Monthly Archives: March 2016

Funded PhD on ageing in badgers, U Leeds

A funded PhD studentship on “Early-life environment effects on ageing in European badgers” is available at the University of Leeds, UK, supervised by Dr Hannah Dugdale and co-supervised by Dr Amanda Bretman. The PhD is in collaboration with Prof David Macdonald and Dr Chris Newman at the University of Oxford.

This PhD will address why individuals differ in the point and rate at which they senesce – senescence being the loss of function with age, from the cellular to the organism level. Our understanding of the factors that affect senescence is limited: Within a species, are some individuals better able to buffer against senescence due to physiological adaptations (such as greater oxidative damage resistance and longer protective chromosome caps – termed telomeres), environmental effects (e.g. born in years with high food availability), or social conditions (e.g. low levels of intra-sexual competition)? This PhD will investigate these key questions, using data from a natural population of European badgers subject to variable environmental and social conditions. This will generate critical knowledge that will improve our understanding of how and why some individuals live longer, healthier lives than others, improving our understanding of animal health and informing conservation management decisions. Further information is available here:

Funding: The studentship covers UK/EU tuition fees and a stipend at RCUK rates (~£14,296 pa) for 3 years full-time. Applicants from the UK/EU are eligible; international tuition fee payers are not eligible. Deadline: Friday, April 29, 2016. To apply:

Demonstrating opportunity

Message from Jamie:

Looking for someone with at least a degree, Masters or working towards phd preferably. For demonstrating 3 labs and associated marking. 9 hours over next 10 weeks. Wednesday mornings- 13/04; 04/05; 25/05. 8:45-12 at the diamond. Histology and enzyme activity practicals. roughly £29 an hour. Marking included in that. 7-8 papers per lab. If interested, email a cv to

statistics courses at SCENE – message from Ludovic

Dear all,

please find below an announcement for the 10 next statistics courses at SCENE. I myself attended the course on multivariate analyses of population genetics data and it was really worthy (with a great environment: a biological station on the shore of Loch Lomond).


1) Advancing in statistical modelling using R (ADVR)
Date: 2 May 2016 – 6 May 2016
Instructors: Dr. Luc Bussière, Dr. Tom Houslay

2) Time Series Models for Ecologists and Climatologists (TSME)
Date: 10 May 2016 – 13 May 2016
Instructors: Dr. Andrew Parnell, Dr. Doug McNeall,

3) Introduction to Python for Biologists (IPYB)
Date: 23 May 2016 – 27 May 2016
Instructors: Dr. Martin Jones

4) Advances in Spatial Analysis of Multivariate Ecological Data: Theory and Practice (MVSP)
Date: 11 July 2016 – 15 July 2016
Instructors: Prof. Pierre Legendre, Dr. Olivier Gauthier,

5) Advances in DNA taxonomy (DNTX)
Date: 8 August 2016 – 11 August 2016
Instructors: Dr. Diego Fontaneto, Prof. Ziheng Yang

6) Introduction to LINUX workflow for Biologists (ILWB)
Date: 15 August 2016 – 19 August 2016
Instructor: Dr. Martin Jones

7) Exploratory methods for genetic data analysis (GDAR)
Date: 15 August 2016 – 20 August 2016
Instructor: Dr. Thibaut Jombart

8) Introduction to Bayesian hierarchical modelling using R (IBHM)
Date: 23 August 2016 – 26 August 2016
Instructors: Dr. Andrew Parnell

9) Model-base multivariate analysis of abundance data (MBMV)
Date: 3 October 2016 – 7 October 2016
Instructors: Prof. David Warton

10) Applied Bayesian modelling for Ecologists and Epidemiologists (ABME)
Date: 24 October 2016 – 29 October 2016
Instructors: Dr. Matt Denwood, Prof. Jason Matthiopoulos

for more details visit or email

Oliver Hooker
PR statistics

128 Brunswick Street
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+44 (0) 7966500340

LOTS of delicious free food in locker room

help yourselves, take some home !

Social tonight for genomics workshop


A few of us will be heading down to the Interval at 6pm tonight with people here for the popgen workshop. Feel free to come along if you’d like to join us and have a chat with people.


Conservation Biologist Required – Islands Restoration Programme

Closing Date: Friday 8 April 2016

Project background

The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF), has been working on and restoring island biodiversity for the past thirty years. The focus have been removing invasive species, replanting native vegetation, monitoring and reintroducing threatened bird and reptile species.

The position

We are looking for a highly self-motivated and conscientious individual to work on the offshore islands within our project teams to:

– ensure island biosecurity is maintained and to remove emergent threats caused by invasive species introductions;
– assist when required, our reptile projects (skinks, geckos, snakes, tortoises) for the monitoring of island populations, assisting with reptile translocations and headstarting of young reptiles for release;
– assist when required, our seabird translocation project, particularly with the hand-rearing of seabird chicks;
– assist Round Island Wardens when required, involving plant, reptile and seabird research;
– support the maintenance of island infrastructure, such as equipment, enclosures, field stations etc.,

Due to the nature of working on islands, the hours worked will be irregular and at times will involve working nights, weekends and public holidays, with sometimes up to a month spent on an island at a time. Training and guidance from the Islands Restoration teams will be given. The work will involve the capture, handling and release of wild animals. Accurate data collection/entry and reporting are a necessity and the Conservation Biologist will be expected to talk to tourists/visitors about the restoration work and assist with specialised tours. The Conservation Biologist will also be expected to assist in training of staff and students, and also assist with research projects.


Applicants will need to:

– Have gained a BSc in the biological sciences
– Demonstrate a keen interest in conservation and wildlife
– Be physically fit and able to stay focused on repetitive work
– Be ready to adapt to unforeseen circumstances with initiative and due care
– Have good written and spoken English
– Have a sound knowledge of spreadsheet applications and data management
– Preferably have a driving license for car and/or motorbike
– Preferably be able to swim and have first aid certification

To apply please send a CV and covering letter, by email to

The selection process will involve short-listing and interview for the short-listed applicants with the Islands Restoration Manager and Project Staff.–islands-restoration-programme/

Jude’s Blog about sexing gannets –

Visitor looking for a room for April

I’m a PhD student at the University of Exeter and will be visiting Sheffield in order to carry out some molecular work. I’m looking for somewhere to stay for the month of April (from 3rd onwards). I’m hoping I can find a reasonably priced room/flat within walking distance of the university. If you have a spare room or know someone who does, please contact me on pm343[at] Any tips on where to look would also be gratefully received!