There will be a special seminar this Thursday (1oth) from 1-2pm in the D-floor common room, by Professor Mike Singer. Mike is nothing short of a living legend, having studied butterfly ecology and evolution in California for >40 years. It should be a refreshing display of integration of ‘old school’ and modern approaches to biology. Title etc. below.
Hope to see you there.
Patterns in space and time: a geographic mosaic of host association and six independent host shifts by a Californian butterfly
Mike Singer, Plymouth University
My name is Clarissa and I’m Brazilian. I am going to start my PhD with Dr. Patrik Nosil in October and I am looking for a room in a student flat, or for some people to share a place. Does anyone live in a flat with a spare room or know about somebody looking for a flatmate? If you do, please send me an email (email@example.com).
Thank you very much!
Vera Domingues, the lead editor for ecology and evolution at Nature Communications, will be visiting APS this Thursday the 26th. At 1pm in the D-floor common room she will give a presentation about the journal – all are welcome.
A 3-year PhD studentship is available in APS, in Sheffield. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Patrik Nosil at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please spread the word!
Project title: Genetic and Epigenetic Mechanisms for Ecological Change
Eligibility: Home/EU applicants with an upper second-class degree in a relevant subject
A three-year PhD opportunity funded by the Royal Society of London is available to use a combined experimental and genomic approach to study the origins of ecological novelty in plant-feeding stick insects (genus Timema). The project will be conducted under the supervision of Dr. Patrik Nosil in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences at the University of Sheffield.
The project tackles a crucial issue in our understanding of biodiversity: what genetic mechanisms allow for the successful colonisation of new environments, and thus the origins of ecological novelty? In this context, two non-mutually exclusive hypotheses will be tested. The first more classical hypothesis is that populations already harbor an abundance of pre-existing genetic variation. Thus, when a population is subjected to a new environmental regime, some subset of individuals already harbors genetic variants that allow for success in the new environment. A second hypothesis concerns aspects of non-genetic inheritance, such as epigenetic variation (defined as changes to the genome that do not involve a change in nucleotide sequence, often linked to gene expression). Epigenetic variation may allow individuals to rapidly express phenotypes that match the environment, promoting population persistence. The project approach will be to quantify genetic variation in the ability to use novel environments using quantitative genetic and genomic mapping methods, and to quantify epigenetic variation using methylome sequencing. The study system is Timema stick insects, which have repeatedly undergone ecological shifts between host plant environments.
Owen Osborne is a visiting PhD student from Petrov’s lab in Oxford who will be spending some time in APS and my lab from mid-February into April. He needs accommodations so if you know of anything please contact him at:
The topic areas are: genomics of ecologically relevant traits, eco-evolutionary dynamics of species interactions, and evolutionary responses to changing environmental conditions.
ETH Zurich is building a new NCEAS inspired synthesis centre… postdocs would have a lot of independence, and would have great colleagues in the local area. The salaries are swiss, and there is a good annual research budget for the fellowships.
There also open PhD positions available.
There is an exchange student who will be in Sheffield Sept-Feb and volunteering in my lab who is looking for accommodation. If you know of anything, please contact her (Lena Jeanson) at the following email:
Just a note that there is a workshop in Vigo this fall, organized in part by APS alumni (and friend) Juan Galindo. Although it is focused on marine organisms, the topics tackled should apply well across organisms (particularly the data handling and analyses bits). Victor will be running a hands-on tutorial as part of the workshop. More info can be found here:
There is a meeting on plant evolution in Edinburgh in September.
I will be attending as a zoologist, but will speak on some plant genomic data we have (after all, I work on PLANT feeding insects…).
Please share with anyone who might be interested. The initial registration deadline is August 4th.