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February 18, 2014

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Dear colleague, Please fill out our online survey to assess landscapes for ecological and evolutionary processes contributing to biodiversity conservation. The survey shows you 15 simple habitat patterns and asks you to rank their conservation value according to a criterion of your choice, for a type of organism or biodiversity that you know well, at particular spatial scales. Follow this link to see the survey and take part if you can: http://bit.ly/1fcLld2 We’ll use the results to compare expert assessments with outputs from simulation models. This is an important part of validating the models, as well as looking at agreement among experts. The findings should ultimately feed in to policy advice. Thanks in advance for your help, Richard Gunton and Dirk Schmeller. The SCALES project (http://bit.ly/1cTQYsc) Richard Gunton via Gmail
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Dear all, Applications are now open for a 3-year Graduate Teaching Studentship in the School of Environment & Life Sciences, University of Salford, Greater Manchester, UK. The title of my proposed project is: *Endocrine disruption effects on the sexual differentiation of the brown shrimp Crangon crangon: a field test and characterization of a biomarker* http://bit.ly/1gyATwE The goals of this project are: (1) to determine the effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDc) on the sexual differentiation of the brown shrimp *C. crangon* and (2) to characterize an effective ED biomarker in this species. The successful candidate will: 1) Perform field sampling of *C. crangon* in contaminated and non-contaminated sites; 2) Determine its sex (morphologically and through gonadal histological analyses); 3) Analyse sex ratios and sexual differentiation in the populations under study; 4) Test the use of vitellogenin (Vtg) as an effective ED biomarker (using recently developed protocols which, for example, employ LC-MS-MS, liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry). Successful applicants need to register for a PhD at the University of Salford and from the scheme they will gain experience of teaching in Higher Education while performing their research project. Details on the fellowship can be found here: http://bit.ly/1gyAVVB and here: http://bit.ly/1e2YuRd The closing date for application is 31st March 2014. Please feel free to contact me at: C.Benvenuto@salford.ac.uk Kind regards, Chiara *Dr. Chiara Benvenuto* Lecturer in Zoology* |* School of Environment & Life Sciences Room 317, Peel Building, University of Salford, Salford M5 4WT, UK *t:* +44 (0)161-295-5141 *| m: *+44 (0)7544-290-311 *C.Benvenuto@salford.ac.uk* | http://bit.ly/1gyAWbT http://bit.ly/1e2YuRg chiara.benvenuto@gmail.com via Gmail

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I am a third year PhD student looking for a field assistant to help on a field trip to the Greek islands this summer (early April - mid July). The trip will involve data collection for my PhD project, which investigates the evolution of coloration in wall-lizards (Podarcis erhardii), and how they use their coloration for camouflage against predators and to communicate with their mates. Day to day field tasks will include UV photography of lizards (in situ and captured), capturing/marking lizards, conducting field experiments (e.g. mate choice experiments to test how blocking UV signals affects female mate preferences), and morphological measurements of trapped lizards. Travel (return flights to Greece) and accommodation for the whole trip will be paid for, however subsistence and any other expenses would have to be covered by the field assistant. Email Kate Marshall directly (km547@cam.ac.uk) if you are interested and for further information. Kate Marshall via Gmail

February 17, 2014

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Bioinformatics Experimental Officer position available School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Durham University, UK Job Description: We seek an experienced bioinformatician to join the staff of DBS Genomics and facilitate the running and growth of our next generation sequencing facility (full time permanent position starting at grade 7). You will be responsible for the computer-based processing and preliminary analysis of genomic data produced in the facility, which will be initially equipped with an Illumina Hi-Seq. Bioinformatic processing of NGS output to be provided by the experimental officer will routinely include the removal of adapter sequences, the preparation of fastQ files, preliminary assembly, alignment and similar analyses. You may also be required to carry out detailed custom analysis for selected projects, and will be the point of contact for interaction with the university’s high performance computing facility, and for overseeing the provision of software and data archiving. Requirements: The post holder will have expertise in the bioinformatic analysis of next generation sequencing data for both genomic and transcriptomic data. They will be familiar with available freeware associated with genomic analyses and must be proficient at scripting in at least two of the following: R, Perl, Python, Java or C++. They will have a PhD in a relevant field and at least some post-doctoral experience undertaking relevant work. They will ideally have experience working with both plant and animal genomes and transcriptomes, or understand what will be needed to become proficient with all of these data categories. For further information and to apply for the position see: http://bit.ly/1dGi76c Please contact Rus Hoelzel (a.r.hoelzel@dur.ac.uk) if you have any questions, and have two letters of reference sent to Prof. Hoelzel by email. The application deadline is March 16 2014 “HOELZEL A.R.” via Gmail

