The Island Evolution Lab at the UOG Marine Lab is a group of researchers and students interested in basic and applied evolutionary question in island settings. We are using genetic and genomic approaches (RAD-Seq, RNA-Seq and Genome sequencing) in combination with field work, observations, collections, museums, specimens and experimental manipulations to address original questions in population genetics, phylogenetics, phylogeography, molecular ecology and genomics.
The Island Evolution Lab is partially funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF)
EPSCoR Guam Ecosystems Collaboratorium program, NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the Government of Guam.
Post-Doctoral Researcher (Coral Population Genomics – EPSCoR) JOB # RC-21-17
We are looking for a postdoc to join us at the University of Guam Marine Laboratory. The position is initially funded for 2 years, with the possibility of further extension, and is scheduled to be filled as soon as possible (i.e. ideally by in February/March 2021). It is funded by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) project Guam Ecosystems Collaboratorium for Corals and Oceans (GECCO). The selected candidate will join a vibrant lab and have the opportunity to contribute to a variety of projects in the fields of population genetics and evolutionary genomics.
The Island Evolution Lab is committed to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion. We believe that a more diverse and interesting workplace generates more diverse and interesting outcomes in terms of ideas, experiences, people and publications. Guam and UOG are small but very diverse places, where people from many different, distant backgrounds interact within the local Chamorro culture. We try to actively contribute to this rich and inspiring diversity.
The postdoc will be responsible for:
Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities:
Salary & Benefits:
Grade N, Step 1, $21.64/h. Temporary, Full-Time, 40 hours per week.
Social Security, Medical and Dental Insurance, 4 hours annual leave and 4 hours sick leave per pay period, holiday pay, up to 3% 403(b) match based upon employee contribution of 3%.
Questions and inquiries should be sent to David Combosch (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Formal job announcement: https://www.uog.edu/rcuog/job-announcements.php
Deadline: Position Open Until Filled. The initial review of applications will occur on January 07, 2021 (Chamorro Standard Time/UTC+10).
To apply, please 1) fill out the online application form at www.uog.edu/rcuog/employment-application and email the following documents to the Research Cooperation of the University of Guam (RCUOG) at email@example.com:
2) A cover letter, outlining your interests in the job, addressing the requirements listed above and
summarizing your past academic accomplishments.
3) CV, including a list of three references with contact information. Letters will be requested directly, as needed.
4) University transcripts.
The Island Evolution Lab actively support and promotes diversity in science, research and education.
We are always looking for graduate and undergraduate students who are interested and passionate about evolution, genomics and population genetics!
Please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow us on Twitter @Island_Evo_Lab (e.g. here in the column on the side -->
And on Instagram @islandevolutionlab (e.g. below)
A special feature about our lab on Guam's local TV station Kuam TV in April 2019 (also on youtube)
Karim received his Bachelor’s degree in Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami, majoring in Marine Science and Biology and minoring in chemistry. He is currently studying the population genetic structure of the scleractinian coral Porites lutea around Guam. His major research interests include population genetics and invertebrate zoology.
Glynn, Peter W., Brian Coffman, Michael PC Fuller, Shannon G. Moorhead, Megan K. Williams, Karim D. Primov, Tayla N. Fortson, Rachel N. Barrales, and Peter J. Glynn. "Benthic ctenophores (Platyctenida: Coeloplanidae) in south Florida: environmental conditions, habitats, abundances, and behaviors." Invertebrate Biology 136, no. 4 (2017): 379-393.
Glynn, Peter W., Brian Coffman, Karim D. Primov, Shannon G. Moorhead, Jeongran Vanderwoude, Rachel N. Barrales, Megan K. Williams, and Robert P. Roemer. "Benthic ctenophores (Platyctenida: Coeloplanidae) in South Florida: predator–prey interactions." Invertebrate Biology (2018).
Chalan Pago, Guam
We are exploring the genetic connectivity, diversity and structure of multiple coral species around Guam and throughout Micronesia using an in-house RAD-Seq approach.
This is a major focus of our lab and both Dareon and Karim MS thesis are focussing on coral population genomics for their thesis research (see team).
The main phylogenetic relationships among corals have been highly controversial for years. Recently genome-sclae datasets have started to clarify many of these important relationships. We are currently assembling on one of the largest genomic dataset to study the deep relationships in the coral tree of life.
We are using experiments to induce coral bleaching in aquaria experiment to characterize the molecular processes that allow corals to survive and adapt to stressful environmental conditions. Most of these projects are conducted in collaboration with the Lemer Lab.
The Nautilus is one of the most iconic marine invertebrates and an important model system for evolutionary biologist and paleontologists, among others. We are using genomic tools to analyze the evolution and phylogeography of Nautilus across the species distribution range.
Coral reproduction is of major interest, not only to improve our understanding of the basic biology of reef corals but also for their management and restoration. We are studying the reproductive characteristics of several coral species, using aquarium experiments and genetic tools.
Gordon Research Conference: Marine Molecular Ecology, Hong Kong
- Combosch D.J.: Population genomics of reef corals in Guam.
5th Guam Coral Reef Symposium, Tumon (Guam)
- Rios D.* & D.J. Combosch: Population Genomics of Acropora pulchra in Guam.
- Rios K.**, D. Rios, K. Primov, J. Fernandez, A. Fuentes, D. Burdick & D.J. Combosch: Barcoding and phylogenetic analyses of reef-building Porites corals.
- Primov K.* & D.J. Combosch: The Population Genetic Structure of the reef-building coral Porites lobata on Guam.
CISX – 10th Conference for Island Sustainability, Tumon (Guam)
- Rios D.* & D.J. Combosch: The Population Genetic Structure of Acropora pulchra in Guam.
- Primov K.* & D.J. Combosch: Population Genetic Structure of the reef-building coral Porites lobata on Guam.
SACNAS - The National Diversity in STEM Conference, San Antonio, TX (USA)
- Fuentes A.** & D.J. Combosch: Resolving the Species Boundaries in the Porites Corals of Guam.
Willi Henning Congress, Barcelona (Spain)
- Enguidanos A.*, D.J. Combosch, V. Tonzo, G. Giribet & M. Arnedo: Knocking on the trap-door: Unraveling the species boundaries and evolutionary history of western Mediterranean ctenizid trap-door spiders.
Asia-Pacific Coral Reef Symposium, Cebu (Philippines)
- Combosch D.J., S. Lemer, R. Bieler & G. Giribet: A genome and transcriptome-based phylogeny of reef corals.
4th Guam Coral Reef Symposium, Tumon (Guam)
- Combosch D.J., S. Lemer, R. Bieler & G. Giribet: A phylogenomic study of Scleractinian corals based on genome and transcriptome data.
CISX – 9th Conference for Island Sustainability, Tumon (Guam)
- Primov K.* & D.J. Combosch: The Population Genetic Structure of Porites lobata on Guam.
Connections, Collaborations and Innovations in the Pacific, UOG Annual Research Conference, Mangilao (Guam)
- Combosch D.J.: Connections, Collaborations and Innovations and the EPSCoR Guam Ecosystem Collaboratorium.
*Student presenter; **Undergraduate presenter