OU Department of Biology, Ingo Schlupp

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October blues

As in any month, there are good things and bad things happening. Bad: COVID19, NSF proposal rejected. Unseasonably early ice storm with power outage. And COVID 19. Oh well.

Good: my book was submitted to OUP and is now in production. That feels good. Also, the collection of species we house here at OU is now officially a stock center, the International Stock Center for Livebearing Fishes (ISCLF). I’m actually very excited about this, although I admit that the acronym is terrible….

Also good: I am looking for a new Graduate student to join the lab in 2021. Let me know if you are interested!

Finally, it is time to spend more time outside again! Watch some birds!

Six gulls over Texas (actually a few more…..)

August and Covid

August brought me back to teaching. It is a bit strange talking with a mask on, but so far it is good. Last summer was the first summer in a long time without fieldwork. But all projects are now adjusted to running under COVID 19 conditions. For me this means above average time spent with writing. My book is nearly finished, a new NSF proposal is ready, and several manuscripts are in the pipeline, including one with Rudy and Luis on Cave mollies.

Cave mollies from Chamber 13

June and July

As the pandemic continues to haunt the world, research on the OU campus is slowly coming back in carefully times phases. The NSF project is picking up steam and we are working hard to set up the initial crosses for the F1’s we would like to obtain. So much has to be planned and organized.

For me, much of June is focused on writing! NSF proposals, manuscripts and the final chapters of the book.

A very sad May

Covid-19 had the US and Oklahoma tightly in it’s grip. The semester ended with online instruction and I was very sad that the graduating Seniors in my Animal Behavior class would not be able to experience the traditional pomp and circumstance that comes with Graduation. Many graduated into a much more difficult and less clear future. But the optimist in me thinks that there will be a future and that it might be brighter than we think right now.

I was on campus most days in the week to feed the fish, but all research was in torpor. The campus was eerily empty and I have never seen the Parking Garage so empty. But the end of May saw us slowly reopening the campus for research!

Finally, May ended with the unspeakable killing of Floyd George and the upheaval that followed. Our society needs to change and get rid of all forms of racism.

Stop!

March brought us the Corona epidemic. There is a lot of heartbreak and death and stress coming along with it. Of course, our research has stopped for now. But it will come back!

Short month – much going on

My teaching went well – aside from some technical issues. That left time to work on some manuscripts, and getting one published. this paper is a collaboration with Gabriel Costa from Auburn University. In this study we modeled the spatial overlap of the two parental species that gave rise to the Amazon molly at the time of the last Interglacial ca. 125.000 years ago. And, alas, there is overlap predicted for an area near Tampico, Mexico. This is precisely the area that was predicted to be the cradle of the Amazon molly. I wanted to call this the Lagoon Where It Happened, but the reviewers rejected this cheap reference to the musical “Hamilton”. Here is the link: https://academic.oup.com/biolinnean/advance-article/doi/10.1093/biolinnean/blaa010/5753386?guestAccessKey=f23d39db-79dd-45ea-92e4-cc39a623e693.

In other notes: I spent a few days in Jamaica working with Kerri-Ann Bennett from UWI Mona. I had a great time, gave lectures and interacted with students from that campus. It was very humbling and I learned a lot. Among other things, we collected endemic fishes in the western part of Jamaica.

Much happened in January

January was very, very busy. After my return from Germany, I started teaching Animal Behavior. I love this class, but the first two weeks are always full of administrative stuff and that takes up a lot of time. But now it is flowing really well. I am also working with three people who will be joining the lab from abroad: James (funded by Caribaea Initiative) will be in Norman for a few weeks to learn techniques. Manuel will come from Portugal to run a big experiment on mate copying, and Waldir from Brazil accepted the offer to work as a postdoc on the NSF project. Exciting times!

Sunrise on the Baltic Sea

Also very important: the latest paper by Amber has come out in its final form (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003347219303616). The paper also made “Editors Choice”. Yeah! More to come!

looking for a postdoc

I was able to secure some funding from the National Science Foundation and I am now looking for a postdoctoral fellow to join the lab in the spring.

Here is the job ad:

The Schlupp lab at the University of Oklahoma is inviting applications for an NSF funded postdoc position. You would join a team of scientist working on the evolution of sex. We want to investigate the origin of sperm dependent parthenogenesis using the Amazon molly (Poecilia formosa). This live-bearing fish is a hybrid species that is clonal, all-female, ameiotic, and produces diploid eggs. We will study the evolution of these traits by crossing the parental species in the laboratory in an attempt to retrace the steps that led to the formation of asexual hybrids. The information collected from this experiment will include several phenotypic measurements, as well as genomics. This project is conducted in close cooperation with Dr. Francisco Ubeda from the University of London, Royal Holloway, who will work on mathematical modeling informing the experiments conducted in the Schlupp lab.

Qualifications: You must have a PhD in Biology or a related field. The ideal candidate will have experience in obtaining and interpreting genomic data. You will be highly organized to conduct a complex crossing experiment and have good people skills to work with a team. Experience working with fishes would be a bonus. You will have an opportunity to mentor Graduate and undergraduate students. You can interface with many scientists working at OU on big data, evolution, and ecology (http://www.ou.edu/cas/biology).

More information on the Schlupp lab can be found here: http://ingoschlupp.com/

More information on the Ubeda lab can be found here. https://pure.royalholloway.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/francisco-ubeda-de-torres.html

Compensation: the annual salary is $45.000. Initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of an extension to up to three years.

The start date is negotiable, but Spring of 2020 is preferred.

How to apply: send a CV, a one page statement of research interests, a one page statement of career goals, and contact information for three referees in a single pdf to Ingo Schlupp at schlupp@ou.edu. Screening of applications will begin on January 1st 2020. The position will remain open until filled.

December is hectic

December brings the end of the semester. I really enjoyed working with my students in Quantitative Biology and it is sad to let them go at the end of the semester. But the end of the semester is also a good thing…..

Most importantly, Amber, LaRae, and Ingo published a paper on female competition combined with audience effects.

Finally, December will take me back to Hamburg for a short vacation.

Hamburg airport
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