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October 15, 2014

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*MS position*: A graduate research assistantship position (TA funded) is available in the lab of Dr. Matt Hale in the Biology Department at Texas Christian University starting in August 2015. The student will develop a MS project on the genetic basis of complex phenotypic traits. Some possible research projects include questions relating to the genetic basis of migration in salmonid fishes, and the presence and identity of genes showing patterns of sex-bias in expression, also in the salmonid fishes. The applicant should have some previous lab experience, including DNA extraction, PCR amplification, and DNA sequencing. Ideally, the candidate will also have experience with RNA extraction, cDNA synthesis and bioinformatics, although training in these areas will be provided. Interested applicants should send a CV, a cover letter describing their research interests and reasons for applying, and the names and contact details of two potential referees. Review of applications will begin on December 1st 2014. Please send inquires and applications to Matt Hale (m.c.hale@tcu.edu) Interested students are encouraged to view the Biology Department website (http://bit.ly/1qrsWeV) for more information on the graduate program. Matt C. Hale, PhD Assistant Professor, Biology Department Texas Christian University 2800 S University Drive Fort Worth, Texas 817-257-8707 “Hale, Matthew” via Gmail
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PhD student position in Ethology at the Department of Zoology. Reference number SU FV-2909-14. Deadline for applications: November 20, 2014. Project description We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student with an interest in evolutionary biology and behavioral ecology to take part in the research project “Life-history variation, behavior and methylation patterns”, funded by the Swedish Research Council. The aim of the project is to investigate the association between methylation patterns and variation in life-history traits and behavior across species. Methylation is one of several epigenetic inheritance mechanisms, which may play an important role in phenotypic plasticity and genetic accommodation. Understanding epigenetic effects has implications for core evolutionary processes such as heritability, maintenance of genetic variation and speciation. Still, we have only a rudimentary understanding of how evolutionary processes are affected by these epigenetic effects. The project involves a combination of modern phylogenetic comparative methods and experimental approaches to analyze the association between methylation and inter-specific variation in life-history and behavior using killifish (Cyprinodontiformes) as a model system. The selected candidate will gain experience in modern phylogenetic comparative methods, experimental design, molecular analyses and statistics. This is an ambitious project which will be demanding and require excellent organization and analytical skills. However, we think it will also be very rewarding and exciting. The candidate will be based in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden and a beautiful and vibrant Scandinavian city. Since one of the PIs of the project has a joint affiliation between Stockholm University and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, research visits to the later, in Mexico City, another vibrant and diverse city with plenty of cultural offer, are also highly likely. The proposed project combines the different areas of expertise of the two principal investigators, who will jointly supervise the candidate. Alejandro Gonzalez Voyer is interested in phenotypic evolution and speciation, topics that are mainly addressed using modern phylogenetic comparative methods. Björn Rogell has a broad interested in environmental stress, local adaptation and phenotypic plasticity. Qualifications To be qualified for research studies in ethology the applicant must have completed a research degree (e.g. Master’s), or have passed at least 120 hp (2 years) of biological studies, including an approved independent project of at least 30 hp at advanced level (“examensarbete”) within ethology, evolutionary biology or related subjects. Applicants who have in principle acquired the corresponding competence in Sweden or abroad are also qualified. Criteria for selection Among qualified applicants, selection is made according to the ability to benefit from the studies. The criteria to be used are properly documented competence within the described research area, capabilities with regards to speaking and writing in English (note that English is the working language in the groups), analytical thinking, organizational skills, creativity, initiative, independence, and team work performance. Experience with statistical analysis and molecular data is an advantage. The applicant’s earlier experience within the field of research can be of relevance especially when further documented by university courses, independent research works, personal references, interview and an application indicating the applicant’s motivations in written form. Terms of employment The PhD studies include 48 months of full-time studies with employment as PhD student. The salary currently starts at 23.700 SEK/month. Stockholm University aims to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for everyone. Information For further details, please contact Dr. Alejandro Gonzalez Voyer, a.gonzalezvoyer@zoologi.su.se, or Dr. Bjorn Rogell, bjorn.rogell@zoologi.su.se, at the Department of Zoology. Union representatives Anqi Lindblom-Ahlm (Saco-S) and Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST), telephone: +46 8 16 20 00 (switchboard), and Gunnar Stenberg (SEKO), telephone: +46 70 316 43 41. Application The application should contain: personal presentation and letter of intent/motivation: maximum one A4-page CV (including methodological skills) copy of independent project thesis copies of degree certificates and transcripts of academic records (attested) two reference letters and contact details for these academic referees. Please send your application, marked with the reference number SU FV-2909-14, no later than November 20, 2014, by e-mail to: registrator@su.se. Documents sent by e-mail should be in Word or PDF format. NOTE! State the reference number SU FV-2909-14 also in the subject line of your e-mail. via Gmail

