ForBio Annual Meeting 2016 in Trondheim

Publicerat av Hugo de Boer --

ForBio is organising its annual meeting in Trondheim and registration is now open. ForBio annual meetings aim to gather scientists and students working on or interested in biosystematics in order discuss about current projects and results, share experience on methods and strengthen networking within the scientific community. This year, the meeting will be held in Trondheim, Norway, from Monday April 25th to Wednesday 27th. Registration deadline March 1st.

Keynote speakers will be invited to this meeting and will give valuable talks on the state of the art within the field of taxonomy and systematics, with the objective to inspire members on how cutting edge methods can innovate our field. We encourage attendees to use this meeting as an opportunity to present and discuss their own research as it provides a platform for exchange and dialogue about biosystematics.

There is no registration fee and you are all welcome to participate. ForBio members (PhD students and Postdocs) presenting their research (oral or poster) will have free travel and shared accommodation booked through ForBio.

For more information and registration please visit the website:

Best, Hugo/ForBio

Summer school – ”Taming the BEAST”

Publicerat av Johan Nylander --

(Forwarded e-mail fro Chi Chang)

We are happy to announce our Summer School ”Taming the BEAST” and would kindly ask you to forward this email to interested students and PostDocs. We apologize if you receive this email more than once.

Phylogenetics and phylodynamics are central topics in modern biology. Phylogenetic inferences reconstruct the evolutionary relationships between organisms, whereas phylodynamic inferences reveal the dynamics that lead to the observed relationships. These two fields have many practical applications in disciplines such as epidemiology, developmental biology, paleontology, ecology and even linguistics. However, phylogenetics and phylodynamics are complex and fast-evolving fields. As such, inference tools are not easily accessible to researchers who are not from a computational background.

Taming the BEAST is a summer school focusing on the BEAST2 software and consisting of a mix of invited talks, lectures and hands-on tutorials by leading and renowned experts in the field (including several of the core developers of BEAST2). The aim of this summer school is to equip participants with the skills necessary to confidently perform their own phylogenetic and phylodynamic inferences in Bayesian settings, while providing them with a firm grasp of the theory behind those inferences. Participants are also highly encouraged to bring their own datasets along and to engage with the organizers and speakers to address any problems specific to their own datasets/analyses.

Registration is now open! We welcome applications from graduate students and early-career scientists in the life sciences. Preference will be given to applicants who are not from a computational background and applicants who have already collected/assembled a dataset that they need to analyze.

Invited speakers:

Tanja Stadler (ETH Zurich)
Alexei Drummond (University of Auckland)
Tracy Heath (Iowa State University)
Tim Vaughan (University of Auckland)
Oliver Pybus (University of Oxford)

Dates: June 26th to July 1st  (Registration deadline: March 15th)

Place: Engelberg, Switzerland

For more information regarding the program, registration, venue, etc, please visit the summer school website: https://www.bsse.ethz.ch/cevo/taming-the-beast.html

We hope to see you there,

the Taming the BEAST organizing team

Postdoc i Biodiversitet-ekosystemtjänster / Pollination

Publicerat av GBIF-Sweden --

I am currently hiring for a postdoc position (see job ad below and atwinfreelab.com <http://winfreelab.com>), and would welcome applicationsfrom any qualified candidates you might recommend.Thanks!RachaelPostdoctoral Opening in Biodiversity-Ecosystem Services / PollinationCreative and highly motivated candidates with strong track records ofresearch productivity are invited to apply for an NSF-fundedPostdoctoral Associate position. Position will involve research at theintersection of biodiversity-ecosystem services research and pollinationecology and is based in Rachael Winfree’s lab group at RutgersUniversity (winfreelab.com <http://winfreelab.com>). The selectedapplicant will lead a landscape-scale field experiment to explore therelationship between pollinator diversity and the pollination deliveredto spring ephemeral plant communities, as well as leading the analysisand paper-writing for the project. The project is a collaboration withNeal Williams at UC Davis and the Postdoctoral Associate will workcollaboratively with both Winfree and Williams on multiple aspects ofthe project. Applications will be evaluated based on past researchproductivity, alignment of applicant experiences with the goals of theWinfree lab, and the individual’s potential to grow as a productive,independent investigator. Target start date is April 2016 and theposition is funded for two years.Qualifications:  Applicants must have a Ph.D in ecology or a relatedfield, a strong track record of leading successful field researchprojects, and excellent statistical and simulation modeling skills usingR. The successful candidate will likely have expertise in one of more ofthe following fields: biodiversity-ecosystem functioning, pollinationecology, ecosystem services, landscape ecology.Application: Applicants should send a single pdf file consisting of aletter of interest, CV, 2 representative publications, and contactinformation for three references to Rachael Winfree  rwinfree@rutgers.edu, using “NSF postdoc candidate“ as the subjectline. Applications will be accepted until January 1 2016, or until theposition is filled.Rutgers University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer*****************Rachael WinfreeAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Ecology, Evolution and Natural ResourcesRutgers UniversityTel 848 932 8315winfreelab.com

Doktorand i biodiversitetsforskning till Trondheim!

Publicerat av GBIF-Sweden --

Dear all,

excellent candidates for a PhD position on “Biodiversity in heterogeneous environments“ are wanted at NTNU. Department of Biology at NTNU in Trondheim (Norway) can fund two PhD positions among 14 different topics. We would like to find an excellent and highly motivated candidate for going into the competition of the projects funded by the Department of Biology. Our project aims to test theories on how landscape topography with all its microclimatic variation affects species capacity to adapt or disperse in response to climate change. The approaches to study this topic will involve fieldwork, theoretical and/or macroecological methods. If this sounds interesting to you, please read more about the project here and take contact with one of us before 22nd of January using the below email addresses:

Irja Ida Ratikainenirja.i.ratikainen@ntnu.no
Jonathan Lenoir
Bente Jessen Graae


The official announcement can be found here: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/120545/phd-positions-in-biology



Best regards,

Jonathan, Bente and Irja