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2017

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Jul:

  • Ovidiu joined the XIX International Botanical Congress in Shenzen, China and presented the talks "The genomic drivers of ecological divergence in sibling Dactylorhiza allopolyploids" and "Genomic, epigenomic and metagenomic analyses reveal parallel ecological divergence in Heliosperma pusillum (Caryophyllaceae)".
  • Aglaia started her maternity leave. We look forward to see a photo of the baby soon. Good luck, Aglaia!

Jun:

  • Thomas participated at the Botany 2017 conference in Fort Worth, Texas, USA and gave the talk "The transcriptomic drivers of ecological divergence after recurrent allopolyploidization in Dactylorhiza".
  • Marie participated at the Evolution Meeting in Portland, Oregon, USA. She gave a talk on the topic "RAD-seq as a genome-wide approach to understand allopolyploid evolution in Dactylorhiza (Orchidaceae)" and presented also the poster "RADseq provides evidence for parallel ecotypic divergence in the autotetraploid Cochlearia officinalis in Northern Norway".
  • Tanja Slotte (University of Stockholm, Sweden) was a guest of our group. She met and discussed with us our reserach and gave two invited lectures. We hope Tanja enjoyed her stay!

May:

  • Andrea Fulgione from the MFPL Vienna gave an invited talk on the topic "Arabidopsis thaliana in the south, ancient lineages and adaptation to islands."

Jan:

  • Aglaia attended the 2017 Workshop on Genomics in Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic.
  • Thomas gave a talk on the topic "Molecular basis of adaptive divergence after allopolyploidisation in Dactylorhiza (Orchidaceae)" at the PopGroup 2017 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK.

2016

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Nov:

Oct:

  • Aglaia, Ovidiu and Thomas attended the conference "Mind the Gap 5" organised by PopGen Vienna.
  • Mikael Hedrén (Lund University) visited us for a month to work closely with Marie, Alexander, Juliane and Ovidiu on our common Dactylorhiza project. Mikael is particularly interested in the phylogenetic relationships in the genus, and the phylogeography of polyploid lineages. Mikael also presented a lecture on Polyploid evolution in Nigritella in our seminar series.
  • The second funding period of our START project has been approved by the FWF panel according to recommendations from peer-reviewers. We are excited about the opportunity to investigate even deeper the amazing evolution of Dactylorhiza polyploids.
  • Aglaia, Marie, Thomas and Ovidiu spent a social weekend at the PhD retreat of the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics at a hut village in Altaussee. The students presented their latest results to the thirty participants and got helpful feedback. We all enjoyed brainstorming during the day and socializing during the night...
  • A new PhD student joins our group! Aglaia Szukala has a MSc in Evolution and Ecology and a MA in violin. Aglaia will investigate the evolutionary processes during convergent ecotype formation in Heliosperma. She has joined the programme of the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics. Ovidiu and Magnus Nordborg are her supervisors.

Sep:

  • Ovidiu was a PhD examiner for the (quite formal) defentio of Veronica Preite at the Wageningen University (The Netherlands) on the topic: "Epigenetic inheritance in apomictic dandelions: Stress-induced and heritable modifications in DNA methylation and small RNA". Podcast of the event. Ovidiu enjoyed the refreshing subject and the Dutch hospitality.
  • Ovidiu gave a seminar at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) at the invitation of Koen Verhoven. The topic presented was "Molecular basis of adpative divergence after recurrent allopolyploidization in Dactylorhiza".

Aug:

  • Alexander Athanasiadis joined us as student apprentice for a couple of months. He is currently doing a Bachelor in Biology at the University of Vienna. He wants to get an inside in research to help him to decide his future specialisation in his studies.

Jun:

  • Emiliano's new article in Nature Communications on population structure and migration patterns of Emperor Penguins is widely covered in the media. For example in Der Standard and ORF (Austria) and in NZZ (Switzerland).
  • Ovidiu gave an invited lecture ("Genomic approaches to evolution in non-models") at the 5th Next Generation Sequencing Symposium at the CeMM Research Center (Vienna, Austria).
  • Thomas gave a lecture ("The impact of alloploidy on gene expression in Dactylorhiza") at a meeting of the EvolVienna network. His results were very well received.

May:

  • Ovidiu, Marie and Thomas attended the International Conference on Polyploidy, Hybridization and Biodiversity in Rovinj, Croatia. Ovidiu ("Molecular basis of adaptive diffusion after recurrent allopolyploidization in Dactylorhiza.") and Thomas ("The impact of alloploidy on gene expression in Dactylorhiza.") gave oral presentations and Marie presented two posters ("Using RAD-seq as a genome-wide approach to understand allopolyploid evolution in Dactylorhiza (Orchidaceae)" and "Polyploid and ecological adaptation in Cochlearia L. (Brassicaceae) in Northern Norway").

April:

  • Emiliano gave a seminar on "More than SNPs, other things RADseq can be useful for" at the NGS Workshop, BIOM Spring Camp, Research Facility Studenec, Institute of Vertebrate Biology, Czech Academy of Sciences.
  • Maria defended successfully her Master thesis ("Genetic differentiation and admixture patterns between Dactylorhiza allopolyploids (Orchidaceae) with a focus on Alpine sympatric populations"). Congratulations!

March:

  • Thomas and Marie presented their latest results to our long-term collaborator Mark Chase (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, U.K.) while he visited the insitut.
  • Dmitry Filatov (University of Oxford, UK) gave an invited talk on "Widespread adaptive evolution during rapid plant radiations".

