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PhD opportunity: the role of natural antimicrobials in selection for antibiotic resistance

The NERC GW4 Universities Doctoral Training Program is currently advertising PhD projects. This is a slightly complicated process, but basically comes down to prospective students picking a project offered by scientists working at participating universities and institutions and applying to … Continue reading

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Re-post: Pitch: a Guide to the Bacteria and Archaea

The blog is a bit inactive at the moment and I hope to turn that around soon. In the mean time, I decided to re-post a blog entry from early last year to hopefully breath new life into this idea. … Continue reading

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paper out: Adaptation in Natural Microbial Populations

A review paper by Britt Koskella (now at Berkeley) and myself recently came out ‘adaptation in natural populations’; I have lazily copied the Abstract below: Although their diversity greatly exceeds that of plants and animals, microbial organisms have historically received … Continue reading

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A visit to Gabriel Perron at Bard College

This week I have made a short trip to see NERC collaborator Gabriel Perron at Bard College. (Gabe visited the ECEHH last year, see here.) Bard is a small liberal arts college located in the beautiful Hudson Valley about an … Continue reading

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Personal pages updated

Long overdue, but I have updated the personal pages (black bar under the header picture) of everyone working with Will and/or myself. I have also added a list of Past Lab members. (This made me realize that I have not … Continue reading

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Last week I had the pleasure of being the guest of Pål Jarle Johnsen at the University of Tromsø, the northernmost university in the world. I have recently been awarded a NERC ‘pump priming’ grant on incipient bacterial speciation for … Continue reading

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Citation counts: Google Scholar vs. Web of Science

As most scientists do, I occasionally find myself talking to colleagues about scientific impact. This discussion often centers on the prestigiousness of journals and their Impact Factors (for a very good discussion on this subject see this blog post). The … Continue reading

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Lab up and running!

Way too long since I last posted on the blog….one excuse was being occupied with moving lab kit and consumables, installing equipment and getting organized in general. A couple of lab issues still have to be resolved, e.g. our water-cooled … Continue reading

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Tomato Agar


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2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the … Continue reading

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