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Registration for Evo-WIBO 2014 is now open (http://bit.ly/1aYIfnI). Evo-WIBO is a gathering of evolutionary biologists of the Pacific Northwest. This meeting is held every second year and typically attracts 120-140 researchers for a fun weekend of presentations and discussions. The 2014 Meeting will be held April 25th-27th, 2014. Costs are kept at a minimum to increase participation, but space is limited so register soon. As it has from its inception, the conference will be held at Fort Worden State Park in beautiful Port Townsend, WA. The plenary speaker for the 2014 meeting will be John Postlethwait from the University of Oregon who will present a talk entitled ‘Gar Étoufée: Darwin’s ‘living fossil’ and the origin of teleost genomes’. Looking forward to seeing you in Port Townsend! — Bill *** William A. Cresko Director, Institute of Ecology and Evolution University of Oregon Eugene, OR 97403 @wcresko via Gmail

February 16, 2014

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**This job was originally posted as a postdoc position. A PhD is not required for this position.** UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS/AMHERST POSITION AVAILABLE The Bartlett lab, recently started at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is looking for a qualified applicant to fill a Research Fellow position.This is a non-benefited position.In the Bartlett lab we use a number of approaches, including molecular genetics, protein biochemistry, and phylogenetics, all with the ultimate goal of understanding the evolution of floral development, particularly in the monocots.Tasks associated with this position will vary, but may include molecular lab work (e. g. next-gen sequencing library prep, DNA, protein, and RNA extraction, PCR, electrophoresis), lab management, summer fieldwork growing corn, plant care (e. g. /Arabidopsis/, barley, /Brachypodium/, corn, tobacco), and training undergraduate researchers. Initial appointment for one year; reappointment beyond first year is contingent upon availability of funding and job performance.A Bachelors degree in biology or related field and at least 6 months experience working in a molecular lab are required. This position is perfect for someone thinking about pursuing a graduate degree in plant biology.The position needs to be filled before our summer field season, but an earlier start date is possible (even preferred).Salary commensurate with experience and contribution toward the cost of health insurance negotiable.To apply online, please go to: http://bit.ly/1eZ83XA submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for references. Review of applications will begin on March 3, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.The University of Massachusetts is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply. Madelaine Bartlett Assistant Professor Biology Department 108 Morrill Science Center South 611 North Pleasant Street University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA 01003 phone: 413-545-2235 madelaine.bartlett@gmail.com via Gmail

