Svenska artprojektets årliga utlysning av medel för taxonomisk forskning och inventering

Svenska artprojektet har nu utlyst medel för taxonomisk forskning och inventering gällande dåligt kända organismgrupper i Sverige. Sista ansökningsdag är 1 juni 2016. Läs mer här. Nästa ordinarie utlysning sker i april 2017.

The Swedish Taxonomy Initiative (STI) has now announced grants for taxonomic research and inventories within poorly known organismal groups in Sweden.  Apply before 1 June 2016. Read more here. Next announcement will be made in April, 2017.

Trevliga radioinslag om taxonomisk forskning

De senaste dagarna har två projekt som har stöd av Svenska artprojektet nämnts i Vetenskapsradion – Mathias Jaschhofs forskning om gallmyggor och Karen Hansens skålsvampsforskning. Lyssna gärna på de trevliga inslagen med hjälp av länkarna nedan!

1. Skålsvampar (Karen Hansen), 2. Gallmyggor (Mathias Jashhof).

Vänliga hälsningar
Rikard

Svenska artprojektet utlyser medel för taxonomisk forskning och inventering

Årets utlysning av medel från Svenska artprojektet för taxonomisk forskning och inventering gällande dåligt kända organismgrupper ligger nu ute på ArtDatabankens hemsida. Sista ansökningsdag är 1 juni 2015.

Summer school on Tropical Biology in Tanzania 2015

Ansökningsfrist för att kunde komma med på kursen, som är i Udzungwa Mts 24 augusti – 6 september 2015, är slutet på juni. För mer information och hur man ansöker: http://www.muse.it/it/La-Ricerca/Biodiversita-tropicale/Proposte-formative/Pagine/Summer-School-2015.aspx

Kontaktperson för kursen är Nikolaj Scharff (nscharff@snm.ku.dk).

Jobb i Norge för molekylär systematiker

The NTNU University Museum, Department of Natural History

Associate professor of molecular biodiversity

Application deadline: 25 May 2015.

The NTNU University Museum is seeking a highly qualified and motivated candidate for an associate professor position in molecular biodiversity. The position is part of NTNU’s strategic focus on young, ambitious and excellent researchers (the “Onsager fellowships”) and is financed for 6 years. After this time it is expected that the candidate will obtain full professor qualifications and permanent employment.

The position in molecular biodiversity is central in the Department of Natural History’s strategy for further increasing the use of next generation sequencing data in studies of patterns and changes of biodiversity in time and space. More specifically, the successful candidate will carry out cutting-edge research within the field of evolutionary and environmental genomics, and extensive experience in handling and analysing complex genomic data sets using custom scripts and open source tools is expected. Background in population genomics, phylogenetics and proficiency in statistics is considered essential. The candidate must have experience in team-work and is expected to be working with broad research topics within evolutionary biology and ecology.

The successful applicant will have a strong interest in evolutionary biology and a PhD in biodiversity science (molecular ecology, molecular systematics or closely related fields of evolutionary biology research) or bioinformatics. Experience in analyses of different types of molecular data is an advantage. Applicants must document excellence in research during and after completed PhD, be goal-oriented and able to deliver results when expected. Excellent skills in written and spoken English and creative problem-solving abilities are expected.

Full info: http://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/112322/associate-professor-of-molecular-biodiversity

Svamparnas diversitet och makroekologi kartlagda genom världsomspännande jordprover

En ny artikel i tidskriften Science bjuder på den hittills största och mest detaljerade kartläggningen av svamparnas mångfald. Ett forskarlag bestående av deltagare från 23 länder analyserade 365 jordprover från sex kontinenter med högeffektiv DNA-sekvenseringsteknik. Närmare 45,000 arter påträffades, av vilka mindre än 10% kunde identifieras till artnivå.

”Fjorton större grupper av arter kunde inte ens identifieras på klass-nivå.”, konstaterar Henrik Nilsson vid Göteborgs Universitet, medförfattare till studien.

Utöver det taxonomiska sprängstoffet, medförde den breda geografiska och klimatrelaterade samplingen att flera sedan länge etablerade hypoteser kring svamparnas biogeografi och makroekologi kunde prövas. Lite oväntat visade sig klimat- och jord-variabler såsom nederbördsmängd respektive pH vara avgörande för svampars kolonisering. Detta står i strid med dogmen att svampdiversiteten är intimt och oupplösligt kopplad till växtdiversiteten i varje område.