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The Department of Biology at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY seeks outstanding candidates for a tenure-track ASSISTANT PROFESSOR in the area of MICROBIAL ECOLOGY. This includes but is not limited to the study of human and non-human animal microbiomes and the ecology and evolution of disease, symbiont-host interactions, and extremophile communities. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an independent, extramurally funded research program that complements growing research strengths within the Department and across a highly interactive life science community at the university, as well as participate in undergraduate and graduate education in microbiology. The startup package will include a competitive salary in an affordable community, a generous startup budget, modern laboratory facilities and an outstanding collegial environment. A Ph.D. (or equivalent) and postdoctoral research experience are required. Send cover letter, *curriculum vitae*, statements of research and teaching philosophy and three letters of recommendation to http://bit.ly/1ru3dlq Questions regarding this position may be directed to Dr. Vincent Cassone: 859-257-6766 / vincent.cassone@uky.edu The University of Kentucky is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity University that values diversity and is located in an increasingly diverse geographic region. It is committed to becoming one of the top public institutions in the country. Women, persons with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Catherine Linnen via Gmail
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The conference *Mathematical Models in Ecology and Evolution Paris 2015 ** **http://bit.ly/1ru3dlk will host 6 selected mini-symposia, with 6 speakers each: 2 invited speakers (approx. 25’ talk) and 4 contributed speakers (approx. 15’ talk). If you consider participating in the conference, we invite you to propose a mini-symposium devoted to your favourite subject. We ask you to provide a title of your symposium, along with a short introduction to the subject and a list of (2+2 spare) invited speakers. You can propose 1 or 2 (related) mini-symposia by email to info-mmee2015@list01.biologie.ens.fr Deadline Dec 12, 2014. Decision mid-January 2015. Mini-symposia close to the following themes are especially appreciated: epigenetics and information transfer, evolution of cooperation, modelling of speciation, adaptive dynamics, individual-based models of phylogenies, microbial ecology, and adaptation in a changing environment. Once the list of 6 mini-symposia is established, a call for contributions of 3 kinds will be sent: oral contributions within a mini-symposium (6*4 = 24 slots), free oral contributions, posters (deadline April 2015). Please feel free to share this call with interested colleagues and relevant emailing lists. The organisers, Amaury Lambert (UPMC, Collge de France) Guillaume Achaz (UPMC, Collge de France) Minus van Baalen (CNRS, ENS) Silvia De Monte (CNRS, ENS) Todd Parsons (UPMC, CNRS, Collge de France) Emmanuel Schertzer (UPMC, Collge de France) PS. If you are not yet part of the MMEE list, you can check http://bit.ly/1sKt92I to find out how to receive regular information about the conference (no more than approx. 5 emails per year). You can also follow us on twitter using @MMEE2015Paris. Amaury Lambert, professeur UPMC http://bit.ly/1sKt92L SMILE group http://bit.ly/1ru3dlo Stochastics & Biology group http://bit.ly/1sKt7Ih amaury.lambert@ens.fr via Gmail

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A meeting dealing specifically with research on topics related to human mutation rates will be held at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology from 25th - 27th February 2015. URL: http://bit.ly/1v6L5Ee This meeting aims at bringing together researchers from different fields that are interested in estimating the rate of mutations in humans and apes, the application of these rates to date events in the past, the differences in male and female mutation rates, the evolution of the mutation rate, the molecular and chemical mechanisms leading to germline and somatic mutations, and other topics related to the human mutation rate. The meeting is limited to a total of 90 participants and we would like all attendees to actively participate in the meeting by presenting results and joining discussions. Interested scientists are invited to submit an application including an abstract through our application website by 15th December 2014. Suitable abstracts will be selected on a first come, first serve basis and applicants will be informed as soon as possible whether they are accepted to attend the meeting. Registration for the meeting is free of charge and includes coffee breaks and small meals during the conference. Unfortunately, we are not able to support participants by funding travel or accommodation. The meeting will start on the evening of 25th February 2015 to allow guests to fly in on the first day of the meeting. Invited Speakers: * Kelley Harris * Agnar Helgason * Jean-Jacques Hublin * Michael Lynch * Kateryna Makova * Gilean McVean (tbc) * Molly Przeworski * David Reich * Aylwyn Scally * Mikkel Schierup * Michael Stratton * Shamil Sunyaev For further information, please visit our website or contact us by email: THMR2015@eva.mpg.de capone@cap1.eu via Gmail

