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2014 American Genetic Association Presidential Symposium - Evolution and Plasticity: Adaptive responses by species to human-mediated changes to their ecosystems 27-29 June 2014 University of Washington, Seattle STUDENT AWARD APPLICATIONS AND ALL POSTER ABSTRACTS DUE APRIL 15 Awards are available to cover registration ($150), and a limited number to cover both travel and registration ($650). See the Symposium website for details - http://bit.ly/1eZIdSq AGA meetings are small and friendly, offering students a great opportunity to interact with top international researchers. Early Registration till May 15 only $150 for students, $200 general includes 2 hosted receptions SCHEDULE: Friday 27 June 6 - 9 PM Hosted reception and poster session Saturday 28 June 8 AM - 5 PM Symposium, Day 1 Key Lecture by David Reznick, UC Riverside, “Hard and soft selection revisited:How evolution by natural selection works in the real world” Saturday 28 June 6 - 9 PM Hosted reception and poster session Sunday 29 June 8 AM - 5 PM Symposium, Day 2 Noon brown-bag discussion, “What should conservation biologists and evolutionary biologists know about epigenetics?” moderated by Katie Peichel, AGA president-elect. This will follow a special presentation by Michael Skinner, WSU, “Epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of phenotypic variation in evolution: Lessons from Darwin’s finches” Please visit the AGA website to register and book housing: http://bit.ly/1eZIdSq Robin Waples, AGA President agajoh@oregonstate.edu via Gmail

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The following position is available in the Evolutionary Biology Program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. It is currently posted through April 30, 2014 on the Jobs at Cornell web page at http://bit.ly/R4DqGI Lab Manager-23382 Research Support Specialist I - Band E Lab of Ornithology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Cornell University The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is the world’s leading resource for conservation, research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. The Lab is a vibrant unit within Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), where twelve world-class, mission-driven programs are directed by full-time faculty and other professionals. Lab staff teach undergraduate courses, advise graduate students, collect and disseminate digital resources on biodiversity, and engage with partner organizations and citizens around the world to conduct scientific research and conservation actions. Our management and staff are committed to the highest standards of ethics and excellence in all areas of our work, and our Board leadership includes faculty from Cornell and other universities, successful leaders and managers from the business and non-profit sectors, and conservation-minded citizens from the United States and beyond. The Fuller Evolutionary Biology Program at the Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a Lab Manager. Duties include: * Provide high level technical oversight for an animal molecular genomics laboratory that supports research on a broad variety of organisms and topics using a diverse array of traditional and next- generation technologies. * Oversee the work of the lab’s large research community of students, postdoctoral scholars, affiliated faculty, and visiting researchers (25-30 people in total at any given time, with high turn-over among visiting affiliates). * Train and subsequent independent oversight of students and other lab users (including novices) learning traditional and next- generation molecular lab skills, including DNA extraction, PCR amplification, microsatellite and SNP analysis, and DNA sequencing. * Provide equivalent training of lab users in project design and implementation skills. * Provide oversight of lab users in the design, troubleshooting, and implementation of projects using next generation genetic/genomic tools, potentially including GBS, ddRAD, high throughput SNP genotyping, Illumina sequencing, transcriptome analysis, and similar approaches. * Independently generate and analyze next-generation genomic datasets in support of lab-wide research projects. * Manage all day-to-day laboratory operations and infrastructure. * Oversee and ensure long-term security of data and sample archives, including an extensive collection of 30,000+ genomic and tissue samples. * Ensure that laboratory and its users meet all standard laboratory safety guidelines. * Pursue independent research and publications using avian genetics. Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references Required Qualifications: * Bachelor’s degree in a biology-related field. * 2-3 years of experience in a molecular biology laboratory. * Mastery of routine methods in molecular biology such as DNA sequencing and extraction and PCR amplification. * Ability to prepare reports and analyses for presentation to others. * Must be personable, flexible, possess excellent organizational and communication skills and take pride in their work. * Ability to develop effective working relationships and maintain positive working relationships within a diverse laboratory group. * Visual concentration, attention to detail and manual dexterity required. * Must be able to work independently as well as in a team environment. * Ability to respond effectively in an environment in which priorities change. * Must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University. * Experience using some combination of next generation genetic/genomic tools such as GBS, ddRAD, SNP genotyping, Illumina sequencing, transcriptome analysis, and similar approaches. * Prior supervision experience. * Prior experience with budgets and financial transactions. Preferred Qualifications: * Advanced degree in a relevant area and research experience relevant to genetic/genomic studies of any group of organisms. * Previous laboratory management experience strongly preferred. * Applicants to be adept at both traditional and next-generation molecular laboratory and analysis skills, including current genomic and transcriptomic tools. * Experience with genetic and field studies of wild vertebrates such as birds. ijl2@cornell.edu via Gmail

