Hi, everyone! I’m Jeremy Yoder, and I’m very pleased to be joining the contributors here at the Molecular Ecologist, starting today.
I’m currently a postdoc with Peter Tiffin at the University of Minnesota, studying the population genomics of adaptation in Medicago truncatula, a model legume native to the Mediterranean. I recieved my Ph.D. with Olle Pellmyr at the University of Idaho, where I studied the ecology, evolution, and population genetics of species interactions, especially the highly specialized pollination mutualism between Joshua trees and yucca moths. (And I am still pushing one last dissertation chapter through peer review. Let me join the chorus of postdocs chanting: Grad students! Publish before you graduate!) For a list of my publications, see my professional site.
I’ve also been writing about my scientific interests at the website Denim and Tweed since back in 2006, and last year I started the collaborative science blog Nothing in Biology Makes Sense! with a group of friends and colleagues from grad school. Based on that experience, Tim Vines asked me to join the Molecular Ecologist as a sort of administrator/coordinator, and as a contributor, and I was happy to say yes.
I’m not the only new face on the site—I’ll leave it to the others to introduce themselves—and I’m looking forward to talking about ecology, evolution, and the ever-expanding possibilities for studying both offered by molecular population genetics with my co-bloggers, and with readers. If you want to join the conversation, we have multiple venues available: in the comments on individual posts, in a guest post (e-mail me if you’d like to write one), on our shiny new Facebook page, or via Twitter. The Molecular Ecologist has established a dedicated readership and fostered some excellent discussion among working biologists, and we hope to continue to build on that foundation.