining your background and career interests (2) CV (including publications) (3) names and contact information for three references Submit materials to ie2jobs@uoregon.edu. Subject: Posting 14431 To ensure consideration, please submit applications by March 10, 2015, but the position will remain open until filled. Women and minorities encouraged to apply. We invite applications from qualified candidates who share our commitment to diversity. The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. via Gmail


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A NSF-funded postdoctoral research position in the field of landscape genomics is available in Jeff Lozier’s lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama (http://bit.ly/1x3m9dH). The available position will involve the study of evolutionary and functional genetics of local adaptation in North American bumble bees. In addition to interacting with the Lozier lab, the selected applicant will work closely with Michael Dillon (University of Wyoming; http://bit.ly/16pYq2q) and James Strange (USDA-ARS Pollinating Insect Research Unit and Utah State, Logan, UT; http://goo.gl/uJFqxS) on an interdisciplinary effort to understand the consequences of abiotic heterogeneity on morphological, physiological, and genomic variation across complex mountain landscapes of CA, OR, and WA. The open position is for a highly motivated postdoctoral research associate whose primary objective will be to oversee next generation population genomic and transcriptomic analyses of field-collected and experimental samples. Responsibilities will include participating in fieldwork, laboratory work, and will be especially focused on computational and statistical analysis of genomic and RNAseq data. The ideal candidate should have experience with next generation sequencing, ideally with emerging methods for population-level genomic (e..g, RADseq, Pool-seq) or RNAseq analysis, and possess laboratory genetics skills, excellent computational skills (e.g., familiarity with GIS, UNIX, R, or other programming languages, as well as open-source genetics software), and the ability to effectively manage large data sets. The applicant should be creative and independent, have excellent organizational, communication, and writing skills, and a publication record in evolutionary biology, population genetics, molecular ecology or other related fields. A general interest in pollinator biology and related field experience would be advantageous, but applicants with diverse research backgrounds are encouraged to apply . Candidates must have received a Ph.D. in a relevant field by the start date. Funding is available for at least two years, potentially longer, with annual renewal dependent on performance evaluation, and will include a competitive salary and full benefits. The University of Alabama offers a range of professional development opportunities. Application review will begin in late February, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Start date is negotiable, but the successful applicant should ideally be able to begin working in the position by summer (May 1-Sept 1) 2015. Applicants interested in the position are encouraged to contact Jeff Lozier (jlozier@ua.edu) when applying. Applicants must officially apply by submitting an application to the Spring 2015 Biological Sciences Departmental postdoctoral pool at facultyjobs.ua.edu (requisition number 0809316): http://bit.ly/1x3m7CR. Materials should include: 1. Cover letter mentioning the “Pollinator Landscape Genomics” position, a description of past research accomplishments and future research goals, and the names and contact information for 3 references (maximum of two pages). 2. Curriculum vitae About the University of Alabama: The University of Alabama is the flagship campus of the University System of Alabama, with an enrollment of over 35,000 students. The University is committed to achieving excellence as one of the country’s primary centers of research and education. It is located in the vibrant college town of Tuscaloosa, AL, which boasts many cultural and athletic activities. The campus also benefits from the close proximity to the Birmingham metropolitan community. The University of Alabama is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. via Gmail

