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Come to NZ!

Hi everyone!

I am missing you all and very keen to keep up collaborations with the Mol Ecol Lab. So, if you are thinking about your next step please consider collaborating with me in Auckland, perhaps by
-applying for a fellowship e.g. Marie Curie (we can make a good case for e.g. NZ offering excellent learning opportunities in quantitative genetics)
-applying for some money for a short term visit (e.g.,, or from UK institutions such as the Royal Society
-stopping by after a conference “nearby”
-thinking about PhD studies abroad (e.g. Commonwealth scholarships are likely to be offered to UK citizens wanting to come to NZ, see, Auckland offers PhD scholarships open to international students:

I am currently developing projects working with some wonderful NZ species including hihi and Stewart Island robin – in particular, I am very interested in the genetic basis of quantitative traits in these populations and how this might constrain the adaptive response of the species e.g. in response to climate change.

Please pass on my contact details to any postdocs or students who might be interested in collaborating and we can investigate funding opportunities together.

Anna Santure

P.S. It goes without saying that social visits are welcome any time!

NERC PhD studentship available on the New Zealand hihi

An exciting NERC DTP studentship is available on understanding the evolutionary forces shaping immune genes in hihi, supervised by Patricia Brekke at the Institute of Zoology. Please pass on to anyone who might be interested!

For further information contact Patricia Brekke,


PhD position: behaviour, ecology and evolution of cichlid fish, University of Groningen

Job description
The Behavioural Biology Group at the University of Groningen offers a PhD position for a project on speciation mechanisms in African cichlid fish. The prospective PhD student will be part of the new research team of Dr. Martine Maan. This team investigates how ecological selection and sexual selection interact during species divergence. The PhD student will conduct a research project on Lake Victoria cichlids, investigating the genetic basis of visual adaptation to underwater light conditions and its consequences for the development and evolution of visually guided behaviours and sexual signals. Ultimately, we aim to understand how divergent adaptation translates into reproductive isolation. The project involves extensive behavioural experimentation, molecular analysis of visual pigments (sequencing, qPCR, HPLC) and perceptual modeling. The project may also include field work in East Africa.

For the complete job description, see (vacancy number 213226). You may apply for this position until 11 November 2013

farewell to the kiwis – Wednesday 30th 5-8pm, Interval

Hi all!

we will be having some leaving drinks at Interval tomorrow (Wednesday) night, we’d love to see you there! We will try to be there around 5pm but unfortunately will probably only stay till 8ish (packing, packing, packing…!). Please pass on the invite!

You are also all most welcome at our flat on Saturday night – more details to follow!

Anna and Mark 🙂

Job: Seychelles warbler database co-ordinator

Love data, MS Access and biology?

The Seychelles warbler project is hiring a database co-ordinator:

Please forward to anyone you think might be interested and email me (h.dugdale [at] if you have any questions!

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>Thanks Jamie, but no need to worry – we have moved on to using Miseq sequence data,

Roller Derby Saturday Night

Sheffield Steel Rollergirls are yet again thrilled to announce our clash of the big wildcats in INTRALEAGUE, our awesome late night roller derby experience for Sheffield.

Watch the mighty Death Leopards take on the fearsome Steel Panthers in our special evening intraleague bout. RARRR!!!

Accustomed to our family friendly, daytime bouts? Prepare yourself for a wilder experience – this event is 18+ only, and we’ll be putting on some pretty sweet drinks deals to celebrate.

Tickets are £5 (NUS £3) on the door for the Roller Derby, AFTERWARDS take to the floor for an AWESOME ROLLER DISCO til late (£2 for all skaters – hire available)

Drinks offers at the bar – Super cool music DJ.

Happy Birthday AK

Now riding with 44 horse power and still ploughing!!!Now riding with 44 horse power and still ploughing!!!

dates for your diaries – the kiwis are flying home

Hi all,
Mark and I are leaving Sheffield on the 4th November and would love to say goodbye to you all before we go.
We are planning a farewell night at Interval after my last day on Wednesday 30th October and it would be amazing to see you all there!
You are also all most welcome to our empty flat on Saturday 2nd November. The packers collect everything on the 1st so if you want to be classy and drink your wine / beer / gin from a glass instead of the bottle you will have to bring your own. Oh and also a cushion if you would like to sit down. We are fairly likely to still have toilet paper.
For everyone that I might miss seeing before I go – it has been amazing to work in the Molecular Ecology group, I have learnt so much from all of you and it has been a joy to get to know you and form lifelong friendships and collaborations. I don’t think I’ll ever find such a fantastic group of colleagues again!
You are all welcome anytime to visit us in Auckland!!!
Anna 🙂

Lunch Thursday 17th October

Hi All

Would love you to come to the Devonshire cat for lunch with me on Thursday 17th October. 12.30 there or meet in the entrance way at 12.15 to walk down together. I haven’t left Sheffield completely…… but my contract expires at the end  of that week so I wont be about as much, just paper writing and job applications.