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How Molecular Ecologists Work: Aaron Shafer on the perfect sentence, making phone calls, and German hip-hop

Welcome to the next installment of the How Molecular Ecologists Work series! For this entry, we have Dr. Aaron Shafer, who is currently transitioning from a postdoc position at Uppsala University to an assistant professor position at Trent University. Aaron … Continue reading

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How Molecular Ecologists Work: Tracy Heath on TSA precheck, writing on your desk, and not having an alarm clock

Welcome to the next installment of How Molecular Ecologists Work! This entry is from Dr. Tracy Heath, assistant professor at Iowa State University. Tracy and her lab develop methods and models for inferring phylogenetic relationships. Some of these approaches have included using paleontological data … Continue reading

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How Molecular Ecologists Work: J. Chris Pires on mono-tasking, not doing it all yourself, and defining that dream job

Welcome to the next installment of the How Molecular Ecologists Work series. This entry is from Dr. J. Chris Pires, associate professor within the Division of Biological Sciences at The University of Missouri. His work is broadly described as plant … Continue reading

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How Molecular Ecologists Work: Brant Faircloth on good headphones, one Dropbox to rule them all, and being nice

Welcome to the first installment of How Molecular Ecologists Work! This entry is from Dr. Brant Faircloth, assistant professor of computational biology at Louisiana State University. Brant’s work broadly revolves around elucidating the factors that shape biological diversity. In practice, he … Continue reading

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Introducing “How Molecular Ecologists Work”

I’ve always been fascinated by how people get all their work done. Scientists in particular make for a great study of working habits for two main reasons: they typically juggle a variety of tasks and they largely determine their own work schedules. This results … Continue reading

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A Nice opinion on confronting uncertainty and modeling it for GBS data

Just over a week ago, I had the opportunity to work in Chris Nice‘s lab at Texas State University. I was accompanied by one of our MS students, Ben, and my colleague, Erik Sotka, to prep libraries for a genomic … Continue reading

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Sous les mers: cradles or museums of biodiversity?

While thinking about environmental genomics and writing this post on a recent article in Heredity, I interviewed Eric Pante.

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Interview: The landscape of Ian Wang’s reading list

To follow up on some recent posts on The Molecular Ecologist about landscape genetics and isolation by environment, I brought in an expert. Dr. Ian Wang is an assistant professor in the Department of Environment Science, Policy, and Management at … Continue reading

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Show me the power

Describing the patterns of genetic structure and mating system variation in presents challenges from the outset of sample collection to data analysis (see this post and this post). At the beginning of February, I had the pleasure to collaborate with Sean … Continue reading

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Mike Sovic on what comes AftrRAD

We’ve recently been highlighting some discussions comparing different protocols for restriction site-associated DNA sequencing (RADseq). We’ve seen the pros and cons of multiple techniques, but what happens when you finally have thousands of shiny SNPs sitting on your hard drive? Multiple … Continue reading

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