*_POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AVAILABLE_* _In *Plant-Virus Interaction and Co-Evolution*_ *_Research topics_*: The long-term goal of the group is to understand*the evolution of plant-virus interactions*. Within this broad field of research the post-doctoral scientist to be recruited will participate in defining a specific programme of research on the*Evolutionary Ecology of Virus Emergence, specifically on how ecosystem simplification affects infection patterns, host range evolution and virulence of multihost plant viruses.* *__* *_Period_*: Two years starting any time from now. *_Conditions_*: Contract conditions will be equivalent to those of the Spanish “Juan de la Cierva” Postdoctoral Programme. (http://bit.ly/1Gj7tyo) *__* *_Requisites_*: Experience in evolutionary biology of host-parasite interactions or/and virus evolution or/and plant evolutionary ecology or/and population genetics of plants. *INTERESTED CANDIDATES PLEASE CONTACT* Prof. *FERNANDO GARCA-ARENAL *fernando.garciaarenal@upm.es BEFORE *FEBRUARY 28^th * 2015 For further information about the group: http://bit.ly/1AmLeb0 *__* *_Recent publications of the group related to the above-specified topics:_*** **** Fraile A. /et al/. (2011). Rapid genetic diversification and high fitness penalties associated with pathogenicity evolution in a plant virus*. /Molecular Biology and Evolution/*/./ 28: 1425-1437. Pagn I. /et al./ (2012). Effect of biodiversity changes on disease risk: Exploring disease emergence in a plant-virus system. */PLoS Pathogens/ *8:e1002796. Rodelo-Urrego M. /et al. /(2013). Landscape heterogeneity shapes host-parasite interactions and results in apparent plant-virus co-divergence. */Molecular Ecolog/**/y/*22: 2325 -2340. Garca-Arenal F. & Fraile A. (2013). Trade-offs in host range evolution of plant viruses. */Plant Pathology/*62 - S1: 2 - 9. Betancourt M. /et al./ (2013). Virulence evolution of a generalist plant virus in a heterogeneous host system*/. /**/Evolutionary Applications/*6: 875 - 890 Elena S.F. /et al./ (2014). Evolution and emergence of plant viruses. */Advances in Virus Research/*88: 162 - 191. Fraile A. /et al/ (2014). Host resistance selects for traits unrelated to pathogenicity that affect fitness in a plant virus. */Molecular Biology and Evo/**/lution/*31: 928 - 939. Pagn I. /et al/. (2014). Vertical transmission selects for reduced virulence in a plant virus and for increased resistance in the host. */PLoS Pathogens/* 10: e1004293. Hily J. M. /et al/. (2014). The relationship between host lifespan and pathogen reservoir potential: An analysis in the system /Arabidopsis thaliana-Cucumber mosaic virus/. */PLoS Pathog/ens *10: e1004492. ** *For additional information on CBGP, please visit **http://bit.ly/1KmKJxt fernando garcia arenal via Gmail
The Department of Behavioral Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen, Germany, is seeking a field assistant to work from 1st April to 31st May 2015. The assistant will participate in a study on the reproductive biology of a blue tit population in a protected forest site in Southern Germany. Specifically, the assistant will help carrying out an experiment in which provisioning effort by one parent will be manipulated (by exposing it to begging playbacks) in order to examine its effects on provisioning behavior of the other parent. The work will primarily consist of recording nest visits from a hide and controlling the playback device. This will include long days (up to 8 hours) in a hide and thus require a lot of patience and endurance. In addition, the assistant will help with preparations of the experiment, as well as with maintaining the long term data on breeding behavior of the blue tits through regular nest checks. Successful candidate must have experience with field work, with working long hours under all weather conditions and with collecting detailed observational data. Applicants should be highly motivated, dependable, well organized and have the ability to collect data accurately. Field work hours will be long and tiring, and applicants must be prepared to work at any time (including weekends and holidays), with no days off during the peak experimental period. The working language at the Institute is English, so good knowledge of the language is required. Applicants should be aware that Lyme disease spread by ticks is common in the area, and should inform themselves about the disease in advance. The payment would be in accordance with the collective agreement for public employees up to pay group 6 TVD. The Max Planck Institute for Ornithology employs a dynamic, dedicated, and international group of researchers who are focused on exploring the fields of evolution, ecology, genetics, and neurobiology. The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Santema, Tel.: 08157 932-234, E-Mail: petersantema1@gmail.com Review of applications will start immediately until the position is filled. If you are interested in applying for the field assistant position as described above, please apply (including your CV) by latest 13st February 2015 by E-Mail to: cdobus@orn.mpg.de Peter Santema via Gmail

February 2, 2015


Information at www.cbgreu.org The Chicago Botanic Garden, with colleagues from partner institutions, hosts a ten-week summer research experience. This program offers undergraduate participants an opportunity to explore a diverse array of scientific fields related to plant biology and conservation. Travel, room and board, and research costs are covered by the program. Participants also receive a $5,000 stipend. Now accepting applications. The deadline has been extended through to February 8th, 2015. The Summer program will run from Monday 8th June to Friday 14th Aug (There is some flexiblity with start dates) For more information please visit our website www.cbgreu.org Jeremie Fant and Dan Larkin Chicago Botanic Garden Glencoe Il 60022 Lab@chicagobotanic.org via Gmail

February 1, 2015

SUMMER COURSE ON MARINE GENOMICS AT THE MARINE BIOLOGICAL STATION OF ROSCOFF (F) First announcement >From May 31st - June 12th, 2015 the 11th Summer Course on Marine Evolutionary & Ecological Genomics takes place at the Station Biologique de Roscoff, Roscoff, France. Aims: Genomic knowledge is crucial for understanding the marine environment and for an efficient use of its resources. State of the art NGS methods have revolutionized the field, spawning applications in basic research and environmental management. The course will give insight into population, environmental, biodiversity, comparative, evolutionary and functional genomics through lectures, case studies and computer labs. It takes place at the Biological Station, a vibrant research community of 273 scientists and support personnel, located in the old town and fishing port of Roscoff, Brittany, France. The course includes lectures, tutorials and computer based exercises on the following topics. * Genomics - next generation sequencing, database searching, basic skills in data handling and bioinformatics * Population genomics - diversity, structure, connectivity and gene flow, assignment, effective population size, population dynamics, adaptive variation, genotyping by sequencing * Environmental genomics - environment - genome interactions, ecogenomics, metagenomics and metagenetics * Functional genomics - genome structure, molecular evolution at the functional level, genomic architecture, functional networks * Comparative genomics - whole genome comparisons, concatenated phylogenies, genome organization, annotating genomic information, co-evolution The course covers all aspects of life in the ocean. Target group: PhD students (at least in their second year) and junior postdocs with a solid knowledge in phylogenetics and/or population genetics. 18 participants will be selected on the following criteria: 1. Relevance of the course for their PhD or post-doc project 2. Background and experience 3. We aim at training people with different research backgrounds; not more than one person per institute will be considered. We implement a gender policy. The selected persons will be notified by March 25th and will have to confirm attendance within 7 days. There is a waiting list in case of non-confirmations and cancellations. Teaching staff : Jonas Colln, SB-Roscoff, FR Simon Creer, Univ. Bangor, UK Yves Desdevises, OO-Banyuls, FR Jakob Hemmer-Hansen, DTU-Aqua, DK Erica Leder, Univ. Turku, Fi Frdric Partensky, SB-Roscoff, FR Daniel Vaulot, SB-Roscoff Filip Volckaert, Univ. Leuven, BE Mathias Wegner, AWI-Sylt, GE Organizing committee Jonas Colln, SB-Roscoff, FR Damien Guiffant, SB-Roscoff, FR Matthias Obst, Univ. Gothenburg, SE Sarah Bourlat, Univ. Gothenburg, SE Nic Blouin, Univ. Rhode Island, USA Nathalie Turque, EMBRC-France, FR Filip Volckaert, Univ. Leuven, BE For information, a flyer and application please check http://bit.ly/1z4uTFO. The application deadline is March 10 2015. Filip Volckaert via Gmail

