Juanita Gutiérrez-Valencia, 2nd year MEME student, had two papers published this month of which she was first author. The first article, titled “Species delimitation in the crypsis-defended and polymorphic stick insects of the genus Libethra (Phasmatodea, Diapheromeridae)” describes the results of her bachelor thesis and is published in Zoologica Scripta. The second article, “Recurrent breakdowns of mutualisms with ant in the neotropical ant-plant genus Cecropia (Urticaceae)“, is the result of Juanita’s first MSc thesis project during her MEME trajectory. This manuscript will soon be published in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.
The MEME programme congratulates MEME graduate Ana Lozano del Campo (cohort 2014), who has had great success at the European Athletics Indoor Championships 2017 on 3 March 2017. With a personal record, Ana placed sixth in the 3000 metres for women.
After a long period of illness Professor Isabelle Olivieri, University of Montpellier, passed away on 10 December 2016. Isabelle was a co-founder of the MEME-programme and instrumental for its implementation and success. It is with great sadness we send our thoughts to those closest to her. We co-founders remember her with great joy as dear friend and excellent colleague.
Franjo Weissing, Groningen
Jacob Höglund, Uppsala
John Parsch, Munich
Both Rebecca Hooper and Cormac Kinsella, first year MEME students, have published a paper last month. Rebeccas article is titled “Too close for comfort: spatial patterns in acorn barnacle populations“, and was published in Population Ecology (Hooper and Eichhorn, Popul Ecol, 2016, doi: 10.1007/s10144-016-0542-5). Cormac was second co-author on Ecology and Evolution paper “A further cost for the sicker sex? Evidence for male-biased parasite-induced vulnerability to predation” (Stephenson et al., Ecol Evol, 2016, doi: 10.1002/ece3.2049).
2nd Year MEME student Charles Xu (cohort 2014) has attracted a lot of media attention with his first-author article that was recently published in Plos ONE: “Spider Web DNA: A New Spin on Noninvasive Genetics of Predator and Prey” (Xu et al., PLOS One, 2015, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0142503). In this paper the authors describe a novel method to extract insect and spider DNA from spider webs. His publication was featured at CBSnews.com and The Scientist and several other online journals.
During his first year as a MEME student, Luohao Xu (MEME cohort 2014-2016) did a 5 month project at Uppsala University in the lab of Professor Hans Ellegren. We congratulate him with their resulting publication in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution, titled: “Quantitative mass spectrometry reveals partial translational regulation for dosage compensation in chicken” (Uebbing et al., Mol Biol Evol, 2015, doi: 10.1093/molbev/msv147).
MEME graduate Deniz Salali (MEME cohort 2010-2012) is co-author of the Science publication “Sex equality can explain the unique social structure of hunter-gatherer bands” (Dyble et al., Science 348: 796-798, 2015, doi: 10.1126/science.aaa5139). Salali is currently a PhD student in the Laboratory of Biological Anthropology at University College London (UK), where she studies social structure, cultural transmission and cooperation in Mbendjele (BaYaka) hunter-gatherers.
EMPSEB provides a platform for PhD students studying Evolutionary Biology to present their work and to meet their peers from all over Europe. It takes place in a different European city each year and is organized by current PhD students in that country. The meeting is also open for Master students and this year it is partially organized by MEME alumni.
Read the official invitation below.
Registration is now open for EMPSEB21:
The 21st European Meeting for PhD Students in Evolutionary Biology
Organised by the University of Edinburgh
Location: University of Stirling – Stirling, UK
Date: September 8-12th, 2015
To register, please visit the following link:
For more information on the conference please visit our website:
We look forward to seeing you in Stirling in September!
Application for the MEME cohort of 2015 is now closed. We have received 190 applications that meet all requirements and will enter the second round of selection. All remaining candidates will be notified about the outcome of the second round by the end of March 2015.
After having successfully passed the EU ‘Quality Review’, we are currently (deadline March 6, 2015) writing a proposal for the continuation of funding by the EU. Our prognosis is that we can offer at least 5 (and perhaps up to 10) scholarships per intake for the next three cohorts of MEME students.