Thursday, October 18, 2012

My talk at the University of Idaho

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of visiting a talented group of biologists who are passionate and collaborative about evolution, microbial ecology, genomics, phylogenetics, mobile elements, theoretical modeling of coevolution, statistics, mathematics, and programming. Its an evolution commune dream - like the Woods Hole of the Northwest. If you're interested in any of these topics, you need to visit them or check them out on the web. The Department of Biological Sciences and the IBEST institute at the University of Idaho are top notch. The director of the IBEST institute, Prof. Larry Forney, invited me out for a seminar. Below is the talk nearly in full on the genomics of microbial symbionts (1st half, up to 35:43) and symbiont-induced speciation (2nd half, starting at 35:44). The instant start into Slide 2 is part of the video.

Symbionts as Targets and Agents of Change - October 16, 2012

Below are pictures taken along the way between Salt Lake City and Moscow, Idaho. The landscape is beautiful. The first one is courtesy of the Facebook page of the University of Idaho. While I was there, there was a campus-wide email alert of a moose on the loose on campus. They are aggressive but thankfully no harm was done and it made for a good chuckle. The second picture is a shot of Salt Lake.

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