ForBio workshop: Proposal writing

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.


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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RADseq @ Finse

Restriction site associated DNA (RADSeq) is a popular method to study population genomics. It is particularly interesting to study non-model organisms and hence I am using it for one of my thesis’ projects.

I completed a FORBIO course with Stacks with Julian Catchen and Nicolas Rochette on RADSeq!

Learning my way through bioinformatics, privileged to have the support of a research school!

Snakemake @ Trondheim [En/Pt]

This week I took a Snakemake course in Trondheim. Met really nice people and learnt a lot … Snakemake will be a valuable skill in my tool set!

From the website:

“Snakemake is an MIT-licensed workflow management system that aims to reduce the complexity of creating workflows by providing a fast and comfortable execution environment, together with a clean and modern specification language in python style. ”

Esta semana desloquei-me a Trondheim para aprender Snakemake! Conheci pessoas formidáveis e adquiri mais uma ferramenta para poder optimizar e reproduzir linhas de comando 🙂