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October 17, 2018

Institute research to look at climate stresses

Prairies from California to Washington state are catching the heat not just from wildfires but also from warming temperatures. For ranchers, it all means stress on pastureland. Full Story

September 14, 2018

Position Announcement: Assistant Professor in Ecology

The University of Oregon Institute of Ecology and Evolution ( and the Department of Biology invite applications for a tenure-track position (Assistant Professor) in ecology. Candidates should use computational and/or theoretical tools to address fundamental concepts in ecology using large and/or heterogeneous datasets.  We are especially interested in candidates who build on the University of Oregon’s current strengths in terrestrial ecology, and who work across spatial and/or temporal scales.  Successful candidates may work at or across a variety of ecological scales, including populations, communities, and ecosystems.  For complete job description and application instructions, please visit Ecology search.


January 10, 2018

Research from the Bradshaw – Holzapfel lab featured in AroundtheO

UO biologists seek to take bite out of mosquitoes

It’s only a first step, but a project led by two UO scientists eventually could deliver welcome news to outdoor lovers and the medical community.

Full article

October 12, 2017

Position Announcement Data Science Initiative: Assistant Professor Genomics and Bioinformatics

As part of a recently announced Presidential Initiative in Data Science, the University of Oregon seeks two tenure track faculty at the assistant professor level in computational and/or mathematical biology focusing within the areas of computational genomics, bioinformatics, and statistical genetics. We seek candidates developing quantitative approaches to address fundamental questions in genetics, cell biology, molecular biology, development, microbiology, neuroscience, evolution, ecology and/or human health. As part of the broader presidential initiative, the university is building a cross-disciplinary curricular and research program for data science writ large (see This program is supported by the supercomputing cluster in the university’s recently launched High Performance Computing Research Core Facility. There is also the potential to interface directly with the recently announced $1 billion Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact.

We seek candidates developing and implementing novel computational and/or statistical approaches for the analysis of complex, large-scale genetic and genomic datasets, including those who use these data in conjunction with other sources of data (e.g., geospatial, developmental, metagenomic).

UO is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, women, and people with disabilities. Applicants are encouraged to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.

See full announcement on UO Careers Page here:

August 23, 2017

Position announcement: Assistant Professor in Human Microbiome Science.

The University of Oregon Department of Biology invites applications for a tenure-related position (Assistant Professor) in Human Microbiome Science.  The job ad appears on the UO Careers website:

April 24, 2017

IE2 professor Peter Ralph quoted in Healthline article

IE2 professor Peter Ralph discusses the health consequences of genetically similar populations in Healthline article, “Are You Related to the Person You Married?”:

February 27, 2017

Roy lab called upon technology to solve an evolutionary riddle

Featured in the winter Cascade here :

January 12, 2017

MOCHA Study shows Climate Regulation of Harmful Algal Blooms

The NOAA-funded MOCHA (Monitoring Oregon’s Coastal Harmful Algae) team, that includes IE2 member Michelle Wood as a co-PI, has found that high levels of the neurotoxin domoic acid (DA) in shellfish on the U.S. west coast are linked to warm conditions of  major climate cycles like the El Niño Southern Oscillation and Pacific Decadal Oscillation. In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a twenty year time series of data on DA in shellfish was used to support the conclusion and validate a risk assessment model that can be used to determine likelihood of blooms of DA producing phytoplankton.  Read more in this article from “Around the O”.

August 8, 2016

Working group explores predictive models for microbiomes

Jessica Green and Ashkaan Fahimipour organized a 3-day working group at the Santa Fe Institute on the topic of modeling microbiomes. Former IE2 postdocs James O’Dwyer and Steve Kembel  were among the participants.. Some press from the group:

June 23, 2016

Researcher crowdfunds basic science.

There is a crisis in research funding, and grassroots support may hold the answer for the most foundational branches of science.

Eugene, OR — Dr. Roo Vandegrift, a recent graduate of the doctoral program through the Institute of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Oregon, has launching a crowdfunding effort to attempt to address issues surrounding the systematic defunding of basic sciences in the United States. The campaign is available on Kickstarter from June 22 to July 22, and will fund a project to create and illustrate a guide book to the Xylaria fungi (known as “dead man’s fingers”) of the Cloud Forests of Ecuador as a test case for crowdfunding in the basic science of taxonomy.

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