Monthly Archives: January 2011

Reminder – Lab meeting tomorrow=Tues 10am B52

Sheffield-Japan research workshop for Molecular Ecology tue 8/02

on behalf of Kenta.

“Dear Molecular Ecology Laboratory members, years have flied since I left Sheffield. I’m still collaborating with some of you and I’m glad to say that I got a  grant which enables me and other young Japanese ecologists to visit Sheffield, in collaboration with Terry, Roger and Jon. To take this opportunity, a research workshop is planned as follows. Because this grant aims for international interaction in the young generation, talk(s) by postdoc(s) or so would be much appreciated.

If you could contribute, please contact Celine. Also, I would much appreciate if many of you could attend the workshop and kindly give comments to and inspire Japanese young scientists.

Yours sincerely,


Date: 8 Feb (Tue); 11-12.30 (B52); 2-3.30pm (Finlay room)

Talks so far:

  1. “A simulation model of adaptation at range margins, ” Roger K. Butlin
  2. “Altitudinal adaptation of Arabidopsis kamchatica in Japanese Alps: demography, physiology and genes” Kenta Tanaka “
  3. Difference in demography and ecological constraints for population maintenance in Arabidopsis kamchatica over 30 – 3000 m altitude” Yoshihiko Onda
  4. “Ecotype differentiation and population genetics of some alpine plants in Japanese mountains” Akira Hirao
  5. “Speciation process between human and chimpanzee” Masato Yamamichi

TAB lab group meeting next tuesday


our next meeting is Tuesday, 4st Feb, 10am in B52.

Claire Raisin will speak instead of Tia, who will give her talk a month later. So our two speakers will be Sophie and Claire, who will talk about “Conservation, genetics and management of the Mauritius parakeet”.



I’m doing molecular work in the NBAF, and I was wondering if anyone has a spare bed/sofa in Sheffield that I could use from Monday 7th Feb for approx a month, to reduce my commuting time from Hull. I’m also happy to house/pet/plant sit if anyone is going away on holidays or fieldwork.

If you think you can help, please contact me directly at

Thanks, Cathleen

Alain and Lisette’s wedding picture!

Alain and Lisette's Wedding picture

Career Coaching for Postdocs/ early career researchers (Sheffield, Faculty of Science)

Do you find it difficult to consider your career options?
Do you never take the time to sit still and consider your next step?
Do you feel you lack the skills and knowledge to face the job market?
Do you want to be supported though the process of applying for jobs?

Whether you want to stay in academia or are exploring other careers, this programme could be for you.

Programme structure:
This programme is structured over 8 sessions, which will run over several months for a group of 8 researchers working together to consider their career prospects.

Between the sessions, participants will be expected to work on job search activities but will be supported through discussions with facilitators and other participants through an online community.

These 2-hours sessions over a period of time will allow you to:

  • Consider your career options and the next step for you,
  • Know where to look and find the right information
  • Develop the skills and strategies to apply for the jobs you want
  • Be successful with your job application

Career professionals with extensive experience in supporting postdoctoral researchers will facilitate the sessions.

You will also benefit from peer-support from the course participants through discussions and networking.

The programme is designed to have a clear structure but facilitators will adapt and best tailor the programme to individual needs, expectations and constraints.

Open to all Postdoctoral researchers/early career researchers in the Faculty of Science.

To book, email Sandrine Soubes:

Dates for the Programme: Wednesday:2-4pm (except one date on 15th March)

Session 1: 16th February
Session 2: 2nd March
Session 3: 15th March
Session 4: 30th March
Session 5: 13th April
Session 6: 4th May
Session 7: 18th May
Session 8: 1st June

Sessions held in the Rivelin Room (University House), refreshments provided.

Before you register, please ensure that you will be available for all the sessions.
This is a unique opportunity with a limited number of participants and we need participants to attend all sessions.

MER Journal Policy on data archiving

Please note copies of genotyping data are now requested by some journals when manuscripts are submitted.

Note: the policy below comes into force for paper submitted after 1st January 2011, but we hope that authors will comply in the interim. DNA sequence data from either Sanger or next generation sequencing should continue to be archived in a public database and the accession numbers included in the manuscript.

Molecular Ecology Resources expects that data supporting the results in the paper should be archived in an appropriate public archive, such as GenBank, Gene Expression Omnibus, TreeBASE, Dryad, the Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity, your own institutional or funder repository, or as Supporting Information on the Molecular Ecology Resources web site. Data are important products of the scientific enterprise, and they should be preserved for 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.

Authors are 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”. For additional guidelines on data deposition best practice, please visit

Also see

Data Archiving.
Michael C. Whitlock, Mark A. McPeek, Mark D. Rausher, Loren Rieseberg and Allen J. Moore
The American Naturalist
Vol. 175, No. 2 (February 2010), pp. 145-146
(article consists of 2 pages)
Published by: The University of Chicago Press for The American Society of Naturalists
DOI: 10.1086/650340
Stable URL:

posted by Debs

Mol Ecol Group Meeting Tue, 1st Feb

Hi all,

our next meeting is this Tuesday 1st February, and Sophie and Tia are presenting at 10am in B52.

It will be about

Selection and Migration in Littorina saxatilis


Stickleback evolution in man-made lakes
It’s a meeting for the whole lab, so please attend if you’re in!


missing B54 locker keys

If anyone has a key for a (B54) locker which they are not using please can they return it to Debs.

TAB Group meeting due today is cancelled and postponed to next Friday 21/1

B52, 12-1.30pm

Apologies for the short notice.