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[Molecular-evolution] Graduate position: Poppy self-incompatibility, Alaska

Diana Wolf via mol-evol%40net.bio.net (by ffdew2 from uaf.edu)
Tue Oct 30 15:53:55 EST 2007

We currently have NSF funding for an MS or PhD level student to work
on the evolution of self-incompatibility genes in poppies
(Papaveraceae) at the University of Alaska.

The ideal student for this project will either have molecular lab
skills (such as DNA sequencing), and/or data analysis skills (math,
computer, coalescence theory). However, all high-quality students with
an interest in evolutionary genetics are encouraged to apply for
Spring or Fall admission.

Alaska offers unparalleled beauty, untouched landscapes, and unique
research opportunities, as well as an extreme climate and unique
culture. Research at UA includes topics such as adaptations to our
extreme climate, the unique evolutionary history of organisms
influenced by glacial cycles and migrations from both North American
and Asia, climate change, how interactions among species influence
community composition.

The goal of the project is to sequence and identify
self-incompatibility alleles from the genus Papaver, and investigate
the patterns of molecular evolution at this locus. Students will also
be encouraged to develop their own interests in areas related to this
project. For instance, investigating the number of
self-incompatibility alleles and mate availability in Papaver species
with different evolutionary histories.  There are several rare
(federally listed) poppy species in Alaska which are not found
elsewhere in North America, and there is likely to be interesting
conservation work that can be done on these species, such as
investigating their self-incompatibility status and ability to find
mates, levels of genetic diversity, and their divergence from eastern
Russian populations, and relationships to other Beringian poppies.
There are also opportunities for developing theory on the evolution of
self-incompatibility genes.

Please contact:
Diana Wolf
ffdew2 from uaf.edu


Naoki Takebayashi
ffnt from uaf.edu

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