Feb:

  • Ovidiu gave a lecture on "Orchids, epigenetics and evolution" for the interest group "ARGE Endemic and Mediterranean Orchidologists" in Vienna.

Jan:

2015

Dec:

  • Marie and Thomas met Jonathan Wendel (Iowa State University) and discussed their PhD projects on the evolution of allopolyploids in Dactylorhiza.
  • The Faculty Research News of the Faculty of Life Sciences (University of Vienna) is featuring our endeavour to understand evolution (in German).

Nov:

  • Ovidiu gave an invited talk at Systematikdagarna 2015 (the meeting of the Swedish Systematic Association) on "Convergent and adaptive processes during evolution".
  • Emiliano gave a talk within the EvolVienna network on "Genetic and epigenetic patterns of divergence in repeated parallel adaptation of an alpine plant".
  • Ovidiu gave an invited talk at the CSIC Sevilla, Spain on "Genomic approaches to evolution in non-models" at the invitation of Conchita Allonso.
  • Thomas and Ovidiu visited Francisco Balao at the University of Sevilla and discussed the RNAseq analysis pipeline for Dactylorhiza allopolyploids.

Oct:

  • Ovidiu gave an evening lecture at the Linnean Society in London on "Evolution from beyond genetics". --> Podcast of event.
  • While in London, Ovidiu also spoke at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on "Recurrent allopolyploidizations and adaptive diffusion in Dactylorhiza".
  • Juliane and Marie attended a seminar about qPCR by Agilent Technologies.

Aug:

  • Together with Conchita Alonso (Donana Nature Reserve, Spain), Ovidiu organized the symposium "Evolutionary Epigenetics: Switching from Models to the Field" at the ESEB meeting, Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • Emiliano gave a talk at the ESEB meeting, Lausanne, Switzerland on "Epigenetic divergence and parallel evolution in Heliosperma pusillum (Caryophyllaceae)".
  • Ovidiu gave a talk at the ESEB meeting, Lausanne, Switzerland on "Molecular basis of ecological diffusion after recurrent allopolyploidization in Dactylorhiza".
  • Thomas attended the course "Genetic data analysis in R" at the Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment (UK).

Jul:

  • Ovidiu organized together with Polina Novikova (GMI, Vienna) a symposium on "Speciation Genomics" at the meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, Vienna, Austria. Luca Comai (UC Davis) and Christian Lexer (University of Fribourg) gave invited lectures. 14 additional talks contributed to the success of the symposium.

Jun:

  • Emiliano was teaching at the RADseq workshop from the University of Milan, Unimont - University of Rome "La Sapienza" in Edolo, Italy.
  • Ovidiu joined an EMBO workshop on "Mechanisms on Plant Speciation" in Åkersberga /Stockholm, Sweden and presented a talk on "Recurrent allopolyploidization triggers adaptive diffusion in Dactylorhiza (Orchidaceae)".

May:

  • Juliane, Marie, Thomas and Ovidiu went on a 2 days field trip to the Austrian Alps to collect ecological data for the Dactylorhiza project. The orchids were in full bloom.
  • Marie Kristine Brandrud joined the group as a PhD student. Before, she did her MSc studies at the University of Oslo, Norway, working on different ecotypes of the Cochlearia autopolyploids. Welcome Marie!
  • Ovidiu gave an invited lecture on "Genomic approaches to variation and adaptation" at the Institute for Biodiversity and Environmental Research, University of Brunei Darussalam. The seminar was part of a training workshop on "The use of molecular tools for systematic and ecological research".
  • The group attended the 10th Microsymposium on Small RNA Biology at IMBA in Vienna.
  • We have a new colleague! Thomas Wolfe joined the group as a PhD student. He did his Bachelor in Biology and his Master in Molecular Life Science both at the University of Lausanne. Welcome Thomas!
  • Ovidiu gave a public lecture on the topic "Native polyploid orchids help understand flowering plant evolution" at the University of Vienna. This event - called Hotspot Biology. From Molecules to Life. - was organized to celebrate the 650th anniversary of the University of Vienna.

Apr:

  • Kirsten Bomblies and Levi Yant, both from Harvard University were visting the group and holding a seminar on the topic "Two independent transitions to rapid cycling in railway of Arabidopsis arenosa".

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2014

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Nov:

  • Ovidiu visited the National Centre for Biosystematics, at the Natural History Museum of the University of Oslo (Norway) and gave an invited lecture on "Genomic approaches to evolution in non-models", at the invitation of Filip Kolář. He enjoyed meeting collaborators of our group and other colleagues.
  • Barbara Mable (University of Glasgow, U.K.) visited our group and gave an invited lecture on "Gene family evolution and the adaptive dynamics of natural populations" on 17 Nov 2014.
  • Ovidiu met the last year high school youngsters of a Bilingual class in the Theodor Krammer school and introduced epigenetics to them. They impressed Ovidiu with their knowledge on chromatin domains.

Oct:

  • Daniel joined the workshop "microRNA Analysis Using High-Throughput Sequencing - From microRNA prediction to extensive downstream analyses" at ecSeq Bioinformatics in Leipzig, Germany. 
  • The group attended the "4th Vienna NGS Symposium".

Sep:

  • Emiliano was awarded "Best paper published by a young researcher in 2014" by the Italian Society for Evolutionary Biology. Congratulations!