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Biogeography workshop, June 15-19, Barcelona, Spain

Dear colleague, 
There are still some places available for the course  "HISTORICAL BIOGEOGRAPHY: 
INSTRUCTORS: Dr. Lone Aagesen (IBODA, CONICET, Argentina) and Dr. Claudia A. 
Szumik (Miguel Lillo Foundation, CONICET, Argentina).

PLACE:  Facilities of the Centre of Restauració i Interpretació Paleontologica, 
Els Hostalets de Pierola,  Barcelona (Spain).

Topic 1. Historical Background:
- The connection to cladistics. Basic concepts of cladistic methods. Optimality 
criteria in systematics and its connection to biogeography. How to manage space.
Topic 2. Raw Data:
- Distribution maps. Errors in databases. Georeferencing and how to measure the 
error of data points.
Topic 3. Areas of Endemism:
- Basic concepts. Formal and informal approaches to identify areas of endemism. 
The importance of quantitative methods and how different methods relate to what 
is being evaluated.
- Optimality criterion in analyses of endemicity. Some suggestions for renaming 
the concept of areas of endemism. The need for a zero model. Introduction to 
the programs NDM/VNDM (Identification of endemism areas). Optimality, 
ambiguity, support, consensus in the framework of areas of endemism.
Topcic 4. Vicariance Events:
- Distinguishing between studying the history of taxa and studying the history 
of earth. Short review of different approaches for studying taxon history 
(ancestral areas, Diva, Brooks parsimony analysis, coevolution).
- Short review of different approaches for studying the history of earth 
(Brooks parsimony analysis, principal components).
- Hovenkamp’s critique of historical biogeography and his suggestions for 
improvement. The importance of implementing a spatial component. Optimality 
criterion for identifying potential barriers. Optimality, ambiguity, support, 
and consensus in the framework of vicariance events.
Software available at http://www.lillo.org.ar/phylogeny/.
Organized by: Transmitting Science, the Institut Catalá de Paleontologia Miquel 
Crusafont and the Centre de Restauració i Interpretació Paleontologica de Els 
Hostalets de Pierola. 

For more information you can write to courses@transmittingscience.org.
Please feel free to distribute this information between your colleagues if you 
consider it appropriate.
With best regards
Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno, PhD.

Researcher at the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP)

Edifici Z -ICTA-ICP-  C/ de les Columnes s/n.
Campus de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
E-08193 Cerdanyola del Vallès. Spain