Monthly Archives: April 2014

Manchester Molecular and Genome Evolution (MaGE)

The programme is out for this year’s Manchester Molecular and Genome Evolution (MaGE) meeting on Friday 16th May (see below). MaGE is free to attend, but places are limited so please register soon at We are accepting titles for posters if you wish to present your work. All student talks and posters will also be considered for a prize, presented at the drinks reception following the symposium. If you have any questions about the symposium, then please contact Douda Bensasson (douda.bensasson[at] or Casey Bergman (casey.bergman[at]

Molecular and Genome Evolution Symposium 2014
Friday 16th May, Michael Smith Lecture Theatre
University of Manchester

09:00 Registration in the foyer of the Michael Smith Building (Refreshments available from cafeteria in Smith Lounge)

Session 1: Regulatory Evolution
09:30 Introduction and welcome
09:35 Juliette de Meaux (Münster) Cis-regulatory divergence between Arabidopsis species
10:25 Shan Quah * (Oxford) The early emergence of novel microRNAs in lepidopteran evolution

10:45 – 11:15: Coffee (Smith Lounge)

Session 2: Parasite Evolution
11:15 Emily Davies * (Liverpool) Long-term coevolution of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and temperate bacteriophages in artificial sputum
11:35 Amir Szitenberg (Hull) The evolution of tyrosine-recombinase elements in Nematoda
11:55 Ravinder Kanda (Oxford) A modelling approach to understanding endogenous retroviral dynamics

12:15 – 13:15: Lunch (Smith Lounge)
13:15 – 14:00: Poster Session (Smith Lounge)

Session 3: Speciation and Adaptation
14:00 Chris Jiggins (Cambridge) Hybrid routes to an evolutionary novelty in a butterfly wing pattern
14:50 Chris Clarkson * (Liverpool) Adaptive introgression eliminates a major genomic island of divergence but not reproductive isolation between Anopheles gambiae sibling species

15:10 – 15:40: Coffee (Smith Lounge)
Session 4: Molecular Evolution
15:40 Toni Gossman (Sheffield) Highly variable recombinational landscape modulates efficacy of natural selection in birds
16:00 Ceferino Gonzalez * (Manchester) Geometric morphometrics: a useful tool to study protein evolution.
16:20 Louise Johnson (Reading) Hotwiring the flagellum: Rapid, repeatable rewiring of a gene regulatory network in Pseudomonas fluorescens

16:40 – 18:30: Drinks reception and student talk/poster prizes (Smith Lounge)

* PhD student talks

Peregrine chicks

Those of you interested in the peregrines nesting on St Georges church/lecture theatre might want to check out the webcam today. Apparently the first chick hatched overnight (although it is currently obscured by the adult on the eggs), and the rest should hatch later today.

Terry’s group meeting brought forward to tomorrow 12pm B52

this will be the last meeting in B52!


Useful software?

Hello all
The latest issue of Mol Ecol Resources has a paper describing a new program that looks useful.

Detsex is apparently able to identify chromosome type (autosome, sex chromosome, mtDNA etc) and individual sex from marker data.
I don’t know any more about it than that, but it looks handy.


Yorkshire Universities Evolution Group

YUEG 2014 in Hull

This years’ Yorkshire Universities Evolution Group (YUEG) meeting will be held at the University of Hull on the 21st May 2014.

This is an informal one-day conference aiming to provide opportunities for discussion and networking across research groups working in the field of Evolutionary Biology in Yorkshire.

The format will be similar to previous events, with presentations starting at 10am and aiming to finish around 4pm. There will also be a poster session.

We’ll keep the number of talks small, maybe 2-3 per university, though everyone can give a poster if they wish.

Conference fees are £ 12/person (to be paid on the day) and include lunch and coffee.

Registration is open now at (please register by the 7th May if you want to present)

For further details or if you have missed a deadline please email Bernd Hänfling ( or David Lunt (

We are looking forward to meeting you all in Hull.

University of Hull – Evolutionary Biology Group (EvoHull)

Accommodation needed

Hi all,

Susana and me are here and we are still looking for some place to stay for the next three months, so if somebody knows something about some available room to rent please contact us.




-Oscar Mira

Venue for all Warbler/Sparrow meeting talks

Hi All,

The venue for all warbler/sparrow talks, regardless of the programme, is F02a in Firth court. Directions from Terry:

Enter the main Firth Court entrance. Head past the porters’ lodge and turn left, avoiding the grand staircase in front of you. Take the stairs along the corridor instead and climb 3 flights to F floor. Exit the staircase and you will be roughly adjacent to FO2a. There should be coffee waiting.


Warbler/Sparrow talks next week

Hi All,

Many people are already going to ASAB, but for those who are keen to see more, there is a parallel conference going on about the work done by the Seychelles warbler group and the Lundy house sparrow group. Talks are open to all: