Course | Introduction to Macroevolutionary Analyses Using Phylogenies | 20% off for Paleowire Readers


 
  • Course: Introduction to Macroevolutionary Analyses Using Phylogenies
  • Promoter: Transmitting Science
  • Edition: 5th
  • Dates: October 16th-20th, 2017
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Instructor: Dr. Juan L. Cantalapiedra (Museum für Naturkunde – Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity, Germany)
  • Fees and Accomodation: here (use the code below to access the 20% discount for Paleowire readers). Apply until June 30th, 2017 for better rates
  • Requirements: Graduate or postgraduate degree in Biology (including palaeontologists no matter the degree)
  • Duration and Credits: 40 hours duration on-site. The course is equivalent to 2 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) at the Life Science Zurich Graduate School
  • Queries: ts.courses@transmittingscience.org
  • Register: here (18 participants by order of registration)
Link: Click here to access the full text of the course’s presentation

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About the Course:

Phylogenetic trees have changed the way we study and understand life on Earth. Taking phylogenetic information into account in our analyses is critical to account for the non-independence of biological data. Also, phylogenies allow us to get a deep-time perspective of the processes that have shaped the evolutionary history of groups, including diversification and trait evolution.

This course will introduce participants to the use, modification and representation of phylogenetic trees. Also, we will focus on the use of phylogenetic information to reconstruct ancestral characters and biogeographic histories, using different phylogenetic comparative methods.

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This course will also tackle trait evolution modelling and the assessment of phylogenetic signal. Finally, we will learn about the shape of phylogenetic trees and its evolutionary causes, and how to estimate the rates of diversification throughout the history of groups. Participants are encouraged to bring their data sets to use in the practical classes.

The course includes an optional first introductory day to basic R.

Important note: Please bear in mind that this course is not about reconstructing (building) phylogenetic trees.

Software: Mesquite, FigTree, R (ape, TreeSim, TreePar, Geiger, OUwie, BioGeoBEARS).

MORE ABOUT THE COURSE: here


Paleowire is a partner of Transmitting Science. Use the code: PW007845, exclusive for Paleowire readers, to benefit from the 20% of discount on your course fees.


Image Credit: Cantalapiedra et al., Proceedings of the Royal Society B (281)

Lurdes Fonseca

Assistant Professor and Researcher at University of Lisbon
Sociologist (PhD), Paleontologist (Researcher in Micropaleontology), Majors in Sociology and Biology, Minor in Geology. Main interests in Paleontology: Microfossils, Molecular fossils, Paleobiology and Paleoecology. (read more about me)

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