At the IGC we have been using our internally developed program to simulate complex demographic scenarios, SINS (Simulating INdividuals in Space), to simulate scenarios of habitat loss and fragmentation and to study how these events may affect the genetic patterns of populations. SINS helps us comparing different explanations for the data that we observe in the … More SINS is around the corner
Yesterday, we sent the corrected proofs of our first INFRAGECO manuscript to Heredity. In this manuscript we extend the original work of Mazet et al (2016) on the IICR (inverse instantaneous coalescence rate). In a few words, we study the properties of the IICR under various models of population structure. We thus try to understand … More Proofs of the first article of the INFRAGECO project sent yesterday to the journal Heredity (nature publishing group) !
Guillaume Besnard, PI of the EDB team just came back from a mission in Madagascar. There he joined the team led by Barbara Le Pors and with the help of Emmanuel Rasolondraibe, Tantely Ralantoharijaona, Jacquis Randriamaroson, and local guides hired in the different localities, they collected samples from various species, including Noronhia (Madagascar olive tree), … More Guillaume Besnard is back from field work in Madagascar
Beginning of June 2017 The study site “Ambanjabe” in the western part of Ankarafantsika National Park displays a network of forest fragments separated by grassland and lavakas (erosion zones). It is situated on a plateau and therefore especially in the dry season, it is very dry and much less green as the vegetation in the … More News from the “Team Radespiel”
This summer two students, Inês Lourenço and Alexandre Reis, from the Instituto Superior Técnico have joined us at the IGC. As part of a collaboration between the Instiuto Gulbenkian de Ciencia and Instituto Superior Técnico, Inês and Alex will be assisting the PCG group with improving the performance of our simulation programs while gaining hands … More The INFRAGECO group is joined by students from Instituto Superior Técnico.
The third field mission of the season took place in the humid forests of spectacular Montagne d’Ambre National Park. Montagne d’Ambre is a 1475m volcanic massive that is covered by lush montane rainforest. The mountain has its own cold and humid micro-climate that contrasts with the dry surrounding regions. It is also one of … More 3rd fieldwork mission of the team from Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência – IGC
INFRAGECO would like to welcome Adam J. D. Marques to the team as our new laboratory technician based at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência. As a MSc graduate from Trent University, Canada, Adam has laboratory experience both in traditional Sanger sequencing as well as preparing sample libraries for next-generation sequencing. His previous research focused on … More INFRAGECO and the PCG team welcome Adam Marques as the new laboratory technician
April 2017 – In this field season’s first mission, the team worked at Montagne des Français and the adjacent seaside Forêt d’Ampiho. Montagne des Français is a calcareous massif surrounded by dry deciduous forests characteristic of this region. These forests are home to a range of endemic species and are one of the last suitable … More Field work of the team from Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência – IGC
May 2017 -The Field team arrived in Antananarivo to prepare for the fieldwork. Having organized administrative and logistics matters the team left for Ankarafantsika National Park on Taxi-Brousse. In Ampijoroa (Ankarafantsika National Park) the group had one week of fieldwork training: standardized trapping sessions, nocturnal survey walks and the collection of ecological datasets in forest … More Field work of the team from Institute of Zoology, University of Veterinary Medicine (TiHo)
The team is heading tomorrow (Saturday, 8th April 2017) to Diego-Suarez where they will finalize the authorizations before starting the field work.