The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...' --Isaac Asimov
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August 27th, 2014 No Comments

Hello Seoul! Make sure to meet Cryomics postdoc Anne-Lise Ducluzeau at poster #109A in Session PS23 – Biodiversity, adaptation and interactions in extreme environments. Also don’t miss Jeff Bowman‘s talk on Friday at 2:30 in CS40: Biodiversity, adaptation and interactions in extreme — “Increased rates of horizontal gene transfer in psychrophilic genomes and potential links […]

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Graduate Student Assistantship at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

July 29th, 2014 No Comments

to begin Spring/Summer 2015 A graduate student assistantship (M.S. or Ph.D.) is available in the laboratory of Dr. Eric Collins at the University of Alaska Fairbanks ( Contact Dr. Collins ( to discuss the position in more detail. Please include a brief description of your research interests, experience, and academic preparations. Competitive applicants will have […]

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G+C content amelioration of horizontally transferred genes

January 9th, 2013 2 Comments

I’m currently working on a paper about how bacteria survive in extreme low temperature and salty environments. One thing that bacteria do when faced with these stresses is to produce protective chemicals called compatible solutes. Some microbes not only produce these chemicals but can also break them down for food and energy. Right now i’m […]

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Dakster now at

August 16th, 2012 1 Comment

I’ve migrated Dakster, my fragment binning program, to this webserver. You can now access Dakster here. Happy binning!

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Goldschmidt 2012 wrap-up

July 3rd, 2012 2 Comments

I’ve returned from my first Goldschmidt conference in Montréal, which was excellent. There are so many connections between biology and geochemistry that await research, it is a very exciting time to be working at the interface. However, one thing I noticed that was strikingly different from other recent conferences I’ve attended was the complete absence […]

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