February 15, 2014

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A full-time research technician position is available in the Biology Department at the University of Notre Dame. The PI, Beth Archie, is a behavioral ecologist, and members of the Archie Lab study the evolution of animal social behavior using tools from microbial ecology, disease ecology, immunology, and population genetics. Our main research system is the wild baboon population living in Amboseli National Park, Kenya http://bit.ly/1kKGlA2. For more information about the Archie Lab, see our web page at http://bit.ly/1gGfi4S. The position will involve 50% research and 50% data and lab management. The successful applicant will contribute to a long-term database on parasitology, perform genetics bench work, organize and curate a collection of biological samples, help manage data, and assist in day-to-day running of the lab (e.g. ordering supplies, helping students). A Bachelor’s degree in biology, or a related discipline, is required. Successful applicants will be detail oriented, eager to learn new techniques, and enthusiastic about biology and working in an academic lab environment. Prior experience with parasitology and/or basic genetic techniques (e.g., DNA extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis) is preferred, but not required. Notre Dame has strong research programs in ecology, evolution and infectious disease in a Biology Department with collegial and interactive faculty and students. The department houses state-of-the-art genomics and imaging cores, more information on departmental and other college faculty and facilities can be found at http://bit.ly/15RGDK5 and http://bit.ly/1gGfgu2. The position can begin as early as April 2014, but there is flexibility in the start for strong applicants (into early summer). Applications will be considered starting 1 March 2014 and the position will remain open until filled. Salary is commensurate with experience. Interested applicants should apply online at http://ND.jobs under job number 14073. Please submit: (1) your CV, (2) a cover letter explaining your background, interest and qualifications for the position, and (3) contact information for three references, including your relationship to the reference, their phone number, email address, and mailing address. Please contact Beth Archie at earchie@nd.edu for informal inquiries. Beth Archie University of Notre Dame Department of Biological Sciences 137 Galvin Life Science Center Notre Dame, IN 46556 Phone: (574) 631-0178 Email: earchie@nd.edu beth.archie@gmail.com via Gmail

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UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS/AMHERST POSITION AVAILABLE The Bartlett lab, recently started at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is looking for a qualified applicant to fill a Research Fellow position.This is a non-benefited position.In the Bartlett lab we use a number of approaches, including molecular genetics, protein biochemistry, and phylogenetics, all with the ultimate goal of understanding the evolution of floral development, particularly in the monocots.Tasks associated with this position will vary, but may include molecular lab work (e. g. next-gen sequencing library prep, DNA, protein, and RNA extraction, PCR, electrophoresis), lab management, summer fieldwork growing corn, plant care (e. g. /Arabidopsis/, barley, /Brachypodium/, corn, tobacco), and training undergraduate researchers. Initial appointment for one year; reappointment beyond first year is contingent upon availability of funding and job performance.A Bachelors degree in biology or related field and at least 6 months experience working in a molecular lab are required. This position is perfect for someone thinking about pursuing a graduate degree in plant biology.The position needs to be filled before our summer field season, but an earlier start date is possible (even preferred).Salary commensurate with experience and contribution toward the cost of health insurance negotiable.To apply online, please go to: http://bit.ly/1eZ83XA submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for references. Review of applications will begin on March 3, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.The University of Massachusetts is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply. Thanks again. Lisa Lisa Barry via Gmail
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Continuing Lecturer Department of Biological Sciences Purdue University Applicant must have a Ph.D. in the biological sciences or related discipline and preferably two years of teaching experience at the university level. The successful candidate will teach lecture courses in a sophomore-level ecology & evolution class and introductory genetics for majors. Duration of this position is two years with potential of continuation based on funding and suitable performance. Applications must be submitted electronically to http://bit.ly/164XpJf as single PDF files that include a detailed curriculum vitae, names and addresses of three references, a 2-3 page summary of statement of teaching interests and/or philosophy. Inquiries should be directed to Continuing Lecturer Search Committee, Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University, 915 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2054 or emailed to search@bio.purdue.edu. Review of applications will begin February 17, 2014 and continue until position is filled. A background check will be required for employment in this position Purdue University is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer and fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. via Gmail

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Dear colleagues, Book of Abstracts and presentations from the international conference on “Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in a Changing Climate” held in Lillehammer 27th-29th of January, 2014, are now made available at the conference website climate.nordgen.org If you want a hard copy of the Book of Abstracts, please, send an email to anne.praebel@nordgen.org Best regards, Anne Prbel Dr. Anne Kettunen Prbel Senior Scientist NordGen - Nordic Genetic Resource Center P.O.Box 115, NO-1431 s, Norway Street address: Raveien 9, 1430 s Phone: +47 6494 9772, mobile: +47 9778 0903 anne.praebel@nordgen.org www.nordgen.org anne.praebel@nordgen.org via Gmail

