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Minor update of NeEstimator V2.1 released

Minor Update of v2.1 March 2018 The update corrects an error in the mac version of the software where the output file had only headers (no content) when the Frequency Output file was chosen on the interface. Please download the latest version.
By : Jenny Ovenden /March 15, 2018 /Latest News /Comments Off on Minor update of NeEstimator V2.1 released Read More

Congratulations to Carolina Vargas-Caro – PhD success!

Congratulations to Ms Carolina Vargas-Caro for the successful completion of her PhD at the University of Queensland. Carolina was co-supervised by Mike Bennett of the Shark and Ray lab and Jenny Ovenden of the Molecular Fisheries Laboratory.   Photo: Carolina and Peter Last at CSIRO Fish Collection in April 2014 measuring skate specimens.
By : Jenny Ovenden /March 07, 2018 /Latest News /Comments Off on Congratulations to Carolina Vargas-Caro – PhD success! Read More

Genetic, parasite and otolith study on a northern Australian finfish

Congratulations to Di Barton for leading this huge collaborative study on Grass Emperor genetics, otoliths and parasites. Download the paper here. Front (L to R) Laura Taillebois, Safia Maher, Dave Welch, Di Barton, Christine Dudgeon, Jenny Ovenden Back Richard Saunders, Dave Crook, Thor Saunders, Steve Newman and Jonathan Taylor  
By : Jenny Ovenden /January 15, 2018 /Latest News /Comments Off on Genetic, parasite and otolith study on a northern Australian finfish Read More

Major upgrade to NeEstimator software released today

NeEstimator V2 is a tool for estimating contemporary effective population size (Ne) using multi-locus diploid genotypes from population samples. By ‘contemporary’ we mean that the estimates apply to the time period(s) encompassed by the samples (ie. individuals sampled and genotyped). Version 2.1 is a major update on V2.01. The changes largely enhance the linkage disequilibrium (LD) capacity of the software for the estimation of genetic effective population size. Enhancements include faster estimation of Burrows r, option to estimate r between loci on different chromosomes or linkage groups (user needs to upload linkage information), improved method of estimating jackknifed confidence intervals and improvements to handling low frequency alleles. Download the new version here.
By : Jenny Ovenden /December 20, 2017 /Latest News /Comments Off on Major upgrade to NeEstimator software released today Read More

MFL welcomes intern from Brazil

Juliana arrived today for a six month internship with MFL at UQ. Juliana is an oceanographer and Ph.D. student in the Fishery Genetics and Conservation research group of  led by Dr. Fernando Mendonça at Universidade Federal Paulista (Brazil). Juliana's work focusses on the global phylogeography of the Blue shark (Prionace glauca) based on molecular evidence (SNPs and the mitochondrial DNA control region). Left to right: Juliana B. De Biasi, Amelia Armstrong, Dani Davenport and Christine Dudgeon.
By : Jenny Ovenden /November 10, 2017 /Latest News /Comments Off on MFL welcomes intern from Brazil Read More

New version of NeEstimator coming soon

Nice way to start the day! reports that our paper citing the popular downloadable software NeEstimator has been cited 300 times. Watch out of a new version of NeEstimator soon, which will be enabled for SNP data analyses and other improvements such as the implementation of a new method for estimating confidence intervals. Jones A. T., Ovenden J. R., Wang Y.-G. (2016) Improved confidence intervals for the linkage disequilibrium method for estimating effective population size. Heredity 117, 217-223.
By : Jenny Ovenden /November 01, 2017 /Latest News /Comments Off on New version of NeEstimator coming soon Read More

Welcome to Greg Maes

Christine Dudgeon (right), Jenny Ovenden (centre) are pleased to host a visit by Dr Gregory Maes (KU Leuven - JCU). Greg gave an interesting seminar yesterday "Application of genomic tools to inform conservation and management of the Galapagos shark  (Carcharhinus galapagensis)", which stimulated lots of discussion about genomics and genetics of elasmobranch species from Australia and worldwide. Greg Maes did his postgraduate training at the University of Leuven (Belgium) on population and conservation genetics of aquatic organisms, focusing on exploited and endangered species such as eels, flatfishes, pikes, hybridogenetic frogs and polyploid invasive carps. He spent 6 years doing various postdocs in Belgium, Finland and Canada, examining the applications of population⁄conservation genomics approaches to exploited freshwater and marine fishes at various spatio-temporal scales. His main interest lies in multidisciplinary connectivity assessments, molecular traceability and the genomic basis of fisheries induced evolution in exploited species. He is currently an Adjunct senior lecturer in Evolutionary and Applied Genomics at James Cook University.  
By : Jenny Ovenden /October 26, 2017 /Latest News /Comments Off on Welcome to Greg Maes Read More