New Semester!

New Semester!

This semester has a ton of new content and opportunities in the Dyerlab. Here is a quick synopsis.

  • Teaching Population Genetics, should be a ton of fun.
  • Teaching the Distributed graduate seminar Landscape Genetics again.
  • Starting a new eDNA project with VDOT and getting a new student associated with it.
  • Starting a new RadSEQ project on Protonotary Warblers and getting a new student to start in the fall.
  • Starting a new Landscape Genetics NSF-funded project on gypsy moths with the Johnson Lab.  Need a technician for this one as well.
  • The text Applied Population Genetics should be released as an ebook.
  • Should be finishing up both Jameson’s and Chitra’s theses and submitting them for publication.
  • Moving into a new laboratory location and perhaps collapsing both our lab and the Verrelli lab into a single unit.
Eyes on Climate

Eyes on Climate

A previous visitor to the laboratory, Philip Bertrand, is taking a trip between his graduate programs to travel the world and report on climate change.  Here is ongoing blog, cataloging their travel from across the globe.  Definitely worth following.

Methylation Structure

Methylation Structure

Here is some interesting data coming out of the Baja Araptus attenuatus project.  We looked at methylation variation, localized within the genome and compared the amount of among-population variation present.  The underlying idea here is that in insects, methylation is more often encountered in coding regions, and has been shown in many cases to be influencing phenotype.

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Installing Gitbook on OSX

I am in various stages of writing technical texts using R/RStudio/knitr and have been looking for some methods that help in this process.  My goals are to be able to:

  1. Maintain a single source tree that can produce the text (including graphics, statistical analyses, etc). easily
  2. Be able to produce high quality typesetting
  3. Be able to easily make epub
  4. Include both Code and output in the text.

I’ve just run across Gitbook and it looks like a good option, particularly with the help of the R package Rgitbook.   Here is a bit of work that I had to do to get things going on my machine.

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