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Mini-course on genome-scale phylogeny, talk 1 of 3. Inferring gene trees with species trees Gergely Szllsi Etvs Lornd Tudomnyegyetem Tuesday, April 15, 2014 9:00 AM PDT Molecular phylogeny has focused mainly on improving models for the reconstruction of gene trees based on sequence alignments. Yet, most phylogeneticists seek to reveal the history of species. Although the histories of genes and species are tightly linked, they are seldom identical, because genes duplicate, are lost or horizontally transferred. Building models describing the relationship between gene and species trees can thus improve the reconstruction of gene trees when a species tree is known, and vice-versa. Several approaches have been proposed to solve the problem in one direction or the other, but in general neither gene trees nor species trees are known. Only a few studies have attempted to jointly infer gene trees and species trees. I introduce models that describe the relationship between gene trees and species trees. I begin with models that account for gene duplication and loss, and subsequently introduce models that account for the horizontal transfer of genes. I review results from simulations as well as empirical studies on genomic data that show that combining gene tree-species tree models with models of sequence evolution improves gene tree reconstruction. In turn, these better gene trees provide a better basis for studying genome evolution or reconstructing ancestral chromosomes and ancestral gene sequences. I also discuss the possibility of extracting information on the timing of speciation events from ancient horizontal transfer events. Frederick “Erick” Matsen, Assistant Member Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center http://bit.ly/18kRSvK ematsen@gmail.com via Gmail

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*POST-DOC IN EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY (BRAZIL)* *Post-Doctoral Research position *in Goiania, Brazil with a competitive salary (49,200 BRL a year) for one year, extendable to second based on performance, focusing on developing next-generation sequence data and comparing it to fossil pollen data for a population genomics study. *Applicants* must have experience in population genomics or phylogenomics, as well as a strong interest in evolutionary biology and ecology. Programming skills are important and should include proficiency working in the Unix environment as well as experience with R, Python/Perl and/or standard sequence analysis tools. Highly enthusiastic applicants with a strong disposition to learn the needed tools to succeed are also encouraged to apply. *Informal inquiries as well as applications (including a CV, copies of relevant publications, and two names of recommenders) should be emailed to Christine Bacon (**christinedbacon@gmail.com* *) prior to May 15th, 2014.* *Starting date*: July 1st, 2014, or upon agreement *Project*: The de-evolution of diversity in Amazonia Tropical America (the Neotropics) is recognized as harboring biodiversity hotspots, such as Amazonia, but there are some areas where diversity has decreased over time, particularly in oligarchic (monodominant) forests. This project aims to understand the evolutionary origins and maintenance of oligarchic forests in the context of geologic change and historical climate, thereby improving our predictions of how organisms, habitats, and Neotropical biomes may respond to comparable changes in the face of climate change. The genus *Mauritia *(Arecaceae, the palm family) presents an ideal system for investigating the evolution of oligarchic forests, or the de-evolution of Amazonian biodiversity. The genus has a rich pollen record, the taxonomy of palms is well known, and next- generation sequencing techniques, gene capture probes, have been developed specifically for palms that are appropriate for investigating demographic structure on both ecological and evolutionary time-scales. Furthermore, *Mauritia *is the most widely used and economically important native South American palm. We hypothesize that historical extinctions in *Mauritia *correlate with increased diversification rates in eudicotyledonous plants, the expansion of South American savannas, and/or the constriction of lowland rainforests during the Neogene. The inference of biogeography and diversification is an integral window into the past that enables the investigation of how geographic regions, biomes, and communities assembled through time and how they may evolve in the future. By integrating data across fields, for example from geology, genetics, fossils, species distribution and abundance, and morphology, we can reach a more comprehensive framework for the understanding of biome evolution and extinction. *Keywords*: Amazon, biodiversity, fossil, next-generation sequencing, palms, pollen *Institution*: Laboratory of Genetics and Biodiversity, Universidad Federal de Goias, Goiania, GO, Brazil (http://bit.ly/1i0xb04) *Remuneration*: Monthly, untaxed salary is 4,100.00 Brazilian Reais per month. Moving costs and health insurance are not included. The position is for one year, extendable to two years based on a performance evaluation at the end of the first year. The position is funded by the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Cientifico e Tecnologico (CNPq; the Brazilian National Science Foundation). The post-doc position includes funding for travel abroad or within Brazil for project development, either for conferences, workshops, or training visits. One trip to the Antonelli Lab at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden is planned for early 2015. *The research project team*: The Laboratory of Genetics and Biodiversity at the Universidad Federal de Goias is actively working on various next-generation sequencing projects of key plant taxa from the Cerrado, as well as other organisms (herpetofauna, ichtyofauna, etc.). The core supervisor for this position is Rosane Collevatti ( http://bit.ly/1i0xb06), known for her breadth of research on phylogeography and population genomics. The co-PI on the CNPq grant is Christine Bacon ( http://bit.ly/1i0xbwS), who studies evolution and biogeography in palms (Arecaceae). Christine is based on Santander, Colombia and will be at UFG working on the project 1-3 months per year for the duration of the grant. Other associates of the project are Thiago Rangel ( http://bit.ly/1i0xbwU) and Alexandre Jose Diniz Filho ( http://bit.ly/1i0xbwW), both well-known for their contributions to macroecology. *Post-doctoral researcher tasks*: The post-doc will sequence the *Mauritia flexuosa* transciptome and annotate it using reference genomes in the Arecaceae ( http://1.usa.gov/1qi6rKY). Using the annotated transciptome and palm genomic resources, putatively single-copy orthogroup targets will be identified for probe design (Mycroarray; http://bit.ly/1qi6qqh). Target sequencing using a *Mauritia flexuosa*-specific bait kit will be used to amplify variable sites in *Mauritia flexuosa* from populations across its biogeographic distribution in the Amazon Basin. After hybrid capture, Illumina sequencing reads will be filtered, paralogs will be removed, nuclear reads will be assembled and extended into contigs and alignments will be made. Nuclear gene trees will be built, age estimation will be inferred, and phylgeographic models will be implemented (e.g., Bayesian Skyline Plots, Drummond et al. 2005; http://bit.ly/1qi6rL1). *Optional tasks* include leading or participating in field work aimed at collecting leaf and pollen samples in the field. Two regions of particular interest are near Belem, Brasil and near Pucallpa and the Parque Nacional Alto Purus in Peru. Involvement with the fossil team and collaboration with Carina Hoorn (http://bit.ly/1qi6rL3) on the integration of genetic and pollen data. Co-supervise a PhD student at the Universidade de Goiania on their project development and research. *Goiania*: A safe, affordable, medium-sized city in the Cerrado - http://bit.ly/1i0xbx8 http://1.usa.gov/1i0xbgs http://bit.ly/1qi6qqu http://bit.ly/1i0xbgt http://bit.ly/1qi6s1o Christine D. Bacon Post-Doctoral Researcher Antonelli Lab University of Gothenburg Gothenburg, Sweden - and - Universidad Industrial de Santander Bucaramanga, Colombia http://bit.ly/1qi6s1p Christine Bacon via Gmail
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PhD Studentship, University of Glasgow A genomic approach to uncovering the mechanisms driving host restriction and virulence in louping ill virus Why particular viruses are able to infect and to cause disease in some host species but not others are fundamental questions that are critical for controlling viral pathogens. This project aims to uncocver the molecular and evolutionary mechanisms underlying host restriction and virulence of louping-ill virus (LIV), one of several closely related tick-borne flaviviruses in Europe that exhibit high phenotyopic variability: whereas LIV mainly causes disease in British sheep and grouse, other LIV strains and related viruses elsewhere in Europe tend to affect other livestock species or human hosts. Using a combination of whole genome sequencing, bioinformatics, in vitro experiments and reverse genetics the project aims to 1) examine the genome-wide diversity and evolutionary history of LIV across its current range; 2) compare the ability of different LIV strains and related virus species for in vitro growth in a range of host species; 3) to experimentally verify putative genotype -phenotype relationships through a reverse genetics system. Through the application of powerful new technologies and analytic approaches, the project will provide novel insights about the biology of a significant animal pathogen in the UK and advance our general understanding of the factors governing virus-host interactions. This exciting studentship opportunity will draw on expertise from academics within the University of Glasgow and The Moredun Research Institute. The student will spend an equal percentage of their time at both locations. BBSRC WestBio DTP studentships will follow a 4-year PhD model. The financial package will include a 4-year stipend, approved University of Glasgow fees and a consumables budget per annum. The successful student will participate in the robust MVLS College skills training programme throughout their studies. Please follow URL for further information regarding the programme structure: http://bit.ly/1iwmikb (please note that this project will not involve the Mini-Project rotations as detailed in the programme structure). Supervisors: Dr Roman Biek, Dr Colin J McInnes, and Dr Alain Kohl Stipend: 13,726 per annum (2013/14 rate) Start date: 1 October 2014 Application Deadline: 28 April 2014 For informal enquiries contact the main supervisor (Roman.Biek@glasgow.ac.uk). Eligibility This position is restricted to UK and EU nationals who meet the residence criteria below. Qualifications criteria: Applicants applying for a BBSRC WestBio DTP studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a first or upper second class UK honours degree or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology. Residence criteria: The BBSRC DTP grant provides funding for tuition fees and stipend for UK and *EU nationals that meet all the required eligibility criteria. *Note that EU nationals must be able to demonstrate that they have resided in the UK for three years prior to commencing the studentship. If not, EU nationals are still able to apply to the programme, but would be eligible to receive a fees only’ award. Full qualifications and residence eligibility details are available here: BBSRC Guide to Studentship Eligibility - http://bit.ly/HQzS5Y via Gmail

