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November 18, 2014

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This is a molecular developmental biologist position, but researchers taking an evolutionary approach are invited to apply. *ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN MOLECULAR DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS BOSTON * The Department of Biology at the University of Massachusetts Boston seeks applicants for a full-time tenure track Assistant Professor in Molecular Developmental Biology to begin in September 1, 2015. The successful applicant is expected to establish an externally funded research program, direct the research of students at the doctoral, masters and undergraduate levels, and interact with a dynamic group of cell signaling molecular biologists, geneticists and colleagues in the new Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy and the Developmental Science Research Center. Applicants must have a PhD and professional experience in molecular and developmental biology or related fields and preference will be given to individuals who have a record of external funding. Applications will be particularly welcome from candidates who utilize creative experimental approaches combining molecular, cellular and developmental biology, genetics and bioinformatics, including research in model systems. Excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels is expected. Application materials must be submitted online: http://bit.ly/1He084w Please include a statement of teaching and research interests and goals, *curriculum vitae*, and 3-5 representative reprints. Applicants should also include contact information for three references. For further information, visit the Biology Department website at http://bit.ly/19EnoGn, or contact Linda Huang, Chair of Search Committee, at linda.huang@umb.edu or Rick Kesseli, Chair of Biology at rick.kesseli@umb.edu. Review of applications will begin on December 29, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. UMass Boston provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment. Doug Woodhams Doug Woodhams via Gmail
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A repeat of the course titled ‘ADVANCING IN R’ has been arranged for April 20th - 24th 2015 The content designed to bridge the gap between basic R coding and more advanced statistical modelling. The course is aimed at PhD students and post docs (although people at any stage of their career are welcome) with basic to moderate knowledge in R. It will be held at SCENE (Scottish Center for Ecology and the Natural Environment), Glasgow, United Kingdom. Course content is as follows and will be based on biological/ecological data… Module 1 Introduction & data visualization using (graphics) and (ggplot2) Module 2 Univariate regression, diagnostics & plotting fits Module 3 Adding additional continuous predictors (multiple regression); scaling & collinearity Module 4 Adding factorial (categorical) predictors & incorporating interactions (ANCOVA) Module 5 Model selection & simplification (likelihood ratio tests, AIC) Module 6 Mixed effects models in theory & practice Module 7 Generalised Linear Models (binomial and count data) Module 8 Nonlinear models (polynomial & mechanistic models) Module 9 Combining methods (e.g., nonlinear mixed effect (NLME) models & generalised linear mixed effect (GLMM) models) Module 10 One-on-one consultations/other advanced topics Cost is 385 for the 5 days including lunches and refreshments or 585 for an all inclusive option which includes the addition of accommodation, all meals and refreshments. There is also the possibility (depending on time) to have one on one sessions regarding your own data! For further details or questions please email oliverhooker@prstatistics.co.uk or visit http://bit.ly/1v1Pet4 Oliver Hooker PhD research student University of Glasgow +44 (0) 1360 870 510 +44 (0) 7966 500 340 o.hooker.1@research.gla.ac.uk Oliver Hooker via Gmail
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Dear colleagues, My co-authors and I are trying to survey which species of birds masturbate for a phylogenetic analysis. There is a pretty good literature on masturbation in mammals, but hardly anything on birds. As there are several theories about why masturbation has evolved, we would be extremely grateful if anyone who is very familiar with behaviour in a particular bird species would be willing to complete the following survey and send it back to me at: t.price@liverpool.ac.uk Many thanks, and sorry for the unusual request. Tom Price, University of Liverpool Questionnaire about masturbation in birds What we want to know: Please tell us about any bird species you have seen masturbate, or any species where you are reasonably confident you would have observed masturbation if it occurred regularly in that species. If you are expert in multiple species, it would be great if you would tell us about as many of them as you can, using multiple sheets if you want, or focus on the species you are most confident about. Feel free to answer N/A or “don’t know” to any of the questions below. The behaviour we are looking for: We define masturbation as a bird having sex with an inanimate object or their own body (e.g. beak). Birds typically masturbate by rubbing their cloaca against an inanimate object, often a rock, branch, or something in their cage. This may lead to ejaculation in males. Species of bird: Have you observed masturbation by a bird of this species (Y/N)? If not, how confident are you that you would have seen it if it occurred (very/fairly/not very/not confident)? If you did see masturbation in this species: What was the sex of the birds that masturbated (M/F/both)? Approximately how many individuals of this species have you seen masturbate? Were they in captivity (captive/wild)? Were they solitary (alone/with same sex/with opposite sex/with both sexes)? Were they hand reared (hand/parent)? Were they adult (juvenile/adult)? Do you consider the bird(s) to have been in good condition (good/bad)? Are there any other details you think we should know? Please forward your questionnaire or any questions to: Dr Tom Price: t.price@liverpool.ac.uk Tom Price Institute of Integrative Biology Biosciences Building, Crown Street University of Liverpool Liverpool L69 7ZB +44 151 795 4523 http://bit.ly/14D6GuD http://bit.ly/1xKSfyh “Price, Thomas” via Gmail
