Monthly Archives: December 2013

Babysitter needed this evening

For just a few hours.  Is someone willing to volunteer? Small financial compensation. Should require no real effort (no babies as such!) Please email t.a.burke@


MEGA6, new version

Molecular Evolutionary Genetics Analysis version 6.0 has been released.

“The Molecular Evolutionary Genetics Analysis (MEGA) software
is developed for comparative analyses of DNA and protein
sequences that are aimed at inferring the molecular
evolutionary patterns of genes, genomes, and species over
time (Kumar et al. 1994; Tamura et al. 2011).”

NERC-funded PhD studentship based in the Zoology Department in Cambridge

Bill Amos and Rhys Green are looking for a student who might be interested in applying for a NERC-funded PhD studentship based in the Zoology Department in Cambridge, starting in October 2014. The project concerns conservation applications of molecular genetic population size reconstructions of European birds. It would suit a student with interests in animal population genetics and conservation. Aptitude in one or more of the following areas would be an advantage: molecular genetics/ population genetics/ maths/ modelling/ statistics.

Details of the proposed project are given below and at

There will be tough competition for the limited number of available studentships, so a talented student with a good academic record and a genuine interest in the topic will have a distinct advantage.

The closing date for formal applications is 18 January 2014, but the supervisors would need to discuss the project and find out more about the candidates well before that.

Young Natural History scientists in Paris

For those that would be interested in having a meeting for “Young Natural History scientists” in the city of lovers (I speak of Paris, not Venice), please find a descriptive circulars below.





We’ve just advertised a new position at Deakin, a Level B/C position in quantitative ecology (see PD attached), and so I’d really appreciate it if you could circulate this amongst colleagues, postdocs etc  at your University and  networks.  It’s an attractive position, being research intensive for the first 3 years and then an ongoing teaching/research academic role.  It’s a great opportunity for someone to make the transition to an ongoing academic role and join a strong and growing group of ecologists .

As noted in the PD, we’re looking for someone with a track record in quantitative ecology relating to conservation biology, landscape ecology, wildlife biology, fire ecology and/or restoration ecology.  We’re keen to recruit a person who is enthusiastic about working collaboratively with academic colleagues and industry partners.I’m happy to discuss the position with anyone who’d like further information


Prof. Andrew F. Bennett

Assoc. Head of School (Research) and Personal Chair

School of Life and Environmental Sciences

PhD at Falmouth on Soay sheep

Alastair Wilson has a PhD advertised on maternal effects and antibody transfer in Soay sheep. Details are here: PhD opportunity @SOAY SHEEP
and also at FindAPhD.


Terry’s group meeting is on for tomorrow 6/12, 12pm B52.

Team meeting tomorrow 10am B52

Dear all,

Our next team meeting will take place tomorrow at 10am in B52.
We will hear talks from Jun-Mo Kim and Haris Pilidis.

Jun-Mo: “Development of high-density SNP Chip for the great tit bird”

There are currently 30-min slots available for speakers to give presentations on January 7th and from April 1st on. I am afraid February and March are now full. Please let me know if you wish to give a talk. Please bring along new members who might have recently joined your group.

Kind regards,

Mauricio Montaño-Rendón