Monthly Archives: January 2010

TAB Group Meeting – first of the year

Hi all,

the first meeting of the year for Terry’s students / staff / visitors will be held on Tuesday 19th Jan, 10.30 to 11.30am in B52.

Let’s keep these cakes coming!

project with Tommasso Pizzari / Tom Snijders, Oxford

The Evolutionary ecology of sexual networks.

for more info, click job ad.

Closing date 1/2/10

Green Impact!

As some of you know I’m still looking for volunteers to take part in the
Green Impact environmental accreditation scheme as part of an APS Team!
This is a user friendly (and not time consuming) programme that runs
until the end of Feb. 2010 and then again in 2011 (supported by this and
22 other Universities in the UK). It is open to all. More details below.

Please email me by this Friday 15th Jan. if you
would like to take part. If you have contacted me already I know who you
are so no need to contact me again.




Green Impact

Volunteers needed to take part in the Green Impact environmental
accreditation scheme!

1 of 3 projects in Degrees Cooler Programme the University has signed up to

23 HE institutions in the UK taking part to help staff make their
workplace greener and to be recognised for what is already being done

What does it Involve?

User friendly and not time consuming!

The formation of a named Dept. Team (15 min.- no max. open to all)

Completion of a ‘Team Workbook’ of Green Criteria such as “Do you use
recycled paper?“ etc. etc.

End of February it is graded and the Team credited with a Bronze, Silver
or Gold ‘Green’ Award! (Award ceremony in May)

It is repeated in 2011 where the Teams try to earn a better grade

What Might it Achieve

A ‘Greener’ University
Awareness of ‘Green issues’
Better energy management
Increased recycling/reduced waste
More sustainable local food
More Fairtrade produce
More sustainable transport
Money savings
…and even climb the University Green League Rankings (13th out of 126 in

PhD on the Atlantic Cod

Passed on by Patricia Brekke

 —–Original Message—–
 From: BES Aquatic Ecology Group list
 [mailto:BES-ECOL-AQUATIC@JISCMAIL.AC.UK] On Behalf Of Mark Johnson
 Sent: 12 January 2010 10:41
 Subject: PhD Studentship in Molecular Biology and Aquaculture – NUI Galway
 From the Aquatic Ecology Group – bes-ecol-aquatic email list
 With apologies for cross-postings, can I draw your attention to the
 following studentship?
 A PhD studentship is available within the Martin Ryan Institute (MRI),
 National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland (;
 as part of the Sea Change Initiative-funded EIRCOD project, with the support
 of the Marine Institute and the Marine Research Sub-programme of the
 National Development Plan 2007-2013.
 This position will focus on the application of genetic markers, such as
 microsatellites and SNPs, to the study of both wild populations and farmed
 (captive) stocks of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua). The main aims will be to
 investigate population structure of cod in waters around Ireland and to
 support the ongoing EIRCOD broodstock and breeding programme. The
 increasing number of genetic markers in combination with the availability of
 captive stocks in a controlled environment also offers the potential to
 study mutational models and variation of candidate genes, as well as their
 association to quantitative traits of commercial value.
 Skills required:
 This position is suitable to graduate students holding at least a BSc (Hons)
 or equivalent in biological sciences or related fields. Familiarity in
 molecular research and population genetics are an asset, but preference will
 be given to applications with previous experience in molecular techniques,
 including microsatellite genotyping, DNA sequencing and relevant data
 analyses. The successful candidate should be able to undertake research
 independently as well as part of a team, showing good organizational skills,
 creativity, initiative and ability to cooperate. Some field sampling is
 expected (e.g. sampling fish in cages at sea and commercial landings at
 ports), although most of the lab work will be based at MRI Carna
 laboratories, which are located in Carna, Connemara, in proximity to the
 captive stocks.
 The PhD studentship is available immediately and it will be funded for 4
 years with a student fellowship of 25,000 euro p.a., which is tax-free and
 includes College fees (currently c.5,400 euro p.a.).
 Further information about this position can be obtained by sending an e-mail
 enquiry to ( Applicants should submit i) a
 research statement of 250 – 400 words in which they describe their
 understanding of the project and their interest in the subject area and ii)
 a CV to include the names and contact details of two academic referees.
 These must be submitted to Dr Luca Mirimin ( OR Dr
 Richard D FitzGerald, Project Co-ordinator EIRCOD
 The closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm on 22nd Jan 2010
 This PhD is funded by the EIRCOD project (Grant-Aid Agreement No.
 PBA/AF/07/004) carried
 out under the Sea Change strategy with the support of the Marine Institute
 and the Marine Research Sub-programme of the National Development Plan
 2007-2013, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

On-line Training: Fire Training + Out of Hours + Waste

Message from Professor Richard C Leegood:

The Department has a very poor record for completion of Fire Training and it is important that we remedy this.
If you have previously attended a fire training lecture (even it was a very long time ago) then you are eligible to renew your training using the web-based fire training program. This consists of a short tutorial followed by a simple assessment. You must pass the assessment or your training will not be validated and your name will not appear in the records. Training also has to be updated every 12 months.