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Research Assistant / Associate in Epidemiological/Phylodynamic Modelling - Ref: 008448 Grade 6/7: 26,527 - 29,837 / 32,590 - 36,661 per annum The Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine (University of Glasgow) is looking to recruit a postdoctoral research assistant with excellent computational skills and an interest in epidemiological models to support our research on the transmission dynamics of bovine Tuberculosis (bTB) in British and Irish cattle and badgers. BTB is the most prominent disease of livestock in Britain and Ireland, and an exceptional exemplar for developing general principles regarding the transmission dynamics of multi-host pathogens. Possessing excellent quantitative skills and academic qualification at Degree and/or PhD you will contribute to this BBSRC funded project by developing novel methodologies to explore the dynamics of bTB spread, exploiting dense demographic data and whole genome sequence data generated from the vast archive of bacterial samples available. The project is led by Prof. Rowland Kao and builds on a broad consortium of collaborators at Glasgow, the AHVLA and AFBI in Northern Ireland. The holder will be embedded within the Boyd Orr Centre for Population and Ecosystem Health (http://bit.ly/OBSo4P), a vibrant research grouping of scientists interested in the application and development of cutting edge quantitative methods to solve real disease problems. The work of the Boyd Orr Centre was recently acknowledged by the award of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize to the University of Glasgow, on the basis of the Centre’s research excellence and commitment to broader impact on human and an imal health (http://bit.ly/OBSo4R). This position is funded until 31 May 2017. For more details and online application see: http://bit.ly/OBSo4S (Reference: 008448) Closing date: 9 May 2014 Informal inquiries to Rowland Kao (Rowland.Kao@glasgow.ac.uk) or Roman Biek (roman.biek@glasgow.ac.uk) via Gmail

