Author Archives: peterfields

Random drift and phenotypic evolution

This week we have a guest post from Markku Karhunen. Markku’s research at the University of Helsinki included the development and implementation of a number of very interesting and useful population genetics methods. In his guest post Markku discusses these … Continue reading

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Scientific computing doesn’t have to hurt

Amy Brown handles communication and scheduling for Software Carpentry. The post title alludes to the goals of Software Carpentry, a volunteer organization whose members teach basic software skills to researchers in science, engineering, and medicine. It’s a great organization, and … Continue reading

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Analytical software management for your Mac? Homebrew to the rescue!

Source: http://www.popsci.com/diy/article/2007-08/ultimate-all-one-beer-brewing-machine Much of the big processing tasks in biological research remain the domain of clusters of computer nodes, whether local or an Amazon EC2 instance, running various flavors of Linux. It is perhaps safe to say that this fact will … Continue reading

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Best Practices for Scientific Computing…And Molecular Ecology?

Source: http://xkcd.com/292 Update Best Practices in Computing has now been published in PLoS Biology! Computers and computational techniques have significantly advanced the molecular ecologist’s toolbox for answering interesting and complex questions about a range of biological systems,  model or otherwise. Imagine, … Continue reading

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Approximate Bayesian computation without the wait

Approximate Bayesian computation (abc) is arguably one of the most exciting, and quickly developing, tools available to modern population geneticists . Requiring a combination of large scale simulations and the evaluation of summaries of simulated datasets and an observed dataset, … Continue reading

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New to the blog: Peter Fields

Greetings fellow molecular ecologists and other interesting people! I’m Peter Fields, a recent recruit to the roster of contributors at the Molecular Ecologist. I’m currently a graduate student with Douglas Taylor at the University of Virginia. My dissertation research has … Continue reading

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