Monthly Archives: November 2009

…take part in the Sheffield Uni. Cycle Challenge!

Register- record your trips- get entered for the prize draw!

Office 2007 corrupts MEGA files

If you have MEGA files or intend to use the MEGA sequence alignment software it might be best not to install the new Office 2007 upgrade. The upgrade seems to change the file extensions of MEGA files making them unusable. If anyone know how to retrieve these and convert them back to the original MEGA files please give me a shout.


Lecturer in Behavioural Biology
Department of Biology
 Salary Grade 8 – £35,469 to £43,622 p.a. Available immediately Ref: MBP00103  

The Department of Biology, University of Leicester is seeking a Lecturer with research interests in the genetic basis of behaviour. The successful candidate will have an excellent track record of research and will be using molecular methods to establish the genetic basis of fitness enhancing behaviours in a model species. The new lecturer will be expected to develop an active externally funded research programme and will be expected also to establish research links with a new lecturer to be appointed in the School of Psychology. The Psychologist will be working on aspects of human behaviour related to the interests of the new appointment in Biology. The post holder will contribute to and be supported by the cross-departmental research themes of Neuroscience and Behaviour and Genomic Science that have recently been established within the new College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology. The new lecturer will be expected to contribute to the teaching of evolutionary biology as part of a first year module and to a second year module in behavioural ecology. Once established, the new lecturer will be encouraged to develop or contribute to third year modules in their special area of interest.

 For further information and to apply on-line, please visit our website:  Closing Date: 20 November 2009 Promoting equality of opportunity throughout the University Times Higher Education University of the Year 2008-9

Spare room from january anybody?

Natalie, a PhD student from Bath will be starting in the lab in January and is looking for a room. She will stay several months/years to take plover population genetics to the next level.

If you have anything on offer please email her:

TAB Group meeting – postponed to next Tuesday 1pm B52

Accommodation for David Martin-Galvez

Has anyone got a room available for our David (Martin-Galvez) from the 15th of November until the 11th of December? Can you email him directly


I am looking forwards to seeing all of you again!… in spite of the bad weather!

Animal gene mappers mailing list

Hi all,

This mailing list may be of interest to some, it has a particular focus on livestock genomics. It is often used to advertise postdoc / phd positions :

The aim of the mailing list is:

ANGENMAP (ANimal GENe MAPpers) is an internet discussion and information sharing group in the broad fields of animal genome research. The purpose of the group is to promote the exchange of information related but not limited to, animal gene mapping, genetics, genomics, and bioinformaitcs. Currently there are 1731 members from over 40 countries/regions, and the mail traffic on the mailing list is about 300 posts per year. 

Anna 🙂

Birthday meal – CANCELLED


I’m cancelling my birthday this year.

OK, not really, but I am cancelling the meal/drinks on monday.

Sorry! (but there will be a party at the end of November to make up for it….watch this space)



STOCKHOLM UNIVERSITY hereby announces a

PhD POSITION IN SYSTEMATICS AND EVOLUTION (ANCIENT DNA) at the Department of Zoology, Stockholm University (placed at the Molecular Systematics Laboratory, the Swedish Museum of Natural History).

Project title: Population turnover and range dynamics during the last Ice Age

Final date for applications: November 20, 2009

Project description: The aim of this PhD project is to investigate the degree of population turnover and range fluctuation during the Late Pleistocene, and to evaluate to what extent these processes are related to the environmental changes that occurred during this dynamic period. This will be done through genetic analyses on fossils up to 50 000 years old. The resulting genetic data will be integrated with information on past distributions and climate through back-casted species distribution models. In addition, molecular analyses on faeces as well as permafrost sediments will be used to assess changes in diet through time and across space. Potential model species for the project include collared lemming, reindeer and arctic fox.

Specific topics that will be examined in the project comprise i) the timing of extinctions and demographic change in relation to past environmental change, ii) to what extent local populations tracked changes in habitat availability when faced with climate change, and iii) how changes in plant diversity affected herbivore diet through time. The long-term aim of the project is to provide increased knowledge on how habitat change drives the speciation and extinction processes and, on a more practical level, to increase the accuracy of models used to forecast the impact of future climate change on biodiversity.

The project will be done within the ancient DNA research group at the Molecular Systematics Laboratory (MSL) in the Swedish Museum of Natural History. A part of the research carried out by the PhD student will be done within the cross-disciplinary research network CLIMIGRATE, funded by the European Union’s FP7 ERA-NET program BiodivERsA. The PhD degree will be awarded in Systematics and Evolution at the Department of Zoology.

Dr. Love Dalén at the Swedish Museum of Natural History (MSL) will be the main supervisor.

Qualifications: To be qualified for research studies 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 systematics and evolution, ecology, population genetics or a similar subject. 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 profit from the studies. The criteria to be used are the applicant’s documented knowledge in subjects of relevance for the research area, ability to master language (including both spoken and written English),

analytical ability, creativity, initiative, independence and ability to cooperate. The basis for judgement of how well the applicant fulfils these criteria is: the relevance of earlier studies for the research area, grades on courses at the university level, the quality of the independent project (master thesis or “examensarbete”), references, interviews and the applicant’s letter of intent.

Previous experience in practical genetic analyses is highly desirable, and knowledge in ecology, population genetics, past climates and environments, and ecological modelling are considered as additional qualifications.

To be included in the application: Maximum one A4-page of personal presentation and your reasons for applying (letter of intent). Curriculum vitae. Copy of independent project report (master thesis or “examensarbete”). Copy of degree certificates and transcripts of academic records (all attested). Also provide a list of two persons who may act as references (with phone numbers and e-mail addresses).

Provide two copies of all documents and the thesis. To be considered, the application labelled “PhD 02/09 LDII” must have arrived at the address below by November 20, 2009.

Address to which the application should be sent:

Stockholms universitet


Zoologiska institutionen

106 91 Stockholm


Terms of employment: The research education comprises 48 months at full time. The position is financed by a fellowship (“utbildningsbidrag”) for the first years, and then continues with PhD-employment until the end of the PhD-program. Up to 20% of teaching may be included in the position. (If teaching is included, the position will be extended).

Union representatives: Bo Ekengren SACO, Lisbeth Häggberg ST, and Gunnar Stenberg SEKO. Phone: + 46 (0)8 16 20 00. PhD student representative e-mail:

For further information about the project, contact:

Assistant professor Love Dalén + 46 (0)8 519 542 81, e-mail:

Further information on the web:

Stockholm University:


The Department of Zoology:

Birthday meal


It’s my birthday next Monday (9th).  Originally, I thought I might go for a couple of drinks after work, and then a meal somewhere at 7ish (I’ve not yet decided where, but a likely contender is Raj Put in Crookes) .  It would be lovely if you’d like to celebrate with me, please let me know if you’d like to come to the meal, my email is

Thanks, Sophy