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—_000_277B082AA8C049A99D24339F267B30AAbayloredu_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”Windows-1252” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable The Danley Lab at Baylor University (http://bit.ly/1g6vPAd) seeks a Ph.D. student broadly interested in evolutionary biology using East African cichlid fish as a model system. The exact nature of the research will be developed by the student in collaboration with Pat Danley though it should relate to the lab’s previous research on sexual selection (mate choice, aggression), phylogeography, and speciation. Applicants with a background in behavioral, phylogenetic, and genomic methods are encouraged to apply. Applicants experienced with R, Perl, and Python are a plus. Applicants are expected to have completed (or will soon complete) either a BS/BA or Msc. by the start of the 14-15 academic year. The successful applicant will be admitted to the Department of Biology’s Ph.D. program which provides 5 years of 12 month stipend ($21,000, plus possible enhancements for outstanding students), tuition remission, and benefits. The Baylor’s Department of Biology has an active graduate community of over 50 students and possesses strengthens in the areas of integrative organismal biology and aquatic ecology. Waco, home of Baylor University, is conveniently located 90 minutes from both Dallas and Austin and was recently ranked as one of America’s Awesomest (sic) Cheap Cities making it a perfect home for would be graduate students. http://bit.ly/1g6vPAf To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, unofficial transcripts, and GRE scores to patrick_danley@baylor.edu. —_000_277B082AA8C049A99D24339F267B30AAbayloredu_ Content-Type: text/html; charset=”Windows-1252” Content-ID: Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable The Danley Lab at Baylor University (http://bit.ly/1g6vPAd) seeks a Ph.D. student broadly interested in evolutionary biology using East African cichlid fish as a model system. The exact nature of the research will be developed by the student in collaboration with Pat Danley though it should relate to the lab’s previous research on sexual selection (mate choice, aggression), phylogeography, and speciation.

Applicants with a background in behavioral, phylogenetic, and genomic methods are encouraged to apply. Applicants experienced with R, Perl, and Python are a plus. Applicants are expected to have completed (or will soon complete) either a BS/BA or Msc. by the start of the 14-15 academic year. The successful applicant will be admitted to the Department of Biology’s Ph.D. program which provides 5 years of 12 month stipend ($21,000, plus possible enhancements for outstanding students), tuition remission, and benefits. The Baylor’s Department of Biology has an active graduate community of over 50 students and possesses strengthens in the areas of integrative organismal biology and aquatic ecology.  Waco, home of Baylor University, is conveniently located 90 minutes from both Dallas and Austin and was recently ranked as one of America’s Awesomest (sic) Cheap Cities making it a perfect home for would be graduate students. http://bit.ly/1g6vPAf To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, unofficial transcripts, and GRE scores to patrick_danley@baylor.edu.

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—Apple-Mail=_FE263D9E-1D06-40A7-BEF1-4C7A78B56908 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii Postdoctoral fellow in fungal metagenomics and ecology A postdoctoral position is available in the department of Plant Biology, in the School of Integrative Biology, at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. PIs Astrid Ferrer (aquatic mycologist), Katy Heath (plant and microbe evolution), and Jim Dalling (plant and fungal community ecology) are looking for a highly motivated postdoc to work on a NSF-funded Dimensions of Biodiversity project aimed at understanding the ecological and genetic controls on fungal community assembly and decomposition function in tropical wood-decomposing aquatic fungi. Both the Heath and Dalling labs are lively, highly-collaborative environments with students and postdocs working on a range of topics in ecology and evolution of plants, bacteria, and fungi. The duties of the project postdoc will include preparing libraries for metagenomic sequencing of aquatic fungi communities from environmental DNA samples, RNAseq of cultured fungi in response to various environmental treatments, downstream bioinformatic and statistical analyses, and writing manuscripts based on these results. Expertise in some or all of the following areas is desired: Molecular biology, (meta)genomics, bioinformatics, statistical analysis, ecology, evolution. Strong candidates will also possess the following attributes: - A strong publication record from their PhD (papers published, in press, or submitted). - Creativity, independence, and the desire to learn new things. - Excellent communication skills, both written and oral. All candidates must have received a Ph.D. in a relevant field. The position is available for 2 years, with the first year as a probationary period, and will include a competitive salary and full benefits. Application review will begin May 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Start date is flexible, with a rough target date of August 2014. All materials should be submitted to the PIs below for consideration. Applications should include a brief cover letter, curriculum vitae, a brief description of past research accomplishments and future research goals (under two pages), and the names and contact information for three references. Contact Dr. Katy Heath regarding the position or application process. For further information about the Heath lab, visit the lab webpage accessible at: http://bit.ly/1eqdWby Katy Heath Assistant Professor Department of Plant Biology University of Illinois kheath@illinois.edu —Apple-Mail=_FE263D9E-1D06-40A7-BEF1-4C7A78B56908 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Content-Type: text/html; charset=us-ascii

Postdoctoral fellow in fungal metagenomics and ecology

 

A postdoctoral position is available in the department of Plant Biology, in the School of Integrative Biology, at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. PIs Astrid Ferrer (aquatic mycologist), Katy Heath (plant and microbe evolution), and Jim Dalling (plant and fungal community ecology) are looking for a highly motivated postdoc to work on a NSF-funded Dimensions of Biodiversity project aimed at understanding the ecological and genetic controls on fungal community assembly and decomposition function in tropical wood-decomposing aquatic fungi. Both the Heath and Dalling labs are lively, highly-collaborative environments with students and postdocs working on a range of topics in ecology and evolution of plants, bacteria, and fungi.