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Systematics Research Fund – 2014/15 call for applications The Systematics Research Fund is a joint fund of the Linnean Society of London and the Systematics Association. It provides grants for small-scale research projects in the field of systematics. The 2014/2015 application round is now open. The deadline for applications is Friday 16th January 2015. The SRF typically supports fieldwork expenditure, the purchase of scientific equipment or expertise (e.g. buying time on analytical equipment), specimen preparation (including the cost of temporary technical assistance), and publication costs. However, the fund is unable to cover article processing charges. Projects of a more general or educational nature may also be considered, provided that they include a strong systematic component. The fund does not provide support for attendance at scientific meetings, student maintenance or tuition fees, nor for bench fees. Projects already substantially funded by other bodies may be disadvantaged. Successful projects are selected by a panel of systematists who represent a wide range of conceptual interests and taxonomic groups. The value of any single award will not exceed £1500. Please note that the applicant named on the application form must be a current member of the Linnean Society of London or the Systematics Association to be eligible for funding. For more information, please see: http://bit.ly/1iOmTgk Dr Mark Carine Plants Division, Department of Life Sciences The Natural History Museum Cromwell Road London SW7 5BD United Kingdom Tel: 020 7942 5541 Mark Carine via Gmail
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The Taylor Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of New Mexico is seeking a Senior Lab Tech in Microbial Ecology. The lab investigates fungal biodiversity and the evolutionary ecology of plant-microbe interactions, particularly mycorrhizae and biological nitrogen fixation, using field and molecular methods. This position will involve molecular analyses related to two recent NSF grants, one investigating climate-change related disruption of grass-endophyte interactions along elevational gradients in the Rocky Mountains, the second investigating the potential for associations with mycorrhizal fungi to underlie niche-partitioning in hyperdiverse epiphytic orchid communities of Costa Rican rainforest (see award IDs 1354972 and 1355155). For more information about the lab, please see taylorlabunm.weebly.com and borealfungi.uaf.edu. The senior technician will be involved in various aspects of laboratory management, including student mentoring. The main duties will be to push forward cutting-edge plant microbiome molecular analyses. A core duty will be the preparation of amplicon libraries for NGS sequencing. There may also be opportunities to participate in fieldwork in Costa Rica and Alaska. Leadership and success in bringing projects to fruition will be rewarded with numerous opportunities for authorship on scientific publications. A bachelors degree in biology, biochemistry, microbiology or related field is required, an MS is preferred. Experience beyond the classroom with standard microbiological and molecular methods including DNA extraction, PCR and sequencing is essential. Skills in more advanced methods, especially NGS methods such as RADseq, RNAseq, or anchored-hybrid-enrichment-sequencing are desirable. Strong organizational skills and basic data management experience are also essential, while scripting/programming skills (e.g. linux system administration, Perl, PHP, python) would be a major plus. For additional information and to apply for the position, please follow this link: http://bit.ly/1uCfsCX Applications should include a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts and contact information for at least three references. Start date is flexible and position is open until filled; for best consideration, applications should be received before December 15th. The University of New Mexico is the flagship university in the state with 36,000 students and 40 PhD programs. Interactions with Los Alamos and Sandia National Labs contribute to a vigorous research climate. The main UNM campus is located in Albuquerque, a city of ~800,000 situated on the Rio Grande River at 5000 feet in elevation. Days are sunny and warm while nights are cool. At the transition between the Sonoran Desert and the Great Plains Grasslands and surrounded by mountains, Albuquerque is ideally situated for both cultural and outdoor explorations. The 10,000 foot Sandia Crest is only a 40 minute drive, while the epicurean, cultural and artistic delights of Santa Fe are only an hour away. Numerous other attractions may be found in all directions, such as Chaco Canyon, Bandolier National Park, White Sands National Monument, and many mountain ranges and ski resorts. If you have questions about the position, please email Lee Taylor at fflt@unm.edu. Donald Lee Taylor via Gmail