2nd INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ALGORITHMS FOR COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY AlCoB 2015 Mexico City, Mexico August 4-6, 2015 Organized by: Centre for Complexity Sciences (C3) School of Sciences Institute for Research in Applied Mathematics and Systems (IIMAS) Graduate Program in Computing Science and Engineering National Autonomous University of Mexico Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC) Rovira i Virgili University http://bit.ly/1wQ2oq1 AIMS: AlCoB aims at promoting and displaying excellent research using string and graph algorithms and combinatorial optimization to deal with problems in biological sequence analysis, genome rearrangement, evolutionary trees, and structure prediction. The conference will address several of the current challenges in computational biology by investigating algorithms aimed at: 1) assembling sequence reads into a complete genome, 2) identifying gene structures in the genome, 3) recognizing regulatory motifs, 4) aligning nucleotides and comparing genomes, 5) reconstructing regulatory networks of genes, and 6) inferring the evolutionary phylogeny of species. Particular focus will be put on methodology and significant room will be reserved to young scholars at the beginning of their career. VENUE: AlCoB 2015 will take place in Mexico City, the oldest capital city in the Americas and the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world. The venue will be the main campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. SCOPE: Topics of either theoretical or applied interest include, but are not limited to: Exact sequence analysis Approximate sequence analysis Pairwise sequence alignment Multiple sequence alignment Sequence assembly Genome rearrangement Regulatory motif finding Phylogeny reconstruction Phylogeny comparison Structure prediction Compressive genomics Proteomics: molecular pathways, interaction networks … Transcriptomics: splicing variants, isoform inference and quantification, differential analysis Next-generation sequencing: population genomics, metagenomics, metatranscriptomics … Microbiome analysis Systems biology STRUCTURE: AlCoB 2015 will consist of: invited lectures peer-reviewed contributions INVITED SPEAKERS: Julio Collado-Vides (National Autonomous University of Mexico, Cuernavaca), >From Curation of Information to Knowledge Encoding Gaston Gonnet (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich), Human-Dog-Mouse, Probably and Provable Non-trivial Evolution Close to the Root of the Mammalian Clade Peter D. Karp (SRI International, Menlo Park), Algorithms for Metabolic Route Search and Determination of Reaction Atom Mappings PROGRAMME COMMITTEE: Stephen Altschul (National Center for Biotechnology Information, Bethesda, USA) Yurii Aulchenko (Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk, Russia) Pierre Baldi (University of California, Irvine, USA) Daniel G. Brown (University of Waterloo, Canada) Yuehui Chen (University of Jinan, China) Keith A. Crandall (George Washington University, Washington, USA) Joseph Felsenstein (University of Washington, Seattle, USA) Michael Galperin (National Center for Biotechnology Information, Bethesda, USA) Susumu Goto (Kyoto University, Japan) Igor Grigoriev (DOE Joint Genome Institute, Walnut Creek, USA) Martien Groenen (Wageningen University, The Netherlands) Yike Guo (Imperial College, London, UK) Javier Herrero (University College London, UK) Karsten Hokamp (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland) Hsuan-Cheng Huang (National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan) Ian Korf (University of California, Davis, USA) Nikos Kyrpides (DOE Joint Genome Institute, Walnut Creek, USA) Mingyao Li (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA) Yun Li (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA) Jun Liu (Harvard University, Cambridge, USA) Rodrigo Lpez (European Bioinformatics Institute, Hinxton, UK) Andrei N. Lupas (Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tbingen, Germany) B.S. Manjunath (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA) Carlos Martn-Vide (chair, Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain) Tarjei Mikkelsen (Broad Institute, Cambridge, USA) Henrik Nielsen (Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark) Zemin Ning (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, UK) Christine Orengo (University College London, UK) Modesto Orozco (Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Barcelona, Spain) Christos A. Ouzounis (Centre for Research & Technology Hellas, Thessaloniki, Greece) Manuel Peitsch (Philip Morris International R&D, Neuchtel, Switzerland) David A. Rosenblueth (National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico) Julio Rozas (University of Barcelona, Spain) Alessandro Sette (La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, USA) Peter F. Stadler (University of Leipzig, Germany) Guy Theraulaz (Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France) Alfonso Valencia (Spanish National Cancer Research Centre, Madrid, Spain) Kai Wang (University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA) Lusheng Wang (City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong) Zidong Wang (Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK) Harel Weinstein (Cornell University, New York, USA) Jennifer Wortman (Broad Institute, Cambridge, USA) Jun Yu (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China) Mohammed J. Zaki (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, USA) Louxin Zhang (National University of Singapore, Singapore) Hongyu Zhao (Yale University, New Haven, USA) ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: Adrian Horia Dediu (Tarragona) Francisco Hernndez-Quiroz (Mexico City) Carlos Martn-Vide (Tarragona, co-chair) David A. Rosenblueth (Mexico City, co-chair) Florentina Lilica Voicu (Tarragona) SUBMISSIONS: Authors are invited to submit non-anonymized papers in English presenting original and unpublished research. Papers should not exceed 12 single-spaced pages (including eventual appendices, references, proofs, etc.) and should be prepared according to the standard format for Springer Verlag’s LNCS series (see http://bit.ly/1tO5vnk). Submissions have to be uploaded to: http://bit.ly/1wQ2myj PUBLICATIONS: A volume of proceedings published by Springer in the LNCS/LNBI series will be available by the time of the conference. A special issue of a major journal will be later published containing peer-reviewed substantially extended versions of some of the papers contributed to the conference. Submissions to it will be by invitation. REGISTRATION: The registration form can be found at: http://bit.ly/1tO5xf8 DEADLINES: Paper submission: March 2, 2015 (23:59 CET) Notification of paper acceptance or rejection: April 10, 2015 Final version of the paper for the LNCS/LNBI proceedings: April 19, 2015 Early registration: April 19, 2015 Late registration: July 21, 2015 Submission to the journal special issue: November 6, 2015 QUESTIONS AND FURTHER INFORMATION: florentinalilica.voicu@urv.cat POSTAL ADDRESS: AlCoB 2015 Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC) Rovira i Virgili University Av. Catalunya, 35 43002 Tarragona, Spain Phone: +34 977 559 543 Fax: +34 977 558 386 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: National Autonomous University of Mexico Rovira i Virgili University via Gmail