 

The duties of the project postdoc will include preparing libraries for metagenomic sequencing of aquatic fungi communities from environmental DNA samples, RNAseq of cultured fungi in response to various environmental treatments, downstream bioinformatic and statistical analyses, and writing manuscripts based on these results.

 

Expertise in some or all of the following areas is desired: Molecular biology, (meta)genomics, bioinformatics, statistical analysis, ecology, evolution.

 

Strong candidates will also possess the following attributes:

- A strong publication record from their PhD (papers published, in press, or submitted).

- Creativity, independence, and the desire to learn new things.

- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.

 

All candidates must have received a Ph.D. in a relevant field. The position is available for 2 years, with the first year as a probationary period, and will include a competitive salary and full benefits.

 

Application review will begin May 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Start date is flexible, with a rough target date of August 2014. All materials should be submitted to the PIs below for consideration. Applications should include a brief cover letter, curriculum vitae, a brief description of past research accomplishments and future research goals (under two pages), and the names and contact information for three references.

 

Contact Dr. Katy Heath regarding the position or application process. For further information about the Heath lab, visit the lab webpage accessible at: http://bit.ly/1eqdWby

 

Katy Heath

Assistant Professor

Department of Plant Biology

University of Illinois

kheath@illinois.edu

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—_000_28d8a123f00e4051b9dda89157503a3esvwexmb2unifrch_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”iso-8859-1” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Dear colleagues, I am pleased to inform you that registration for our 2014 ‘Fribourg Ecology & Evolution days’ workshop is now open. The event will take place on 4-5 September 2014 at University of Fribourg, Switzerland. The theme of this year’s workshop is ‘GENOMICS OF THE SPECIATION CONTINUUM’. Invited Speakers: NICOLAS BIERNE, CNRS Montpellier (FR) ALEX BUERKLE, University of Wyoming (USA) MIKKEL SCHIERUP, Aarhus University (DK) OLE SEEHAUSEN, EAWAG (CH) TANJA SLOTTE, Uppsala University (SE) JOHN WIENS, University of Arizona (USA) Organizers: CHRISTIAN LEXER, University of Fribourg (CH) DANIEL WEGMANN, University of Fribourg (CH) HEINZ MUELLER-SCHAERER, University of Fribourg (CH) ALEX WIDMER, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich (CH) Our yearly Fribourg Ecology & Evolution workshops gather lively small crowds of PhD students and researchers around our invited speakers. Previous editions of this workshop series have triggered stimulating discussions on topics of mutual interest in an informal setting, and we look forward to continuing this tradition with this year’s event. For more information about the workshop and venue, please visit: http://bit.ly/1eiFqW5 Abstract submission is now open and closes 1 July. Registration is now open and closes 1 August. Christian Lexer Professor of Evolutionary Biology University of Fribourg, Department of Biology Unit of Ecology & Evolution Chemin du Muse 10, CH-1700 Fribourg, Switzerland Tel (office) +41 (0)26 300 8868 Tel (lab): +41 (0)26 300 8895 Fax: +41 (0)26 300 9698 Mobile: +41 (0)77 472 0789 Email: christian.lexer@unifr.ch Web: http://bit.ly/HlgoXa —_000_28d8a123f00e4051b9dda89157503a3esvwexmb2unifrch_ Content-Type: text/html; charset=”iso-8859-1” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

