Monthly Archives: February 2012

TALK Thursday 1st March, lecture theatre 2 at 1300:

Jane Reid (University of Aberdeen)
The deception of monogamy: the evolution of extra-pair reproduction in the wild.

Egg and chips

Thankyou for all the egg boxes. My seed potatoes are all safely homed now. If anyone has a veg plot or a bucket and wants any to grow their own pls let me know. Ive overdone this years and have spare jersey and winston (new pots), osprey (baker, boiler, mash, chippers) and cara (big bakers).

bird watching 17 May

Hi all,
my (New Zealand) PhD supervisor Hamish Spencer ( is currently on sabbatical in Bath and will be giving a talk in the Sheffield Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour seminar series on May 17th (it will be great, I think he is going to talk about cousin marriage (!)). He is a very keen birder and would love to go out for some bird watching with someone after his talk. I, unfortunately, am absolutely hopeless at bird watching and knowing where to go. Would anyone please be interested in taking Hamish and I out for the afternoon (or just Hamish if you think I will be too much of a hindrance)? I can of course cover your petrol / bus / train travel and shout you some beer afterwards. Thanks so much! Anna,

No Orders next week

I’m not here next week 🙂 so please give me your items for ordering by Friday lunch at the latest 🙂  cheers, Andy.

3730 still playing up

3730 still playing up…checked with engineer and the blue or red haze is something to do with a reagent…working on it.  In the meantime be especially sure that you check that your data is readable and that your +ves are doing what you expect them to do.


Wake me up before you go go

Hello all,

It’s nearly time to relive the 80’s in Barnsley, but thankfully not the Barnsley of the 80’s. Rachel is organising a taxi back from Barnsley to Sheffield in the early hours of Sunday morning so if you’d like to come along to my fabulous 80’s party just liaise with Rach tomorrow so she can get you a seat!

Significant others are welcome and the last train back is at 11pm (if you want to escape early).

It will be tremendous.


Jamie’s Post Viva Shindig

My Viva is on tomorrow

As requested here is a map for where the red deer is,+Sheffield&daddr=53.381511,-1.4842245+to:53.38111,-1.48393+to:18+Pitt+Street,+Sheffield,+S1+4DD+(Red+Deer)&hl=en&sll=53.38138,-1.48364&sspn=0.004992,0.009645&geocode=FfaJLgMdmkvp_ym5UGqhgnh5SDHSXJ8QkxH85w%3BFYeJLgMdQFrp_ykjE3YLgnh5SDGQ-EZbN9EPEw%3BFfaHLgMdZlvp_ynJEOcJgnh5SDHw_lTXnvkMEw%3BFfOGLgMdjmzp_yHVIbO2Vdpq5SmFiAZ4f4J5SDE2yzI2n1-bgg&oq=alfred+d&dirflg=w&mra=dpe&mrsp=1&sz=17&via=1,2&t=m&z=17

i aim to be there 6-7 before heading to wagamammas at 7.30 for dinner


oops! Emilene’s email address

Last time didnt seem to work, Emilene’s email address is

Accommodation needed

Emilene Correia is a PhD sandwich student coming to the department for 6 months to work with Stephen Martin (not sure yet whether she’ll be in the TAB lab or not). She is arriving on the 24th March and will be staying for 6 months but as yet has nowhere to stay, so if you have a spare room to rent, or know someone who does, her email address is
Thanks 🙂

Society for Experimental Biology PhD Studentship 2012

The Society for Experimental Biology (SEB) supports non-biomedical biological science research and is offering funding for a prestigious 4-year PhD studentship.

Applications are invited from potential supervisors for a PhD studentship beginning October 2012 for projects to be supervised at a university in the UK. Potential supervisors should submit summary curriculum vitae of both the supervisor and the nominated student, together with an outline of the proposed project of no more than 400 words. Short-listed students will be invited for interview.

Projects should address important questions of experimental biology that align with the plant science interest groups of the Society. Further details on the range of interests of members of the SEB are available at

Studentships will provide tuition fees up to the UK/EU rate, a maintenance fee for the student (currently £13,000 pa) and a bench fee of £5,000 pa for the host laboratory. The successful student will also be funded to attend the SEB Annual Main Meeting during the period of the studentship, and will be expected to present their results either as a poster or an oral presentation.

Applications should be submitted by email to Paul Hutchinson, at to be received no later than 5 pm Friday 16th March 2012. Short-listed candidates will be invited to interview on April 4th 2012.

If you do apply, please advise Mike Siva-Jothy and Sue Carter.