Two in one week! … Best communication award & 24.000 $ in project money

Last week I participated in the EMPSEB conference (European Meeting of PhD Students in Evolutionary Biology). I decided to go because everyone who had been to a previous EMPSEB said it was a really good conference. I really enjoyed it! It had a relaxed atmosphere, friendly early career researchers, no competition between participants and a really nice venue. I am humbled that I received the best poster award 🙂

… and as I woke up from the conference party (work hard, party hard!), I received the news we’re receiving 24.000 $ to whole-genome resequence Hawaiian Spiders.. which is a teaser for what’s to come in Berkeley.. Stay tunned!

I’ll be teaching a Physalia course about RADseq course along Julian Catch — see you in Berlin!

Super happy with the opportunity to meet Julian again. I took his RADseq course two years ago and it was really, really good. Last year I visited his laboratory in Urbana Champaign for four months.. and now I’m happy to help him with his RADseq course.

 

Join us in Berlin!

RCN project submitted!

After a long marathon, I can go back to rest and sleep! The past few months I have been baking a grant application for a FRIPRO mobility. If funded, I’m going to study adaptation genomics (the project includes looking at variance at genetic- , epigenetic- and differential gene expression- levels) in a recently adapted species to human environments (cities, villages, agricultural grounds). Now, 8 months of being nervous and advancing with my PhD 🙂

Time to leave Edinburgh

After three productive months it is time for me to go back to Oslo. Since January I have been living in Portobello (Edinburgh) and visiting Mark Blaxter at he Ashworth Buildings at the University of Edinburgh. In these three months I leanred how to assemble, curate and annotate a genome. Let’s hope to get some decent genomes for Stygocapitella and for some other invertebrates which I can’t disclose for now 🙂 #mystery

1st prize in science communication!

This photo just received a first prize in a science communication competition of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Oslo.

The post includes a description of the work and the photo was taken a few killometers before the beautiful city of Svolvær, in Northern Norway.

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When I am asked what I do for living, I usually say I am a #marine #biologist. #People gaze at me, and wonder if I #study something exhiting such as #whales or #dolphins.. and they often get disapointed when I tell them I study #worms 🙂 Worms are interesting too! The species I am studying, Stygocapitella subterranea, lives inside the #sand. It is a very interesting species for two reasons: 1. Because it has a worldwide distribution.. Despite being ~2 milimeters long and not being able to move around so much. 2. It is an aberrant worm! It lost its #adultform … And it looks like a small, juvenile (#baby) worm during its entire #life. We think this is an adaptation to live in between sand grains … Where there is very little space available. Today we visited Svolvær and looked for specimens around this area. The photo is along the way. #phdlifeMN

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