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PhD Fellowship in Paleobiology/Paleontology at the University of Pennsylvania A PhD fellowship in Paleobiology is available in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Prof. Lauren Sallan seeks a graduate student to address major paleobiological questions, such as how global change has affected life over time, how life evolves at high levels (macroevolution), and the origins of living biodiversity. Specific topics include, but are not limited to: the causes and consequences of the end-Devonian mass extinction and similar events, the role of predation in setting marine biodiversity, the origins of $B!H(Bliving fossils,$B!I(B the effect of the Late Paleozoic Ice Age on the evolution of major groups, and early vertebrate evolution. The student can also develop a new project that address the same major questions using quantitative, phylogenetic and descriptive methods. While research in the lab has focused on fishes, any suitable and well-preserved group of fossil animals may be used. Interested students should contact Prof. Sallan directly (laurensallan@gmail.com; arriving at Penn in July 2014) for details. Lauren Sallan, PhD Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology & Michigan Fellow, Michigan Society of Fellows University of Michigan Office: 1076 Ruthven Museums Bldg Phone: (954) 895-9192 or (734) 764-7797 Websites: http://bit.ly/1jsXZ93 www.LaurenSallan.com Lauren Sallan via Gmail
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Undergraduate Diversity at Evolution 2014 - DEADLINE LESS THAN ONE WEEK AWAY! We are pleased to announce an undergraduate travel award to bring talented and diverse undergraduates to the Evolution meetings this June 20-24 in Raleigh, NC (http://bit.ly/1akNCO3). For the 12th year in a row we will fly a cohort of undergraduates from throughout the US and Puerto Rico to present a poster at the meetings, receive mentoring from graduate students, postdocs and faculty, and participate in a career-oriented ‘Undergraduate Futures in Evolutionary Biology’ panel and discussion. The program covers the costs of travel, registration, food and accommodation at the meetings. The application deadline is Monday, April 14th, and decisions will be announced by Monday, April 21st. Applications are welcomed from all undergraduates, and the admissions goal is to create a diverse pool of students. An overview of the program and student eligibility, and a link to the online application can be found at: http://bit.ly/1ajYoHo Applications consist of a short statement of interest, a letter of recommendation and the title and abstract of the poster to be presented. In addition, we will be soliciting names of graduate students, postdocs and faculty members who would like to serve as mentors during the meetings. Mentors meet with pairs of students and attend talks with them, introduce them to colleagues, network and generally make the meetings a welcoming place for them. Although costs are not covered for mentors it is an unusually rewarding experience. Contact Richard Kliman (rmkliman@cedarcrest.edu) if you are interested in serving as a mentor. For inquires contact one of the organizers: Jory Weintraub - jory@nescent.org Richard Kliman - rmkliman@cedarcrest.edu Scott Edwards - sedwards@oeb.harvard.edu 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
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—_000_c54cbcfb3a484cc2ab14406e237139b8BY2PR04MB616namprd04pro_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”us-ascii” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable “Job: Evolution of Metabolic Cooperation in Insect-Microbial Symbiosis” A postdoctoral position in animal-microbial interactions is available immediately in the laboratory of Dr Angela Douglas (Cornell University, USA), to investigate the evolution of metabolite exchange between symbiotic bacteria and their animal hosts. The research project funded by NSF will investigate (1) how the coevolved metabolic networks of the interacting organisms are integrated, including network properties that may increase metabolic cooperation and reduce conflict among the partners; and (2) the contribution of systems-level variation in network properties to the functional variation among symbioses involving bacteria with genetically equivalent metabolic capabilities. The research involves metabolic modeling, including metabolic network reconstruction and flux balance analysis, together with genome/transcriptome sequencing and metabolite analysis in the context of coevolved symbioses; prior experience of working with genomes is essential, and experience of metabol ic modeling and/or symbiotic associations is strongly preferred. The successful candidates will join an integrated team of researchers committed to understand the evolution and function of animal-bacterial symbioses (http://bit.ly/1i05sMX). Applications from candidates with a PhD in a biological discipline should be sent by email to Angela Douglas (aes326@cornell.edu). Please include a CV, statement of research, and details of three referees. The covering letter should include an explanation of how your qualifications and experience make you a good candidate for this position. Informal inquiries are welcome. To ensure full consideration, all materials should be received by May 12, 2012; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Angela E. Douglas Daljit S. and Elaine Sarkaria Professor of Insect Physiology and Toxicology Department of Entomology and Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics 5134 Comstock Hall Cornell University Ithaca, NY 14853 USA Tel. +1-607-255-8539 FAX +1-607-255-0939 email aes326@cornell.edu http://bit.ly/1i05sMX —_000_c54cbcfb3a484cc2ab14406e237139b8BY2PR04MB616namprd04pro_ Content-Type: text/html; charset=”us-ascii” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable
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—_000_82141049afed4d1699986c69e616b969DM2PR04MB655namprd04pro_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”us-ascii” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable An opportunity is available for two PhD students to join Tim Connallon’s research group in the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia. We are seeking creative and motivated students who wish to carry out original research on the evolution of sexual dimorphism. Individuals with a background in biology or a related field are invited to apply, and those with strong quantitative and computational skills are particularly encouraged. Specific projects are flexible, potentially interdisciplinary, and include opportunities to carry out new research in theoretical, experimental, or computational evolutionary biology. Specific research plans will be developed in collaboration with each successful candidate, and tailored to match their individual interests and strengths. Successful candidates will be fully funded for 3.5 years, for full time research, and with no teaching requirements. The annual stipend is approximately $25,000 AUD, tax-free, and additional expenses for research, coursework, and conference attendance (once per year) will also be covered. Both Australian/NZ domestic and international students are eligible to apply. Domestic candidates will be invited to apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award, with a top-up scholarship awarded to successful recipients (approximately $25,000 AUD, with top-up of $5000). Monash University is a member of Australia’s Group of Eight coalition, and is internationally recognized for excellence in research and teaching. The School of Biological Sciences (http://bit.ly/1n2gpy2) is home to a collegial and interdisciplinary research environment, with strengths in ecology, genetics and evolutionary biology. Monash is located in Melbourne, one of the most liveable cities in the world and a cultural and recreational hub. To apply, please send a CV, academic transcript, and a brief outline of research interests and goals to tmc233@cornell.edu. Informal inquiries are also welcome at the same address. Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree with first-class honours, or a master’s degree. Review of applications will begin immediately, and short-listed candidates will be contacted to set up phone/Skype interviews. —_000_82141049afed4d1699986c69e616b969DM2PR04MB655namprd04pro_ Content-Type: text/html; charset=”us-ascii” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

An opportunity is available for two PhD students to join Tim Connallon’s research group in the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia. We are seeking creative and motivated students who wish to carry out original research on the evolution of sexual dimorphism. Individuals with a background in biology or a related field are invited to apply, and those with strong quantitative and computational skills are particularly encouraged. Specific projects are flexible, potentially interdisciplinary, and include opportunities to carry out new research in theoretical, experimental, or computational evolutionary biology. Specific research plans will be developed in collaboration with each successful candidate, and tailored to match their individual interests and strengths.

Successful candidates will be fully funded for 3.5 years, for full time research, and with no teaching requirements. The annual stipend is approximately $25,000 AUD, tax-free, and additional expenses for research, coursework, and conference attendance (once per year) will also be covered. Both Australian/NZ domestic and international students are eligible to apply. Domestic candidates will be invited to apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award, with a top-up scholarship awarded to successful recipients (approximately $25,000 AUD, with top-up of $5000).

