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July 11, 2014


*Workshop/course: ConGen2015 - Recent Advances in Conservation Genetics (January 12 - 21, 2015)* We are pleased to announce the course “ConGen 2015 - Recent Advances in Conservation Genetics.” The American Genetic Association in conjunction with the University of Puerto Rico is presenting a 10 day intensive course January, 12 V 22, 2015. The course will be directed by Dr. Stephen J. OBrien, and taught by renowned scientists in methods, interpretation, and applications of molecular genetic and genomic analyses for conservation of endangered species, who will also share a variety of their personal experiences in this important field. The course will be held in Rincon, Puerto Rico at the Rincon of the Seas Grand Caribbean Hotel. The application deadline is September 15, 2014. Information about the course, participating faculty, venue, and applications can be found at the following link: http://bit.ly/1y1MyeX via Gmail

July 10, 2014


—Apple-Mail-15—691336126 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/plain; charset=windows-1252 The University of Alberta Museums is pleased to announce an exciting employment opportunity. Details can be found at the University of Alberta Careers Homepage at the link listed below. We would appreciate your assistance with forwarding and circulating these opportunities as appropriate. Thank you for your assistance. Collections Management Advisor (Natural Sciences) - U of A Museums Competition No. - S10662308 Posting Date - July 4, 2014 Closing Date - August 4, 2014 The University of Alberta is seeking a dynamic professional for the position of Collections Management Advisor (Natural Sciences), University of Alberta Museums. The University of Alberta is one of the largest collecting institutions in Canada with more than 17 million objects and specimens in disciplines ranging from art to zoology. Reporting to the Museum Collections Manager, Museums and Collections Services, and working collaboratively with the Collections Management Team, the Collections Management Advisor (Natural Sciences) is responsible for providing collections management advice, support, and training to the Curators and Collections Staff of the specimen-based teaching and research collections within the University’s Natural and Earth Science collections. For more information and to apply go to http://bit.ly/1qXYeyP via Gmail

