The management of sledge dogs in the Antarctic

first_imgThe British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has relied on sledge dogs as the main form of transport for field parties since its predecessor, the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey (FIDS), imported them in 1945, when it created a permanent presence on the continent. Over the years dogs have been used for extensive work over a very wide area. In 1975 BAS changed its policy with respect to work in the southern Antarctic Peninsula. In future seasons scientists will not winter in this area but will be flown to Adelaide Island and then into the field. They will carry out more detailed scientific work in particular areas of interest. This means that it is no longer practical to maintain huskies on base as they could not be kept fit and well disciplined during the winter for a short summer season. The scientists, similarly, could not be expected to learn to work the dogs efficiently in the time available, and the change in the nature of their work means that they will not move camp so frequently. The dogs, since they must be fed even if they are resting, would be uneconomic in such a situation. Finally, most of the work will be in areas that are thought to be safe so the dogs will not be needed to probe for crevasses. In future seasons BAS will rely on skidoos for field work (Figs 1 and 2).last_img read more

Acarine colonisation of Antarctica and the islands of the Southern Ocean: the role of zoohoria

first_imgA quarter of the terrestrial Acari recorded from Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands are parasitic haematophages or non-feeding phoretics associated with other larger and more mobile animals, especially sea birds and pterygote insects. Although flying sea birds are effective vectors of zoohoric mites into the region, penguins are not and merely serve as reservoir hosts. Similarly, most of the mites associated with insects were accidentally introduced by man as free-living adults that subsequently utilised a range of alien and indigenous insects as local dispersal mechanisms.last_img read more

Post-Doctoral Scientist – Dr. Damm’s laboratory

first_imgSpecial Instructions to Applicants Normal work hours Position NumberP00001 For more information, candidates should contact Dr. Erich Damm([email protected]). Candidates should submit their cover letteroutlining research interests, curriculum vitae and contactinformation for three academic references (contact informationonly, not letters) by clicking on the “Apply for This Job” linkabove or through http://www.vcujobs.com/. Only applicationmaterials submitted through VCU Jobs will be considered. DepartmentBiology Additional Information Job CategoryResearch Recruitment PoolAll Applicants Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/100977 Normal work days Resource CriticalNo Description of the Job CampusMonroe Park Campus Working TitlePost-Doctoral Scientist – Dr. Damm’s laboratory Open Until FilledYes Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).Optional & Required DocumentsRequired DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationCurriculum Vitae (CV)Reference Letter – 1Reference Letter – 2Optional DocumentsOther Document Remove from posting on or before Is any portion of this position grant-funded?Yes – Continuation of this position depends on funding of thegrant.center_img Job Code/TitlePD – Post Doctoral Does this position provide patient or clinical services to theVCU Health System?No Candidates experienced in hematopoietic development, zebrafishgenetics and embryological approaches, zebrafish husbandry,transgenesis, confocal microscopy, transcriptomics, flow cytometryand fluorescence activated cell sorting ( FACS ) are stronglyencouraged to apply. Sensitive PositionNo Required Qualifications Candidates must have a PhD in a biological field with less than 4years of post-doctoral experience along with expertise in molecularbiology techniques and a record of publication. Organizational Overview A fully funded post-doctoral position is available in thelaboratory of Dr. Erich Damm in the Virginia CommonwealthUniversity ( VCU ) Department of Biology. The Damm lab is an NIHfunded laboratory that studies the molecular control ofhematopoietic stem cell development using the established zebrafishembryo model of developmental hematopoiesis. Our recent work(Nature Cell Biology, 19:457-467, 2017) has identified integrateddevelopment of the embryonic vasculature, hematopoietic system andthe sympathetic nervous system and we are particularly interestedin studying the molecular mechanisms governing these developmentalprocesses. We are seeking a friendly, enthusiastic and highlymotivated individual to join our group and conduct research relatedto this area of developmental biology.The VCU research environment is exceptional with strongcollaborations and state-of-the-art resources. Additionally, theCity of Richmond is a highly affordable city located in themid-Atlantic region, is rich and diverse in culture and is steepedin history. The city is home to many historic sites, museums, andart galleries, a particularly vibrant dining scene and boasts afamily friendly environment. Job Open Date10/05/2020 Position TypePost Doc At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity,service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. Apremier, urban, public research university nationally recognized asone of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place towork. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supportedand your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leavepackage, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and anopportunity to do mission-driven work. Posting Details Hours/WeekFull-time Anticipated Hiring Range$52,704 Preferred Qualifications Does this position require a pre-placement medicalassessment?Nolast_img read more

Positions of power

first_imgThe department heads are supposed to police their departments. If they don’t, then they need to be replaced. Having an underboss micromanage them doesn’t necessarily ensure better government. The entire board should be as skeptical of this proposal as Supervisor Mike Antonovich is – and reject the idea of a whole new and expensive layer of bureaucracy. LOS Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors did the right thing Tuesday by endowing the position of chief administrative officer with some power to hold the vast bureaucracy accountable. This change to make the job more like its counterparts in other California counties will no doubt help supervisors in their future search for a successor to CAO David Janssen, who came out of retirement when they couldn’t persuade any qualified candidates to take the job. It’s important that the county’s top administrative officer have the power to police the county’s departments and roll some heads if need be – something that might have averted the King/Drew Medical Center crisis had it been implemented years ago. But the CAO doesn’t need an army of more bureaucrats for support. As part of the CAO’s new empowerment, Janssen is proposing creating a team of deputy CAOs who would each oversee a few department heads. We support giving the CAO more power, but not the power to create a whole new layer of government – no doubt one that’s well paid. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more