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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville EEB department would like to invite students, postdocs, faculty, and others to attend SEPEEG 2014! This year, the 39th annual SouthEast Population, Ecology, and Evolutionary Genetics (SEPEEG) meeting will take place at the facilities of Outdoor Adventure Rafting (www.raft.com) on October 24-26 in Ocoee, TN. This years keynote speaker will be Prof. Dr. Margret Ptacek from Clemson University. Dr. Ptacek studies processes that control genetic divergence among populations and the contributions of these processes to local adaptation and speciation. For more information and to register, please see the website below and/or locate SEPEEG on Facebook. http://bit.ly/1sQcJ88 Registration is now open: full registration is $145 for a bed in a bunkhouse or $135 for camping and covers all meals and participant costwww.raft.com) on October 24-26 in Ocoee, TN. This years keynote speaker will be Prof. Dr. Margret Ptacek from Clemson University. Dr. Ptacek studies processes that control genetic divergence among populations and the contributions of these processes to local adaptation and speciation. For more information and to register, please see the website below and/or locate SEPEEG on Facebook. http://bit.ly/1sQcJ88 Registration is now open: full registration is $145 for a bed in a bunkhouse or $135 for camping and covers all meals and participant costs. If you have questions, please email Zach Marion atzmarion@utk.edu. If you come, you will have a blast! There will be bonfires both nights, plenty of beverages, great company, and the opportunity for rafting and other opportunities on Sunday for those who are interested. It is an excellent opportunity to network, support education and research, and learn about great new science! omeara.brian@gmail.com via Gmail

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The International Society for Evolution, Medicine, & Public Health Society will be hold its inaugural meeting March 19-21 in Tempe, Arizona. Registration and abstract submission are open now. 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. Students and clinicians with an interest in the field are especially welcome. This meeting is co-sponsored by The Society and the Arizona State University Center for Evolution & Medicine. Full information on the conference site http://bit.ly/1vaNFak Registration at http://bit.ly/1vaNHis Plenary Speakers include Harvey Fineberg, Institute of Medicine, Stephen Stearns, Yale University, Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, UCLA, Sir Peter Gluckman, University of Auckland, Ann Demogines, (Omenn Award Winner) BioFire Diagnostics, Ruslan Medzhitov, Yale Other confirmed speakers 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, and Koos Boomsma, University of Copenhagen. Wednesday on March 18 Noon-5 PM is a pre-meeting for Directors of Evolutionary Medicine Programs, Centers, and Institutes, and those who are considering organizing such units. The event, organized by Randolph Nesse, Gillian Bentley, Daniel Blumstein, Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, and Frank Rhle, will provide an informal opportunity to share strategies and resources and coordinate efforts. Randolph Nesse ASU Center for Evolution & Medicine http://bit.ly/1mP32pF rmnesse@gmail.com via Gmail

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The course “Integrative taxonomy and taxonomic expertise in the framework of the DNA-barcoding initiative” will be from the 9th to the 13th of March, 2015 at the MNHN of Paris, France. This course is also part of the DEST- Taxonomy training program (http://bit.ly/1w1N7F5). The course is in English. To register, please fill the form on the website of the course (http://bit.ly/1z9pjnb) before the the 4th of January, 2015. If you have any question, please contact: Line Le Gall (legall@mnhn.fr) Nicolas Puillandre (puillandre@mnhn.fr) Sarah Samadi (sarah@mnhn.fr) Nicolas PUILLANDRE, McF MNHN, ISyEB +33 (0)1 40 79 31 73 nicolaspuillandre@gmail.com via Gmail