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A few spots remain for the EGI Student Conference on Ecology and Evolution at the University of Oxford. Abstract submission deadline this Saturday, February 15th. The Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology student conferences started in 1947 and are intended as a place for students to present their work in a constructive atmosphere composed mostly of their peers. In addition to undergraduates, graduate students and early career postdocs, a small number of academics also attend as plenary speakers. The 2014 EGI Student Conference on Ecology and Evolution will be held at the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, on 18-20th of March. This year’s plenary speakers include: Julia Day (University College London) Zoe Davies (University of Kent) Dieter Lukas (University of Cambridge) Ian Owens (Natural History Museum, London) Nathalie Seddon (University of Oxford) Abstract deadline for posters and talks: February 15. For further details visit our website: http://bit.ly/1dPjRpt Catherine Sheard catherinesheard@gmail.com via Gmail

February 14, 2014

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PHD SCHOLARSHIP FRUIT FLY MICROBIOME Application deadline 28 February 2014 The Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (HIE), University of Western Sydney, and the Centre of Excellence for Plant and Animal Health, NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI), Australia, are seeking a PhD candidate to undertake a project on the microbial symbionts associated with Australias most significant horticultural pest, Queensland fruit fly and related species. The project aims to characterise, compare and study the microbiome with a view to understand its role in fruit fly physiology and biology and to exploit these microorganisms for improving the performance and quality of sterile male flies used for Sterile Insect Technique control programs, while reducing rearing costs. This project is supported by a CRC Plantbiosecurity PhD scholarship. The PhD candidate is anticipated to commence as soon as possible, but applicants with later start dates are also encouraged to apply. Using molecular techniques, the candidate will identify the microorganisms within Qfly and related species. These populations will be from wild populations across their ecological range and both irradiated and non-irradiated Qfly from a fruit fly production facility. The candidate will differentiate the gut flora between different fly populations and identify and profile probiotic candidate(s) to be incorporated into sterile adult fly diets and conduct laboratory and field cage trials to determine the sexual competitiveness and performance of sterile flies fed a probiotic diet. The successful applicant will be working in laboratory and field environments, and interact with Australian and International researchers. A strong knowledge of molecular and microbiological techniques, entomology, enthusiastic attitude and self-motivation are required. The student will be supervised by Dr Markus Riegler at HIE, and Dr Olivia Reynolds and Dr Toni Chapman at NSW DPI. The successful applicant should: * demonstrate excellent academic performance related to the research area * hold qualifications and experience equal to an Australian First Class Bachelor Honours degree * be enthusiastic and highly motivated to undertake further study at an advanced level * preferably have a background that includes the fields of DNA analysis, microbiology, experience or an interest in entomology-related research, and knowledge of statistical techniques. * Knowledge and experience with quantitative data analyses would be an advantage. * International applicants must also demonstrate a high level of proficiency in the English language. What Does The Scholarship Provide? * Domestic students will receive a tax free stipend of AU$30,000 per annum (for 3.5 years) and a funded place in the doctoral degree. * International students will receive a tax free stipend of AU$30,000 per annum (for 3.5 years). Those with a strong track record may receive a fee waiver. * Funding is available for project costs and conference travel. Need More Information? * Applicants can discuss their eligibility and interests with Dr Markus Riegler m.riegler@uws.edu.au or + 61 2 4570 1229 * Contact the Office of Research Services to discuss enrolment and scholarships at hdrscholarships@uws.edu.au How To Apply Submit the application form and CV (including two referees) by 28 February 2014, together with a one-page text that outlines out how your training, experience and vision will fit with the project. The application form can be downloaded from http://bit.ly/1kIL84X and click on “Plant Biosecurity CRC: Microbial Symbionts Of Queensland Fruit Fly And Their Use For Improving The Sterile Insect Technique As A Control Strategy.” Dr Markus Riegler Senior Lecturer; Higher Degree Research Director Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment University of Western Sydney Locked Bag 1797, Penrith NSW 2751, Australia email: m.riegler@uws.edu.au web: http://bit.ly/LnZfO5 M.Riegler@uws.edu.au via Gmail