Dear All! Please note that I have changed the license agreement of my TREEFINDER software (www.treefinder.de): Starting from 1st February 2015, I do no longer permit the usage of my TREEFINDER software in the USA. For all other countries, the old license agreement remains valid. This is in accordance with the license agreement stated in the TREEFINDER manual since the earliest versions, which reserves me the right to change the license agreement at any time. My reasons: (1) I want to protest against American imperialism, which I regard as the cause of most of all evil in the world: wars, tyranny, poverty, migration. (2) I want to protest against EU tyranny, which is mostly the result of US imperialism. (3) I want to demonstrate my sovereignty, something I would welcome to see much more often in science and politics. In particular, I dislike that the USA and the EU aggressively promote a way of life that conflicts with my own way of life. After so many years of hard work on TREEFINDER, I have still not been paid any reward. I want to stress that this license change is not against my colleagues in the USA, but against a small rich elite there that misuses the country’s power to rule the world. On the TREEFINDER download website I have collected many links to background information, including some in English language. Regards, Gangolf Jobb Gangolf Jobb via Gmail

The monthly review of the EvolDir is available from the EvolDir website - http://bit.ly/17VdShI. For more information or for help send mail to Golding@McMaster.CA. Please see the above website for instructions for the EvolDir. This includes ways to limit/reduce the messages you receive from the EvolDir. A reminder: The userid for the web site user list is `evoldir’ and the password is `2EvolBulletins’. [ This was done to limit the access of spammers (e.g. SpeakOut.Com and others). ] Brian Golding via Gmail

Two motivated PhD student applicants are sought to work on projects related to a recently funded, highly collaborative, NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity project at the University of Nevada Reno. The research is focused on a well-studied, tropical system involving plants in the genus Piper (Piperaceae), associated herbivores, and parasitoid wasps and flies. Research will utilize transformative and innovative approaches to quantifying biodiversity that will allow us to link measures of interaction diversity at an ecologically relevant scale to genetic diversity, population genetic structure, and plant chemical diversity. The research includes work in genomics, physiology, and phytochemistry laboratories, as well as field experiments and sampling in Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, and Brazil. We are looking for students broadly interested in evolutionary biology and ecology, with specific interests in the evolution of tri-trophic interactions, population genomics, and the ecological and evolutionary consequences of phytochemical variation. We are an interdisciplinary group of ecologists, evolutionary biologists, and chemists; more information about representative research activities can be found at webpages for the various faculty participants (Dyer, Forister, Jeffrey, Parchman, Richards, Smilanich; http://bit.ly/1BIWgCA). UNR has a strong interdisciplinary PhD program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology (http://bit.ly/1fKs0Ax). Graduate students accepted into the EECB program are guaranteed financial support through Teaching Assistantships (TAs) which includes health insurance and an out-of-state tuition waiver. In addition, funds associated with this project are available for summer support, Research Assistantships (RAs), and for field work and data collection associated with specific doctoral dissertation projects. University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) is a Tier I research university located in a spectacular environment at the confluence of the Great Basin and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The faculty and graduate students at UNR are highly interactive and include an internationally known group of evolutionary biologists and ecologists. We are equipped with cutting edge molecular and computational resources for modern genome sequence analysis, and a state of the art facility for phytochemical and metabalomic research. In addition to the tropical research, we are also located in an ideal setting for field-based science in the Great Basin and Sierra Nevada regions, allowing enviable access to spectacular montane and desert ecosystems. Reno is 45 minutes from Lake Tahoe, offers a high quality of living, an excellent climate, and is a large enough city to offer diverse activities and amenities. World class rock climbing, skiing, and mountain biking opportunities are in extremely close proximity. Those interested should contact us via email (tparchman@unr.edu, nolaclimber@gmail.com, mforister@unr.edu, etc.) with a description of your interests, qualifications and preliminary application materials (CV, GRE scores, names and contact information for three references). Thomas L. Parchman Assistant Professor Department of Biology, MS 314 University of Nevada, Reno Max Fleishman Agriculture Building 1664 N. Virginia Street Reno, NV 89557-0314 tparchman@unr.edu Thomas L Parchman via Gmail

