What we’re reading: A new review of landscape genetics, science in the shutdown, and how to not be That Dude.

Spanish Steps at sunset - Rome, May 2009 - 30

In the journals

Petren, K. 2013. The evolution of landscape genetics. Evolution. doi: 10.1111/evo.12278.

Evolutionary landscape genetics is the study of how migration and population structure affects evolutionary processes. As a field it dates back to Sewall Wright and the origin of theoretical population genetics, but empirical tests of adaptive processes of evolution in natural landscapes have been rare

Alberto, F. J., J. Derory, C. Boury, J.-M. Frigerio, N. E. Zimmermann, and A. Kremer. 2013. Imprints of natural selection along environmental gradients in phenology-related genes of Quercus petraea. Genetics 195:495–512. doi: 10.1534/genetics.113.153783.

We investigated whether SNP variation reflected the clinal pattern of bud burst observed in common garden experiments. We used different methods to detect imprints of natural selection (FST outlier, clinal variation at allelic frequencies, association tests) and compared the results obtained for the two gradients.

In the news

Here’s a brief rundown of scientific work and outreach brought to a screeching, experiment-ruining halt by gerrymandering-induced paralysis in Washington this week. And here’s a gallery of screenshots from databases and other online resources hobbled by the shutdown. But the conservative war on the NSF is still underway.

From tweet to review article.

Bard College (where, full disclosure, Jeremy has taught) is initiating a new option for applicants to skip SAT scores and transcripts by writing four 2,500-word research papers. Is that better?

More on the decision by Popular Science to close their website comments system.

A handy guide for male academics who don’t want to be That Dude.

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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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