Category Archives: microbial ecology

Postdoc: Fungal Ecology and Evolution

Postdoctoral Position in Fungal Ecology and Evolution

Contact: Dr. Serita Frey, Department of Natural Resources & the Environment,University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH USA Serita.Frey@unh.edu

(Questions can also be directed to Dr. Anne Pringle, University of Wisconsin-Madison, anne.pringle@wisc.edu)

Our laboratory aims to understand connections between microbial community structure and ecosystem function. We document the impacts of environmental change on the diversity, community composition, and function of the soil microbial community, and test whether shifts in the community subsequently influence ecosystem-scale carbon and nutrient cycling dynamics. A recent focus is on anthropogenic drivers of fungal evolution, in collaboration with Dr. Anne Pringle at the University of Wisconsin.

This two-year position will focus specifically on fungal evolution within global change contexts, with an emphasis on how fungi evolve in response to soil warming and simulated nitrogen deposition. The candidate will have the flexibility to explore questions that fall within this general topic area, while building on previous research conducted in the Frey and Pringle Labs. The candidate is expected to have strong interests and experience in evolution and ecology. Expertise in cultivation-based and genomic analyses as applied to soil fungi is highly desirable. The candidate will be expected to work independently, but also cooperatively with other members of the lab and with the Pringle Laboratory. A Ph.D. degree in evolution, ecology, natural resources, microbiology, or related field, along with relevant research experience is required. The target start date is Oct. 1, 2017, though an earlier start date is possible. Review of applications will begin April 15, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

To apply please send the following items in a single PDF file to Serita Frey (serita.frey@unh.edu): letter of interest/experience, CV, and the names and contact information of three professional references.

Reference ITSdb for QIIME released

Good news!

An alpha version of the ITS reference database for use with QIIME was released this week as part of the QIIME team development. There are more details on the release and how to obtain it from the project’s post here.

Please note that this is an Alpha release and may not be completely consistent, but the team wants to make something available now to give people a starting DB for use of QIIME and ITS data.  Parameters will need to be modified from the defaults, so watch the QIIME space, and we are working on a best practices document in the lab here to help ease the training in this.

All the data are also in a github repository and this is built starting from the database provided and curated by the UNITE team. I love that the data are getting version controlled here so it is easy to look at versions and revisions.

Fungal ITS database workshop

We held a workshop last for some of the people using and developing tools and databases for fungal molecular ecology in Fungi in (beautiful) Boulder, CO last week as part of our efforts in the Microbiome of the Built Environment. I am working with my co-organizer and participants to prepare a meeting summary and some descriptions of concrete plans forward. We expect this to make it easier to analyze Fungal ITS sequences in tools like QIIME and provide linkage with resources built around phylogenetic analyses of Fungi. An longer meeting summary will be posted in the coming week after we have all the presentations gathered and the details of the meeting written out.