October 14, 2014

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Postdoctoral position: Genetics of adaptation to fluctuating environments Centre of Excellence in Biological Interactions, University of Jyvskyl, Finland. Finnish Academy funded post doc position for two years is available (from 1.1.2015) in a project led by Tarmo Ketola (Academy research fellow, PhD). The project concentrates mapping genetic changes associated with adaptation to fluctuating thermal environments vs. adaptation to constant environments (see: Ketola et al. 2013 in Evolution67: 2936-2944). This part of the project is conducted in close collaboration with Dr. Juan Galarza. Applicant must possess excellent programming skills and demonstrated experience in the use of next-generation data and a PhD from the relevant field. Backgroundin evolutionary biology isvery much appreciated, as applicant is also expected to develop independent research questions utilizing the genetic data, for example on genetic and environmental canalization and on phenotypic plasticity. Since sequenced bacterial strains (Serratia marcescens) are stored in suspended animation they can be easily used for additional experiments. The salary ranges from ca. 3000-3500 euro / month, based on the personal qualifications. Note that starting date is negotiable and PhD must be obtained before the starting date. Deadline for applications is 30. 10. 2014. (Please send CV, expression of interest, and contact details of 3 persons who can provide references, as a single pdf-file) For enquiries and submitting the applications contact: Tarmo Ketola tketola(at)jyu.fi http://bit.ly/1z9lQFe Informative/relevant webpages: http://bit.ly/1w1KG5f http://bit.ly/1awsze5 http://on.fb.me/1z9lRZV http://bit.ly/1w1KG5h tarmo.t.ketola@jyu.fi via Gmail

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Course title; ‘SPATIAL ANALYSIS OF ECOLOGICAL DATA USING R’ The course will be delivered by Jason Matthiopoulos who is a Professor of Spatial and Population Ecology at the University of Glasgow (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine) and the author of ‘How to be a Quantitative Ecologist’ the A to R of Green Mathematics and Statistics. The course content will cover the concepts and R tools that can be used to analyse spatial data in ecology covering elementary and advanced spatial analysis techniques applicable to both plants and animals. It will investigate analyses appropriate to transect (e.g. line surveys, trapping arrays), grid (e.g. occupancy surveys) and point data (e.g. telemetry). The focal questions will be on deriving species distributions, determining their environmental drivers and quantifying different types of associated uncertainty. Novel methodology for generating predictions will be introduced. We will also address the challenges of applying the results of these methods to wildlife conservation and resource management and communicate the findings to non-experts. Module 1 Introductory lectures; key questions in spatial ecology, the main types of data on species distributions, concepts, challenges and different types of environmental data; useful concepts from statistics; GLM’s Module 2 Density estimation, spatial autocorrelation, Smoothing, Kernel Smoothers, Kriging, Trend-fitting (linear, generalised linear, generalised additive models) Module 3 Habitat preference, Resource selection functions, MaxEnt: What’s it all about? Overview and caveats related to Niche models Module 4 Analysing grid data, Poisson processes, Occupancy models, Use-availability designs Module 5 Analysing telemetry data, Presence-only data, Spatial and serial autocorrelation, partitioning variation by mixed effects models Module 6 Analysing transect data, Detection functions for point and line transects, Using covariates in transect models Module 7 Advanced methods, Generalised Estimation Equations for difficult survey designs, GAM’s for habitat preference, Dealing with boundary effects using soap smoothers, Spatial point processes with INLA Module 8 Prediction, Validation by resampling, Generalised Functional Responses for species distribution, quantifying uncertainty, dealing with the effects of population density Module 9 Applications, Designing protected areas, thinking about critical habitat, representing uncertainty Module 10 Round table discussions, About 4 groups, each of 5-10 people working on a particular problem, to be worked out in advance of the course starting. 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. The course will be held at SCENE (Scottish Center for Ecology and the Natural Environment), Glasgow, United Kingdom from 16th – 20th March 2015. The cost is £450 for the 5 days including lunches and refreshments or £650 for an all inclusive option which includes the addition of accommodation, all meals and refreshments, (accommodation is multiple occupancy (max 3 people) single sex en-suite rooms). 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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A meeting dealing specifically with research on topics related to human mutation rates will be held at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology from 25th - 27th February 2015. URL: http://bit.ly/1v6L5Ee This meeting aims at bringing together researchers from different fields that are interested in estimating the rate of mutations in humans and apes, the application of these rates to date events in the past, the differences in male and female mutation rates, the evolution of the mutation rate, the molecular and chemical mechanisms leading to germline and somatic mutations, and other topics related to the human mutation rate. The meeting is limited to a total of 90 participants and we would like all attendees to actively participate in the meeting by presenting results and joining discussions. Interested scientists are invited to submit an application including an abstract through our application website by 15th December 2014. Suitable abstracts will be selected on a first come, first serve basis and applicants will be informed as soon as possible whether they are accepted to attend the meeting. Registration for the meeting is free of charge and includes coffee breaks and small meals during the conference. Unfortunately, we are not able to support participants by funding travel or accommodation. The meeting will start on the evening of 25th February 2015 to allow guests to fly in on the first day of the meeting. Invited Speakers: * Kelley Harris * Agnar Helgason * Jean-Jacques Hublin * Michael Lynch * Kateryna Makova * Gilean McVean (tbc) * Molly Przeworski * David Reich * Aylwyn Scally * Mikkel Schierup * Michael Stratton * Shamil Sunyaev For further information, please visit our website or contact us by email: THMR2015@eva.mpg.de via Gmail