Monash University is a member of Australia’s Group of Eight coalition, and is internationally recognized for excellence in research and teaching. The School of Biological Sciences (http://bit.ly/1n2gpy2) is home to a collegial and interdisciplinary research environment, with strengths in ecology, genetics and evolutionary biology. Monash is located in Melbourne, one of the most liveable cities in the world and a cultural and recreational hub.

To apply, please send a CV, academic transcript, and a brief outline of research interests and goals to tmc233@cornell.edu. Informal inquiries are also welcome at the same address. Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree with first-class honours, or a master’s degree. Review of applications will begin immediately, and short-listed candidates will be contacted to set up phone/Skype interviews.

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Post-doctoral research associate. 70-100%. Starting date: from July 2014. The Zentrum fr Evolutionre Medizin (ZEM) is an interdisciplinary centre specialising in the study of evolutionary medicine. We combine four main research areas (biomolecular, morphology, imaging and basic research) to investigate the evolution of diseases (including infectious and joint diseases) by the use of historical, archaeological and/or mummified remains. The Molecular Group is based in the purpose built state-of-the-art ancient DNA laboratory, and comprises of one full time post-doc, two PhD students and a technician. We are seeking another postdoctoral associate. The successful applicant will be highly motivated and skilled in all aspects of ancient DNA research and dedicated to furthering their career in academia (e.g. undertake habilitation) . S/he will be willing to assist in ongoing projects of the ZEM, be able to manage their own medically relevant research project as well as assist with student training, teaching and supervision. Candidates must possess a PhD in ancient genetics or associated discipline with a minimum 3 years experience in ancient DNA. They must have high throughput sequencing experience, good communication (written and oral) skills and be abile to work in a team and individually. Bioinformatics experience and teaching / supervising experience are an advantage. The position is open to individuals who wish to maintain existing associations, and may require international travel for sample identification and/or collection. To apply please send a single .pdf file containing: Full CV, list of publications, past and present funding, two references, and a letter of motivation to irina.rau@uzh.ch by the 15th May 2014. Abigail Bouwman via Gmail
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The Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F) has been founded by the Senckenberg Gesellschaft fuer Naturforschung, the Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, and additional partners. It is funded by the Federal State of Hessen through its Initiative for the Development of Scientific and Economic Excellence (LOEWE). The mission of the centre is to carry out internationally outstanding research on the interactions of biodiversity and climate change at the organism level. The working group of Prof. Katrin Böhning-Gaese invites applications for a Postgraduate Researcher in “Seed dispersal and pollination interactions of birds” Ref. #B61 The project is part of the DFG Research Group Kilimanjaro (http://bit.ly/1n2bcpZ). Your tasks: ● Contribute to an ongoing PhD investigation of the impact of climatic factors and land-use intensity on the functional diversity of birds and their mutualistic interactions with plants ● Intensive field work on birds and their fruit and flower resources along elevational and land-use gradients on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania ● Monitoring of interactions using visual observations and digital cameras; analyses of camera recordings ● If interested, statistical analysis of frugivore - plant interaction networks and publication of research results ● Close collaboration with other members of the Research Group Kilimanjaro, in particular with a corresponding project on the functional diversity of bats Your profile: ● Master’s degree in ecology or a related field ● Solid background in community ecology and/or animal ecology ● Experience in field work in a tropical country ● Very good bird identification skills, interest in plants ● Willingness to learn basics in Kiswahili ● Very good organizational and oral communication skills ● Ability to work independently; physical and mental endurance Salary and benefits are according to a public service position in Germany (TV-H E13, 50%). The contract shall start approximately October 2014 and will be restricted to 18 months. The Senckenberg Research Institute supports equal opportunity of men and women and therefore strongly invites women to apply. Equally qualified handicapped applicants will be given preference. The place of employment will be Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The employer is the Senckenberg Gesellschaft fuer Naturforschung. Please send your application before April, 23rd 2014 preferentially by e-mail (attachment in a single pdf document), mentioning the reference of this position (Ref. #B61) and including a letter outlining your suitability for the post, a detailed CV and contact details of 2 references to the Administrative Director: Herrn Dr. Johannes Heilmann c/o Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung Senckenberganlage 25 60325 Frankfurt E-Mail: recruiting@senckenberg.de Your application should contain the information on where you found the job advertisement. For scientific enquiries please get in contact with Prof. Dr. K. Böhning-Gaese (email: katrin.boehning-gaese@senckenberg.de. Frankfurt, 26.03.2014 Dr. Johannes Heilmann Administrative Director Jan.Wenner@senckenberg.de via Gmail