On-line training is available at:
Login details: Username: sheffieldun; Password: fire

Out of Hours Training is now available on-line (<>, Login: sheffieldooh, Password: ooh)

Waste Management Training and Assessment is available on-line at (use your CiCS username and password).

Accomodation required for visitor in February

Javier Perez Gonzalez ( is a visiting postdoc from Spain who will be here for about a month from early February.
Does anybody have (or know of) a spare room he can stay in?

Many thanks


I will be leaving Sheffield and move back to Uppsala, Sweden by the end of next week. To highlight the occation I was thinking about going for a pub lunch at the Dam House on Wednesday (20th). If you are interested in joining, please let me know on Monday morning at the latest (so that I can book a table).

/Robert (

Mol Ecol Lab Meeting RESCHEDULED to Thurs 14th 3-4pm

We’ve had to reschedule the lab meeting to Thursday 3-4pm (B52) so that there are folk around to listen to Anna and Ian’s talks. Meanwhile we are enjoying Ian’s delicious cake in our office instead!

Garage Sale

As previously posted we will have a little garage sale to try and get rid of a few things before we move back to Sweden.

Time: Sunday 17 January 10AM – 2PM

Place 19 Orchard Road (S6 3TS, just behind the Walkley Netto store)

A picture with some of the stuff on sale is attached. Please feel free to spread the word!


Molecular Ecology Resources data policy – Message from Terry

MER has published its new data policy (below) and it is likely    that all other journals in which we publish will adopt a similar policy. While the policy is mandatory for MER from Jan 2011, that probably means that it is effectively mandatory almost immediately for new submissions. I suggest that as a lab we should adopt this policy immediately, irrespective of the target journal, as it is both the right thing to do and will give us some useful experience    with any glitches before the policy becomes more general. It would be useful to discuss further at a forthcoming lab meeting.


“Data archiving

Given the increasing concerns regarding the availability and preservation of data from ecological and evolutionary studies, most of the leading journals in ecology and evolution will soon be introducing a new data archiving policy (Whitlock et al. 2010). Our current archiving policy applies only to sequence data, which must be made available on GenBank or another public database. However, the new policy will be applicable to all data supporting results in papers published in Molecular Ecology Resources. A more lengthy rationale for the policy can be found in Whitlock et al. (2010).

Our policy will read as follows:

Molecular Ecology Resources expects, as a condition for publication, that data supporting the results in the paper should be archived in an appropriate public archive, such as GenBank, Gene Expression Omnibus, TreeBASE, Dryad, or the Knowledge Network   for Biocomplexity. Data are important products of the scientific enterprise, and they should be preserved and usable for decades in the future. Authors may elect to have the data publicly available at time of publication, or, if the technology of the archive allows, may opt to embargo access to the data for a period up to a year after publication. Exceptions may be granted at the discretion of the editor, especially for sensitive information such as human subject data or the location of endangered species.

Our policy will not go into force until January 2011, but in the meantime, we encourage authors to submit their data to the relevant repositories. Please note that submission of primer sequences and data to the Molecular Ecology Resources database will continue to be a condition of publication for PGR Notes. DNA sequence data should also continue to be archived in GenBank or another public archive. Expression data should be submitted to the Gene Expression Omnibus or an equivalent database, whereas phylogenetic trees should be submitted to TreeBASE. More idiosyncratic data, such as microsatellite allele frequency data from field studies, can be archived in a more flexible digital data library such as the U.S. National Science Foundation-sponsored Dryad archive at <>.

Once the policy is in force, authors will be expected to archive the data supporting their results and conclusions, along with sufficient details so that a third party can interpret them correctly. As discussed by Whitlock et al. (2010), this will likely ‘require a short additional text document, with details specifying the meaning of each column in the data set. The preparation of such shareable data sets will be easiest if these files are prepared as part of the data analysis phase of the preparation of the paper, rather than after acceptance of a manuscript.”

Further info: