Monthly Archives: May 2010

Accommodation needed

Hi everyone,

I hope all’s well up north.  A friend of mine is coming up to the lab for 3 or 4 weeks from early June.  Does anyone have a spare room or know of somewhere he can stay?  He’s a lovely bloke, an excellent cook and he’s housetrained!

If you know of anywhere please let me or him (Simon) know.

Many thanks,

Claire (

Simon (

Woolly mammoth talk on Monday

Monday 10 May, 1pm, BLT1
“25 years after the first quagga DNA sequences: what – if anything –
have we learned from ancient DNA?”
Michael Hofreiter, University of York


Presentation on Workflows for Scientific Computing and Sharing Using MyExperiment

Wednesday 16th June, from 1100am until 1200
Venue: Hicks Building Lecture Theatre B

Katy Wolstencroft from the School of Computer Science at The University of Manchester will talk aboout myExperiment and Taverna. myExperiment is a collaborative environment where scientists can safely publish their workflows and experiment plans, share them with groups and find those of others. Unlike Facebook or MySpace, myExperiment fully understands the needs ofthe researcher and makes it really easy for the next generation of scientists to contribute to a pool of scientific methods, build communities and form relationships – reducing time-to-experiment, sharing expertise and avoiding reinvention. myExperiment is now the largest public repository of scientific workflows.

If you would like to attend please e-mail:

Mol Ecol Techniques Training Course

Hi All,

 We are running another 4 day Mol Ecol Techniques Training Course soon – late May/Early June. We might have a couple of spare places left – if anyone wants to attend or knows anyone who wishes to attend please let me know.

Facility supported bat and Golden eagle projects in the news

Congratulations to Camille and Brian and all those involved.

April 2010 – New bat species found in the UK for the first time.

BBC News – Alcathoe’s bat discovered in Yorkshire and Sussex

The Guardian –  Tiny bat found in Britain for first time

New bat species discovered in UK for the first time


 British and Irish golden eagles are genetically uniform

Bourke, BP, Frantz, AC, Lavers, CP, Davison, A, Dawson, DA and Burke, TA. Genetic signatures of population change in the British golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos). Conservation Genetics, published online March 26, 2010, doi:10.1007/s10592-010-0076-x

10/05 Departmental seminar – Michael Hofreiter

Michael Hofreiter from York ( formerly Max Planck Institute for Anthropology is going to give the departmental seminar on May 10.  It would be fabulous if you could had time to talk to him.

Jens, <>

reminder – group meeting – Tuesday, 4 May 11:00h

Our next Group Meeting will be Tuesday, 04. May, at 11:00h in B52.

Karl will tell us about “Hopping on the good flipper and doing the bad thing: an
exposé on the sex lives of hawksbill turtles”.

The second presentation will be given by me (fingers crossed): “Fitness consequences of parental provisioning behaviour in house sparrows”.

Hope to see you all,