November 17, 2014

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—Apple-Mail=_43377C84-9CC6-4CC1-88B8-7794CEB0A618 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8 ESEB 2015 SYMPOSIUM ON SPECIATION GENOMICS Dear colleagues, We are pleased to invite you to attend/contribute to the symposium CHARTING THE GENOMIC LANDSCAPE OF SPECIATION which will be held at the 15th Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) in Lausanne, Switzerland, 10th - 14th August 2015. We welcome contributions from both empiricists and theorists interested in understanding genomic patterns of speciation. INVITED SPEAKERS - Nicolas Bierne (Institut de Sciences de l’Evolution-Montpellier, France) - Mohamed Noor (Duke University, USA) ORGANIZERS - Anja Westram (Sheffield, UK) - Mark Ravinet (NIG, Japan) - Juan Galindo (Vigo, Spain) - Rui Faria (Porto, Portugal) NB: Although only two organisers are officially listed, the idea for the symposium was conceived by a group of four people who are all contributing to its organisation. WEBSITE (Symposium No. 34) http://bit.ly/1AEbj5O DESCRIPTION: Understanding how speciation with gene flow works at the genomic level is currently a major focus of speciation biology. Genome scans between diverging populations have become widespread, demonstrating that the extent of differentiation can be quite variable across the genome. Highly differentiated regions are often interpreted as resulting from divergent selection, therefore playing an important role in speciation. This view is prominently expressed in the striking metaphor of ‘speciation islands’. Yet some debate remains. Is differentiation generated by divergent natural selection acting as a barrier to otherwise homogenising gene flow? Or by recombination rate variation and/or intrinsic incompatibilities? Might differentiation occur when gene flow ceases and local adaptation increases the rate of lineage sorting in some parts of the genome but not others? And what genomic features affect homogenising gene flow? Being able to distinguish these alternative explanations i s fundamental for understanding the genomic basis of speciation with gene flow. This symposium will explore this debate, bringing together empirical evidence from different perspectives and focusing on emerging approaches for identifying the processes that cause the rugged landscape of genomic differentiation. DETAILS: Registration for ESEB 2015 and abstract submission for all symposiums is now available at: http://bit.ly/1rIZnbW . Please be aware the deadline for submitting abstracts for both talk and posters is 10th January 2015. Please be sure to state your preference for a talk or poster when submitting your abstract. All four organisers will evaluate the submissions and we hope to finalise our selections by early March. When selecting presentations, we aim to take into account gender balance. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us (mravinet@nig.ac.jp ; a.westram@sheffield.ac.uk ) We look forward to reading your abstracts and discussing speciation with you at ESEB 2015! Mark, Anja, Juan and Rui —Apple-Mail=_43377C84-9CC6-4CC1-88B8-7794CEB0A618 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8 ESEB 2015 SYMPOSIUM ON SPECIATION GENOMICS
Dear colleagues,
We are pleased to invite you to attend/contribute to the symposium CHARTING THE GENOMIC LANDSCAPE OF SPECIATION which will be held at the 15th Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) in Lausanne, Switzerland, 10th - 14th August 2015. We welcome contributions from both empiricists and theorists interested in understanding genomic patterns of speciation.
INVITED SPEAKERS- Nicolas Bierne (Institut de Sciences de l’Evolution-Montpellier, France)- Mohamed Noor (Duke University, USA)
ORGANIZERS- Anja Westram (Sheffield, UK)- Mark Ravinet (NIG, Japan)- Juan Galindo (Vigo, Spain) - Rui Faria (Porto, Portugal)
NB: Although only two organisers are officially listed, the idea for the symposium was conceived by a group of four people who are all contributing to its organisation.
WEBSITE (Symposium No. 34)http://bit.ly/1AEbj5O
DESCRIPTION:
Understanding how speciation with gene flow wor ks at the genomic level is currently a major focus of speciation biology. Genome scans between diverging populations have become widespread, demonstrating that the extent of differentiation can be quite variable across the genome. Highly differentiated regions are often interpreted as resulting from divergent selection, therefore playing an important role in speciation. This view is prominently expressed in the striking metaphor of ‘speciation islands’. Yet some debate remains. Is differentiation generated by divergent natural selection acting as a barrier to otherwise homogenising gene flow? Or by recombination rate variation and/or intrinsic incompatibilities? Might differentiation occur when gene flow ceases and local adaptation increases the rate of lineage sorting in some parts of the genome but not others? And what genomic features affect homogenising gene flow? Being able to distinguish these alternative explanations is fundamental for understanding the genomic basis of speciation with gene flow. This symposium will explore this debate, bringing together empirical evidence from different perspectives and focusing on emerging approaches for identifying the processes that cause the rugged landscape of genomic differentiation. 
