Monthly Archives: October 2011

DAPC help please

Message from Cathleen Thomas (NBAF visitor from Hull)

Has anyone run the DAPC (discriminant analysis of principal components) implemented in the adegenet package in R? Or the spatial PCA please?

Please reply to Cathleen directly –

landscape genetics papers

These papers spotted by Oryl and Filipa might be interesting –

Landguth EL, Fedy B, Garey A, Mumma M, Emel S, Oyler-McCance S, Cushman SA, Wagner HH, Fortin MJ (2011) Effects of sample size, number of markers, and allelic richness on the detection of spatial genetic pattern. Molecular Ecology Resources,

Balkenhol N, Landguth EL (2011) Simulation modeling in landscape genetics: on the need to go further, Molecular Ecology, 20, 667-670.

PDFs and lots more interesting papers available from Montanas Computational Ecology Lab =

Statistical Power of loci for population structure: Ryman et al (2006) Power for detecting genetic divergence: differences between statistical methods and marker loci. Molecular Ecology, 15, 2031-2045

Corrections for multiple tests: Verhoeven et al (2205) Implementing false discovery rate control: increasing your power. Oikos, 108, 643-647

Null Alleles: Chapuis et al (2008) Do outbreaks affect genetic population structure? A worldwide survey in Locusta migratoria, a pest plagued by microsatellite null alleles. MOlecular Ecology, 17, 3640-3653

Happy Reading, Debs

Next group meeting – 1st November, 10:00 B52

We will hear from Ben Daly about

“Bird Diversity and Avian Malaria Along an Andean Climate Gradient”

and from Liam Rasch about

“Identifying key patterning genes in tooth replacement using fish models”

hope to see you all, and let’s remind the speakers that we expect some cake 🙂

A-floor freezer room (eves and weekends)

Just a reminder that the A-floor freezer rooms are alarmed after 5pm and at weekends. Someone has been setting the alarm off. If you need access when it is alarmed see me. cheers, Andy.

TAB group meting – tomorrow !!!11AM!!! B52

APS postdoc mixer, 4pm Wed 26th October, common room, with FREE WINE

Dear postdocs and early career fellows,

There will be a ‘postdoc mixer’ at 4pm on Wednesday 26th October in the common room, so we can all meet each other and launch the new postdoc society – come along to hear what it’s all about! All APS postdocs and early career fellows are most welcome, so please bring along your postdoc-y and fellow-y friends!

Best of all, did we mention we’ve found some money for some FREE WINE!!!
We’d also LOVE if you would sign yourself up to the APS postdocs and early careers USpace group. When you join, you’ll be kept in touch with

– social events to encourage interactions across the department (wine evenings, coffee and cake…)

– training opportunities, including notices about the fantastic Faculty of Science training and development programme:

– seminars, talks and workshops that you may enjoy

Signing up to the Uspace group means you’ll be free to send emails to the group (anything you think might be of interest), and you can either opt to receive emails or to login to the group (with your usual Sheffield username and password) to read them when it suits.

See you at the mixer!

Anna, Julia and Jo 🙂

To join, follow this link:

login with your username and password, and click “join this group” on the right hand side of the page

No fumehood use 25th and 26th Oct

On 25th & 26th October, a contractor will be working on the roof where the fume cupboard extracts are situated (we can use but not for toxic stuff for obvious reasons). I’ll put a notice up.



Hiya, Im going to do some sequencing tomorrow but only need 16 wells so just wondered if anyone else has partially full plate to do too so we could combine? if so let me know, cheers, laura

Centrifuge crash!

This is what happens when a centrifuge goes wrong  (this is a pic. from another uni.). Apparently the rotor sheared off and drilled itself into the floor.  So be careful when you are using them and if they sound dodgy switch them off and get them checked out 🙂

cheers, Andy

Career support for Postdoctoral researchers

Career Coaching Partnerships
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.

Career Coaching Partnerships is a postdoctoral researchers support group for researchers considering their career prospects.

///Programme structure///

* Postdoc-led group
* Sessions facilitated by career professionals with extensive experience in supporting postdoctoral researchers.
* Eight two-hours sessions over four months.

///Benefits from the programme///
* Develop your network with research colleagues in similar careers situation
* Allow you to consider your career options and the next step for you
* Encourage you to take small steps, help you to be engaged and pro-active with the management of your career
* Share and gain knowledge about developing a career in academia
* Provide a framework for you to explore careers outside academia
* Help you to know where to look and find the right information
* Develop the skills and strategies to apply for the jobs you want

The strength of the programme lies in the benefit from peer-support through discussions and networking with other postdoctoral researchers.

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 Postdoctoral researchers from the Faculty of Science (places available for researchers from MDH and Engineering).

///Dates for the Programme///

(Refreshments provided)

Sessions held in the University House.

Session 1: 26th October
Session 2: 9th November
Session 3: 23rd November
Session 4: 7th December
Session 5: 11th January
Session 6: 25th January
Session 7: 8th February
Session 8: 22nd February

Registration via webform (access through following webpage) and further details for this programme with Dr Sandrine Soubes (

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 with a firm commitment to contribute to the group dynamic.