Postdoctoral position in Evolutionary Cell Biology at Laval University: Project title: Evolution of crosstalk, epistasis and pleiotropy in signalling networks A postdoctoral position (2 years, up to 4) is available in the Landry Laboratory at Laval University (http://bit.ly/1mM0ebB). The candidate will work on a project funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) that aims at understanding the molecular and evolutionary mechanisms of crosstalk and signal integration in signalling networks. The Landry laboratory is a very dynamic, international and interdisciplinary research group with broad interests in systems biology, molecular evolution, bioinformatics and ecological genomics. The applicants should have a strong background in molecular biology, biochemistry, or proteomics with interest for and/or basic skills in bioinformatics (Perl/Python/R). The projects are mainly experimental but candidates with strong computational backgrounds who are willing to learn and perform experimental research are encouraged to apply. Previous work in yeast genetics and genomics would be an asset. Laval University is one of the most important research universities in Canada and is located in Quebec City, a lively city with a vibrant culture that offers an exceptional quality of life. Interested applicants should send a CV, a list of publications, a statement of interest (1 page) and the name of three referees in a single PDF file to Christian.landry@bio.ulaval.ca. Candidates should also include a low-resolution copy of official academic transcripts. The positions will remain available until filled. Starting dates could be between October 2014 and April 2015 (flexible). Christian Landry, PhD Associate Professor FRQS Junior Investigator Department of Biology Institute for Integrative and Systems Biology/PROTEO Room 3106, Pavillon Charles-Eugene-Marchand 1030, Avenue de la Medecine Laval University Quebec (Quebec) G1V 0A6 Canada http://bit.ly/1mM0ebB Phone: 418-656-3954 Fax: 418 656-7176 Christian Landry via Gmail
Postdoc Position in Genomics of Adaptation and Speciation (Taipei,Taiwan) A three-year postdoc is available immediately for an innovative andmotivated person to work on the genomics of adaptation and speciation in endemic Psolodesmus damselflies of Taiwan and Yaeyama islands. Project: The position is funded by a MOST (Ministry of Science &Technology, Taiwan) grant focused on testinghypotheses about how genomes evolve during theprocess of population adaptation and species formation. One of main objectivesis to identify the role of natural selection in generating the patterns of phenotypicand genomic divergence between habitat- associated populations and species ofdamselflies. The project is to combine field translocation experiments andwhole genome sequencing to measure natural selection at the population andgenomic level. Requirement: 1. The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for leadinghypothesis- driven field experiment, laboratory preparation, and analyses of genomic- scaleDNA sequence data sets. 2. The successful applicant must have demonstrated expertise inpopulation genetics, phylogenetics, genomics, and/or computational statistics. 3. Preference will be given to candidates with: (1) Experience of high performance computing, (2) The ability todevelop and apply statistical or computational methods to solve problems, (3) Expertisein research on speciation, theoretical models of evolution, or trait divergence. Application: To apply, please contact Chung-Ping Lin by email (treehopper@ntnu.edu.tw),and attach a single PDF file containing: 1) a cover letter, 2) a CV, 3) a brief2-page statement of research interests, and how your skills can contribute toproject objectives, and 4) contact information for three references. Salary & Deadline: The position will begin August 1st of 2014. Funding isavailable for at least 1 year and up to 3 years, pending performance. A monthly post-doc salary of about $55,000 NTD ($1,900 USD) will beoffered, including retirement plan, health benefits, and a year-ending bonus of1.5- month salary. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. More information: The lab: http://bit.ly/1xWml1r Department of Life Science: http://bit.ly/1xWml1v National Taiwan NormalUniversity: http://bit.ly/1mM0dEq treehopper via Gmail
Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship - Marine Molecular Population Genetics/Ecology Location: A new, collaborative, state-of-the-art facility established for molecular-genetic studies of marine organisms, located at the Harte Research Institute at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas 78412-5869. Research Focus: Research will involve development and assay of nuclear-encoded, single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), microsatellites, and/or mitochondrial DNA sequences for projects involving population genetics and molecular ecology of marine fishes, including sharks. Qualifications: Master’s degree in marine science or related field and/or B.S. in appropriate discipline required with documented work in the field of molecular population genetics and/or molecular ecology. Applicants should be ambitious, self-motivated, and able to work collaboratively with other lab members. Salary: Salary range is $1,500 -$2, 000/month, with an increase to $2,200.00/month upon completion of comprehensive exams. Closing date: Position is available Spring 2015. Contact: Send curriculum vitae, description of research experience/interests, unofficial transcripts, GRE scores, and names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail address of three references to Dr. David S. Portnoy and Dr. John R. Gold at david.portnoy@tamucc.edu and goldfish@tamucc.edu respectively. International applicants will be considered if they hold the correct visa(s). Candidates must meet minimum requirement of the Marine Biology Ph.D. Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (http://bit.ly/19jJP3H). Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employers. “Gold, John” via Gmail

Dear EvolDir community, I am writing to you in support of a collaborative research project that I am participating in through the Landscape Genetics Distributed Graduate Seminar (DGS). The DGS is an interdisciplinary course that employs Internet-based lectures, laboratories at home institutions, and group projects involving graduate students and faculty mentors from several continents to teach landscape genetics techniques. Within the group projects, we work collaboratively with students across several universities to develop important research questions, with the goal of publishing a peer-reviewed article. Our study, which I am writing to you about on behalf of my group, is seeking to conduct a review of landscape-wide effects of fragmentation by roads on genetic diversity and structure. Our aim is to characterize these effects across numerous plant and animal taxa in North America and Europe. As a group, we are currently reviewing several publications that assess genetic diversity and genetic structure of individuals and/or populations. Accordingly, this is a request for datasets that we can include in our analysis. All datasets will be cited and we will keep contributing authors aware of the progression of our work. Specifically, we are seeking to identify datasets containing (a) raw genotypic data of sampled individuals and/or populations; and (b) associated spatial coordinates of the sampled individuals and/or populations. If you or any colleagues have such datasets and are willing to share them with us, please contact Charlotte Gabrielsen by email (cgabrie2@uwyo.edu). I will be happy to provide any additional information or answer any questions you may have regarding our project. In the meantime, thank you in advance for your time and support of our project! Best, Charlotte Gabrielsen (University of Wyoming) Philip Bertrand (Trent University) Laura Cuervo (Georg-August-Universitt Gttingen) Lindsay Miles (Virginia Commonwealth University) Kirstin Proft (University of Tasmania) Denim Jochimsen (University of Idaho) Niko Balkenhol (Georg-August-Universitt Gttingen) Lisette Waits (University of Idaho) gabrielsenc@gmail.com via Gmail

