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Nick Fountain-Jones wins Harry Smith Prize for study of virus transmission among urban bobcats

A camera-trapped bobcat near Anaheim, California, where Fountain-Jones et al (2017) examined Feline Immunodeficiency Virus transmission. (Observation from iNaturalist) The Harry Smith Prize is awarded for the best paper in Molecular Ecology in the previous year led by an early-career researcher. The … Continue reading

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Microbiomes of a small conference

The conference season is almost over. There are still a few gems out there worth attending before school starts. I just came back from the Lake Arrowhead Microbial Genomics Conference which took place at a UCLA resort in the mountains. … Continue reading

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Robin Waples receives 2018 Molecular Ecology Prize

Robin Waples receives the prize plate from prior Molecular Ecology Prize winner Fred Allendorf (photo credit: Diane Haddon) Robin Waples, the 2018 winner of the Molecular Ecology Prize, received a plate commemorating the award in a ceremony Sunday at the … Continue reading

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To present data is human, to communicate data is divine

Finding new and engaging ways to communicate science is of paramount importance. But, how many opportunities are there to practice the art of communication? That’s how I began the lead-in piece for a series of student posts over a year … Continue reading

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Not my problem

Do American scientists know that doing research in America is a necessary step for many scientists from other parts of the world in order to get a permanent job in academia in their home country? Once in the US, these … Continue reading

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ESA 2018 Recap

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something BLUE …in which I shoe-horn a summary post of this giant meeting into a cutesy subtitle, but it mostly works.

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Evolution 2018 Day 1: From genomics in the wild, to new models of selection

It’s Evolution conference time! Evolution has long been my favourite fixture in the conference calendar, with its diverse mix of theoretical and empirical studies that span the full range of evolutionary biology. This year it’s the second Joint Congress on … Continue reading

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Robin Waples awarded the 2018 Molecular Ecology Prize

The 2018 Molecular Ecology prize has been awarded to Robin Waples for his work on conservation biology and management, particularly as the leading expert on approaches for using molecular markers to estimate and understand effective population size in natural populations, … Continue reading

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Metabarcoding for every body, every habitat, every time

The immediate reason why I wanted to write about Boosting DNA metabarcoding for biomonitoring with phylogenetic estimation of operational taxonomic units’ ecological profiles is its usefulness for the scientific community and the effort of the authors to make their study reproducible. … Continue reading

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Support the Molecular Ecologist with all-new evolution and ecology-themed merch!

We don’t often make a big deal about it, but The Molecular Ecologist has long offered merchandise for purchase to help cover our operating expenses, which are chiefly web hosting and small stipends for contributors. The platform we’d used for … Continue reading

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