DETAILS:
Registration for ESEB 2015 and abstract submission for all symposiums is now available at: http://bit.ly/1rIZnbW
Please be aware the deadline for submitting abstracts for both talk and posters is 10th January 2015. Please be sure to state your preference for a talk or poster when submitting your abstract. All four organisers will evaluate the submissions and we hope to finalise our selections by early Marc h. When selecting presentations, we aim to take into account gender balance. 
If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us (mravinet@nig.ac.jpa.westram@sheffield.ac.uk)
We look forward to reading your abstracts and discussing speciation with you at ESEB 2015!
Mark, Anja, Juan and Rui —Apple-Mail=_43377C84-9CC6-4CC1-88B8-7794CEB0A61 via Gmail
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—Apple-Mail=_AF3DE699-850E-4B71-A123-637E71E7E8E7 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8 Dear Dr Golding, I would be very grateful if you could re-post this advert for a RA on evoldir. Best wishes, Richard Merrill Internship to study sexual conflict and diversification in Neotropical butterflies. We are seeking a research intern to work at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama from February/March 2015 for a period of approximately 6 months. The project is a collaboration between STRI and the University of Cambridge, UK. The internship will assist with experiments exploring the potential role of sexual conflict in driving warning pattern divergence in Heliconius butterflies (for more information please see http://bit.ly/18EOGKU and http://bit.ly/13gZCQc ). The intern will join a vibrant community of scientists studying the origins and maintenance of tropical diversity (see http://bit.ly/1k9tggc ). The project is based in Gamboa (central Panama) and the intern will be responsible for experiments looking at female-specific costs associated with warning colour patterns. In addition, the intern will assist with ongoing projects looking at behaviours that reduce gene-flow across the species barrier. This will involve breeding butterflies, assisting with crossing experiments and conducting behavioural assays. Applicants must be able to work independently and be committed to spending considerable time in Panama. A knowledge of Spanish and the ability to drive would be useful but not essential. A stipend of US$800/month will be provided to cover accommodation and living costs in Panama . Please send applications, or further questions, to Richard Merrill (r.merrill@zoo.cam.ac.uk ) with a CV and the names and contact details of two referees. Please use the subject header: “STRI RESEARCH ASSISTANT” before 7th December 2014. via Gmail
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Dear colleagues, It is my pleasure to announce that the SMBE satellite meeting “Investigating biological adaptation with NGS: data and models” is going to take place at the Hameau de l’toile, which is a conference center close to Montpellier (South of France). More details about the meeting are available online: http://bit.ly/1sXmWf7 The deadline for pre-registration is December 17, 2014. Michael BLUM (University of Grenoble) via Gmail

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Postdoctoral Fellow in Statistical and Computational Genomics at University of Chicago Applications are invited for postdoctoral researchers to join Dr. Xin He’s group at Department of Human Genetics of University of Chicago. The research in our lab focuses on developing and employing computational/statistical tools to identify genes and regulatory elements involved in complex diseases and to understand the mechanisms of their functions. We take highly integrative approaches combining whole exome/genome sequencing data, expression and epigenomic data, and gene networks. For more information of our research, please visit: http://xinhelab.org. Some potential projects include: (1) Statistical methods for mapping disease genes from whole genome sequencing data, incorporating biological annotations of both coding and non-coding sequences. (2) Identification of transcriptional regulatory networks underlying human diseases. (3) Analysis and utilization of systems genetic data, such as expression or DNA methylation QTL, in the context of studying diseases. The applicant(s) is expected to hold a doctoral degree in a related field, such as computational biology/bioinformatics, population and statistical genetics, (bio)statistics or computer science. Candidates with a degree in biological sciences are also encouraged to apply if they have demonstrated experience in computational or statistical work. The start date for this position is flexible and the salary will be competitive. Please send your CV and a list of three references to xinhe@uchicago.edu. Candidates are welcome to include one or two of their best published or preprint manuscript(s). xinhe2@gmail.com via Gmail

