Looking for a PhD student to study population genomics of rapid evolution

Details on how to apply (deadline 27th January 2021):

As part of a collaborative project with Isabell Hensen and Christoph Rosche (among others) at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (Germany), we are looking for a PhD student to study rapid evolution using genomic data of a wide-spread invasive plant species. This project is in cooperation with the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig:

“Harnessing the power of RADseq data to achieve a more mechanistic understanding of rapid evolution”

This integrative project will apply RADseq analyses to identify molecular mechanisms of rapid evolution in native and non-native Conyza canadensis populations. Landscape genomics will unravel adaptive and non-adaptive drivers of the global genomic structure of this cosmopolitan weed. Available common garden data will allow studying genomic associations for intraspecific trait variation for phenotypic (competitive ability) and metabolomic data (root exudate profiles). The project will be supervised by the iDiv members Isabell Hensen (MLU Halle), Walter Durka (UFZ Halle) and Renske E. Onstein (iDiv Leipzig).

Tasks:
• Performing population genomic lab work and data analyses
• Publishing scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals
• Presenting results at national and international conferences
• Interactions with molecular and evolutionary ecologist at MLU, UFZ and iDiv
• Travelling for interactions with collaborators from the University of Montana
• Active participation in the yDiv graduate school
• Qualification goal: PhD in population genomics

Requirements:
• M.Sc. or equivalent scientific university degree in a project-related field (e. g., population genetics, plant
genomics, population ecology, plant ecology and evolution, invasion biology)
• Statistical skills, experience with R
• Expertise and experience in population genetics are advantageous
• Experience in working with data pipelines is also advantageous

Get in touch if you have any questions!

The fate of rain forests – NESCent video 2016

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Pyrops candelaria in Borneo

New video on rain forest evolution – and why we need the field of evolutionary biology to understand (and possibly change) their fate. Current threat by humans is increasing – but we don’t know how species will adapt, move, evolve. To have a better idea, we need to know which processes have influenced their evolution in the past. Using (phylo)genetics, ecology, functional traits and species distribution modelling we may better understand this.

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Tarsius bancanus in Borneo

If selected, this video will be shown at the Evolution meeting in Austin, Texas, this June – I won’t be there, but please vote if you are! Thanks!

 

Watch the video here.