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An update is available to the NeEstimator software (see below for publication announcing availability of software). Version 2.01 has minor improvements to the user interface and improvements to running the software in back (command-line) mode. Version 2.01 also restricts the number of loci used for calculating the jacknifed confidence intervals in datasets where there are large numbers of loci (e.g. SNPs). This helps with computation efficiency and avoids violation of the assumption of physical non-linkage of loci. The new version can be downloaded from http://bit.ly/MV3RvO. Best, Jenny Ovenden (on behalf of the NeEstimator development team). Author: Do, C., Waples, R. S., Peel, D., Macbeth, G. M., Tillett, B. J. and Ovenden, J. R. Year: 2014 Title: NeEstimator v2: re-implementation of software for the estimation of contemporary effective population size (N ) from genetic data Journal: Mol Ecol Resour Volume: 14 Issue: 1 Pages: 209-14 Short Title: NeEstimator v2: re-implementation of software for the estimation of contemporary effective population size (N ) from genetic data Alternate Journal: Molecular ecology resources ISSN: 1755-0998 (Electronic) Abstract: NeEstimator v2 is a completely revised and updated implementation of software that produces estimates of contemporary effective population size, using several different methods and a single input file. NeEstimator v2 includes three single-sample estimators (updated versions of the linkage disequilibrium and heterozygote-excess methods, and a new method based on molecular coancestry), as well as the two-sample (moment-based temporal) method. New features include the following: (i) an improved method for accounting for missing data; (ii) options for screening out rare alleles; (iii) confidence intervals for all methods; (iv) the ability to analyse data sets with large numbers of genetic markers (10 000 or more); (v) options for batch processing large numbers of different data sets, which will facilitate cross-method comparisons using simulated data; and (vi) correction for temporal estimates when individuals sampled are not removed from the population (Plan I sampling). The user is given considerable control over input data and composition, and format of output files. The freely available software has a new JAVA interface and runs under MacOS, Linux and Windows. ** New UQ email address** j.ovenden@uq.edu.au Jennifer Ovenden http://bit.ly/1eYVhrV http://bit.ly/MV3SQf j.ovenden@uq.edu.au via Gmail