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Applications are invited for two PhD studentships eligible for NERC funding: (1) Evolutionary rescue in the face of climate change? Testing for local adaptation at the southern range margins of European butterflies (Supervisors; Dr Jon Bridle, University of Bristol, Dr Rob Wilson, University of Exeter) (2) The role of habitat heterogeneity in climate-proofing conservation: integrating effects of microclimate on population dynamics and local adaptation (Supervisors: Dr Rob Wilson, University of Exeter, Dr Jon Bridle, University of Bristol) Please see: http://bit.ly/18aRVQe and http://bit.ly/11ignMC and below for more details of these projects, and the application procedure. These studentships will be competitively awarded, and fully funded, and are open to all EU applicants. However, funding for living costs as well as tuition fees is only available for UK students. The deadline for applications is 15th January 2015. Please contact Jon Bridle (jon.bridle@bristol.ac.uk) or Rob Wilson (R.J.Wilson@exeter.ac.uk) in the first instance for informal discussion. (1) Evolutionary rescue in the face of climate change? Testing for local adaptation at the southern range margins of European butterflies We are looking for a highly-motivated student to test the ecological effects of climate change on butterfly communities, and the role of evolution in increasing their resilience. Profound effects on ecosystem function are predicted as climate change generates rapid shifts in species geographical distributions. Many organisms have already contracted their ranges at equatorial margins to higher altitudes, and expanded their ranges as their poleward margins become increasingly habitable. However, these responses seem limited by rates of evolution. Although most generalist species have shifted their ranges, most specialist species remain trapped in increasingly fragmented habitats, apparently because they cannot adapt to local conditions at their ecological margins. Defining critical levels of environmental change therefore depends on understanding how easily (and how quickly) evolutionary rescue can occur at ecological margins. This project will explore evolution in European butterflies at their southern (contacting) margins in comparison to that observed at their northern (expanding) margins. Adaptive divergence may be easier at contracting margins because population sizes are initially high, making genetic variation locally available. By contrast, at expanding margins evolution may require the spread of novel mutations from distant populations, or may cause the rapid loss of adaptive variation. You will: (i) conduct butterfly and host plant surveys in central Spain, and comparing their thermal niches to our previous data; (ii) Use population genomics to test for local adaptation at contracting range margins in comparison to those involved in poleward expansions; (iii) conduct field transplant experiments to test for adaptive divergence in maternal behaviour and larval survival and and by testing larval growth rate at different altitudes. You will be based at the University of Bristol, with periods at the University of Exeter, and two field seasons in Madrid. You will receive expert training in population ecology and genomics, spatial ecology, and the application of evolutionary theory to conservation policy. (2) The role of habitat heterogeneity in climate-proofing conservation: integrating effects of microclimate on population dynamics and local adaptation There is an urgent need to understand and predict where species will persist under climate change. Conventional bioclimate models neglect the capacity of local variation in habitat (topography and vegetation structure) to drive the regional dynamics and distributions of species through their effects on local adaptation and population dynamics. This project will combine empirical databases and modelling with field and experimental work to test the importance of habitat heterogeneity for the conservation of an exemplar system, butterfly species breeding in fragmented habitats in Britain. You will: (i) Use remotely-sensed and ground-truthed vegetation information combined with fine-resolution microclimate models to develop composite maps of habitat and microclimate for the Brown Argus and Silver-studded blue butterflies in South-West England; (ii) Analyse existing population monitoring databases to test effects of modelled spatial and temporal variation in habitat and microclimate on the population dynamics of these species for the past three decades; (iii) Carry out field sampling of egg-laying sites to detect the effects of habitat heterogeneity on local ecological specialisation, and genome scans combined with association-based (Isolation-By-Adaptation) statistical approaches to identify signatures of evolutionary change. The ultimate aim will be to combine the information on habitat, population dynamics and local adaptation to model metapopulation dynamics for each species in the region under scenarios of regional climate change, and thus to identify priority sites, habitat types, or landscapes for conservation. You will be based at the University of Exeter, with periods at the University of Bristol and the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Wallingford, as well as two field seasons in South-West England. You will receive expert training in population ecology and genomics, spatial ecology, and the application of evolutionary theory to conservation policy. Dr Jon Bridle School of Biological Sciences Room 2A03, Life Sciences Building, University of Bristol, BS8 1TQ Tel. (+44) 117 394 1174 (x41174) jon.bridle@bristol.ac.uk http://bit.ly/1vgSqn7 Jon Bridle via Gmail

November 15, 2014

02:59

