Increasingly, everyone is eating the same foods around the world.

Here is a really interesting interactive site that shows how people around the world are increasingly eating the same foods.

Hence, the homogenization of the world’s food supply allows insect pests of crops to achieve far broader distributions than previously possible.

Food is becoming increasingly less tied to endemic plants and animals. Here is another interesting article from National Geographic:

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A Feature in the Burlington Free Press

Thanks to Joel Baird of the Burlington Free Press for the article covering our work on swede midge!


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A visit to Wagenigen University

I am very excited to visit Wagenigen University in the Netherlands to give a talk and a Master class. Thanks Jeltje Stam!

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Seeking a postdoc in population genomics

Post-doctoral Position on the Population Genomics of a rapidly evolving agricultural pest

“Do Hyper-Diverse Genomes Run The Pesticide Treadmill: Resequencing Colorado Potato Beetle Genomes To Understand Rapid Pest Evolution”, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Department of Entomology

A postdoctoral position will be available in Dr. Sean Schoville’s lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in collaboration with Dr. Yolanda Chen (University of Vermont) and Dr. David Hawthorne (University of Maryland).


Understanding the mechanisms underlying rapid evolutionary change, particularly at the scale of the whole genome, is an important challenge for both theoretical and applied evolutionary biology. This genome resequencing project focuses on the Colorado potato beetle, and its relatives, to understand the structural and functional genomic changes associated with the beetle’s host range expansion onto potato, the colonization of novel climatic regimes, and the rapid development of insecticide resistance (to over 50 classes of insecticides!).

Position Responsibilities:

The post-doctoral associate will be expected to analyze whole-genome resequence data to assess the population genomics and structural genomic changes across a diverse sample of Colorado potato beetle genomes. This project will provide training opportunities in bioinformatics analysis, population genetic modeling and phylogenomic analysis. Desirable skills for this project include familiarity with Linux operating systems and computer programming (Perl, Python, and R), as well as previous experience analyzing population genetic data.

How to Apply:

Funding for this position is available for 1 year with the possibility of extension. To apply, please send a single pdf with a cover letter, a CV, 1-2 representative publications, and names and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Sean Schoville, email:, by June 30, 2015. Start date is flexible but preference will be given to candidates that can begin in late-August or early-September 2015. The University of Wisconsin is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

For more information about the research in our groups, please go to:


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Swede midge issue on tv




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