July 9, 2014

BOWERBIRD SIGNAL FUNCTION AND EVOLUTION: VOLUNTEER (unpaid) field research assistant needed October-December 2014 I am looking for an experienced female field worker to help my female Ph.D. student doing field work on Great Bowerbirds, approximate dates October through to mid December 2014. (Female because the field house offers little privacy). Ideally the volunteer should have extensive experience with birds. The volunteer should also know how to drive a 4WD vehicle in easy to moderate conditions (we almost never have to shift into 4WD) and not mind living in fieldwork conditions. Duties generally involve helping to drive to bower sites, walking between bowers (up to 4km), carrying equipment and helping to check/maintain the camera equipment at bowers on a regular basis, as well as the initial set up and final taking down of the camera systems, solar panels and batteries used to run the cameras. Other duties will include sound recording, backing up video onto USB disk drives, some analysis of the video recordings collected, and helping to do two object presentation experiments. This field work takes place on a remote cattle station (Ranch in North American parlance) in Queensland, so it is hot and dry. This will involve a fair amount of walking in these conditions so the volunteer should be reasonably fit. Transportation will be provided to/from the field station from Townsville (the nearest airport). The successful applicant will have to share a simple house with the PhD student and help with the day to day aspects of fieldwork as well as cooking and keeping the house tidy. This cattle station is full of wildlife (the owners really know how to care for the land) so expect to see lots of kangaroos, emus and bustards, among other animals. It is well into the outback so internet connections are weak and absent in some days; this is not something a city-type would enjoy. If you are interested, please e-mail me directly, John.Endler@deakin.edu.au John A. Endler, Centre for Integrative Ecology, Deakin University, Australia. Prof. John A. Endler. FAA, FAAAS Alfred Deakin Professor Editor-in-Chief, Evolutionary Ecology Centre for Integrative Ecology School of Life & Environmental Sciences Deakin University, Waurn Ponds Campus 75 Pigdons Road Waurn Ponds, VIC 3216, Australia email: John.Endler@deakin.edu.au tel: 03 5227 1313, or +61 3 5227 1313 mob: 0488 255 712 Deakin University CRICOS Provider Code 00113B “John A. Endler” via Gmail

**ESEB Outreach Fund** The European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) welcomes applications to the ESEB Outreach Fund for projects that promote evolution-related activities. The goal of this initiative is to improve public knowledge about evolution globally. Applications for funding will be accepted for educational initiatives that promote evolution, development of evolutionary material (books, films, websites) intended for a general audience, public outreach seminars, public exhibitions, etc. While most projects will be financed for a sum between 1000-1500 Euro, exceptions can be made if a strong argument is provided for additional funds. The application form can be found on www.eseb.org (click on the “Outreach Fund” link). Applications will be accepted twice yearly (deadlines March 15, September 15) and should be submitted by email to Ute Friedrich (office@eseb.org; Subject: Outreach). Dr. Ute Friedrich ESEB Office Manager Email: office@eseb.org European Society of Evolutionary Biology - www.eseb.org office@eseb.org via Gmail

