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Highlights from the 2015 Society of Systematic Biologists standalone meeting

Last week the Society of Systematic Biologists hosted its first standalone meeting from May 20-22 at the University of Michigan. The meeting included workshops, panel debates, three sessions of lightning talks, and an evening reception at the UM Museum of Natural … Continue reading

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Getting swole with Burmese pythons: the transcriptomics of python feeding

Burmese pythons can get pretty big. And they get even bigger after they eat a meal: like a mouse or an alligator. Indeed, their guts undergo rapid changes in form and function during and after a feeding bout. And, since … Continue reading

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Next generation sequencing: more replicates or more sequence?

The field of evolutionary biology changed drastically with the advent of next generation sequencing technologies. One thing that has stayed the same, however, is the importance of a well-planned experimental design, which ensures the data we collect have the power … Continue reading

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A few good molecular ecologists: six months and 116 posts later

My usual Wednesday spot on The Molecular Ecologist is primetime real estate: a lot of journal table-of-contents get sent out on Tuesday/Wednesday and whole slew of people are in the office looking at computer screens. This usually produces a nice readership on Wednesdays, … Continue reading

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The gopher tortoise gut microbiome

A few weeks ago I wrote about a study on socially structured gut microbiomes in wild baboons. Well, now I’m here to tell you about a new study that examined the population structure of tortoise gut microbiomes.

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A call for statistical editors in ecology

A new article in TREE wants to add a specialized reviewer to the peer review process. von Wehrden, Schultner, and Abson suggest that a statistical editor would expedite* the peer review process: “The review process of a manuscript with imperfect … Continue reading

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The fickleness of P?

Halsey and colleagues (2015) raise an important issue regarding a certain letter with which we all are familiar: They describe the sample-to-sample variability in the P value as a major cause of lack of repeatability that is not generally considered. They explain why P is fickle to … Continue reading

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Panamanian golden frog skin microbiota predict ability to clear deadly infection

The fungal skin infection, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), has pushed many amphibian species to the brink of extinction. One such species, the Panamanian golden frog, is likely extinct in the wild and has been maintained in captive breeding colonies since 2006. … Continue reading

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A love letter to sponges

Like many kids interested in marine biology, growing up I wanted to work on sharks. After college I interned for a year at the Center for Shark Research at the Mote Marine Lab under the guidance of two great mentors, Jim Gelsleichter and … Continue reading

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British fineSTRUCTURE

Leslie et al. (2015) provide an analysis of genome-wide SNP data from over 2,000 individuals in the United Kingdom in a paper out this week in Nature. The population structure in the UK was limited with FST estimates averaged 0.0007, with a … Continue reading

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