Avoid scattered web information

I have seen a tendency among researchers and research groups to create their own external websites. The department strongly objects to this. It is not a good idea for a couple of Läs mer

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Visst kan alla djur lära sig – även sjöharar

Idag höll Stanley Heinze sin docentföreläsning ”The neural basis for memory and learning across the animal kingdom”.

– Inlärning är en process som leder till förändring, vilket sker som svar på Läs mer

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Protokoll från bibliotekets styrgruppsmöte 10/11 -17

Den 10 november hade Biologibibliotekets styrgrupp möte. Då diskuterades bland annat budget, fakultetsbibliotekets uppdrag och eMediastatistiken. Läs mer i protokollet från mötet (pdf).

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Anna Sterngren – new research engineer

My name is Anna and I’m happy to be back in the Ecology building after a
two-year break. I recently started working as Research Engineer in the Microbial
Ecology-group where my main tasks will be: running the Sanger Sequencing
facility, supporting researchers within the MICCS-project and general
maintenance of laboratory areas/equipment and registration/inventory of chemicals.

I’m a molecular biologist with a special interest in microbes. I defended my
theses 2014 within Microbial Ecology and during my PhD studies I investigated
how groups of soil microorganisms, in particular Archaea, are influenced by
environmental factors such as soil pH and carbon and nitrogen availability.
During the last year I have been working as a QC Microbiologist in a
pharmaceutical company in Malmö.

In my spare time I like hanging out with family and friends, gardening, knitting
and dancing.

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Arif Ciloglu – new postdoc at MEMEG

I graduated as a Veterinarian from Erciyes University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Kayseri, Turkey. I did my PhD in Veterinary Parasitology Science at Graduate School of Health Sciences, Erciyes University, from 2011 to 2016. I am currently working as an Assistant Professor in Department of Parasitology at Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Erciyes University. Also, I am a researcher in Protozoan Infections Group of Erciyes University Vectors and Vector-Borne Diseases Implementation and Research Centre.

In my postdoc project with Staffan Bensch as host, I plan to focus on a group of closely related lineages of Haemoproteus parasites (H. belopolskyi and H. nucleocondensus) that are primarily infecting warblers in the family of Acrocephalidae and that have their transmission restricted to tropical Africa. This study is important as it will provide unique knowledge of ecological and genetic adaptations associated to changes in transmission areas, key variables for predicting new Emerging Infectious Diseases.

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Samlingar i fokus på forum

Idag och i morgon är det konferensen Samlingsforum 2017 nere i Universitetsaulan. Det är en konferens för museifolk. I år är det Biologiska museet tillsammans Läs mer

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Nan Hu – new PhD student

My current research focuses on understanding the global warming effects across different trophic levels of marine species. More specifically, I propose to test whether species from different trophic positions response demonstrate different magnitude of phenotypic plasticity to abiotic versus biotic stress. My objectives are to measure the extent of shell shape, shell thickness, behavior and trait correlations among a set of traits. Together, these measurements will allow me to test whether stressors of different origin (abiotic vs. biotic) influence species associated to various trophic levels differently, and how this may cause ecological community imbalances via trophic effects. I use Nucella lapillus and Buccinum undatum, two carnivorous marine snails as high trophic level species. For low trophic level species, I will study the herbivorous marine snails Littorina obtusata and Littorina fabalis. Different pH levels will work as abiotic stress, and the predation risk from green crab work as biotic stress. I will also conduct a systematic review related to phenotypic plasticity of snails by using meta-analysis to extend the question to additional systems and taxa.

My previous study is mainly about predation behavior of the rapa whelk (Rapana venosa). I identified the prey selection of the whelk by filming their foraging behavior. I also examined the functional response of this species when they are exposed to different clam densities.

Nan Hu is a PhD student at Aquatic Ecology and Johan Hollander is his main supervisor.

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Minutes from the BDR meeting 6/11 -17

The Biology doctoral students council had a meeting 6 November. Among other things they discussed language of the department board meetings, salary raise, the role of the examiner, teaching, vacation, continuous page numbering of the thesis and BLAM. Read more in the minutes from the meeting (pdf).

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Minnesanteckningar från BIGs möte 13/1 -17

Infrastrukturgruppen hade möte den 13 november. Då diskuterades bland annat inventeringar, utfallet av ansökningar, infomöte om upphandling, genomgång av ej beviljade ansökningar och rapport om instrumentell kemi. Läs mer i minnesanteckningarna från mötet (pdf).

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Mads Fristrup Schou – new postdoc

Hey, I am happy to be here and look forward to meeting you all, and spending hopefully the next two years here at the department!

I did my PhD and Postdoc at Aarhus and Aalborg University in Denmark where most of my work involved the use of Drosophila as a model organism. I worked with genomic and phenotypic consequences for populations with a small population size, and in particular how environmental stress affected these relationships. I also worked on thermal adaptation in relation to climate change, where I used experimental evolution of thermal tolerances, but mostly focused on developmental plasticity of upper thermal tolerances.

Here in Lund I will work with Charlie Cornwallis, and use the novel (especially novel to me!) study system, the facultatively group living ostrich (Struthio camelus). Ostriches can breed on their own, but can also breed in complex groups and cooperate to protect eggs against extreme temperatures. I will measure ostrich heat tolerance in relation to cooperative breeding behaviour and combine this with large pedigrees and genomic analyses to understand the genetic basis of heat tolerance and if it is linked to the breeding strategy of ostriches.

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