BlackHillsStateU_Integrative_Genomics The Masters in Science in Integrative Genomics program at Black Hills State University (Spearfish, South Dakota) currently has openings for the Fall 2014 semester. This program exposes students to modern techniques and instrumentation in the laboratory and field and prepares students for success in both academic and other biotechnology-related pursuits. Graduate Research Assistantships (RAs) are awarded to students and provide a competitive stipend ($16,640/yr) plus funding for research. All RAs receive a reduced tuition rate (1/3 of in-state rate) and assist with instruction of undergraduate-level science labs. Black Hills State University, located in the heart of the northern Black Hills - Spearfish, SD, offers 75 academic programs at the associate, bachelor, and master degree levels. BHSU, which has over 4,000 students, has earned a reputation for transforming lives through innovative, high-quality academic programs and a dynamic learning community. Our location provides a natural laboratory for Integrative Genomics. We are also close to the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL) at Homestake Mine, allowing for collaboration with other major universities (to study, for example, the meta-genomics of the unique microbial communities found in extreme environments). Learn more about the community here: http://bit.ly/1tZfNwZ http://bit.ly/1tZfMsX http://bit.ly/1nNPYhN Information about M.S. Integrative Genomics program requirements and application process can be found here: http://bit.ly/1tZfNx3 For further information email: Raeann.Mettler@bhsu.edu “Mettler, Raeann” via Gmail
*Multiple Faculty Positions in Evolutionary Biology**, Ecology, Population Genetics, and Computational Biology** at Peking University* The School of Life Sciences at Peking University announces the opening of multiple faculty positions in evolutionary biology, ecology, population genetics, and computational biology at all academic levels. Hiring level, from tenure-track Assistant Professor to Full Professor will be commensurate with experience and achievements. While candidates in any related disciplines are welcome, applicants from the following research fields are especially encouraged to apply: *1**) Evolutionary Biology*. Research areas include but are not limited to molecular evolution, EvoDevo, speciation, evolutionary theory and phylogenetics. *2**)* *Ecological Genomics*. We seek applicants that employ genomic tools to answer important questions in ecology, such as mechanisms of adaptation to changing environments. *3**) Population Genetics/Genomics*. The candidates are expected to employ theory, modeling, computation, experiments or genomics to address important questions related to genetic diversity, population demography, reproductive isolation, adaptive evolution, sexual selection, and domestication. *4)* *Computational** Genomics**. *We seek for applicants that use computational tools to study human evolution, evolution of gene expression and underlying gene-gene interaction networks, disease and epidemiological process, population history at the genomic scale. The candidates should have a doctorate degree and strong research background in related fields. The School of Life Sciences at Peking University provides competitive salary and funding support for biological research and teaching. Successful candidates may also be supported by the Peking-Tsinghua Center for Life Sciences. Interested applicants please send CV, research statement, teaching statement, five representative publications, and contact information of three references to xiangbozhang@pku.edu.cn. The recruitment continues until all the positions are filled. Jian Lu, Ph. D. Principal Investigator Center for Life Sciences (CLS) Center of Bioinformatics State Key Laboratory of Protein and Plant Gene Research School of Life Sciences Peking University Beijing, China, 100871 http://bit.ly/1n6P4s0 Jian Lu via Gmail

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The Sloan Lab in the Department of Biology at Colorado State University has an opportunity for a postdoctoral researcher with experience in plant molecular genetics and biochemistry to lead a 3-year NSF-funded study on cytonuclear co-evolution. Our group focuses on molecular and genome evolution, using a combination of wet-lab and bioinformatic techniques. We are working with flowering plants (a group that exhibits enormous natural variation in mitochondrial mutation rates) to study how rates of evolution in organelle genomes can drive compensatory evolution in the nucleus. We are particularly interested in individuals with wet-lab expertise in plant molecular biology to complement our group’s existing strengths in molecular evolution and computational genomics. Desirable experience/interests include.. - Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of plants (particularly Arabidopsis) - Biochemical assays of mitochondrial function such as OXPHOS enzyme activity - Assays of subcellular/organellar protein targeting - Broad intellectual interests and enthusiasm for addressing evolutionary questions - Motivation and ideas for seeking independent postdoctoral fellowship funding - A strong motivation to foster and contribute to a fun, positive, intellectual, and collaborative research environment Our lab makes extensive use of deep DNA sequencing technologies, so there will be opportunities to gain experience and training with large NGS datasets. Previous bioinformatic experience is always helpful but not essential. The CSU Department of Biology has strengths in plant molecular biology and ecology/evolution, so postdoctoral researchers can expect a large network of colleagues to aid in professional development. CSU is located in Fort Collins, CO, about an hour north of Denver and right at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Fort Collins is widely regarded as having a great quality of life at a reasonable cost of living. It has excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation, a strong biking culture, and numerous great restaurants and breweries. If you are interested in joining the lab or learning more, please e-mail Dan Sloan (dbsloan@rams.colostate.edu) and include a copy of your CV and a brief cover letter that specifically addresses the skills you would bring to the project and how working in the lab would advance your career goals and fit with your intellectual interests. (Please note that inquiries with boilerplate cover letters are likely to be ignored). Timing is flexible, so those who are still completing their degrees or are otherwise unavailable in the immediate future are still very much encouraged to inquire. Dan Sloan Assistant Professor Department of Biology Colorado State University http://bit.ly/1asiBKM dbsloan@rams.colostate.edu via Gmail

