Grants & PhD offers in systematics

Dicranale moss
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Dicranale moss
Dicranale moss

PhD position at the Botanical Garden of Geneva, Switzerland

Exploring comparative morphology-anatomy of moss peristomes and the potential to resolve
deep-rooted taxonomic problems in the Dicranales

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate for a PhD project at the Plant Systematics and Biodiversity Laboratory, Conservatoire & Jardin botaniques de Genève and University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Recent discoveries have highlighted in a group moss monophyletic, the Dicranales, the great importance of a sporophyte structure: the peristome. The project aims to study the architecture and development of this peristome in employing a combination of conventional techniques, such as microscopy and SEM, as well as 3D scanning, morphometric, and geometric analysis. The potentially interesting characters will be tested from a taxonomic, systematic point of view and applied into phylogenetic analyses. Through this study, the candidate will develop skills in comparative biology, by addressing evolutionary issues through an anatomical morphological approach, and will become familiar with innovative techniques.

Applications (motivation letter and CV) should be sent before December 18th, 2017 to:

Prof. Michelle J. Price & Dr. Fred W. Stauffer (see attached document for contact information)

Project starting April 2018.


Silene_secundiflora_Denis Barthel
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Silene_secundiflora_Denis Barthel
Silene_secundiflora_Denis Barthel

Two PhD positions at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Within the Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre, (GGBC) University of Gothenburg, Sweden, two PhD positions are open for application November 1st, 2017 until January 15th, 2018. The positions are part of the EU International Training Network programme PlantID, which announces 15 PhD student positions simultaneously. We seek highly motivated students to tackle taxonomic problems in the flowering plant genus Silene ranging from polyploidy, species delimitations, and it relations to conservation. The positions start in April 1st, 2018, and are fully funded including salary and social security benefits for four years. To be eligible to apply, you must not have been a resident in Sweden more than 12 months the last three years. See the below links for more details:

- Species, a taxonomic category distinct from the lineage concept? A case study on species delimitation in Silene sect. Dipterospermae in Southern Africa

- Polyploid phylogenetics under the multi-species coalescent

Supervisors: Bengt Oxelman & Christine Bacon


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SSS Student travel grants: 2017 awards

Student name Institution Congress
Roman Alther UniZurich & Eawag 17th ICA International Colloquium on Amphipoda, Italy Sicily
Angela Cano UniGe & CJB

XIX International Botanical Congress Shenzhen, China in July 2017

Erik Koenen UniZurich

XIX International Botanical Congress Shenzhen, China in July 2017

Vinciane Mossion UniNe

XIX International Botanical Congress Shenzhen, China in July 2017

Tamara Spasojevic UniBe & Museum Bern BioSyst.EU, Gothenburg, Sweden


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Bild: M. Bolliger
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Research and conservation of reptiles and amphibians in Switzerland: Grant Jean-Claude Monney

This grant supports all types of projects have a link with the protection of endangered species of the Swiss herpetofauna, both scientific projects of basic or applied research, as well as awareness related to one or more species or their habitats.

See the link below for details and application. Dealine for project submission: 15 september.