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We would like to invite abstract submissions for a Symposium on The Evolution of Sex Chromosomes to be held during the next ESEB Congress, Lausanne, 10-14 August 2015 The evolution of sex determination is a major question in evolutionary biology. Until recently, however, our views on sex determination and on the mechanisms driving sex chromosome evolution have been heavily based on data from only a handful of classically studied model organisms (e.g. Mus, Drosophila, Caenorhabditis, Silene), with a focus on the evolutionary consequences of recombination arrest. With the recent advent of the genomic era, this field is now experiencing an empirical renaissance, expanding at an unprecedented pace. Next-generation tools have already led to a flurry of new discoveries. Attention has broadened to non-model organisms, including algae and fungi where sex is determined at the haploid level. Studies on fish, amphibians and reptiles are imposing the view that degeneration is not the ineluctable destiny of sex chromosomes, and that the old dichotomy between genetic and environmental sex determination should be reappraised. Most importantly, the mechanisms of sex determination appear now evolutionarily much more labile than thought just one decade ago. What drives the surprising dynamics of such a fundamental process that, at the end, always leads to the same and simple output, i.e. the production of males and females? With this Symposium, we hope to gather theoreticians and empiricists working on a diversity of systems, and interested in the molecular mechanisms, ultimate causes, and evolutionary consequences of sex chromosome evolution. Our invited speakers are Doris Bachtrog (http://bit.ly/1ENqQ1E) and James Umen (http://bit.ly/1uweDva) Registration to the meeting and abstract submission are processed through the site http://bit.ly/1ENqNTG. The deadline for submission is January 10, 2015. The organizers: Susana Coelho (coelho@sb-roscoff.fr) and Nicolas Perrin (nicolas.perrin@unil.ch). Nicolas Perrin via Gmail
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A post-doctoral position is available in the lab of Michel Slotman in the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University (http://bit.ly/1q2xluC). Our lab focuses on the evolutionary and behavioral genetics/genomics of disease transmitting mosquitoes. The post-doc will conduct NIH-funded research into the genomic basis of outdoor feeding preference of the African malaria mosquito An. gambiae, using a pool-seq approach. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to ongoing research into the genetic basis of the attraction of An. gambiae to human hosts. The ideal candidate will have a background in population genetics, experience with analyzing next-generation sequencing data, and familiarity with R and Python (or Perl). The position is available for two years with a negotiable start date. To apply please send a cover letter, CV, PDFs of representative publications, and contact information for three references to maslotman@tamu.edu. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the position. The Texas A&M System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity. Michel Slotman via Gmail
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*Thanks to support from NESCent and donors, student travel awards are now available for The International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health Inaugural Meeting. **To apply see http://bit.ly/1vaNFak * *December 1, 2014 Early registration and abstract deadlineMarch 19-21, 2015 at Arizona State University* March 18, 2015 Pre-meeting for directors of evolutionary medicine programs The International Society for Evolution, Medicine, & Public Health will hold its inaugural meeting March 19-21 in Tempe, Arizona. Early registration and abstract submission are open until December 1st. Early registrants receive a substantial discount, and all fees are refundable until February 15th. This meeting will bring together scientists, scholars, teachers, clinicians, and students in the evolution and medicine community to share ideas and create new connections that will advance the field. This will be the first large open meeting designed to bridge the many different disciplines (e.g. infectious disease, genetics, clinical medicine, veterinary medicine, anthropology, psychology, etc.) where relevant research takes place. Students and clinicians with an interest in the field are especially welcome. The format will include invited speakers, shorter presentations, discussion groups and poster sessions. This meeting is co-sponsored by The Society and the Arizona State University Center for Evolution & Medicine. For full meeting information visit: http://bit.ly/1vaNFak *Pre-meeting for Directors of Evolutionary Medicine Programs, Centers, and Institutes*, and those who are considering organizing such units will be held Wednesday, March 18, 12 pm - 5 pm. Organizers include Randolph Nesse, Gillian Bentley, Daniel Blumstein, Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, and Frank Rhle. For information about the pre-meeting visit: http://bit.ly/1vaNFak *Plenary Speakers* *Harvey Fineberg *Institute of Medicine *Stephen Stearns *Yale University *Barbara Natterson-Horowitz *UCLA *Sir Peter Gluckman *University of Auckland *Ruslan Medzhitov *Yale University *Ann Demogines *(Omenn Award Winner) BioFire Diagnostics *Confirmed participants include:* Carl Bergstrom, University of Washington | Sudhir Kumar, Temple University | Daniel Lieberman, Harvard University | Gilbert Omenn, University of Michigan Allen Rodrigo, NESCent | Frank Rhli, University of Zurich | Elizabeth Uhl, University of Georgia | Robert Perlman, University of Chicago | Ajit Varki, UC San Diego | Gillian Bentley, Durham University | Bernard Crespi, Simon Fraser University | David Haig, Harvard University | Andrew Read, Penn State University Mark Schwartz, New York University | Marlene Zuk, University of Minnesota | Cynthia Beall, Case Western University | Charles Nunn, Duke University | Randolph Nesse, Arizona State University | Carlo Maley, UCSF | Athena Aktipis, UCSF | Wenda Trevathan, New Mexico State University | Matthew Keller, University of Colorado, Boulder | Lewis Wolpert, University College London | Joshua Schiffman, University of Utah | Joseph Alcock, University of New Mexico | Kathleen Barnes, Johns Hopkins University | Fabio Zampieri, University of Padua, Italy | Michael Ruse, Florida State University | Detlev Ganten, World Health Summit, Berlin | Grazyna Jasienska, Jagellonian University, Poland | Beverly Strassmann, University of Michigan | Daniel Blumstein, UCLS Mark Flinn, University of Missouri | Koos Boomsma, University of Copenhagen *Sponsor Websites*: The International Society for Evolution, Medicine, & Public Health http://bit.ly/1eXchLd and The Arizona State University Center for Evolution & Medicine http://bit.ly/1mP32pF Randolph Nesse via Gmail
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I am looking for a graduate student to work on my NSERC-funded research on the relationship between variation in sexual differentiation and personality. Research in the Hurd lab (aka the Sex and Violence Lab) centres on questions relating to the evolution of genetic, epigenetic and environmental influences on sexual development and their long-term effect on personality (along the lines spelled out in/Trends in Ecology and Evolution/.*29*:581V589 - doi:10.1016/j.tree.2014.07.008 ). The current opening is for a MSc or PhD project investigating social and environmental influences on gene regulation related to sexual differentiation during early life and subsequent life-long, and intergenerational, individual differences in brain and behaviour in a cichlid fish model. Broadly, lab members have interests in neuroscience, behavioural ecology, and/or comparative psychology, with some human personality psychology and behavioural genetics interests as well. Prospective students are expected to have a background including coursework or research experience within these fields, with behavioural ecology, neuroscience and/or genetics of particular value. Opportunities exist to pursue related side-projects related to genetics and epigenetics of sex and personality in human subjects as well. The official application deadline is 15 January 2015 for admission in September 2015, however applications will be reviewed as soon as they are complete. Earlier candidates will also have an advantage in competing for the usual departmental and University prizes and inducements. Please refer to our departmental web pages for information about our graduate program (http://bit.ly/1q2uUbo), and to my own web page (http://bit.ly/1sPJzCd) for more detailed recent information research in my laboratory. Peter L. Hurd Associate Chair, Undergrad Associate Professor Department of Psychology Centre for Neuroscience University of Alberta phurd@ualberta.ca Edmonton, Alberta http://bit.ly/1q2uUbq T6G 2E9 Canada “Peter L. Hurd” via Gmail
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The Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation is a collaboration between Northwestern University (NU) and the Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG). Both MS and PhD degrees are offered, including a new internship-based MS degree. The programs offer a unique opportunity to study ecology, evolution, and environmental issues at the interface of basic and applied plant science. Students apply to the program through Northwestern University and take their courses at both NU and CBG with faculty from both institutions. The Plant Conservation and Science Center at CBG is a tremendous resource for students, and the Chicago region provides an excellent community at the forefront of research in conservation and sustainability. Faculty research areas include: To learn more, contact the program director, Nyree Zerega (nzerega@chicagobotanic.org) or visit our websites: Graduate Program: http://bit.ly/1aIZfxC Plant Science Center: http://bit.ly/1dqeJNl Application deadlines: PhD: December 31, 2014 MS (thesis-based): February 15, 2015 MS (internship-based) Applications will be reviewed beginning February 15 and review will continue through April 30, 2014, and admissions are on a rolling basis. Nyree J C Zerega via Gmail
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Hello all (my apologies for cross posting), OTS is offering a graduate level course on Tropical Plant Systematics in Spanish for 2015. This course is an intensive, five-week field introduction to the identification, inventory, classification, and phylogenetic analysis of tropical vascular plants. This course is primarily for plant systematists but will also interest ecologists, zoologists, and conservation biologists - anyone whose research requires a broad knowledge of plant relationships and classification. Faculty: Mario Blanco, Ph.D. Universidad de Costa Rica. Lucas C. Majure, Ph.D. Desert Botanical Garden, AZ. For more information go to: http://bit.ly/1EKLyiS I would appreciate your help letting graduate students know about this opportunity. Best, Andrs Santana Graduate Education Department Organization for Tropical Studies San Pedro, Costa Rica. 676-2050 (506) 2524-0607 ext. 1511 Skype: andres.santana_otscro www.ots.ac.cr twitter: @ots_tropicaledu Andrs Santana Mora via Gmail