Biodiversity Research Centre – Earth and Life Institute Universite catholique de Louvain (UCL) 1348, Louvain-la-Neuve, BELGIUM Project Title Molecular control of the development of a morphological evolutionary novelty involved in olfactory communication, androconia, of the model butterfly Bicyclus anynana. Available position A fulltime four-year Ph.D. position is available at the Biodiversity Research Centre, Earth and Life Institute, University of Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL) in Belgium. Description of the project The doctoral project will be undertaken at a leading Belgium University, in a laboratory interested in the evolution of olfactory communication and its role in speciation using the model butterfly Bicyclus anyana. Our group has identified the male sex pheromone involved in mate choice in B. anynana and has shown that this sex perfume is under sexual selection. Moreover, it was shown that wide diversification of the African Bicyclus genus is associated with selection and reproductive character displacement on the composition of the male sex pheromone between closely related sympatric Bicyclus species1-4. Importantly, androconia, formed of hair-like structures located on the wings, are the major morphological structure responsible for male sex pheromone production in the Bicyclus genus. Yet, despite the evolutionary recently acknowledged importance of androconia, these morphological structures are an evolutionary novelty specific to Lepidoptera and as such, the molecular mechanisms controlling their development remain unknown. In this regard, this project aims at unraveling the molecular bases of androconia development in Bicyclus and identifies whether novel genes, or rather recycled developmental pathways, have been used to produce the Lepidoptera-specific androconial structures. A high throughput 454 transcriptome data of B. anynana developing wings is available in the lab for identifying an unbiased list of candidate genes. Moreover, B. anynana butterflies can be reared in large numbers in the laboratory, allowing large-scale experiments. The project will aim at first to identify a list of candidate genes in the transcriptome, and second, validate their patterns of temporal and spatial expression with phenotypic data of androconia development, using RT-qPCR and manipulative gene expression approaches5. The functional characterization of the candidate genes will be conducted in collaboration with the laboratory of Dr. P. Beldade (Gulbenkian Institute of Science, Lisbon, Portugal) 6-8. The research will lead to deciphering the molecular bases of androconia development in the first Lepidoptera studied till date. A second step of this project will aim at investigating whether the same molecular developmental pathways have been conserved, or not, through the diversification of the Bicyclus genus. For this we will test the expression of our B. anynana list of candidate genes in the development of the androconia of closely related Bicyclus species, which numbers and positions are the main character allowing to discriminate among closely related species in the field9. Requirements We are looking for a strongly motivated candidate with a Masters degree in Molecular Biology or Evolutionary Ecology, or related fields. Experience in molecular biology and written and oral communication skills in English are desirable, as is the ability to work efficiently, independently as well as in collaboration. The grant will be delivered upon successful written application prepared in collaboration with the selected applicant and an oral interview in Brussels (October-November 2014), which can be done either in English or French. Adequate training will be provided for preparing for the interview. The selected applicant will be supervised throughout the process. The degrees obtained abroad (outside Belgium) or in the Flemish Community will require an equivalence (necessary to provide documentation of passed examinations for 300 credits including a research work of at least six months during master with a scientific report; more information: http://bit.ly/16gTAOn) for which the deadline is August 11th, 2014. The candidate will be expected to present his/her research results in national and international conferences. Work environment The PhD student will work in a highly active and integrated academic environment, in the research team of Prof. Caroline Nieberding and in close collaboration with Dr. Alok Arun, as well as other postdocs and PhD students, and will interact with members of other research teams of the Institute. Our University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and is in a French-speaking region, but the language for meetings and scientific interactions is English. For background information about our university, see http://bit.ly/11ickgx. Salary Salary ranges between 21.349 to 23.659 euros brutto per year (approx. 1700 euros netto per month) and includes all social benefits such as health insurance and retirement benefits in the Belgian system. For practical information concerning salaries, benefits, insurances and conditions of eligibility please contact Mrs. N. Wittorski at UCL (Natacha.Wittorski@uclouvain.be; +32 (0) 10 47 29 22). Application Application should be sent as soon as possible and before July 21st, 2014, to Caroline Nieberding and Alok Arun (caroline.nieberding@uclouvain.be; alok.arun@uclouvain.be) and include the following: (1) a cover letter describing your research interests and qualifications, (2) a full CV, (3) contact information (email, phone number) of minimum 2 referees. Only complete applications sent preferably in one single digital pdf file will be considered. You are welcome to include a copy of your graduate work and/or reprints of published work. Applications will start being reviewed immediately and until the position is filled. Informal inquiries are welcome. References: 1. Nieberding, C.M., de Vos, H., Schneider, M.V., Lassance, J.-M., Estramil, N., Andersson, J., Bång, J., Hedenström, E., Löfstedt, C., Brakefield, P.M. The male sex pheromone of the butterfly Bicyclus anynana: Towards an evolutionary analysis (2008) PLoS ONE, 3 (7). 2. Nieberding, C.M., Fischer, K., Saastamoinen, M., Allen, C.E., Wallin, E.A., Hedenström, E., Brakefield, P.M. Cracking the olfactory code of a butterfly: The scent of ageing (2012) Ecology Letters, 15 (5), pp. 415-424. 3. van Bergen, E., Brakefield, P.M., Heuskin, S., Zwaan, B.J., Nieberding, C.M. The scent of inbreeding: A male sex pheromone betrays inbred males (2013) Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 280 (1758). 4. Bacquet* P, Brattström* O, Wang H-L, Löfstedt C, Brakefield P, Nieberding CM (2014, under review) Selection of male sex pheromone composition drives butterfly diversification. 5. Monteiro, A., Chen, B., Ramos, D.M., Oliver, J.C., Tong, X., Guo, M., Wang, W.-K., Fazzino, L., Kamal, F. Distal-less regulates eyespot patterns and melanization in Bicyclus butterflies (2013) Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution, 320 (5), pp. 321-331. 6. ConceiçãoInê, I.C., Long, A.D., Gruber, J.D., Beldade, P. Genomic sequence around butterfly wing development genes: Annotation and comparative analysis (2011) PLoS ONE, 6 (8). 7. Brakefield, P.M., Beldade, P., Zwaan, B.J. In situ hybridization of embryos and larval and pupal wings from the African butterfly Bicyclus anynana (2009) Cold Spring Harbor Protocols, 4 (5). 8. Beldade, P., Koops, K., Brakefield, P.M. Developmental constraints versus flexibility in morphological evolution (2002) Nature, 416 (6883), pp. 844-847. 9. Condamin M (1973) Monographie du genre Bicyclus (Lepidoptera, Satyridae). Institut Thank you . Alok Alok Arun, PhD Post doctoral Researcher Evolutionary Ecology and Genetics Group BDIV Research Centre Universite Catholic de Louvain Louvain-La-Neuve, 1348 BELGIUM Phone: +32 10 47 34 57 (Office) Alok Arun via Gmail

