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As we head into the weekend, here’s a few things we’ve noticed that might be worth your screen-time.

In the journals

Epps, C.W., Wasser, S.K., Keim, J.L., Mutayoba, B.M. & Brashares, J.S. 2013. Quantifying past and present connectivity illuminates a rapidly changing landscape for the African elephant. Molecular Ecology. doi: 10.1111/mec.12198

The connectivity of elephant populations in Tanza- nian protected areas reflects a landscape in transition: elephants are still moving surprising distances outside protected areas (Fig. 2), even over steep terrain and near human settlements, but areas of dense human set- tlement and poaching threats have likely greatly reduced or eliminated many such movements (Figs 3 and 4).

Sunday, J.M. & Hart, M.W. 2013. Sea star populations diverge by positive selection at a sperm-egg compatibility locus. Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.1002/ece3.487

We find a different pattern of selection in the bindin locus in two geographically separated populations of a single species. Our results specifically indicate that there are sites under positive selection (dN > dS) in one population that are under purifying or neutral selection in the other population (dN ≤ dS), and the sites found to be under positive selection differed between the two populations.

In the blogosphere

A non-exhaustive list of hurdles for crowdfunding science.

The U.S. National Science Foundation Division of Environmental Biology (NSF-DEB) has launched a blog.

About Jeremy Yoder

Jeremy Yoder is an Assistant Professor of Biology at California State University, Northridge. He also blogs at Denim and Tweed, and tweets under the handle @jbyoder.
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