A new ADF member

ADF, the SciLife ancient DNA facility we share between Uppsala and Stockholm is preparing to build momentum. Magnus Lundgren, the manager, called for an update meeting yesterday. The first ADF member to work in the Stockholm-node has now been hired, Thijessen Naidoo. With him, Magnus, and E-Jean Tan there is now competence at ADF in…

Evolution and online submission systems

Applying for research money online is a little bit like checking your luggage in when you are flying with a low cost airline. Theoretically it is a great service, but somewhere deep in your mind you know that you will never see your bag again because it is going to Cape Town or Novosibirsk or…

SciLife and posters

Giving a presentation is not a big deal if you have done it often. Neither is making a poster. I have not made one for 20 years though, but it is not a complicated thing. The complication arises when you think that you are giving a presentation, and realizes only two days ahead of it…

An emerging material

Battlefields is an interesting source of material. On those there are people from different social stratas, there are often groups with different geographic origins represented on them, gender issues can be raised, and a lot of other questions. We have a research-application being treated right now on a material from a battlefield, but the research…

A Ph.D. position in Stockholm

It’s time to recruit again. This time a Ph.D. student. One shared with Love Daléns group at NRM/Zoology. And one working totally in silico. Well, there could be room for a little bit of labwork. But this one is for metagenomics on Loves faunal stuff and my prehistoric human stuff. And further, this is extra…

Funding-opportunities

We are approaching the end of the application-run in Sweden now. A few more deadlines, then it all cools down. But of course it does not completely die, there are a few more deadlines over the rest of the year. And all this is a good thing with Sweden, and several other European countries like…

The granting year starts slow but good

Research is much about writing applications. This is not bad. It is a way to compete for the same money on equal terms, it is also guaranteeing some quality, and it is actually fun. Much of the creativity in creating a research project goes into designing the whole thing while application writing. I don’t mind…

The non-academic task for academia’s

One of the three tasks for a university scientist in Sweden is to do popular science, to write and talk about his/her work for a general public. It does not generate as much CV points as scientific publications, and we are not as good at it as we are at writing science, but it is…

Let’s go to the North Pole

“Let’s go to the North Pole, it will be awesome!” It was Love Daléns suggestion. After 10 years of demography with D-statistics, f3, f4, and admixture, one gets kind of bored of demography with D-statistics, f3, f4, and admixture. And in the latest application-run (the one I am in the end of now), I intended…

Art and archaeogenetics

I just watched a 20 min long art-compilation with poetry, photos, and modern music, and all based on remains from ancient domestic cattle. And I enjoyed it! I don’t know if this is because I am a super-nerd, or because it was a really good and novel thing, but I would like to think a…

Viking warrior women? Reassessing Birka chamber grave Bj.581

One of the more surprising moments in my career so far was the one that followed the publication of the genetic sex-identification of Bj.581. The burial on Birka with a female accompanied by a rich warrior equipment. She was excavated in 1878 and was believed to have been a male warrior for a long time….

Master students and cross-discipline

Master students is an asset to any group. They are usually hungry for knowledge, eager to do their thing, and super interested. And quit often they end up doing a really good job that eventually can be part of a study, or in the best of occasions, even a complete study. But where do you…