The upcoming Intersociety Meeting in Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology, organized by the American Physiological Society and several sponsoring societies (Society for Experimental Biology, SICB, TCS) will be held in San Diego, CA, October 5-8, 2014. The Meeting Website is available at: http://bit.ly/1pAjIxn Funds are available to support student and postdoc travel. Several Special Symposia will cover a variety of topics regarding physiological adaptation. Abstract submissions are due July 9, 2014. In particular, Professor Guy Charmantier from Universit Montpellier, France has organized a special symposium on Physiological Adaptation from Marine to Freshwater Environments. Invited speakers are listed below. Abstract submissions are encouraged to be included in this session: Invasions of freshwater habitats by marine and brackish organisms have been successfully performed by only a few animal taxa over evolutionary time, and constitute one of the major transitions in the history of life. In addition, recent and rapid colonizations of freshwater areas have resulted from human activities, such as transportation. Invading low salinity environments confronts the animals with serious challenges for maintaining hydromineral balance, mainly in retaining and acquiring ions against adverse gradients, and excreting excess water. Freshwater environments can also be affected by contaminations, either natural or anthropogenic. As natural selection acts on all developmental stages, each must adapt to new conditions before invasion of a novel environment, such as freshwater, can become successful. This symposium addresses various physiological adaptations that have enabled colonizations of fresh water from marine environments over different time scales. Speakers will describe physiological adaptations at multiple hierarchical levels of biological organization, from molecules to organisms and populations, and will discuss several model species or taxa, mainly crustaceans and fish, at different stages of development, from embryos to adults. The talks will explore adaptive responses to challenges imposed by freshwater environments, including the presence of contaminants. List of Invited Speakers: Patricia Schulte, University of British Columbia, Canada Jonathon Stillman, RTC, SFSU, UC-Berkeley, USA Carol Eunmi Lee, University of Wisconsin, USA Guy Charmantier, Universit Montpellier, France This session will also include other talks selected from submitted abstracts. Carol Eunmi Lee, Ph.D. Professor Center of Rapid Evolution (CORE) 430 Lincoln Drive, Birge Hall University of Wisconsin Madison, WI 53706 carollee@wisc.edu http://bit.ly/1xKJvHU carollee@wisc.edu via Gmail