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SSB Mini-ARTS grant The Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB) is pleased to announce the availability of awards for revisionary taxonomy and systematics, modeled after the NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Advancing Revisionary Taxonomy and Systematics (ARTS) recently developed within the Systematics and Biodiversity Science Cluster. We are calling these mini-ARTS grants. These awards are designed to allow SSB members (students, post-docs, and faculty) to spend a summer or semester apprenticed to an expert in a particular taxonomic group or to enhance revisionary taxonomic and systematics research in novel ways. Goals of this award program are to address constraints on our knowledge of undescribed biodiversity, assist in passing on taxonomic expertise before it is lost, increase the number of students with broad training in organismal biology and systematics, and support projects in biodiversity and taxonomy informatics as well as monographic and revisionary taxonomy. Activities can include a trip to the taxonomists laboratory, pay for the taxonomist to visit the applicants laboratory for a period of time, or pay for costs of computer time or development of interactive keys for electronic dissemination of systematics results. Please visit NSFs website http://1.usa.gov/1dr0gQG for more information about their ARTS program. Requests for support may be in any amount up to $3,000. We will fund 1-3 of these awards this year. How to apply V a complete application includes: 1) a brief description of the project, including a separate section justifying the importance of the taxon and the revisionary work; 2) an itemized budget; 3) the applicants curriculum vitae; and 4) a letter of support from the taxonomic expert or collaborator. If the applicant is a student or post-doc, please also include a reference letter from the advisor. Applicants may be from any country, but MUST be members of SSB, and are advised to join the Society as soon as possible to facilitate their applications (to join go to: http://bit.ly/1dNmBDj). The narrative part of the application should be NO MORE THAN TWO PAGES, INCLUDING THE BUDGET, but not including the curriculum vitae and letter(s). Grant applications should be sent to Sean Brady, Chair of the SSB Awards Committee (bradys@si.edu). E-mail submissions are required, and applicants should use pdf format for all documents. In the subject line of the email, please indicate the SSB award category as mini-ARTS. All documents, INCLUDING ALL SUPPORTING LETTERS, MUST be received by March 31, 2014 for consideration. Please see the SSB website (http://bit.ly/1cCdoxY) for any updates or additional information about this award. PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE, INCLUDING ALL LETTERS OF SUPPORT/RECOMMENDATION, IS MARCH 31, 2014 Sean Brady Chair, Department of Entomology Curator of Hymenoptera National Museum of Natural History Smithsonian Institution bradys@si.edu 202-633-0997 “Brady, Sean” via Gmail
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SSB Graduate Student Research Award The Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB) announces the 2014 annual Graduate Student Research Award competition. The proposal deadline this year is MARCH 31, 2014. The purpose of these awards is to assist students in the initiation (FIRST TWO YEARS) of their systematics projects and in the collection of preliminary data to pursue additional sources of support (e.g., Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants from the National Science Foundation) or to enhance dissertation research (e.g., by visiting additional field collection sites or museums). Applicants may be from any country, but MUST be members of SSB, and are advised to join the Society as soon as possible to facilitate their applications (to join go to: http://bit.ly/1dNmBDj). Previous awardees may not re-apply, but previous applicants who were not selected for funding are encouraged to re-apply. Awards range between $1,200 - $2000 and approximately 10–15 awards will be made. How to Apply: applicants must submit 1. a curriculum vitae (maximum one page); 2. brief research proposal including objectives, methods, significance, and schedule (maximum of three single-spaced pages including literature cited and any figures and tables); 3. budget and budget justification (maximum one page); 4. and arrange for two reference letters; one letter must be from the student’s current graduate advisor. All application materials must be in electronic format. Applicants and those writing reference letters are required to use pdf format to minimize difficulties in file transfer. Applicants should send all materials (except reference letters) in a SINGLE pdf file. Letters of reference should be sent separately by the referees in pdf format or in the text of an e-mail; please include the FULL NAME OF APPLICANT in reference letters. Please email all application materials and queries to Sean Brady, Chair of the SSB Awards Committee at bradys@si.edu. IN THE SUBJECT LINE OF THE E-MAIL, PLEASE INDICATE “Student Research” FOLLOWED BY FIRST INITIAL AND LAST NAME. To be considered for this year’s award, ALL application materials, INCLUDING letters of recommendation, must be received electronically no later than March 31, 2014. Please see the SSB website (http://bit.ly/1dNmDv7) for additional details of this award. Questions via email may be addressed to Sean Brady (bradys@si.edu). PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS MARCH 31, 2014 Sean Brady Chair, Department of Entomology Curator of Hymenoptera National Museum of Natural History Smithsonian Institution bradys@si.edu 202—633-0997 “Brady, Sean” via Gmail
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[cid:image001.jpg@01CF1B8A.F306CE20] Announcing the EDWARD O. WILSON BIODIVERSITY SYMPOSIUM The University of Alabama | April 22-24, 2014 biodiversity.ua.edu Join Dr. Edward O. Wilson and a panel of biodiversity experts for three days of briefings and stimulating dialog on the state and future of biodiversity on our planet. SPEAKERS Dr. Edward O. Wilson, Harvard University Dr. E. Virginia Armbrust, University of Washington Dr. P. Dee Boersma, University of Washington Dr. R. Scot Duncan, Birmingham-Southern College Dr. Scott V. Edwards, Harvard University Dr. Harry W. Greene, Cornell University Dr. Jonathan B. Losos, Harvard University Dr. Meg Lowman, California Academy of Sciences Dr. D. Bruce Means, Coastal Plains Institute and Land Conservancy & Florida State University Dr. Michael B.A. Oldstone, The Scripps Research Institute Dr. Sahotra Sarkar, University of Texas at Austin Dr. Diana H. Wall, Colorado State University REGISTRATION: Register today! Seating is limited. MORE INFORMATION: biodiversity.ua.edu