January 31, 2015

SouthAfrica.ResearchAssistant.SocialMolerats Cooperative breeding in Damaraland mole-rats (Fukomys damarensis), South Africa. 2 Positions: 15th of March 2015 to 14th of June 2015. Mid-June 2015 to mid-September 2015. We are looking for two voluntary field research assistants to conduct field research on the completely subterranean, highly social Damaraland mole-rat (Fukomys damarensis). Specifically, this project investigates the group augmentation hypothesis and how benefits of living large groups can generate selection for altruism in animals. We plan a large scale capture-mark and recapture experiment running over one year in which the voluntary research assistant would play an important role. Field work takes place in the southern Kalahari, Northern Cape province of South Africa. Entire groups of mole-rats will be captured and individually marked. Morphological measurements and tissue samples will be obtained before the release of the animals. The work is physically extremely demanding (long hours, heavy digging to capture mole-rats) and weather conditions are very challenging (heat during the day, very cold during the night). Field work will make trapping during the night necessary. The assistant will mostly be working along one more experienced scientist but will need to work independently at times. Applicants should be enthusiastic, willing to work hard and keen to get involved in an ecological research project in the African bush. Research assistants are expected to be willing to work at night when trapping schedules require it and need to be fit as capturing mole-rats requires the capacity to do hard physical work (digging) in a challenging environment. Applicants must be holders of a driving license. A zoology related degree and/or previous field experience will be considered an asset. The successful applicants will work in a small team of 2 persons and hence need to be a team player and generally a person that enjoys collaboration under sometimes challenging and isolated circumstances. Accommodation is provided, and research assistants are paid a monthly allowance to cover their food. Applications received until the 12th of February 2015 are ensured full consideration. Later applications can be considered (particularly for the second time period). Dates for the second period are more flexible and applicants can indicate if they wish to commit for a longer period. Further Information: http://bit.ly/1zG67hJ To apply (CV + cover letter) or enquire further information contact: Dr Markus Zttl Research associate University of Cambridge +441223336673 Mz338@cam.ac.uk http://bit.ly/1Lu9vzh Markus Zoettl via Gmail

—_000_D0F160781AD26andrewdoustokstateedu_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”us-ascii” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Research focus: We are seeking a highly motivated student to conduct research on evolutionary and quantitative genetics of branching in grasses, as part of an NSF Plant Genome grant focused on tillering in panicoid grasses (in collaboration with researchers at West Virginia University, Brigham Young University, and the University of California at Berkeley). The primary objective of this research is to use three panicoid grasses, maize, sorghum, and Setaria, to identify components of the gene regulatory network controlling branching. Our lab is focused on Setaria, combining traditional QTL mapping with expression QTL studies, mutant analysis, and modeling to understand the genetic components of branching and their responses to environmental stimuli such as shading. There is considerable flexibility for graduate projects within this broad theme. Essential qualifications include successfully completed masters degree in genetics and/or molecular biology, experience in molecular lab techniques including working with RNA, experience in growing plants, and excellent writing skills. Desirable qualifications include experience with quantitative and phylogenetic analysis software, next generation sequence library construction and data analysis, and programming in R and/or Python. Salary: Stipend will be $21,504 per calendar year plus tuition and health benefits. A mixture of TA and RA positions over the course of the Ph.D. will allow you to balance valuable teaching experience with research time. Application deadline: February 13th, 2015; but applications will be reviewed as they arrive. Application materials: Please send a brief cover letter, resume, transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information for two references to andrew.doust@okstate.edu by the deadline to be considered for this position. Andrew Doust Botany Department Oklahoma State University Physical Sciences 301 Stillwater, OK 74078 Phone: 405-744-9559 Email: andrew.doust@okstate.edu Websites: http://bit.ly/1JWiZBH http://bit.ly/1zi2LzF http://bit.ly/1JWiXtl —_000_D0F160781AD26andrewdoustokstateedu_ Content-Type: text/html; charset=”us-ascii” Content-ID: Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

Research focus:  We are seeking a highly motivated student to conduct research on evolutionary and quantitative genetics of branching in grasses, as part of an NSF Plant Genome grant focused on tillering in panicoid grasses (in collaboration with researchers at West Virginia University, Brigham Young University, and the University of California at Berkeley).  The primary objective of this research is to use three panicoid grasses, maize, sorghum, and Setaria, to identify components of the gene regulatory network controlling branching.  Our lab is focused on Setaria, combining traditional QTL mapping with expression QTL studies, mutant analysis, and modeling to understand the genetic components of branching and their responses to environmental stimuli such as shading.  There is considerable flexibility for graduate projects within this broad theme. Essential qualifications include successfully completed masters degree in genetics and/or molecular biology, experience in molecular lab techniques including working with RNA, experience in growing plants, and excellent writing skills.  Desirable qualifications include experience with quantitative and phylogenetic analysis software, next generation sequence library construction and data analysis, and programming in R and/or Python. Salary:  Stipend will be $21,504 per calendar year plus tuition and health benefits.  A mixture of TA and RA positions over the course of the Ph.D. will allow you to balance valuable teaching experience with research time. Application deadline:  February 13th, 2015; but applications will be reviewed as they arrive. Application materials:  Please send a brief cover letter, resume, transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information for two references to andrew.doust@okstate.edu by the deadline to be considered for this position. Andrew Doust Botany Department Oklahoma State University Physical Sciences 301 Stillwater, OK 74078 Phone: 405-744-9559 Email: andrew.doust@okstate.edu Websites:  http://bit.ly/1JWiZBH http://bit.ly/1zi2LzF http://bit.ly/1JWiXtl —_000_D0F160781AD26andrewdoustokstateedu via Gmail
A Ph.D. studentship *Butterflies and moths as pollinators along an Afrotropical altitudinal gradient* We are seeking a highly motivated Ph.D. student to join a project assessing studies of plant-pollinator relationships between butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera) with selected groups of flowering plants (Rubiaceae and Acanthaceae) on Mt. Cameroon. The student will process already collected material, as well as actively participate on field sampling (at least two times during the study) of data and their subsequent processing in collaboration with international specialists. The length of the study is 4 years. The successful applicant will be supervised by Dr. Robert Tropek and Dr. Stepan Janecek as a part of the multidisciplinary team at the Faculty of Science, Charles University of Prague with a close collaboration with the Institute of Entomology and Institute of Botany, Czech Academy of Sciences. *Offered* - attractive scientific topic in an established international team - standard university scholarship (up to 114,000 CZK annually according to discharging of the study responsibilities) together with the support of the STARS project (120,000 CZK annually; http://bit.ly/1JWiXd3) for four years, it sufficiently covers living expenses in the Czech Republic *Required* - enthusiasm in nature and ecological science - ability to lead a field research in challenging conditions of tropical environments - fluency in English - a MSc degree in biology or related fields Desirable (but not necessary) - previous experience of collaboration in scientific projects evidenced by a (co)authorship of research papers or conference contributions - previous experience with insects and/or plants - basic knowledge of French All applicants will apply for the position online through http://bit.ly/1JWiXd3. The deadline for application is the 28th February 2015, the successful candidate will be selected till early April. The position is available from the beginning of 2015/2016 academic year. All questions should be sent directly to Robert Tropek (robert.tropek@gmail.com). Robert Tropek via Gmail
Ranked the number one agricultural institute in Europe and number two in the world, INRA (National Institute for Agricultural Research - France) carries out mission-oriented research for high-quality and healthy foods, competitive and sustainable agriculture and a preserved and valorised environment. Every year, INRA seeks researchers from all disciplines to reinforce laboratory and fieldwork teams. Researchers will be heavily involved in scientific networks and tackle environmental, economic and social issues. They are expected to strive for excellence and come up with useful, concrete applications for the real world. Individual research projects will go hand in hand with group efforts in a bid to further knowledge and innovation, in order to produce sustainably, preserve the environment, and improve human nutrition. INRA is recruiting 30 Research Scientists (PhD or equivalent) through open competitions and offering permanent positions. Positions are open in a wide range of scientific disciplines such as animal quantitative genetics, quantitative genetics and plant development, agrifood sciences and techniques, metabolism and physiology, genetic mechanisms of adaptation, physico-chemistry of interfaces and biological processes for the environment, functional ecology and modelling, evolutionary ecology and modelling, ecology, genetics, pathogens, veterinary and agrifood sciences (microbiology, molecular protozoology and immunology), applied mathematics and informatics, compromise and uncertainty in the evaluation and management of ecosystem services, economics and many more. Applications are available until to March 2, 2015. All useful information to apply is available on: http://bit.ly/1zhVXSr For further details: concours_chercheurs@paris.inra.fr [INRA] Corinne NICOLAS Assistante RH en charge de la mobilité, des études et de la communication de recrutement corinne.nicolas@paris.inra.fr DRH - Service Recrutement et Mobilité Tél. : +33 (0)1 42 75 94 55 Fax : +33 (0)1 42 75 90 39 147 rue de l’Université 75 338 Paris Cedex 07 France wwww.inra.fr Corinne Nicolas via Gmail

January 30, 2015


Hello evoldir community, abstract submission for oral presentations at SMBE 2015 (July 12-16) in Vienna, Austria, closes on February 8. Join us in one of the most beautiful cities at the spectacular Imperial Palace (Hofburg) in the heart of Vienna! A few meeting highlights: - All posters will be on display throughout the entire meeting. - At least four poster sessions - 27 symposia on cutting edge topics suggested by SMBE members and one Open Symposium for which 5 featured speakers will be selected though the Local Organising Committee (LOC). - Plenary speakers: Doris Bachtrog (UC Berkeley), Joe Felsenstein (Univ. of Washington), Johanna Schmitt (UC Davis) and Diethard Tautz (MPI for Evolutionary Biology). - Heavily subsidized child care - many awards (http://bit.ly/1yG2HVK): via Gmail

