Monthly Archives: September 2012

PhD position (University of Groningen, Netherlands)

Adaptation to directional environmental changes: How
flexible are species and what are their constraints?

see attached PDF


Clemens is coming back and needs a room/couch

Clemens is coming back to Sheffield this Friday to start the new job in Terry’s lab and is looking for a couch or anything for about two weeks.

Can anyone help, let me know or emil him direct at-


Worm/Trojan Alert for Darkroom PC Users

The combined worm and trojan “Worm:Win32/Rimecud.A” was found on the darkroom gel station PC in B75 and has now been cleared. If you have used a USB stick on this PC then that USB stick may well have been infected and the worm will transfer to any computer the USB stick is then inserted into.

Worm:Win32/Rimecud.A spreads by copying itself to removable drives, messenger and peer-to-peer file sharing networks. It also contains backdoor functionality that allows unauthorized access and control of an affected machine.

Mol Ecol lab meeting, Tuesday 2nd, 10am in B52

Hi all!

A reminder that we have our next Mol Ecol lab meeting this Tuesday 2nd October at 10am in B52. We will hear from from Victor on “Diversification rates and the latitudinal gradient of diversity in mammals”, and from Aliya about “The role of parasites in population divergence, and the genetic basis of parasite resistance in three-spined sticklebacks”.

Of course there will likely be some morning tea to tempt us all, and hopefully a few new PhD students for us to meet (?)!

Anna (

Room for a week?

A Facility visitor (Wenwen) will be arriving from Groningen within the next month for approx one week with her husband. If anyone has a room to rent them, please get in touch with Wenwen directly –

CAPOEIRA – Saturday 22nd Sep (tomorrow)


What? CAPOEIRA give it a go session

When? Saturday 22nd september from 14.00 to 16.00

Where? Activity Room 1, Goodwin Sports Centre, S10 2TY

How much? £4

Capoeira is a Brazilian art form with African roots – a unique mix of martial arts, dance, gymnastics and music creates a fun and effective workout. Capoeira helps develop endurance, coordination and strength, as well as physical and mental balance. THIS SESSION IS SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS, everyone’s welcome. This is your chance to try it for the first time! Please wear loose clothing and bring water.

TICKETS are on sale at the Box Office of the Students’ Union, The University of Sheffield. (Today they close until 1 am).


Researchers Night- are you presenting your poster?

…if so you need to let Fiona Hunter know

Thanks, Andy

Festival of the Mind – volunteers?

Most of you are probably aware already of the Festival of the Mind, happening in Sheffield soon (

We (the lab) are running two events on Researcher’s Night (Friday 28th Sept).
I’ll be helping out on Kids’ Labs, in the B1 teaching labs, where we will be extracting our own DNA and playing Genome Top Trumps.

Andy will be showcasing research in the TABLAB as part of the Department’s Research Demonstrations.

It is likely that both of us would benefit from some helpers, so please get in touch if interestesd.  Even if you cannot help out on the night, I’m keen to trail a fruit juice/washing-up liquid/salt method of DNA extraction and it would be great to get some volunteers for that. I’d like to try it out at 2.30 PM on Thursday. Meet in the locker room if you want to give it a go.


Pop group conference 18th-20th December

The Pop group (Population Genetic Group) conference is on the 18th-20th December in Glasgow.

(so clashes with BES this year)

Not sure when the deadlines are for Pop group poster and talk abstracts (maybe same dates as registration deadlines).

Early bird registration closes on the 19th November
Registration will close on the 3rd December

BES conference 17th – 20th December

The deadline for the BES (British Ecological Society) meeting abstract submission has been extended until friday this week. We already have over 500 abstracts, and a great line-up of keynotes, thematic sessions and workshops.

talk/poster abstract submission (deadline Friday)