Juan M. Lopez-Bautista Professor and College of Arts and Sciences Leadership Board Fellow The University of Alabama, Department of Biological Sciences 500 Hackberry Lane, Mary Harmon Bryant Hall #309 Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0345 http://bit.ly/1dc3yXW Ph Office (205) 348-1791 Lab (205) 348-7383 Students (205)-348-5828 Postdocs (205)-348-3582

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Post-Doctoral Associate in Plant Evolutionary/Ecological Genomics A post-doctoral position is available in the laboratory of Jannice Friedman, in the Department of Biology at Syracuse University. The goal of this NSF-funded project is to understand the evolutionary, ecological and genetic mechanisms underlying seasonal differences in flowering in Mimulus guttatus. The research addresses how annual and perennial populations integrate daylength and temperature cues to determine when to flower. Our research addresses the following questions: What is the genetic basis of differences between annual and perennial strategies in M. guttatus in their response to seasonal cues? What are the fitness consequences and adaptive significance of this variation in the field? What is the evolutionary history of the differences between annuals and perennials, and what is their distribution throughout the M. guttatus range? The research will use a combination of QTL mapping (using next-gen sequencing), common garden experiments in the native range (western N. America), and greenhouse and laboratory work at Syracuse. The Department of Biology at Syracuse University has a strong concentration in ecology and evolutionary research with opportunities for interaction and collaboration. We are located in the recently constructed Life Science Center, which includes modern lab, greenhouse and computational facilities. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong background in evolution, and experience with population or quantitative genetics and next-gen sequencing would be valuable. The position is available for 2-3 years, and will include a competitive salary and full benefits. The ideal start date would be July 2014. Interested candidates should contact me by email at friedman@syr.edu. Applications should include: a brief description of past research accomplishments and future goals, CV, PDFs of two publications, and contact information for three references. Jannice Friedman Assistant Professor Department of Biology Syracuse University 107 College Place Syracuse NY 13244 315.443.1564 friedman@syr.edu http://bit.ly/17kNIXT jannicefriedman@gmail.com via Gmail

February 13, 2014

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The community of researchers on the theory of Evolutionary Computation (EC, a branch of computer science) reaches out to researchers working on population genetics to inform about each other’s work in a semi-formal workshop (no registration fee). See below for the official call for participation. ==== Call for Participation The 8th Workshop on Theory of Randomized Search Heuristic (ThRaSH 2014) 4-5 April 2014, Jena, Germany http://bit.ly/1jeMh0J contact: timo.koetzing@uni-jena.de Deadline for abstract submission: 2 March, 2014 Notification about accepted talks: 5 March, 2014 Deadline for registration: 16 March, 2014 Abstract submission and registration (no fee) by e-mail to timo.koetzing@uni-jena.de Theory of randomized search heuristics continues to be a lively, exciting, and important field of research. The ThRaSH workshop series provides a forum to discuss new trends and ideas. It aims at stimulating interactions within the research field and between people from different disciplines. The eighth workshop of the series will take place in Jena, Germany on the 4th and 5th of April, 2013; details about the venue as well as all other information pertaining to the workshop can be found on the workshop homepage http://bit.ly/1jeMh0J. The main topics of ThRaSH are the theory of continuous and discrete optimization by evolutionary computation. In addition to this, this year’s ThRaSH also opens to population genetics, a branch of theoretical biology. In the past decade, evolutionary computation and population genetics have studied very similar concepts independently and with orthogonal approaches. We want to bring together researchers working in both biological and artificial evolution, inform about each others work and give directions for future research. We invite researchers working on theoretical aspects of randomized search heuristics and/or population genetics who would like to present and discuss their work to submit a short abstract (a single page, either in plain text or pdf). As always at ThRaSH, the primary focus is on discussing recent ideas and detecting challenging topics for future work, rather than on the presentation of final results. Registration for the workshop is free. However, we ask participants to register by the registration deadline. Please indicate with your registration if your are a vegetarian to allow for appropriate lunch and dinner options. Tobias Friedrich and Timo Ktzing (Friedrich-Schiller-Universitt Jena) timo.koetzing@gmail.com via Gmail

