Monthly Archives: September 2013

Mol Ecol group meeting, 10am Tuesday 1 October, BMS conference room

Hi everyone!

A reminder of our monthly group meeting, to be held this Tuesday 1st October from 10 – 11am. Please note that we will again be in the BMS conference room (ground floor of Alfred Denny, room A225) rather than B52.

Some great talks from Caitríona McInerney and Isabel Winney this month:

Caitríona – Temporal and spatial patterns of diversification in groundwater amphipods

Isabel – Exploring the effects of age, experience and environment on a behavioural trait in house sparrows

See you there! Please remember all members of the Burke / Butlin / Nosil / Slate / Fraser / Zeng groups are required to attend, as are all NBAF visitors.

Anna 🙂

Biodiversity training workshops – 26-27/11/13, Cardiff + 5-6/12/13 Manchester

BioVeL, a virtual laboratory for biodiversity research data, is offering two training workshops

  1. Introduction to workflows for taxonomic refinement, biogeographic analysis, and species distribution modelling,November 26-27, 2013, Cardiff University.
  2. Building workflows with Taverna workbench, December 5-6, 2013, Manchester.

Note that these training workshops are free to attend but registration is required. The number of participants is limited.  For further information,
please write

More information on BioVeL:

Technician job here

This is the advert (UOS007214 – see Please pass on to anyone who might be interested.

The Department of Animal & Plant Sciences seeks to recruit a Research Technician to work with Professor Roger Butlin to
advance an NERC-funded project on the genetic basis of adaptation and reproductive isolation, using a rocky-shore snail
species as a model. Field study sites are in Sweden and you will be expected to spend one or more extended periods on site,
assisting with collection and processing of samples. Experience with standard molecular ecology methods is required as you
will be responsible for DNA extraction and preparation of libraries for high-throughput sequencing. You will also be expected
to assist with data management and analysis, working closely with a Postdoctoral Fellow also employed on the project.

Predicting Publication Success for Biologists

Wondering what predicts publication success?

Attached PDF suggests that if you publish pre-PhD, then you will publish more papers later on (note that the paper only analyses scientists who were still in science 10 years after their PhD).

Terry’s group meeting…

…has been postponed from this Friday to next week; as B52 will not be available, we will move to the Finlay library on C floor.

Postdoctoral Training – towards research independence / SURE scheme

Message from Sandrine Soubes,
  • Would you like to get hands on experience of the whole research process from grant application, through to interviewing candidates and managing a budget?
  • Would you like to be sole supervisor of a student with PI responsibility?
  • Do you need to build your research funding profile and would like your own research consumables grant?
  • Would having formal supervision experience increase the likelihood of success with your next fellowship application?
If the answer to any of the above is yes, then the Think Ahead: Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) should be of interest to you.
Information sessions about the scheme will be held on:
  • Tuesday 24th September // 12 -1pm // Barber House Boardroom
  • Monday 30th September //4.15-5.15 // BMS Conference room (Alfred Denny Building)
The Think Ahead SURE scheme has now expanded and is open to researchers in the Faculty of Science (previously only open to Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health.
The scheme allows contract research staff and research students to be supervisors and it aims to allow undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine students to experience “Life as a Researcher” during the summer for 6-8 week projects, from 16th June to August 2014.
Research staff members on fixed term contracts, or PhD students (with a research staff member), with the approval of their Principal Investigators, are invited to apply for small research projects with consumables budget to be undertaken by undergraduate students. You will receive training in recruitment, teaching & supervision, and research project management, and be given assistance in applying for funding.
Once supervisor projects and undergraduate students are selected, the partnerships will be supported in applying for external funding for the project. During the information session, we will provide information of the external schemes to funds the student summer stipend.
To participate in the programme, you should complete the SURE Supervisor Application Form 2013 outlining the aim of your project and the research training that would be provided to the student.
Your completed application form should then be submitted, to Sandrine Soubes ( no later than 1st November 2013.

Accommodation needed – 7th to 18th October

Hi all, my name is Alfredo Sánchez Tójar, I’m a new PhD student from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen (Germany). I study social behaviours on the Lundy sparrows. I’ll be doing the “Home Office Licensees Training Course” in Sheffield in October, so I’m looking for accommodation from the 7th of October (+/-1 day) to, at least, the 18th of October, perhaps some more days depending on the bird ringing schedule. My email is asanchez(at) Many thanks. Best

Accommodation needed

Hi all- Katy Maher is coming back to the lab for about 6 months- she would like to rent a room from 1st October although would ideally like to move in a few days beforehand. If you could email her direct on