PhD studentship in Immunology and Evolutionary Microbial Genomics (Swansea University, UK) General description: Research will be conducted under the direct supervision of Dr. Thomas Wilkinson and Professor Samuel K. Sheppard, and based in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the College of Medicine of Swansea University (United Kingdom). The successful student will join a team of multi-disciplinary scientists working in the MRC Cloud Infrastructure for Microbial Bioinformatics (CLIMB) Centre and the BBSRC-funded medical mass spectrometry team. More information on the research group can be found on http://bit.ly/1Bg5c5r. Project details: Early and rapid detection of infection is a major goal of Clinical Microbiology. In particular an ability to differentiate between sepsis and other non-infectious causes of systemic inflammation such as Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS) is particularly pertinent as it will determine antibiotic administration. Recently, we and others have identified 25-hydroxycholesterol as an important inflammatory mediator regulating the production of pro-inflammatory IL-1 driven responses. To date these studies have linked inflammation with the antiviral interferon response. In this context less is known about 25-hydroxycholesterol and bacterial infection. This project will investigate whether major bacterial pathogens, including Staphylococcus aureus, Campylobacter and Escherichia coli generate unique metabolic signatures of 25-hydroxycholesterol and its degradation products. We will use the whole genome data of over 5,000 bacterial isolates organised in our online databases to select the major disease causing clones for host / pathogen whole blood modelling prior to Mass Spectrometry analysis of isolated sera. The project will focus on two major areas of host pathogen interactions: i) the cellular response of the organism and host; ii) the population genomics of microbes so that host responses specific to a species or evolutionary conserved lineages of pathogens can be identified. Requirements: Enthusiasm and practical experience in immunology, microbiology, molecular techniques and computer-based genetic analysis is necessary but training and support will be provided to strengthen these areas. The successful candidate will be highly motivated, creative, independent and have a good degree in immunology, molecular biology, microbiology, bioinformatics, genetics or ecology (BSc or MSc, 2:1 or 1st only). Previous experience in a molecular biology/immunology laboratory or in bioinformatics research is also strongly desirable. Good English writing and oral skills are essential. Details: - The duration of the studentship is 3 years (2015-2018). - The position is open until filled, but a preferred deadline for application is 31st July 2015, to allow for registration to start in the Fall semester. - The position is fully open for UK and EU students. - Salary will be commensurate with regular UK postgraduate stipends, i.e. 13,863/year (~ euro 18,425/year), tax-free. - Tuition fees are fully covered by the studentship. - Students will also have opportunities to attend national and international conferences during their candidature and a chance to compete for internal College of Medicine travel bursaries. Application: Please contact us (sheppardlab@gmail.com) for applications (please attach CV and describe motivation). More details: http://bit.ly/1Bg5c5r Dr. Guillaume Mric NISCHR Health Research Fellow Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Swansea University, College of Medicine ILS1 Building Room 531 (Floor 5) Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP United Kingdom ~ E-mail: g.meric@swan.ac.uk Phone: +44(0)1792-606672 ~ Sheppard Laboratory: http://bit.ly/1Bg5c5r MRC CLIMB Consortium: http://bit.ly/1t25Gr3 Guillaume Mric via Gmail
NESCent 2015 Evolution Film Festival/Video Contest Scientists and science educators of all stripes - students, postdocs, faculty, and full- or part-time science communicators - are invited to enter the Fifth Annual Evolution Video Competition, sponsored by the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) and the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE). To enter, please submit a video that explains a fun fact, key concept, compelling question, or exciting area of evolution research in THREE MINUTES OR LESS. Entries may be related or unrelated to your own research, and should be suitable for use in a classroom (K-12, undergraduate, graduate…your choice). Videos should be both informative and entertaining. (In other words, no taped lectures or narrated Powerpoint presentations!) Animations, music videos, and mini documentaries are all fair game. The finalists will be screened at the 2015 Evolution meeting in Guaruj, Brazil. (You do not need to attend the conference in order to enter a video.) First- and second-place winners will receive up to $1,000 and $500, respectively. The deadline to submit your video(s) is SUNDAY, MAY 31st, 2015 (11:00 PM, EST). For more information (and to see entries from previous years) please visit filmfestival.nescent.org or contact Jory Weintraub (jory@nescent.org). Jory P. Weintraub, PhD Assistant Director, Education & Outreach National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) 2024 West Main St., Suite A200, Durham, NC 27705 Phone: 919.668.4578 Fax: 919.668.9198 Email: jory@nescent.org Skype: jory.weintraub “Weintraub, Jory P” via Gmail
MSc, PhD, and PDF positions available V Amphibian occupancy patterns, population genetics, and disease dynamics Funded by a Strategic NSERC grant (2014), we are building a team of 4 PhD students, 2 MSc students, and 2 post-doctoral fellows, to work on research related to the detection and monitoring of amphibians and their pathogens (chytrid fungus, ranavirus) in Canada. Using environmental DNA as a basis for the research, the team will conduct: 1) Habitat occupancy modeling for amphibians and their pathogens; 2) Analysis of the evolutionary dynamics of pathogens and amphibian hosts; 3) Assessment of potential synergistic interactions between pathogens and aquatic contaminants; and 4) Modeling the drivers of amphibian population decline. We may also include a component assessing host and pathogen epigenetics and gene expression. Students will develop research projects that fit within the context of the broader program, such as: Validation of eDNA for detecting amphibians; Assessment of ranavirus pathogenicity; Chytrid fungus evolutionary dynamics; and Modeling drivers of amphibian occupancy and pathogen-induced gene expression. We are seeking students to initiate their research in Spring or Fall 2015, with the research to be conducted across southern Ontario. At least 2 PhD students are needed by May 1, 2015. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, CV, unofficial transcripts and names of 3 references to: Dennis Murray, Trent University, dennismurray@trentu.ca (http://bit.ly/1wHdE8f). Because several positions must be filled urgently, postings will be closed as soon as qualified applicants are found. Therefore, interested applicants should apply early. Individual research team members also can be contacted and include: Craig Brunetti, Trent University craigbrunetti@trentu.ca (www.brunettilab.com); Chris Kyle, Trent University christopherkyle@trentu.ca (http://bit.ly/1Lp6lwG); David Green, McGill University david.m.green@mcgill.ca (http://bit.ly/1wHdEot’s%20Home%20Page%20frames.htm); David Lesbarreres, Laurentian University dlesbarreres@laurentian.ca (http://bit.ly/1wHdEov); Marie-Josee Fortin, University of Toronto mariejosee.fortin@utoronto.ca (//labs.eeb.utoronto.ca/fortin); Chris Wilson, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry chris.wilson@ontario.ca (http://bit.ly/1n02xWy); Christine Bishop, Environment Canada cab.bishop@ec.gc.ca (http://bit.ly/1Lp6j7Vwww.brunettilab.com); Chris Kyle, Trent University christopherkyle@trentu.ca (http://bit.ly/1Lp6lwG); David Green, McGill University david.m.green@mcgill.ca (http://bit.ly/1wHdEot’s%20Home%20Page%20frames.htm); David Lesbarreres, Laurentian University dlesbarreres@laurentian.ca (http://bit.ly/1wHdEov); Marie-Josee Fortin, University of Toronto mariejosee.fortin@utoronto.ca (//labs.eeb.utoronto.ca/fortin); Chris Wilson, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry chris.wilson@ontario.ca (http://bit.ly/1n02xWy); Christine Bishop, Environment Canada cab.bishop@ec.gc.ca (http://bit.ly/1Lp6j7V) dennis murray via Gmail