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Master position “How are social behaviours and social cognition related to helping behaviours in a cooperatively breeding fish?” This project will be carried out in the context of a large-scale breeding scheme of a PhD project on the genetic basis of helping behaviour in the highly social African cichlid Neolamprologus pulcher. These fish have turned into a model species for studies of social evolution based on detailed information about their ecology and behaviour, excellent possibilities for behavioural and physiological experiments and recent sequencing of their full genome. In this cooperatively breeding species, the offspring stay in their natal territory and assist the breeder pair with territory maintenance, brood care and defense. The main focus of the breeding experiment is on how juvenile fish help the breeder pair with brood care: cleaning eggs from fungus and defending the clutch against an egg predator. In the master project behavioural tests will be done assessing whether certain social behaviours (e.g. aggressiveness, submissiveness, the ability to compete for a shelter, etc.) are inherited in connection with helping propensity in this fish species by comparing these traits among siblings and non-relatives. The master student will be supervised by Prof. Dr. Barbara Taborsky and Claudia Kasper (PhD student). We are looking for a strongly motivated student with a Bachelor’s degree preferably in Behavioural Ecology/Ethology or a related discipline. Experience with fish is beneficial but not required. The project should be started ASAP (ideally April/May 2014). No funding is available but we will provide support and assist the candidate if he or she wishes to apply for a grant. The Ethologische Station Hasli of the Division of Behavioural Ecology of the University of Bern, situated in a picturesque forest a few minutes from the city of Bern, is a bustling research environment consisting of ca. 7 PhD-students and advanced research staff and a varying number of master’s students and guest scientists. Besides our Behavioural Ecology group, the Institute of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Bern comprises research groups in Aquatic Ecology (Ole Seehausen), Community Ecology (Wolfgang Nentwig), Conservation Biology (Raphael Arlettaz), Evolutionary Ecology (Heinz Richner) and Population Genetics (Laurent Excoffier). The city of Bern, a UNESCO world heritage, is situated only 30 min from the High Alps of Switzerland. Please visit our website for more information: http://bit.ly/1gxG13K. Application: To apply (in English or German), please send a letter of motivation, providing a short overview of your interests and experience, and your CV to: claudia.kasper@iee.unibe.ch barbara.taborsky@iee.unibe.ch Claudia Kasper PhD student Division of Behavioural Ecology Institute of Ecology and Evolution University of Bern, Switzerland claudia.kasper@iee.unibe.ch via Gmail

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We are pleased to announce the PLANTS program, funded by the National Science Foundation and Botanical Society of America, which is designed to bring talented and diverse undergraduates to the BOTANY 2014 meeting on July 25-30, 2014 in Boise, Idaho. The PLANTS program (Preparing Leaders and Nurturing Tomorrow’s Scientists: Increasing the diversity of plant scientists) will fund up to 12 undergraduates from throughout the US to attend the meeting, receive individual mentoring from graduate students, postdocs and faculty, and participate in networking events including the Diversity Luncheon and career-oriented activities. Topics range across all levels of botany and include talks on conservation, biodiversity, plant genomics, ecology, evolution, plant systematics, and botanical education. There are also a number of social functions, specifically targeted at students. The meetings are a great way to understand the breadth of botanical research and education, to meet undergraduate and graduate students with similar interests, and to network with professionals in your area of interest. Now in its fourth year, the program covers the normal costs of travel, registration, and food and accommodation at the meeting. An overview of the scientific conference is available at: http://bit.ly/1mb9hms Application period: February 1 deadline March 15, 2014. Applications are welcome from all undergraduates who have interest in the plant sciences. Students will be selected so that as a group, they will help to diversify the pool of undergraduates who attend the meetings and are interested in continuing in botanical studies. The application form is located online at http://bit.ly/1euf8ck For further inquiries, please contact one of the organizers: Ann Sakai — aksakai@uci.edu Ann Hirsch — ahirsch@ucla.edu Heather Cacanindin — hcacanindin@botany.org aksakai@uci.edu via Gmail