The Proulx/Hespanha group at UC Santa Barbara is searching for a postdoctoral scientist to work on modeling the evolution and dynamics of dynamical networks. The proposed work may involve modeling gene transcriptional networks that respond to external stimulus, signal transduction networks, or the combination of cellular control and cell physiology. The goal is to understand both the mechanistic basis of dynamic cellular responses and the evolution of control networks. We take a joint approach drawing from expertise on engineering principles and optimal control theory based in the Hespanha lab (http://bit.ly/1jouSY8) and on principles of evolutionary theory based in the Proulx lab (http://bit.ly/1jouSYa). Opportunities also exist for the postdoc to study gene network evolution in yeast. Applicants should have a strong quantitative background and either experience with evolutionary theory or with control theory (including optimal control). The appointment is for 1 year with a start date by September, 2014. Submit applications including a cover letter, CV, description of research experience and interests, brief description of background computational or mathematical modeling, and names and addresses of three references to stephen.proulx@gmail.com with the words $B!H(Bnetwork evolution$B!I(B in the subject. Stephen Proulx Associate Professor Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology UC Santa Barbara proulx@lifesci.ucsb.edu stephen.proulx@gmail.com via Gmail


Please note the following DEADLINES: Registration and abstract submission: 4 August, 2014 Accommodation: booking service link ends 28 July, 2014 ******************** The United Kingdom is home to exceptional evolutionarybiologists. However, compared to the number of evolutionaryzoologists, the number of their botanical counterparts is few. In many cases, U.K. plant evolutionary biologists are in small numbers at any one institution, and such isolation hinders progress. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh will host a conference on 8, 9 September, 2014 to help address this situation. The conference will showcase evolutionary research on plants by UK researchers to foster new collaborations. The conference will also hold a workshop, where discussion will identify challenges faced and suggest strategies to overcome them. We see this as a first step towards developing a longer-terms strategy for strengthening the UK community of plant evolutionary biologists. The conference will include a poster and networking session, open speaking slots (both standard and “lightning” talks), as well as an exciting lineup of invited speakers. For more information and to register, please visit the website at: http://bit.ly/1h7xbNN Invited speakers: Mating system: Dr. Mario Vallejo-Marin Speciation: Dr. Richard Buggs Ecological Speciation: Dr. Patrik Nosil Evo-Devo: Dr. Beverley Glover Phylogeny: Dr. Toby Pennington Polyploidy: Dr. Barbara Mable Biogeography: Dr. Bill Baker Population Genetics ? (Molecular ecology): Dr. Simon Hiscock Population Genetics (Genomics): Dr. Rob Ness International Speaker: Dr. Spencer Barrett (University of Toronto) via Gmail


