My metabarcoding online course starts soon!

We're going into another round of the Metabarcoding Course I developed a few years back. I just finished updating its modules especially given how fast the field develops.Date: November 12, 2018 to December 09, 2018This 4-week, web-based course will provide an overview of the state of current technology and the various platforms used. The course consists of a series of online lectures, readings, videos, and research exercises introducing different aspects of metabarcoding and environmental DNA…

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From the inbox: Postdoctoral Researcher and PhD Positions at University of Oulu

The University of Oulu is an international scientific community, with 14,000 students and approximately 3,000 employees. The strengths of the University are wide multidisciplinary study/research interests and modern research and study environment, as well as good cooperation with international educational and research institutes. More information.The following full-time jobs are open in the Insect Genomic Systematics Group at the University of Oulu, Finland:1.     Postdoctoral Researcher2.     PhD studentProject description: Taxonomy, and its central concept…

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Heineken Prize for Paul Hebert

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences has awarded the 2018 Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences to Paul Hebert. Here the official announcement text plus a nice little video:A catalogue for the library of lifePaul Hebert is receiving the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences for his pivotal contribution to developing a genetic barcode capable of classifying every biological species on Earth. Paul Hebert is known as the 'father of DNA barcoding',…

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From the inbox: Eurytemora conference 2019

Dear colleaguesWe are going to organize a conference on Eurytemora in Saint Petersburg.  We are planning to meet in spring (May 2019). It is the nicest season to visit SPb: good weather and not too much tourists. The conference will be held in the building of the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences situated in the very heart of SPb just opposite of the famous Hermitage museum.Preliminary topic of our conference is: Use…

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Researcher in Environmental DNA (eDNA), Aarhus University

Researcher in Environmental DNA (eDNA), Aarhus University, Campus Roskilde, Denmark 1003793The Department of Environmental Science at Aarhus University, Roskilde, Denmark invites applications for a four year researcher position in environmental DNA (eDNA) to strengthen and expand the research capability, and the science-based policy advisory activities at the department. The position is to be filled as soon as possible, subject to negotiation. The Department of Environmental Science The Department of Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary department under the…

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Weekend reads

A lot of papers have piled up in the past few weeks. Lots to recommend for thorough reading. Lets start with some that were written by colleagues at our institute:Finding the pond through the weeds: eDNA reveals underestimated diversity of pondweeds.PREMISE OF THE STUDY:The detection of environmental DNA (eDNA) using high-throughput sequencing has rapidly emerged as a method to detect organisms from environmental samples. However, eDNA studies of aquatic biomes have focused on surveillance of…

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Fishbase in trouble

Do you know Fishbase? If you - like me - are working in fish biology and anything relating to fish or if you are a serious fish hobbyist it is very likely that you came across Fishbase a number of times. It is a huge resource for fish names and life history information. Endless work has been put into this database but it has never been easy to find the money needed to run it…

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A new shark: Squalus clarkae

Eugenie Clark was a pioneer in shark biology, known around the world for her illuminating research on shark behavior. But she was a pioneer in another critical way, as one of the first women of prominence in the male-dominated field of marine biology.Fondly labeled the "Shark Lady," Clark, who founded Mote Marine Laboratory and continued studying fishes until she passed away in 2015 at age 92, will now be recognized with another distinction: namesake of…

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A new species of Bandy-Bandy: Vermicella parscauda

Bandy-bandies (genus Vermicella) are small (50–100cm) black and white burrowing elapid snakes with a highly specialized diet of blindsnakes. There are currently only five species known in this genus, all from Australia.The species name was build with the Latin words pars (part) and cauda (tail) in reference to the tail length and formed bands on the tail.For the experts:  Morphological and mitochondrial analyses of specimens collected from the Weipa area, Cape York, Queensland reveal the…

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