Genetic data analysis in R (statistics course) Overview: This course is ideal for evolutionary biologists that deal with various types of genetic data. The course will provide an extensive overview of exploratory methods for the analysis of genetic data using the R software. It will address a number of key problems in population genetics, such as: How to examine genetic diversity using phylogenetic trees as well as multivariate methods, identify genetic clusters, and unravel spatial genetic patterns. Participants will be provided with the theoretical background and statistical methodology necessary to approach each problem from a number of different angles. Hands-on practical sessions will then provide an opportunity to highlight the pros and cons of methods introduced by the lectures, while conferring to participants advanced knowledge of the R packages adegenet, ape, and phangorn. The course will run from 3rd – 7th of August 2015 at SCENE (the Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment), Glasgow. The cost is £490 including lunches and course materials. An all-inclusive option is also available at £665; this includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, refreshments, accommodation, and course materials. The course is being delivered by Dr. Thibaut Jombart who has contributed towards a number of R packages (adegenet, adephylo, geography, outbreaker, Outbreakertools, bmmix, episerve (author) and ade4 and phylobase (contributor) and Caitlin Collins (Imperial College London) who also contributes to the R packages adegenet, Outbreakertools and episerve) Curriculum is as follows; Day 1: Intro to phylogenetic reconstruction Lecture 1a: Reconstructing phylogenies from genetic sequence data. Three main approaches covered: distance-based phylogenies; maximum parsimony; and likelihood-based approaches. Lecture 1b: Short R refresher. Practical 1: Phylogenetic reconstruction using R. Three main approaches plus rooting a tree; assessing/testing for a molecular clock; and bootstrapping. Main packages: ape, phangorn. Day 2: Intro to multivariate analysis of genetic data Lecture 2: Key concepts in multivariate analysis. Focus on using factorial methods for genetic data analysis. Practical 2: Basics of multivariate analysis of genetic data in R. Topics include: data handling, population genetic tests of population structure (PCA, PCoA). Main packages: adegenet, ade4, ape. Day 3: Exploring group diversity Lecture 3: Approaches to identifying and describing genetic clusters. Topics include: hierarchical clustering, K-means, population-level multivariate analysis (between-group-PCA, DA, DAPC). Practical 3: Applying the approaches covered in morning lecture and emphasising their strengths and weaknesses. Main packages: adegenet, ade4. Day 4: Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) Lecture 4: Intro to GWAS study design and statistical approaches: univariate, regression-based and multivariate analysis. Practical 4: Applying each class of methods covered in morning lecture, with emphasis on their strengths and weaknesses. Main packages: adegenet, glmnet. Day 5: Spatial genetic structures Class 1: Discussing the origin and significance of spatial genetic patterns, and how to test for them. Practical: Visualising and analysing spatial genetic data. Topics: spatial density estimates, Moran/Mantel tests, mapping principal components in PCA, spatial PCA. Main packages: adegenet, adehabitat, ade4. Please send inquiries to oliverhooker@prstatistics.co.uk oliverhooker@prstatistics.co.uk via Gmail