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!
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!
I, together with Hugo de Boer and Folmer Bokma have organized a course on proposal writing.. Folmer ran most of the show with a brilliant idea: first, we asked students to write 4 page proposals. Then, we provided students with 10-page proposals which were made publicly available by the Swedish research council and asked them to read them and gather in panels to discuss. After that, they had to reassess their own proposals.
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 🙂
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
My main advisor and I (Torsten Struck) have published a paper entitled “Cryptic Species and Their Evolutionary Significance”.
I am super happy to announce that my first first-authored paper has been accepted in Marine Biology.
It is entitled: ‘Marine connectivity dynamics: Clarifying cosmopolitan distributions of marine interstitial invertebrates and the meiofauna paradox’ and I promise to write/tweet about it once it is out 😁
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.
From May to September I will be visiting the US! I will be based in the lovely twin-cities of Urbana-Champaign at the University of Illinois. I am learning bioinformatics with a world leader: Julian Catchen and his LAB!