Monthly Archives: February 2015

Reminder Terry’s group meeting today – 11.30am, BMS seminar room 4

New Conservation Genetics Resources primer note policy


Microsatellite Records: From 01 March 2015 all papers on microsatellite data should be submitted as microsatellite records, which will be published as a collective single article each issue and presented as a table. The submission should provide the species name and an excel table in standard format, comprised on the following columns: 1-locus name; 2-primer sequences (forward above reverse in the same column); 3- repeat motif; 4-locus size range (as length of amplified fragment); 5-test population sample size; 6-numer of alleles; 7-observed heterozygosity; 8- expected heterozygosity and note when there is significant deviation from HWE. All primers must be tested at the population level for a minimum of 20 individuals from a single population. Methods details should be provided in 500 words or less and will appear as an online supplement. Heteralogous species amplifications can be provided as an optional tabulated addition to the supplementary file. The authors will be listed as a footnote in the main table for the relevant entries, and as the sole authors for the supplementary file. Sequences should be submitted to genbank and the accession numbers included in the electronic supplementary file. Microsatellite Records should focus exclusively on species of conservation value (IUCN status should be provided with the species name). They should provide a minimum of 20 useful microsatellite DNA loci, and should not be based on the cross-species application of previously published primers. If derived from EST markers, they must be determined to be novel.

Terry’s group meeting – this Friday

Please note location of BMS Seminar room 4 (round the corner from room 1), and earlier time of 11.30am.

Postdoc on butterfly genomics with Chris Wheat (Stockholm)

Chris Wheat has a postdoc position advertised.
Details are here: POSTDOC_announce_2015

Post-doctoral RESEARCH FELLOW: Quantitative molecular ecologist Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) to study ecology of telomere dynamics in fairy-wrens

Start date: between April and Sep 2015
A/Prof Anne Peters at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, in collaboration with Prof Simon Verhulst, Groningen University, The Netherlands, is seeking an experienced Quantitative Molecular Ecologist to explore the ecology of molecular senescence (telomere attrition). Telomeres shorten as organisms age and short telomeres are associated with greater predisposition to diseases, accelerated organismal senescence and shorter lifespan. Telomere shortening rate is known to vary with external influences and individual quality. This project will use longitudinal sampling of telomere length in individual fairy-wrens, of known age and pedigree. The telomere information will be combined with state of the art statistical methods to study telomere dynamics in relation to life-history and ecology, to disentangle effects of senescence and selective disappearance, and to assess environmental and genetic effects on telomere attrition rate.
As the successful candidate, you will join Anne Peters’ group studying behavioural and evolutionary ecology of fairy-wrens, based at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia). You will be expected to optimise and implement existing qPCR protocols for use in fairy-wrens and apply these to blood/DNA samples (> 2000 longitudinal samples). You will further be expected to maintain consistently high research output in the form of quality publications, supervise and train students, develop and submit grant proposals to external funding agencies, contribute more generally to research activities of the group, and participate in appropriate career development activities. The position (Level A, starting salary ~$75 p.a. with annual increments) is for three years subject to satisfactory annual progress.
requirements: Postdoc_Peters_MonashUniversity

Welcome to Alex Ball

Welcome to Alex who returns to the lab as a Facility visitor to work on the Sociable weaver project.

PhD studentship available at UoS in Ecological Genomics

A 3-year PhD studentship is available in APS, in Sheffield. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Patrik Nosil at:

Please spread the word!

Project title: Genetic and Epigenetic Mechanisms for Ecological Change

Eligibility: Home/EU applicants with an upper second-class degree in a relevant subject

A three-year PhD opportunity funded by the Royal Society of London is available to use a combined experimental and genomic approach to study the origins of ecological novelty in plant-feeding stick insects (genus Timema). The project will be conducted under the supervision of Dr. Patrik Nosil in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences at the University of Sheffield.

The project tackles a crucial issue in our understanding of biodiversity: what genetic mechanisms allow for the successful colonisation of new environments, and thus the origins of ecological novelty? In this context, two non-mutually exclusive hypotheses will be tested. The first more classical hypothesis is that populations already harbor an abundance of pre-existing genetic variation. Thus, when a population is subjected to a new environmental regime, some subset of individuals already harbors genetic variants that allow for success in the new environment. A second hypothesis concerns aspects of non-genetic inheritance, such as epigenetic variation (defined as changes to the genome that do not involve a change in nucleotide sequence, often linked to gene expression). Epigenetic variation may allow individuals to rapidly express phenotypes that match the environment, promoting population persistence. The project approach will be to quantify genetic variation in the ability to use novel environments using quantitative genetic and genomic mapping methods, and to quantify epigenetic variation using methylome sequencing. The study system is Timema stick insects, which have repeatedly undergone ecological shifts between host plant environments.

Accommodation needed for 2 Facility visitors in March

Claire Armstrong is coming back to Sheffield to do her ddRAD and looking for 1-2 weeks accommodation from the 23rd March.
Please contact Claire if you can help –

Tess Santos is looking for accommodation from 8th March for 6 months or a week or so to help find something longer-term.
If you can help please email Tess =

Terry’s group meeting this Friday 1.30pm BMS seminar room 1

Accommodation Required

Tess Santos is returning to Sheffield for 6 months and looking for a room to rent. If you can help please could you contact Tess – teresalsantos (at)