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The Rosenthal lab in the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology at Ohio University, in Athens, OH is looking for independent, motivated graduate students interested in pursuing PhD in Plant Evolutionary Ecophysiology. I am particularly interested in applicants with a strong foundation in evolutionary genetics or breeding and a demonstrated interest in plant physiological ecology. The student will be expected to develop a thesis or dissertation that seeks to elucidate physiological, genetic (genomic) mechanisms constraining plant ecophysiological performance and productivity. Please contact me via email rosentha@ohio.edu prior to submitting an application. Highly qualified applicants who have completed their degrees by December 2014 could begin as early as January of 2015. To be considered for January admission a complete application must be received before November 7th, 2014. Application instructions can be found here: http://bit.ly/1vpGtuj David M Rosenthal Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Environmental and Plant Biology 309 Porter Hall Ohio University Athens, OH, 45701 740 593 0792 http://bit.ly/17d8uVu davidrosenthal2@gmail.com via Gmail

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GRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY The Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University is recruiting doctoral and master’s level graduate students for Fall 2012. The program trains students in Ecology, Evolution and Biometry. The following faculty are seeking graduate students this year: Stephen B. Baines - Aquatic Ecosystem Ecology http://bit.ly/1qZ3zk2 Michael A. Bell - Contemporary Evolution and Evolutionary Genetics http://bit.ly/15pztQp Liliana M. Dvalos - Vertebrate Phylogenetics, Biogeography and Conservation http://bit.ly/1qZ3zk7 Lev Ginzburg - Theoretical Ecology http://bit.ly/15pzwvr Catherine Graham - Tropical Vertebrate Biogeography and Ecology http://bit.ly/GPOPnC Jessica Gurevitch - Plant Population and Invasion Ecology http://bit.ly/15pzwLP Brenna Henn - Human Evolutionary Genomics http://bit.ly/1sErBY3 Jesse D. Hollister - Plant Evolutionary Genomics and Epigenetics http://bit.ly/1qZ3zAu Dianna K. Padilla - Invertebrate Aquatic Ecology and Conservation Biology http://bit.ly/GPORMk Joshua Rest - Evolutionary genomics http://bit.ly/15pzwvt Alistair Rogers - Plant Physiology and Climate Change www.bn.gov/TEST John True - Evolutionary Developmental Biology http://bit.ly/1sErCeq Kishna M. Veeramah - Primate Comparative Genomics http://bit.ly/1vGcJX0 For more information regarding the Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution see http://bit.ly/GPOPnG and http://bit.ly/15pzwvv The deadline for receipt of all application materials for the PhD program is January 15, 2015 although earlier submission is encouraged to ensure full consideration for available fellowships. The deadline for receipt of all application materials for the master’s program is April 15, 2015. The Graduate School’s Center for Inclusive Education is offering application fee waivers if a studentwww.bn.gov/TEST John True - Evolutionary Developmental Biology http://bit.ly/1sErCeq Kishna M. Veeramah - Primate Comparative Genomics http://bit.ly/1vGcJX0 For more information regarding the Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution see http://bit.ly/GPOPnG and http://bit.ly/15pzwvv The deadline for receipt of all application materials for the PhD program is January 15, 2015 although earlier submission is encouraged to ensure full consideration for available fellowships. The deadline for receipt of all application materials for the master’s program is April 15, 2015. The Graduate School’s Center for Inclusive Education is offering application fee waivers if a student has met with SBU representatives at a recruitment event and provided SBU with their contact information. For assistance, with this or other aspects of the application process, e-mail our Graduate Program Coordinator, Melissa Cohen melissa.j.cohen@stonybrook.edu. lmdavalos@gmail.com via Gmail