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*The registration to the 10th topical meeting of the Ethological Society: “Causes and consequences of social behaviour” is now open (and closes on 18th December 2014). The conference will be held at the University of Hamburg 11th-14th February 2015. * For further information and registration please visit our website: http://bit.ly/11pFOwI or contact us under info(at)ethology-hamburg-2015.de wiebkesch@googlemail.com via Gmail

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Dear colleagues, We are very happy to invite submissions to the following ESEB 2015 symposium: Forecasting Eco-Evolutionary Responses To Global Changes Our goal is to highlight current empirical and theoretical studies that mix evolutionary and ecological approaches to investigate the fate of species’ ranges or persistence under a changing environment. The 15th Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB), will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland, from August 10 - 14 2015. http://bit.ly/1rIZnbW INVITED SPEAKERS Katja Schiffers (Laboratoire d’Ecologie Alpine, Grenoble, France) http://bit.ly/1xB4Pjl Kathleen Donohue (Duke University, NC, USA) http://bit.ly/1GZC3yg ORGANISERS Frdric Guillaume (University of Zurich, Switzerland) http://bit.ly/1puEGzN Ophlie Ronce (CNRS - University of Montpellier, France) http://bit.ly/1GZC31p SYNOPSIS “Evolutionary biology is seldom seen as a predictive science mostly because evolutionary changes are traditionally expected to occur over long time scales where it becomes impossible to predict evolutionary trajectories. Current evidence for rapid adaptive changes on short time scales challenges this vision and argues for the inclusion of evolutionary responses into ecological niche modelling of shifting species’ distributions under climate changes. Ecological forecasting of future species’ ranges has been preferred based on the premise of conservatism of species’ fundamental ecological niches on the time scale of global change. The question of niche conservatism is currently intensely debated and a role for evolutionary adaptation in niche dynamics is expected. Current niche modelling predictions of species extinctions may thus be inaccurate whenever species have the capacity to adapt to novel conditions outside their niche. On the other hand, evolutionary processes may aggr avate the consequences of environmental changes on species persistence whenever the evolution of adaptive traits is limited by genetic or demographic constraints. This symposium aims at highlighting recent efforts to bring together ecological and evolutionary approaches to better understand and predict the potential responses of natural species to environmental changes and the impact of ongoing global changes on the maintenance of biodiversity.” The DEADLINE for abstract submission is January 10, 2015. Further details on ABSTRACT SUBMISSION and the conference are here: http://bit.ly/1rIZnbW Abstracts will be evaluated by the symposium organisers and will be selected for either oral or poster presentation by early March. When submitting your abstract please state your preference (talk, poster). We are looking forward to holding a very exciting symposium! Fred Guillaume & Ophlie Ronce via Gmail
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Dear colleagues, We would like to invite abstract submissions for the symposium “Novel insights in the genetics of sex-specific variation” at the ESEB 2015 conference in Lausanne. Invited speakers: - Daphne Fairbairn (UC Riverside) - Tim Connalon (Monash University) Organisers: - Elina Immonen (Uppsala University) - Holger Schielzeth (Bielefeld University) - Arild Husby (University of Helsinki) This symposium aims to bring together and showcase recent advances in our understanding of the genetics of sex-specific variation and its contribution to sexual dimorphism. Some of the specific areas of interest include identification of genetic basis for sexually dimorphic or sex-specific traits, the role of sex chromosomes in harboring sex-specific variance, the degree to which sex-specific evolution is constrained by intersexual genetic correlations and the link between sexual dimorphism at the molecular and phenotypic levels. Researchers using (quantitative) genetic, genomic and transcriptomic approaches in these fields are invited to contribute to the symposium. Please see the symposium description (no 5) at the ESEB website: (http://bit.ly/1AEbj5O) To register for the ESEB meeting and for abstract submission to this symposium please visit: http://bit.ly/1ED5KBg Deadline for submission for contributed talks and posters is 10th January 2015. Submission guidelines can be found at http://bit.ly/1zTG7yd We look forward to receiving your submissions. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us. Elina, Holger and Arild Elina Immonen, Department of Ecology and Genetics Uppsala University, Norbyvägen 18D, 75236 Uppsala, Sweden e-mail: elina.immonen AT ebc.uu.se Holger Schielzeth, Department of Evolutionary Biology Bielefeld University Morgenbreede 45, 33615 Bielefeld, Germany e-mail: holger.schielzeth AT uni-bielefeld.de Arild Husby, Department of Biosciences, University of Helsinki, PO Box 65, FI 00014 Helsinki, Finland e-mail: arild.husby AT helsinki.fi Elina Immonen via Gmail