”Och fler omkullkastade dogmer lär det bli”, fortsätter Henrik, ”i takt med att vi nu har redskap att närma oss den eukaryota biodiversiteten och de processer som formar den på ett helt nytt, data-baserat sätt.”

Studien är ett exempel på den taxonomiska och ekologiska syntes som blir möjlig genom global sampling, högeffektiv DNA-sekvensering och världsomspännande samarbete. Vidare sätts svamparna som organismgrupp upp på agendan; i ljuset av studien framstår det som lätt försumligt att närma sig frågor kring ekosystemtjänster, klimatförändringar och makroekologi utan att inbegripa svampriket.

Summary in English

Fungi play major roles in ecosystem processes, but the determinants of fungal diversity and biogeographic patterns remain poorly understood. Using DNA metabarcoding data from hundreds of globally distributed soil samples, we demonstrate that fungal richness is decoupled from plant diversity. The plant-to-fungus richness ratio declines exponentially toward the poles. Climatic factors, followed by edaphic and spatial variables, constitute the best predictors of fungal richness and community composition at the global scale. Fungi show similar latitudinal diversity gradients to other organisms, with several notable exceptions. These findings advance our understanding of global fungal diversity patterns and permit integration of fungi into a general macroecological framework.

Nothofagus pumilio forests of Patagonia

Collection site in Nothofagus pumilio forests of Patagonia
Courtesy of Alina Greslebin

Guyana, courtesy of Terry Henkel

Collection site in Guyana
Courtesy of Terry Henkel

Jordprover till studien samlades in från hela världen. Bilderna visar
två insamlingsplatser, Patagonien (ovan) och Guyana (nedan)

URL: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/346/6213/1256688.abstract

ForBio Course: Kelp communities – marine macroalgae and associated fauna and flora

Dear all,

ForBio is organizing a course focusing on marine macroalgae and their associated fauna and flora.  The course includes field collection of samples, lectures on the identification of algae and major groups of associated fauna (e.g. molluscs, polychates, crustaceans) as well as specialist lead identification sessions on the collected material.

The course will take place Jul 23 – Aug 1, 2014 at Espegrend Marine Biological Station in Bergen, Norway.

You can find out more about the course and instructions on how to register for it on the ForBio website:
http://www.forbio.uio.no/events/courses/2014/macroalgae.html

I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have about the course or participation.

Hope to see you in Bergen!

Aino

Aino Hosia
Researcher, ForBio Coordinator
University Museum of Bergen, Natural History Collections
University of Bergen
Postboks 7800, NO-5020 Bergen, Norway
email: aino.hosia@um.uib.no
tel: +47-55582963, +47-92467311

ForBio field courses on Greenland

The Research school in biosystematics – ForBio invites members and associates to participate in field courses on Greenland 2013.

We offer a terrestrial course covering vascular plants and arthropods July 15 – August 1, and a marine course September 9 – 27.

More information can be found at http://www.forbio.uio.no

Questions regarding the terrestrial course can be directed to Heidi Solstad (heidi.solstad@ntnu.no) and Christiane Todt (Christiane.Todt@um.uib.no) can answer questions about the marine course.

Registration deadline is January 31.

Final call for the ForBio course ”Biosystematics methods and biodiversity”

Dear all,
On behalf of the research school in biosystematics – ForBio – I am sending a reminder about the course ”Biosystematics methods and biodiversity” that will be held July 30 – August 4, 2012 at Skibotn field station, Troms, Norway .
Expertise in collecting natural history specimens, gathering data associated with them, their identification based on morphological characters, and preservation for natural history collections is rapidly disappearing in many countries. This course aims to provide field experience for PhD students and post-docs in biosystematics who want to gain increased knowledge of specimen and data collection, specimen identification, and preservation for taxonomic research.
The registration deadline is June 15, 2012, but please see important registration information at http://www.forbio.uio.no/events/courses/2012/bio8001.html or contact Sergei Drovetski directly at sdr00@uit.no
The course is arranged by the Research School in Biosystematics – ForBio. There is no course fee, and PhD students/postdocs registered at Swedish or Norwegian universities can become ForBio members and will then have their travel and accommodation costs covered. For information about ForBio and its membership, please see http://www.forbio.uio.no/
This course will cover birds, vascular plants, and bryophytes.
Hope to see you at Skibotn, Sergei Drovetski.
Read the entire article here: http://www.forbio.uio.no/events/courses/2012/bio8001.html