Category Archives: Ecology

Picnic in the park relocated to pub – Tuesday 28th

Hi all! Juan and my picnic sadly looks like it will be rained out – so we will try the pub and then can make plans for dinner from there (either eating there or going elsewhere).

We will head to Doctors Orders (the old West End) after work (5-5.30ish).

See you all soon!

Anna Santure and Juan Galindo

Photo session Common Room Today 2-3pm

The department will be having a digital photo board installed in the near future. Please pop along and have your photo taken by the Faculty photographer, Ron Adams, in the Common Room at the following times:

today 2-3pm
Tuesday 28th July 11:00-12:00
or last chance =
Thursday 30th July 11:00-12:00

We will leave a list of names in the Common Room and it will be most helpful if you could tick your name off when you have had your photograph taken or add it if missing, and if you are a Facility visitor please put “NBAF visitor” after your name.


Picnic in the park – Tuesday 28th

Hi all! Juan and I will both be in Sheffield early next week and we thought it would be awesome to catch up with everyone for a picnic after work on Tuesday 28th (thanks Jess for the outdoor idea!).

We really hope you can all make it (also, if someone could please pre-order some sunshine that would be much appreciated)!

Anna Santure and Juan Galindo J

Who wants broad beans?

Hi all,

I’ve got spare (unused) broad beans from my aphid sampling. I don’t need them any longer and thus wonder if anybody would like to take them/some for their gardening rather that I throw them away.

They are of course aphid free (well for the moment, as long as they are not in a real garden) and are of the ‘Sutton’ dwarf variety.

Please let me know by Thursday if you want some as I’ll throw them away on Friday (



The hihi conservation project ( is looking for someone to help with microsatellite genotyping of around 800 hihi (stitchbird; Notiomystis cincta) blood and feather samples. The work will take around 4 weeks full time, hopefully from around mid October. We are happy to discuss working part time (although it would be great to have the samples done by the end of the year). The labwork will be based at the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, in the lovely Regent’s Park.

For more details please contact Patricia Brekke ( or Anna Santure (

bat project- crowdfunding

Interested in helping this project? Or maybe thinking about crowdfunding your own research?

PhD position

Dear colleagues,

due to some leftover funding being available at our University, I have an opening for a PhD position in my “group” (it’s just me for now), and a great project: to work on phylogeography and population structure of Apodemus flavicolis and sylvaticus (yellow-necked and wood mice) using high-throughput genotyping, in collaboration with Dr Karol Zub in the Mammal Research Institute in Bia?owie?a, Poland.

This is a fully-funded 3-year PhD project with extra money for research and is co-supervised by Dr Dougie Clarke and embedded in the Evolutionary Genetics Research Group here at Huddersfield. The funding is only available to EU students.

I would be very grateful if you could spread the news far and wide, as there is not much time left: deadline is July 10th.

All the information is here:
The official advert by the University is here:

Thanks a lot!

IEOS2015 – DEADLINE EXTENDED to 19 June 2015

University of St Andrews
6-8 July 2015

Training workshops 6th July=
Gene expression analysis
Metabolomics workshop
Restriction-site Associated DNA (RAD) Data Analysis
eDNA & metabarcoding

1) it is possible to register for a workshop only (and not for the main conference).

2) that these workshops are free (no charge) if you just register for a workshop only (and not for the main conference).

If you are interested to just register for a workshop only – please go to this page

Welome to Ghaniya and Gracie

Welcome to Ghaniya Bi and Gracie Adams who Have joined the lab for a couple of months to work on the bee-eater and acorn woodpecker projects. Ghaniya and Gracie will be doing some DNA extractions and microsatellite genotyping supervised by Natalie.

Molecular and Genome Evolution Meeting – Manchester, Mon 15th

There are apparently a few more spaces for attendees at this meeting in Manchester next Monday.

I think you can email the organiser, Chris Knight, to register.

Details here: