Larval Lamprey Photos!

Undergraduate student Scott M. See just completed an independent study project to photograph the larval stage (ammocoetes) of sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus). These ammocoetes are currently being housed at the Aquaculture Research Lab at Purdue. Ammocoetes spend most of their lives underneath substrate, so these photographs of animals burying into the sand are really great!


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Graduate positions

Graduate positions are available in our lab. Up to two PhD positions are available for highly-motivated candidates interested in rapid genetic adaptation, conservation, and population genetics.
Potential projects include: 1. Examining the rapid adaptation of introduced fishes into the Great Lakes, 2. Identifying the genetic and evolutionary consequences of domestication, captive breeding, and supplementation of wild populations, and 3. Using existing and novel approaches to determine patterns of dispersal within a metapopulation context. These are the current research themes in the Christie laboratory, with research often focusing on fishes, but graduate students are free to explore independent lines of inquiry in any system. Previous research experience with molecular techniques, computational work, statistics, bioinformatics, and assisting with the design and implementation of experiments will be highly regarded.
If you are interested in joining the lab, please contact me directly with a resume/CV and a brief description of your research interests and experience.

Using GitHub with R and RStudio


Using GitHub with R and RStudiogithub-logo

A few weeks back, the Molecular Ecologist released an article about GitHub and also created an organization where you can fork or simply download code shared by the Molecular Ecology community. A few of you out there may still be skeptical about the benefits of using GitHub. Or you may find it confusing and not worth the bother. You may be thinking to yourself (well, at least, I was guilty of this) that all of your code is backed up on Dropbox, Google Drive, and three external hardrives – so what could possibly go wrong? The short answer is: lots! The longer answer is that there really are some tremendous advantages associated with using Git and GitHub that may not be immediately apparent.

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