Author Archives: Jeremy Yoder

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.

Field notes from city streets

I spent this morning in Los Angeles city parks, pulling up clover. This attracted less attention than you might expect. Angelenos are, as a group, not inclined to bother people who aren’t doing anyone else any obvious harm, and honestly … Continue reading

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Nominations Open for 2018 Molecular Ecology Prize

We are soliciting nominations for the annual Molecular Ecology Prize. The field of molecular ecology is young and inherently interdisciplinary. As a consequence, research in molecular ecology is not currently represented by a single scientific society, so there is no … Continue reading

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Are population genomic scans for locally adapted loci too successful?

Last Friday, Molecular Ecology released an interesting new systematic review online ahead of print. Colin Ahrens and coauthors at a number of Australian research institutions compiled results from 66 papers reporting tests for locally adapted loci based on either FST … Continue reading

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#NewPI chat: Third (or maybe fourth) time’s the charm edition

Following up on last fall’s group-chat discussion of life as a new(is) professor, three Molecular Ecologist contributors who are in our first years on faculty recently reconvened on the TME Slack channel to talk about that #NewPI life for an … Continue reading

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Meet the new Molecular Ecologists

This month we’re excited to welcome a bunch of new voices to The Molecular Ecologist, from all over the world and with all sorts of research interests. Say hello to the 2018 cohort of TME contributors! Katharine Coykendall Who are … Continue reading

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Notes from Asilomar: 150 years of the American Naturalist

My 2018 academic year started with a drive north. Asilomar Conference Grounds, on the Monterey Peninsula, is a half-day trip north of Los Angeles, so when the American Society of Naturalists announced it as the site for the society’s meeting … Continue reading

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Molecular ecology, the flowchart

Towards the end of last semester my department’s evolutionary genetics journal club read Rasmus Nielsen’s terrific 2005 review of tests for recent natural selection in genetic data. Nielsen provides figures illustrating the effects of a recent selective sweep and the … Continue reading

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Friday action items: End the year on a hopeful note

On Fridays this year we’ve been posting small, concrete things you can do to help make things better under the current administration. It’s been a tumultuous year, and one in which it was impossible to ignore the politics outside our … Continue reading

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Join the Molecular Ecologist blogging team in 2018!

Update, 22 Jan 2018: We’ve had a bunch of great applications — thanks to everyone who’s applied. Recruiting is closed for now, but keep an eye out for future opportunities. The Molecular Ecologist is seeking new regular contributors for 2018! … Continue reading

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It’s decorative gourd genetics season, muppet-huggers

It’s the first week of November, and we’re at Peak Pumpkin. Jack o’lanterns are passé, but Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and traditional winter-solstice-adjacent holidays will keep pumpkin pie and its infamous espresso-based brethren in style for almost two more months. … Continue reading

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