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next talk: David Rasmussen: Statistical inference for phylodynamics, 2014-10-16 09:00 PDT Phylodynamic methods are widely used to estimate demographic parameters and historical population dynamics from genealogies of individuals sampled from a population. In this phyloseminar, I will describe how we can understand genealogies in terms of basic demographic or ecological processes, and how these concepts can be used to develop statistical models for inference. In particular, I will discuss some similarities and differences between the two main modeling frameworks in phylodynamics: the coalescent and birth-death models. I will also briefly introduce some of the latest statistical methods currently used to fit these models to genealogies. I will end by discussing one of the main challenges facing the fiel via Gmail

October 13, 2014

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A PhD position is available in the lab of Adam Eyre-Walker at the University of Sussex to work on bacterial population genetics. The vast majority of organisms on this earth are prokaryotes and they are responsible for many of the biggest problems facing mankind, from diseases such as tuberculosis and typhoid, to hospital infections, such as those caused by methicilin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). However, despite their prevalence and importance we still have a poor understanding of bacterial population genetics. We know the genome of many bacteria is highly labile so that any two strains of a bacterial “species” share only some genes; this has led to the concept of a core genome and an accessory genome. However, the evolutionary forces that act upon both genomes have not been extensively investigated. The aim of this project is to rectify this and to look at several aspects of bacterial population genetics in over 100 bacterial species for which multiple strains have been completely sequenced. The project will involve the bioinformatic analysis of publicly available data. Students with a str ong background in evolutionary biology, genetics and/or bioinformatics are particularly encouraged to apply. The position is available to UK and EU residents only. It is fully funded for 3.5 years; funding includes fees and a stipend equivalent to the standard UK research council rate (currently 13,863 per annum). The position involves 50 hours of teaching a year. Informal enquiries should be directed to Adam Eyre-Walker - a.c.eyre-walker@sussex.ac.uk. Further details about the group can be found at http://bit.ly/11hpRZ7. Applications must be made through the University of Sussex’s clunky graduate school application system http://bit.ly/1D8yd2Q. Apply for September 2015 entry. Mention the name of supervisor in “suggested supervisor” section. In funding mention sponsored or seeking funding. In Award details mention School of Life Sciences funded studentship. Include brief statement of interest (upto 2 pages), CV, two academic references, UG/PG transcripts, IELTS/TOEFL results if residing in EU. Only full time students will be accepted. Deadline for applications is 30/11/14 via Gmail

