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[dinosaur] Course Mapping Trait Evolution, June 4-8, Barcelona (Spain)

Dear colleagues,


Registration is open for the second edition of the course "Mapping Trait Evolution", June 4th-8th, 2018.


Instructor: Dr. Jeroen Smaers (Stony Brook University, USA).




Monday. (R packages: ape, Geiger).


Morning: Phylogenetic data.

-       What is the basic structure of phylogenetic data?

-       How to visualize and manipulate phylogenetic data?

Afternoon: Models of evolution.

-       What are models of evolution?

-       What are the assumptions of the different models of evolution?

-       How are models of evolution utilized?


Tuesday. (R packages: ape, nlme, caper, evomap).

Morning: Phylogenetic regression.

-       Assumptions, properties, and applications of the phylogenetic regression.

Afternoon: Phylogenetic ancova.

-       Testing for grade shifts using the phylogenetic regression.


Wednesday. (R packages: phytools, motmot, geiger, ape, evomap, BayesTraits).

Morning: Ancestral estimation.

-       Using models of evolution to estimate values of ancestral nodes.

Afternoon: Analysis of rates of evolution.

-       Estimation of rates of evolution.

-       Testing hypothesis about rates of evolution.


Thursday. (R packages: bayou, phylolm, surface, OUwie, mvMORPH).

Morning: Inferring the structure of a macroevolutionary landscape.

-       Using Ornstein-Uhlenbeck models to map macroevolutionary patterns.

Afternoon: Testing the structure of a macroevolutionary landscape.

-       Applications and assumptions of OU models.

-       Using OU models to test macroevolutionary hypotheses.


Friday. (R packages: geomorph).

Morning: Modularity and integration.

-       What is 'phylogenetic' modularity and integration?

-       Applications and assumptions.

Afternoon: Case study.


MORE INFO: https://www.transmittingscience.org/courses/evolution/mapping-trait-evolution/



With best regards


Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno
Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP)

Campus de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Cerdanyola del Vallès (Barcelona). Spain