Dear Colleagues, Registration is open for the course “MODELLING DINAMICS IN BIOLOGY. FROM HISTORY TO PRACTICAL EXAMPLES”, January 19-22, 2015. 28 hours on-site. Instructors: Dr. Andreea Munteanu (CGR, Spain) and Dr. Carlos Rodrguez-Caso (Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Spain) Place: Premises of Sabadell of the Institut Catal de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont, Sabadell, Barcelona (Spain) The current course will present an overview of systems biology with emphasis on the necessity, uses and pitfalls of dynamical modelling in biology. It introduces the required language and philosophy for a smooth and fruitful collaboration between life scientists and theoreticians (i.e. mathematicians, physicists, computer scientists). The main goal of the course is not a detailed description of the modelling tools in systems biology, but a thorough overview of the terminology and applicability range of these methodologies. The time dedication throughout the course will be one third for theoretical introduction, and two thirds for modelling applications for very diverse biological systems. The participants will acquire the necessary skills to understand and interpret models and modelling results from scientific articles, and will take the first steps into building their own mathematical models. Organized by: Transmitting Science and the Institut Catal de Paleontologia More info: http://bit.ly/1f4sZvA or writing to courses@transmittingscience.org Course poster: http://bit.ly/1xQF4vk With best regards Soledad De Esteban Trivigno, PhD. Course Director Transmitting Science http://bit.ly/1gdSpYn soledad.esteban@transmittingscience.org via Gmail


Postdoctoral Research Scientist - Molecular Population Genetics/Ecology Location: A new, collaborative, state-of-the-art facility established for molecular-genetic studies of exploited marine organisms, located at the Harte Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas 78412-5869. Responsibilities: Position responsibilities involve assay and analysis of nuclear-encoded single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) for projects involving population genetics and molecular ecology, primarily of exploited marine fishes. Central responsibilities include data acquisition and analysis, preparation of reports and publications, and positive interaction with other members of the laboratory. Qualifications: Dissertation or postdoctoral work in molecular population genetics and/or molecular ecology is required, as is documented experience with microsatellite and mtDNA data acquisition and analysis. Documented experience with major software programs used in analysis of molecular (DNA) data for population genetics/molecular ecology also is required. Individuals with documented experience in analysis of next-generation-sequencing data, primarily RADseq, RNAseq, or genome assembly, will be given highest priority. Applicants should be ambitious, able to work collaboratively with other group members, and capable of taking initiative and assuming responsibility. Salary: Salary range is from $40,000/year and will depend on experience. Benefits include health care and retirement. Position is for 12-24 months. Closing date: Position will remain open until filled. Contact: Send curriculum vitae, description of research experience/interests, and names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail address of three references to Dr. John R. Gold and Dr. David S. Portnoy at goldfish@tamucc.edu and David.Portnoy@tamucc.edu, respectively. International applicants will be considered if they hold the correct visa(s). The Harte Research Institute and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employers. John.Gold@tamucc.edu via Gmail

Dear members I am a PhD student working on population genomics of freshwater shrimp, Paratya australiensis. I am trying to extract high quality, high molecular weight DNA (~3ug, >50kb); from Paratya for RAD-sequencing. I have tried different extraction methods on fresh and frozen samples so far, e.g. Spin-Column extraction, CTAB extraction and Salt extraction. Besides, I have also tried an extended gDNA extraction procedure by incorporating a salting out step prior to phenol/chloroform cleanup. But unfortunately these methods have all produced what appears to be a smear of degraded DNA rather than high molecular weight band on agarose gels. Can anyone suggest me any other procedures that might help? Thanks. Sharmeen Rahman PhD student, Australian Rivers Institute Environment 2 Building N13, 2.02A, Nathan Campus Griffith University, 170 Kessels Road, Nathan QLD 4111 Tel: +61 7 3735 57711, Fax: +61 7 37357459 email:sharmeen.rahman@griffithuni.edu.au Sharmeen Rahman via Gmail