Monthly Archives: November 2014


BBC Countryfile program are running a vote on the best City for country lovers.  Sheffield are currently leading this poll and to add your vote, go to:

Visit Japan?

JSPS Summer Programme 2015
Application Deadline: Thursday 15th January 2015
Fellowship to take place during fixed period: 9 June to 19 August 2015

The JSPS Summer Programme provides the opportunity for current MPhil or PhD students to receive a one week orientation on Japanese culture and research systems on arrival and then move to a host institution in Japan of their choice and approved by JSPS, to conduct collaborative research activities for 2 months during the summer.

Value of award: Return international airfare, maintenance allowance (534,000, JPY), research support allowance(158,500 JPY) and overseas travel and accident insurance policy are provided.

Eligibility: Applicants must be a British national and a current MPhil or PhD student based at a UK university or research institution at the point of April 2015. Eligible research fields are not limited.

Applications should be sent to the British Council Tokyo. Application guidelines and form are available on their website here:

Lab meeting: 2 Dec 2014, 11:30-12:30, Common Room

Dear all,

The next Molecular Ecology Lab meeting will be on Tuesday 2nd December at 11:30 am in the Common Room (D floor, Alfred Denny).

The two speakers are:
David Hopkins. “The chemical ecology of host race speciation of the Pea Aphid”. PhD student with Roger Butlin.
Takanori Shono. “Evolution and development of dentitions in Fugu species”. Postdoc with Gareth Fraser.

Available dates to give talks are:
– January 6th
– February 3rd
– April 7th
– May 5th
Please contact me if you want to give a talk.



Mauricio Montaño-Rendón

PhD Student
Animal and Plant Sciences
University of Sheffield

Looking for a Room To Rent

Andrew Beckerman has a 4 week visitor arriving at the end of January from Uruguay.  If anyone has a spare room they would like to rent out for a month, please get in touch with Andrew (

Welcome to Carly Easby

Carly is here as a Facility visitor to investigate the diet of hedgehogs in different environments. Caryl will be working with Gavin and Rachel’s guidance to extract DNA and sequence fecal material in order to identify food items.

Welcome back

Welcome back to Claire Armstrong, who returns to the Facility to complete her pipit ddRAD library preparation.


Paula Stockley has a post-doc to investigate how competition affects
co-operative behaviour between female kin in wild house mice:


Support Celine and Doctors without Borders

Dear all,

This Saturday, I will be training for 14 hours nonstop to raise funds for Doctors without Borders. We’ll start tarining in the dark at 7am and will finish in the dark at 9pm, no doubt tired, but surely elated!

If you’d like to support our charity or encourage me on the way, you can donate to Doctors without Borders via my justgiving page.

Thank you!


Terry’s group meeting tomorrow Friday 7/11 1.30pm BMS seminar room 1

Welcome to Maaike De Jong

Welcome to Maaike De Jong our new Facility visitor. Maaike will be working with Gav and Clemens creating ddRAD libraries to study the evolution of the brown argus butterfly.