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Two Research Fellows and two PhD positions to study the genetic and epigenetic basis of fish domestication and the early detection of aquatic invasive species We are looking for 2 Postdoctoral Research Fellows and 2 PhD students to work on an exciting project that will use a multidisciplinary, cutting-edge approach to: 1. bridge, for the first time, the behavioural, genetic and environmental (epigenetic) components of fish undergoing domestication 2. disentangle the role of domestication in disease resistance in response to stress and temperature change, and 3. model pathways of introduction and dispersal of aquaculture-related invasive species (AIS) under different environmental conditions, combining state-of-the-art methods for early detection (environmental DNA) and citizen science. The AquaWales Research Cluster combines academic (Swansea, Cardiff and Abersytwyth Universities) and non-academic participants, including stakeholders and local government involved in policy and regulation, and will target these challenges by capitalising on the diverse and complementary expertise of the group (from behavioural ecology to genomics, citizen-science and fisheries policy). We will use a multidisciplinary approach to disentangle the basis of domestication and the response to crowding (stress and parasite susceptibility), an aspect often neglected in breeding programs, and to investigate the potential effects of climate change on the risk of expansion and establishment of non-native aquatic species associated with aquaculture and fisheries using state-of-the-art methods. Research Fellow positions are available for 42 months starting approximately April 2015. Applicants are expected to match the following criteria: - Have a PhD in a relevant field (e.g. Biology, Ecology, Genetics). - Not be awarded their first PhD less than 2 years and more than 8 years prior to the starting date of the position. - Have published, confirmed accepted or in press, at least 5 papers in ISI accredited peer-reviewed journals by the starting date of the position. (Applicants with longer periods of postdoctoral experience will be expected to have proportionally higher numbers). Desirable criteria are: experience working on fish behaviour, genetics/genomics background, experience programming in R/Python • RF1: will be working on behavioural and epigenetic basis of fish domestication. RF1 will be mainly based at Swansea University developing behavioural and genetic/epigenetic methods for lines 1 & 2 of research. • RF2: will be working on the relation between domestication and disease resistance under stressful conditions crowding & disease: tilapia, salmon). RF2 will be mainly based at Cardiff University working on infection and resistance under crowding conditions and developing infection protocols, culture assay methods and performing genomic/transcriptomic analyses. PhD studentships are available for 42 months starting approximately April 2015. Applicants are expected to have a good 1st/2.1 degree in a relevant field (e.g. Biology, Ecology, Genetics). Desirable criteria are: - Molecular laboratory experience (or an interest in learning) - Knowledge of R/Python - Good statistical background • PhD1: will be based at Aberystwyth working on the gene expression underlying disease resistance in different temperature conditions under domestication conditions. • PhD2: will be based at Swansea working on the development of molecular methods for early detection of aquatic invasive species in combination with citizen science approached (e.g. mobile apps). The three Research Lines are integrated and fully collaborative among all the 3 institutions and RFs and PhD students are expected to collaborate closely in all of them. Informal enquiries can be directed to RF1, PhD2: Sonia Consuegra (s.consuegra@swansea.ac.uk)- Carlos Garcia de Leaniz (c.garciadeleaniz@swanea.ac.uk) RF2: Jo Cable (CableJ@cardiff.ac.uk) Pablo Orozco-terWengel (Orozco-terWengelPA@cardiff.ac.uk) PhD1: Joe Jackson (jaj11@aber.ac.uk) “CONSUEGRA S.” via Gmail
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Course title; ‘SPATIAL ANALYSIS OF ECOLOGICAL DATA USING R’ The course content will cover the concepts and R tools that can be used to analyse spatial data in ecology covering elementary and advanced spatial analysis techniques applicable to both plants and animals. It will investigate analyses appropriate to transect (e.g. line surveys, trapping arrays), grid (e.g. occupancy surveys) and point data (e.g. telemetry). The focal questions will be on deriving species distributions, determining their environmental drivers and quantifying different types of associated uncertainty. Novel methodology for generating predictions will be introduced. We will also address the challenges of applying the results of these methods to wildlife conservation and resource management and communicate the findings to non-experts. Module 1 Introductory lectures; key questions in spatial ecology, the main types of data on species distributions, concepts, challenges and different types of environmental data; useful concepts from statistics; GLM’s Module 2 Density estimation, spatial autocorrelation, Smoothing, Kernel Smoothers, Kriging, Trend-fitting (linear, generalised linear, generalised additive models) Module 3 Habitat preference, Resource selection functions, MaxEnt: What’s it all about? Overview and caveats related to Niche models Module 4 Analysing grid data, Poisson processes, Occupancy models, Use-availability designs Module 5 Analysing telemetry data, Presence-only data, Spatial and serial autocorrelation, partitioning variation by mixed effects models Module 6 Analysing transect data, Detection functions for point and line transects, Using covariates in transect models Module 7 Advanced methods, Generalised Estimation Equations for difficult survey designs, GAM’s for habitat preference, Dealing with boundary effects using soap smoothers, Spatial point processes with INLA Module 8 Prediction, Validation by resampling, Generalised Functional Responses for species distribution, quantifying uncertainty, dealing with the effects of population density Module 9 Applications, Designing protected areas, thinking about critical habitat, representing uncertainty Module 10 Round table discussions, About 4 groups, each of 5-10 people working on a particular problem, to be worked out in advance of the course starting. 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. The course will be held at SCENE (Scottish Center for Ecology and the Natural Environment), Glasgow, United Kingdom from 16th – 20th March 2015. The cost is £450 for the 5 days including lunches and refreshments or £650 for an all inclusive option which includes the addition of accommodation, all meals and refreshments, (accommodation is multiple occupancy (max 3 people) single sex en-suite rooms). 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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BIODIVERSITY POSTDOCTORAL POSITION IN PHILADELPHIA The Center for Biodiversity at Temple University (Philadelphia) is interested in hiring a postdoctoral scholar to conduct studies on the evolution and conservation of biodiversity and its multiple dimensions. This is a computational (bioinformatics) position where strong programming and statistical skills are required and projects will involve large data sets and large numbers of species in the tree of life, often in a global context. The work will take place in the evolutionary biology laboratory of Professor S. Blair Hedges (http://bit.ly/1vT6hvF). The lab is also part of a multi-institutional and NSF-funded Dimensions in Biodiversity group. The Center for Biodiversity is located in the new Science, Education, and Research Center (SERC building) on Temple’s main campus (http://bit.ly/10Z0cVa). It is affiliated with the Institute for Genomics and Evolutionary Medicine at Temple (http://bit.ly/YVV0zL). Members of the Center for Biodiversity include Erik Cordes, Amy Freestone, S. Blair Hedges (director), Matthew Helmus, S. Tonia Hsieh, Sudhir Kumar, Julie Marin, Robert Sanders, and Brent Sewall. We are part of a larger biodiversity and conservation community in the Philadelphia area, including researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel, Villanova, Princeton, and the Academy of Natural Sciences. Interested persons should send an e-mail to temple.biodiversity@gmail.com stating their interest in this position and briefly discussing past research experience and skills. Please attach a curriculum vitae that contains contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin on November 20th and continue until the position is filled. The start date is negotiable. Temple University is located in the heart of historic Philadelphia and is the sixth largest provider of graduate school education in the USA. Situated in close proximity to New York City and Washington DC, Philadelphia is the birthplace of America and home to many academic and research institutions as well as numerous cultural attractions. Temple University is an equal opportunity, equal access, affirmative action employer committed to achieving a diverse community (AA, EOE, m/f/d/v). via Gmail

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—Apple-Mail=_23A91202-765D-4789-AC04-30A00FC8A823 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii Hi…can you please post this under graduate positions? Thanks, Spence +++++++++++++++++++ Interested in pursuing a PhD? Come take a look at Texas A&M! The Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University, a growing and vibrant Department with stimulating and diverse research opportunities, is pleased to announce the availability of travel grants for prospective PhD students. These grants, which provide airfare (within the continental United States), hotel accommodations and a modest per diem for food, give prospective PhD students the opportunity to meet our faculty, students and staff, tour the department and campus, and explore College Station. For more information on how to apply for a PhD travel grant, please visit us at http://bit.ly/1suja1s. Spencer T. Behmer Professor Department of Entomology | Faculty of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology | Faculty of Neuroscience Texas A&M University Heep Building, room 509 College Station, TX 77843-2475 | Phone: (979) 845-7304 | FAX: (979) 845-6305 Email: s-behmer@tamu.edu | Website: http://bit.ly/1qJhU47 —Apple-Mail=_23A91202-765D-4789-AC04-30A00FC8A823 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/html; charset=us-ascii

Hi…can you please post this under graduate positions?Thanks,Spence+++++++++++++++++++Interested in pursuing a PhD? Come take a look at Texas A&M! The Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University, a growing and vibrant Department with stimulating and diverse research opportunities, is pleased to announce the availability of travel grants for prospective PhD students. These grants, which provide airfare (within the continental United States), hotel accommodations and a modest per diem for food, give prospective PhD students the opportunity to meet our faculty, students and staff, tour the department and campus, and explore College Stati on. For more information on how to apply for a PhD travel grant, please visit us at http://bit.ly/1suja1s.
Spencer T. BehmerProfessorDepartment of Entomology | Faculty of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology | Faculty of NeuroscienceTexas A&M UniversityHeep Building, room 509College Station, TX  77843-2475 | Phone: (979) 845-7304 | FAX: (979) 845-6305 Email: s-behmer@tamu.edu | Website: http://bit.ly/1qJhU47
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The Evolution lab (School of Sciences, University of Buenos Aires) has an opening for a postdoctoral researcher beginning in february 2015 (a later start is possible). The postdoc will contribute to ongoing projects that use genomic tools to address questions about the processes that generate morphological diversity. The core projects in which the successful applicant will be involved are related to the genomics of rapid adaptive evolution of genital organs. . The work involves the analysis of whole genomes and RNA-seq data in cactophilic flies of the genus Drosophila (buzzatii complex repleta group).As well as research duties, applicants are expected to write papers and train graduate students in the field of genomics. The successful applicant should have a PhD in the areas of population, evolutionary genetics and some. Prior experience with NGS data and script programming is a plus. Applications will be accepted until November 30th 2014. Applicants should a submit a CV, two references and a one page research statement to: Esteban Hasson ehasson@ege.fcen.uba.ar estebanhasson@gmail.com Esteban Hasson Dr Cs Biolgicas Dept. Ecologa Gentica y Evolucin Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales Universidad de Buenos Aires Ciudad Universitaria Pab. 2 C1428 EHA Buenos Aires Argentina Esteban Hasson via Gmail