Assistant Professor, UC Riverside

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Joining UC Riverside as Assistant Professor – as of Summer 2016

I’m absolutely delighted to announce that I will be starting a tenure-track faculty position at the University of California, Riverside in summer 2016, as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nematology. Yes, Nematology. For someone who sits at the interface of many disciplines, I can’t say I ever expected to join a Department that is eponymousContinue Reading

Nematode Microbiome paper – in press at Molecular Ecology

Hot off the presses at Molecular Ecology – a new paper on nematode microbiomes! This study was led by collaborators Sofie Derycke and Tom Moens at Ghent University in Belgium, and shows some tantalizing first clues about resource partitioning and selective feeding within a cryptic species complex of free-living marine nematodes. Derycke S, De Meester N, RigauxContinue Reading

New paper: Ten Simple Rules for Effective Online Outreach

Myself and colleagues at Deep-sea News are very proud to announce “Ten Simple Rules for Effective Online Outreach”, a new open access article in the eponymous series at PLoS Computational Biology. As practicing scientists who are committed to blogging about marine science, we’ve put in a lot of hard work trying to determine the most efficient strategies for online scienceContinue Reading

PhD opportunity in Birmingham, UK

Want to come work with me at the University of Birmingham, UK? I’m currently recruiting a PhD student to work on a project entitled “Using ‘omic methods to determine how sediment communities of microbial eukaryotes respond to oil spills and environmental disturbance” (link to full ad on FindAPhD). This studentship is fully funded (open to eligibleContinue Reading

Manuscript preprint now online – Phinch data visualization framework

Our preprint for the Phinch software paper is now online! Please enjoy the PDF on bioRxiv while we patiently wait for the manuscript to go through the peer review process: Bik, H.M. and Pitch Interactive (2014) Phinch: An interactive, exploratory data visualization framework for –Omic datasets, bioRxiv, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/009944 If you’re not familiar with thisContinue Reading

New Position at the University of Birmingham, UK

It’s official, I’ve landed myself back overseas! As of August 29, 2014, I’ve begun a new position at the University of Birmingham, UK – I’ve joined the School of Biosciences with a stated research focus in “Environmental Genomics”. My appointment is part of the Birmingham Research Fellowships scheme, aimed at recruiting interdisciplinary early-career researchers to develop campus expertise withinContinue Reading

Three new papers published in 2014

As we roll into spring 2014, I’m happy to announce the publication of three new manuscripts related to different projects I’ve been involved with: Our manuscript for the PhyloSift pipeline was selected for the PeerJ Picks 2014 Collection. I’ve been working as a member of the software development team for this pipeline during my currentContinue Reading

New affiliation with the Center for Population Biology at UC Davis

I’ve recently been awarded Postdoctoral Associate status with the Center for Population Biology (CPB) at UC Davis, following an internal application process. This is an exciting honor, and I’m looking forward to participating in this prestigious scientific community in 2014! A full list of CPB Postdoctoral Associates can be found here.

Funding awarded for NSF Research Coordination Network

The National Science Foundation recently recommended our Research Coordination Network proposal focused on Eukaryotic Biodiversity Research for funding. Now the paperwork is complete and the award is official!  This project is entitled “RCN EukHiTS: Eukaryotic Biodivesity Research using High-throughput Sequencing”, and represents a collaborative effort between the University of California Davis (myself as PI) andContinue Reading