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The Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F) has been founded by the Senckenberg Gesellschaft fuer Naturforschung, the Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, and additional partners. It is funded by the Federal State of Hessen through its Initiative for the Development of Scientific and Economic Excellence (LOEWE). The mission of the centre is to carry out internationally outstanding research on the interactions of biodiversity and climate change at the organism level. The working group of Prof. Dr. Katrin Böhning-Gaese invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher on “Intercomparisons of biodiversity models” Ref. #B20b The project contributes to the EU COST Action “Harmonizing Global Biodiversity Modelling HarmBio (http://bit.ly/1hr1xKr)”. This action aims for the harmonization of current models and datasets of terrestrial, freshwater and marine biodiversity to improve the reliability of future projections of biodiversity change. This cross community initiative aims to accelerate the development of transparent and scientifically robust biodiversity models, through validation, calibration and inter-comparison of models and data. Your tasks: ● Facilitating systematic inter-comparisons and benchmarking of biodiversity models. Model comparisons will involve comparing outputs of different models among models as well as with biodiversity data. ● Facilitating the development of standards for model-model and model-data comparisons ● Leading conceptual and original scientific publications as well as preparing grant proposals ● Facilitating exchange and collaborations with other members of the COST Action ● Organizing and leading international workshops Your profile: ● PhD in ecology, biodiversity modelling, statistics, or a related field ● Solid background in biodiversity modelling, advanced statistics and macroecology ● Very strong publication record ● Experience and interest in working within an international collaborative research group ● Very good organizational and excellent written and oral communication skills Salary and benefits are according to a public service position in Germany (TV-H E13). The contract shall start on July, 1st 2014 and will initially be restricted until December, 31th 2015. An extension of the contract is possible. The Senckenberg Research Institute supports equal opportunity of men and women and therefore strongly invites women to apply. Equally qualified handicapped applicants will be given preference. The place of employment will be Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The employer is the Senckenberg Gesellschaft fuer Naturforschung. Funding of the position is subject to final approval. Please send your application before April, 23rd 2014 preferentially by e-mail (attachment in a single pdf document), mentioning the reference of this position (Ref. #B20b) and including a letter outlining your suitability for the post, a detailed CV, contact details of 2 references and pdfs of five publications to the Administrative Director: Herrn Dr. Johannes Heilmann c/o Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung Senckenberganlage 25 60325 Frankfurt E-Mail: recruiting@senckenberg.de Your application should contain the information on where you found the job advertisement. For scientific enquiries please get in contact with Prof. Dr. K. Böhning-Gaese (email: katrin.boehning-gaese@senckenberg.de. Frankfurt, 26.03.2014 Dr. Johannes Heilmann Administrative Director Jan.Wenner@senckenberg.de via Gmail

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We are very excited to offer the Methods in Ecological Genomics Workshops this summer in the Florida Keys. Unfortunately, for some reason we don’t seem to be receiving nearly as many applications in response to the official workshop announcement (http://bit.ly/1mC1V87) as the community interest expressed in our earlier surveys have suggested. If you plan on attending any of our workshops but are waiting on financial approval, please still email us to avoid the cancelation of these workshops. To express interest please send an email with “MEGA 2014” in the subject line to all the instructors (Mikhail Matz , Sarah Davies , Rachel Wright ) with just a few words about yourself: 1. Are you a graduate student, postdoc, or faculty? 2. Where? 3. What is you research area? Hope to see you in Florida! Sarah W. Davies, Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin daviessw@gmail.com via Gmail

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Dear EvolDir readers, We are pleased to announce a week-long, intensive phylogenetics course covering all aspects of modern molecular phylogenetics and phylogenomics. This course starts with the basics of phylogenetic reconstruction and deals with all the major methods and all kinds of data from genes to genomes. Therefore, it is particularly suited to researchers that have a keen interest in phylogenetic reconstruction but have little or no practical experience or theoretical background (ideally suited to new Masters/PhD students/post-docs, but also investigators moving into this area of research). We welcome organismal phylogeneticists or genome scientists who are trying to make sense of the evolutionary history of any kind of gene or genome. You can find out more about this course here: http://bit.ly/1ivD8Qp Please pass this message on to anybody you feel might be interested. Kindest regards, James. James McInerney PhD DSc, Molecular Evolution & Bioinformatics Unit, Department of Biology, National University of Ireland Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland. website via Gmail

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—_000_8608A19531800646ACE720DC4789D55B023C0294x10mbx4yuyaleed_ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”us-ascii” Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Dear Brian Golding Please post the following job announcement on EvolDir. Thanks Paul Yale Postdoctoral Position in Microbial Evolutionary Ecology A two- to three-year postdoctoral position is available immediately in the laboratory of Paul Turner in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University. We are seeking a highly motivated and creative individual to participate in ongoing experimental projects relating to eco-evolutionary theory. These projects concern (i) role of environmental heterogeneity on adaptability of bacteriophages, (ii) role of niche construction in the evolutionary ecology of virus- cancer cell interactions, and (iii) effects of host density on virulence evolution in killer viruses of yeast. The successful candidate will engage in these projects in the first year, while increasingly developing and leading projects of their own design as the position continues. The experiments can utilize high-throughput, automated measures of evolving microorganisms via liquid-handling robotics. Experience with these technologies is preferred, but all strong candidates will be considered. This postdoctoral position is in association with the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies program in Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics, which is co-directed by David Vasseur, David Post, and Paul Turner. Through this program, the candidate will participate in regular working groups combining international leaders in experimental and theoretical approaches to eco-evolutionary dynamics. More information on the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is available at www.yale.edu/eeb. For information about postdoctoral appointments at Yale, see http://bit.ly/17omWe1. Applications should be emailed to Paul Turner (paul.turner@yale.edu) and include a CV, short statement of research interests, and www.yale.edu/eeb. For information about postdoctoral appointments at Yale, see http://bit.ly/17omWe1. Applications should be emailed to Paul Turner (paul.turner@yale.edu) and include a CV, short statement of research interests, and contact information for three references. Applications will be considered beginning on May 1, 2014. via Gmail>