Monday, 2 December 2013

congrats to James for "best presentation"

Big congrats to James Burgon, awarded "best presentation of the day" at the 15th annual Molluscan Forum, run by the Malacological Society of London.  He presented work from his Masters on revising the gastropod genus Paramelania, which is endemic to Lake Tanganyika. 
(umm, next time it'll be the salamanders ... )

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Two new Midas cichlid species

Two new Midas cichlid species for the Nicaraguan crater lakes:

Recknagel H, Kusche H, Elmer KR, Meyer A (2013) Description of two new species in the Midas cichlid species complex: Amphilophus tolteca and Amphilophus viridis (Perciformes: Cichlidae). Aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology, 19, 207–224.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

MPE paper on-line early

Congratulations to Hans!

Hans Recknagel, Kathryn R. Elmer, Brice P. Noonan, Achille P. Raselimanana, Axel Meyer, Miguel Vences. 2013. Multi-gene phylogeny of Madagascar’s plated lizards, Zonosaurus and Tracheloptychus (Squamata: Gerrhosauridae). available on-line early at the journal Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

John Robertson Bequest funding awarded

Good news -- Kathryn is awarded funding from University of Glasgow's John Robertson Bequest. The support is for developing new protocols for next-generation sequencing, which can be used for phylogenomic analyses across species complexes. And many thanks to Hans for all the project help!

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

lecture at Mondsee

On May 16 2013, Kathryn is invited to give a research seminar in Austria at the Research Institute for Limnology, Mondsee (University of Innsbruck)

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

public outreach

Kathryn speaks to students at Glasgow's Hutcheson Grammar School about, 'what's it like to be a zoologist?'

Thanks to all those budding young scientists for their enthusiasm!

Monday, 4 March 2013

paper out today: South American salamanders older than the isthmus

Our Bolitoglossa research is out in BMC Evolutionary Biology, finding that South America's salamanders colonized from Central America ca 20MYA. The exciting thing is that such a pattern long precedes the putative ca 3MYA land bridge connection, or isthmus of Panama, and is consistent with some new and controversial research from STRI suggesting that the land bridge may be much older.

These salamanders are another example of cryptic species, with high genetic differentiation between putative "species" in the upper Amazon. This is a picture of a Bolitoglossa cf. peruviana that I caught in the upper Napo region of Ecuador, and which in all likelihood is not B. peruviana and instead a new species. (Descriptions are underway!)
Kathryn Elmer, Ron Bonett, David Wake and Steve Lougheed. 2013 BMC Evol Biol. 13: 59

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Liam at it again --

Good work Liam! Congratulations on being awarded research funding from the Glasgow Natural History Society.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Liam awarded BHS funding

Congrats -- Liam was awarded a Student Grant from the British Herpetological Society for his coming Master's research on molecular phylogenetics and phylogeography of salamanders. Well done!

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

NERC studentship awarded!

Good news! Glasgow graduate James Burgon has been awarded IBAHCM's only NERC studentship for the Elmer Lab project "How the salamander got his spots". Congrats James!

Monday, 21 January 2013

cold weather for fishing!

yikes, for most of last week Hans was fishing for gravid female whitefish in Loch Lomond. Cold hands but fun work! Finally, at least one of us is getting away from the computer this winter ...

upcoming seminar

Kathryn Elmer is speaking in Edinburgh on Wednesday 23 January -- "Ecological and genomic parallel evolution in crater lake cichlid fishes"

new paper using genotyping-by-sequencing

Hans' linkage map (that is, a linkage map of cichlids, not a linkage map of Hans) is out in G3! This double-digest restriction site associated DNA sequencing (ddRADSeq) will prove a *very* important methodology for our population genomics. Good-bye microsatellites, hello SNPs!

awarded ISSF funding with Glasgow Polyomics

We have received a great little "Catalyst" award to do some sequencing with Glasgow Polyomics. The project is a pilot to examine phenotypic plasticity and gene expression in lab-reared freshwater fishes.

update 05-03-2013: Here's a photo of Oli and his fabulous tank layout for the charr and whitefish. Now the fry must grow and we must wait ...

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Institute seminar

Check out my talk today at 1 pm-- right here in Graham Kerr lecture theatre for the IBAHCM seminar series
"Parallel evolution of crater lake cichlid fish"

Monday, 14 January 2013

Marie Curie Career Integration Grant awarded

catching up with some old news ... Kathryn was awarded a 4-year Marie Curie Career Integration Grant! This is for studying adaptive divergence in charr and whitefish, two freshwater fishes that are famous for ecological divergence in sympatry and in parallel.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

National Geographic coverage

some of our recent work from Axel's group in Konstanz has been covered by National Geographic. This was on the parallel evolution of thick vs thin lips of Midas cichlids in crater lakes and great lakes in Nicaragua and is mostly based on the findings from two recent papers:

Elmer KR, Lehtonen TK, Kautt A, Harrod C, Meyer A (2010) Rapid sympatric ecological differentiation of crater lake cichlid fishes in historic times. BMC Biology, 8, 60.
Manousaki T, Hull P, Kusche H, Machado-Schiaffino G, Franchini P, Harrod C, Elmer KR, Meyer A (2013). Parsing parallel evolution: ecological divergence and differential gene expression in thick-lipped Midas cichlid fishes of Nicaragua. Molecular Ecology, 22, 650-669.