Update

I’ve been poor at posting news. Aaron successfully completed his PhD – congratulations Aaron – and Rudy has moved to his new position in London – congratulations Rudy. We are working on writing and revising manuscripts, and plans have already begun for field season, where Moe, Romain, Doro, and myself will spend two months in California, perhaps with a guest appearance by Victor. Kay Lucek shows ups soon as a new SNSP funded PDRA, and we are in the process of hiring a database manager for the lab.

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Moe’s paper in cichlid radiation is published

Moe’s paper on stages (or lack thereof) of radiation in cichlids is now published in Proceedings B. Congratulations Moe.

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New post-docs and NERC grant

Romain and Doro join the lab soon as new post-doctoral researchers. Welcome both to the team!

In other news, NERC recently funded our grant on using genomic tools to study the evolution of C3 and C4 photosynthesis in grasses. Pascal-Antoine Christin pioneered this system and is the PI. Colin Osborn and I are co-Is.

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Genomic islands and Timema in Science

A recent feature in Science focuses on genomic islands and our work with stick insects features prominently. Find the article HERE.

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Theory of genome congealing published

The theoretical modeling paper with Sam Flaxman as lead author is published now in Molecular Ecology, and was covered in a ‘News and Views’ perspective. The paper and perspective can be found here:   PDF   News and Views

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Tim and Rudy land jobs; two funded positions available in the lab

Congratulations to Tim who receive a postdoc offer with Mark Urban, and Rudy, who landed a lectureship position at RHUL.

Meanwhile, independent from these two leaving the lab at the end of the year, there are currently two funded postdoc positions available in the lab, to work on the genomics of speciation. For the job advert click HERE.

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Stages of adaptive radiation

Moe’s paper on stages of adaptive radiation in cichlids (or lack thereof) is accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. Congratulations to Moe.

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Genomics of Parallel speciation – The paper in Science is out.

The paper is officially out in Science and we got the cover photo! Congratulations to all those involved. You can get the paper HERE.

Special congratulations to the first author Victor, a happy scientist below…

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Things going on

Emma Curran, who is doing a fourth year project in the lab, was recently awarded a highly competitive NERC studenship. She will commence a PhD with Nicola Nadeau on the evolution of colouration in Heliconius butterflies.

Victor ran an intensive hands-on workshop on genomic analysis for Anamaria, Kei, and Moritz. Anamaria is assembling her own genomic data from mussels, conducting variant calling, etc. Great progress.

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Holiday season is over

The holiday season is over and field season is approaching. Lot’s going on. The paper in Ecology Letters is official published, including a Timema featured on the cover (nice photo Aaron). Anamaria received an ESF travel grant to link the mussel work on wild populations to aquaculture. Nice work Anamaria. Kei arrived from Japan and is settling in quickly. Everyone is busy writing papers…

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