Author Archives: Mauricio Montano-Rendon

Lab meeting tomorrow 1st September, 11.30 am, Common Room

Dear all,

This is a reminder about the the next Molecular Ecology Lab meeting. It will be tomorrow Tuesday 1st September at 11.30 am in the Common Room, D floor, Alfred Denny Building. Katherine Booth Jones will present a talk entitled:

Petrel Soup: gene flow in Pterodroma petrels between ocean basins

Kat is a final year PhD student working at the Institute of Zoology in London. Her PhD is on the at-sea distribution of a hybrid complex of petrels (cousins to the albatross) breeding in the Indian Ocean off the tropical island of Mauritius. Her work at NBAF hopes to classify individuals from Round Island and its potential source populations based on microsatellite genotyping, and use this data to investigate gene flow and the effects of genetic background on the at-sea dispersal of these petrels.

All the best
Mauricio

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Mauricio Montaño-Rendón
Ph.D. student

Lab meeting TOMORROW June 2nd, 11:30 am, Common Room

Dear all,

Please remember the Mol Ecol lab meeting tomorrow Tuesday 2nd June at 11:30 am in the Common Room, D floor, Alfred Denny Building. Takeshi Kawakami will give a talk about “Recombination landscape and genomic landscape of differentiation in Ficedula flycatchers”. Taki is a visiting researcher from Uppsala University, Sweden, and is working with Roger Butlin. He will be at APS for 2 years to work on sex chromosome evolution in Australian morabine grasshoppers.

All the best
Mauricio

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Mauricio Montaño-Rendón
Ph.D. student
Animal and Plant Sciences
University of Sheffield
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REMINDER – Lab meeting: tomorrow 5th May, 11:30 am, Common Room

Dear all,

Paul Parsons will give a talk at the next Molecular Ecology Lab meeting, which will be TOMORROW 5th May at 11:30 am in the Common Room, Alfred Denny Building, D floor.

Title: Functional morphological diversity in Lake Malawi’s ‘prototype’ cichlid: A case for the flexible stem model of adaptive radiation?

Paul’s talk will be based on his PhD research with Dr. Martin Genner at the University of Bristol. The talk will focus on Astatotilapia calliptera, the putative ancestor of the Lake Malawi Haplochromine cichlid flock. He combines population genetics, geometric morphometrics and dietary analysis to ask questions about the effect of environmental stability on morphological divergence and the importance of a flexible stem for adaptive radiation. Paul is currently working on sweat bees at the University of Sussex with Prof. Jeremy Field.

Remember that everyone associated with this lab is eligible to give a talk at these monthly meetings. Available dates are found here (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1UBh11h1drNq3xbEzktjgSx86vnThd8Jb3l3IuDGrnpc/edit?usp=sharing), please contact me should you wish to take a slot. Follow this link (https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=sheffield.ac.uk_96ghmc3p3goggia2fqmcvuu9t8@group.calendar.google.com&ctz=Europe/London) to check/subscribe to the meetings calendar.

As usual, please let me know of any new people in your groups.

All the best,
Mauricio


Mauricio Montaño-Rendón

PhD Student
m.montano@sheffield.ac.uk

Lab meeting: 5th May, 11:30 am, Common Room

Dear all,

Paul Parsons will give a talk at the next Molecular Ecology Lab meeting, which will be on Tuesday 5th May at 11:30 am in the Common Room, Alfred Denny Building, D floor.

Title: Functional morphological diversity in Lake Malawi’s ‘prototype’ cichlid: A case for the flexible stem model of adaptive radiation?

Paul’s talk will be based on his PhD research with Dr. Martin Genner at the University of Bristol. The talk will focus on Astatotilapia calliptera, the putative ancestor of the Lake Malawi Haplochromine cichlid flock. He combines population genetics, geometric morphometrics and dietary analysis to ask questions about the effect of environmental stability on morphological divergence and the importance of a flexible stem for adaptive radiation. Paul is currently working on sweat bees at the University of Sussex with Prof. Jeremy Field.

Remember that everyone associated with this lab is eligible to give a talk at these monthly meetings. Available dates are found here (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1UBh11h1drNq3xbEzktjgSx86vnThd8Jb3l3IuDGrnpc/edit?usp=sharing), please contact me should you wish to take a slot. Follow this link (https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=sheffield.ac.uk_96ghmc3p3goggia2fqmcvuu9t8@group.calendar.google.com&ctz=Europe/London) to check/subscribe to the meetings calendar.

As usual, please let me know of any new people in your groups.

All the best,
Mauricio


Mauricio Montaño-Rendón

PhD Student
m.montano@sheffield.ac.uk

Lab meeting: Tue 7th Apr, 11:30 am, Common Room

Dear all,

The next Molecular Ecology Lab meeting will be on Tuesday 7th April at 11:30 am in the Common Room (D floor, Alfred Denny Building). The two speakers are:

René E. van Dijk. “Causes and consequences of sociality”. René is a postdoc in Ben Hatchwell’s group, working on the evolution of cooperation in sociable weavers. Kin selection, kin recognition and inbreeding avoidance are things he is currently working on.

Ludovic Duvaux. “Inferring the speciation history of the pea aphids: insight from shared genetic diversity”. Ludovic is a postdoc in Roger Butlin’s group. He is mainly interested in understanding the genomic architecture of speciation and in inferring the demographic/phylogeographic history using various biological models (house mouse, pea aphid, pine species, bedbugs, nautilus). To these purposes, he uses population genetics and especially coalescent-based modelling to explain patterns of genetic/genomic diversity. Since recently, he is also highly interested in the evolution of copy number variation in populations and its putative role in local adaptation and speciation.

Please contact me should you wish to give a talk, available dates can be found here (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1UBh11h1drNq3xbEzktjgSx86vnThd8Jb3l3IuDGrnpc/edit?usp=sharing). A volunteer for May 5th will be greatly appreciated since there is no speaker at the moment. Remember that you can see/add the calendar with the dates of the future meetings (https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=sheffield.ac.uk_96ghmc3p3goggia2fqmcvuu9t8@group.calendar.google.com&ctz=Europe/London).

Finally, as usual, please let me know of any new members to be added to the email list.

Kind regards,

Mauricio Montaño-Rendón
(m.montano@sheffield.ac.uk)

PhD Student
Animal and Plant Sciences
University of Sheffield

Looking for travel buddy to Evolution 2015 Brazil

Dear all,

I am planning to attend the Evolution conference in Brazil at the end of June 2015. If anyone is interested in joining me for the travel please contact me (m.montano@sheffield.ac.uk).

Mauricio Montano-Rendon

Lab meeting TOMORROW Tuesday 3rd March at 11:30 in the Common Room

Dear all,

The next Molecular Ecology Lab meeting will be TOMORROW Tuesday 3rd March at 11:30 in the Common Room, D floor, Alfred Denny Building. There will be two speakers:

Russell Hall. “Evolution of Ecological Diversity in Shady Grasses”. He is a PhD student and NBAF-S visitor with Colin Osborne. His work is on the evolution of diversity and photosynthesis in grasses using phylogenomic and comparative methods.

Susana Freitas. “Hybridisation patterns between sexual and asexual species”. She is a PhD student in Portugal, co-supervised in Sheffield by Roger Butlin. Her work is on phylogenetics and evolution of a group of parthenogenetics lizards.

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A couple of technical announcements regarding the organisation of the meetings:

1) I have created a Google Calendar so that everyone always knows when and where the meetings will be held. Follow this public link (https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=sheffield.ac.uk_96ghmc3p3goggia2fqmcvuu9t8@group.calendar.google.com&ctz=Europe/London) to see it. If you want to add it to your Google account (which you might do), then follow the link on the bottom-right corner of the window that opens. If you are logged in, then click on “Yes, add this calendar” on the next window.

2) Also, I have created a Google Sheet so that everyone always knows the updated availability of slots to give a talk. If you want to add it to your Google account (which again you might do), then make sure that you are logged in using your preferred Google account before following this public link (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1UBh11h1drNq3xbEzktjgSx86vnThd8Jb3l3IuDGrnpc/edit?usp=sharing) to see it.

If you have multiple Google accounts, then please be conscious about which Google account you add this calendar and sheet to, so that you know where they are and don’t miss out important information. Please let me know of any technical problems.

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Finally, a reminder about the description of the meetings (especially for the new people):

A typical meeting consists of two speakers giving a 30-min talk each about their work, which can range from the initial planning of a project to the discussion of completed ones. If you are new in the lab, this is a great opportunity to introduce yourself and tell the group more about your research interest and projects. If you have been a member of the lab for longer, then this is a great opportunity for you to receive useful feedback and help about issues you might be struggling with. EVERYONE associated with the lab is welcome to give a talk.

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Please contact me (m.montano@sheffield.ac.uk) should you wish to give a talk.

All the best,
Mauricio


Mauricio Montaño-Rendón

PhD Student
Animal and Plant Sciences
University of Sheffield

Lab meeting TODAY, 3rd Feb, 1130-1230, Common room

Dear all,

Please remember the lab meeting TODAY 3rd February at 1130-1230 in the Common Room (D floor). The two speakers will be:

Marjorie Lundgren. “Investigating intraspecific physiological diversity to understand complex trait evolution”. She did her PhD with Colin Osborne studying photosynthesis. She will present some of the work in her thesis.

Isabel Winey. “Peas in a pod: how do nestling interactions shape personality?”. She is a final-year PhD student with Terry. She is studying personality in house sparrows from Lundy.

Available dates to give talks are:
– April 7th
– May 5th
– June 2nd
– July 7th
– August 4th
Please contact me (m.montano@sheffield.ac.uk) should you wish to give a talk.

Kind regards,

Mauricio


Mauricio Montaño-Rendón

PhD Student
Animal and Plant Sciences
University of Sheffield

Lab meeting: Tuesday 3rd February 1130-1230 Common Room

Dear all,

The next molecular ecology lab meeting will be on Tuesday 3rd February at 1130-1230 in the Common Room (D floor). The two speakers will be:

Marjorie Lundgren. “Investigating intraspecific physiological diversity to understand complex trait evolution”. She did her PhD with Colin Osborne studying photosynthesis. She will present some of the work in her thesis.

Isabel Winey. “Peas in a pod: how do nestling interactions shape personality?”. She is a final-year PhD student with Terry. She is studying personality in house sparrows from Lundy.

Available dates to give talks are:
– April 7th
– May 5th
– June 2nd
– July 7th
– August 4th
Please contact me (m.montano@sheffield.ac.uk) should you wish to give a talk.

Kind regards,

Mauricio


Mauricio Montaño-Rendón

PhD Student
Animal and Plant Sciences
University of Sheffield

NO lab meeting in January

Dear all,

There will be NO lab meeting this month. Next session will be on February 3rd at 11:30 in the common room.

Please remember that as a member of the lab everyone is expected to give at least one talk. Get in contact with me (m.montano@sheffield.ac.uk) should you wish to present your work. Available 30-min slots are on:

April 7th
May 5th
June 2nd
July 7th

Kind regards,

Mauricio


Mauricio Montaño-Rendón

PhD Student
Animal and Plant Sciences
University of Sheffield