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Apple picking – A fabulous Fall ritual
Earned an Ice Cream Party!
Thanks to the prowess of Csenge and Alison who came in first and second place in the Annual Biology Department Egg Toss!!! The Pespeni Lab earned an ice cream party! Thank you, Csenge and Alison!!!! Fall 2021
Summer potluck in the park!
It was a blissful time of everyone in the lab being fully vaccinated and COVID concerns waning. Reid’s famous jello salad really stole the show…. pineapple, strawberries, marshmallows… who knew?!
Animated Video on our Collaborative Copepod Research!
Check out this video on our NSF-funded collaborative work studying the capacity of copepods to adapt to global change stressors. Please share broadly!
Our new graduate training grant, QuEST, is live!
If you or someone you know is looking to solve global and environmental health challenges using the powerful tools of evolutionary biology, modeling, and data science, then check out our new National Science Foundation-funded Research Traineeship, Quantitative & Evolutionary STEM Training (QuEST)!
Welcome Reid Brennan!
Reid Brennan just started as a postdoc in our group! Welcome, Reid! Reid is coming from UC Davis where he did his PhD with Andrew Whitehead studying adaptation to salinity in killifish. He’ll be studying the adaptive capacity of copepods to multiple global change stressors using multi-gene selection experiments with genomic, epigenomic, transcriptomic, and fitness measures!
New Postdoc Position Available – Evolutionary/Ecological Genomics of Adaption in Copepods
The Pespeni Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Vermont is looking to hire a postdoctoral fellow in ecological and evolutionary genomics using copepods in the genus Acartia as a model. The successful candidate will join an NSF-funded collaborative team focused on revealing potential genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of adaptation to elevated temperature and CO2 in a warm-adapted and a cold-adapted copepod species. Full-factorial multi-generation selection experiments are running in the lab of PI Hans Dam, with Co-PIs Hannes Baumann and Michael Finiguerra, at the University of Connecticut. PI Pespeni and Co-PIs are looking for applicants with expertise and interest in genomics and evolutionary biology to participate in this exciting research.
Required qualifications: Ph.D. by the time of start date in one of the following fields: evolutionary biology, genomics, population genetics, zooplankton ecology, and marine biology. Excellent communication and organizational skills.
– Experience generating, analyzing, and/or integrating large datasets – whole genome sequencing, transcriptome sequencing, bisulfite sequencing (or similar).
– Experience with selection experiments.
– Strong quantitative, statistical, and computational skills. Fluency in Python or Perl, and R.
– Strong written and oral communication skills.
Ideal applicants will be creative, highly motivated, and enthusiastic! They will be able to work independently and as part of a collaborative team. The fellow can expect to be a part of a supportive research environment, have the opportunity to mentor students, and work closely with the PI.
Initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of extension for one or two additional years, contingent on performance and funding. The salary will be commensurate with experience. Start date is preferably June 2017, but flexible.
To apply, e-mail a single PDF including a cover letter, a CV, and the names and contact information of three references to Dr. Pespeni (email@example.com), with the subject line as “Postdoctoral application “. Review of applications will begin in the beginning of April and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Informal inquiries prior to application are welcome.
Burlington is a hip, little city surrounded by the lakes and mountains of northern Vermont. The area thrives on local food, international culture, and outdoor activities year-round.
Postdoc Melanie Lloyd collects sea stars in Alaska!
Thank you Kyle Herbert (right) and Crew!!!
Lab Apple Picking Trip!!
We went apple picking at the Shelburne Orchards, then took the loot to our house to make delicious apple pie and apple crisp and share in a potluck lunch!!! It was a gorgeous Fall day; notice the Adirondack mountains in the background.
Top row: April Makukhov, Melanie Lloyd, Heidi Hargarten, and Melissa Pespeni. Bottom row: Aurelia Lockwood.