II Iberian Symposium on Geometric Morphometrics

II Iberian Symposium on Geometric Morphometrics

Six years after the first edition the Iberian Symposium on Geometric Morphometrics, last June took place the second edition.

The II Iberian Symposium on Geometric Morphometrics was held in Madrid at Cultural Centre La Corrala – Museo de Artes y Tradiciones Populares from 8th until 10th June, 2016. The event was organized by Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont and Transmitting Science. Moreover, the Universitat de València and Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales participated as collaborator institutions in this second edition.

II Iberian Symposium on Geometric MorphometricsThe Geometric Morphometrics involve main concepts of shape analysis based on coordinates and its multivariate procedures. The analyses involved are useful in any discipline (Biology, Geology, Palaeontology, Archaeology, Ecology, Antropology, etc.) in which the shape and its variation are the principal sources of information. The multidisciplinary nature of Geometric Morphometrics makes for this kind of meetings an interesting forum for specialized discussions.

In the Second edition over 60 researchers and students joined the Symposium from 13 different countries across 5 continents. During three days took place more than 30 oral presentations and 18 posters was exposed. All the contributions are available in the abstracts volume through this link http://www.icp.cat/attachments/2ISGM_Conference_Proceedings.pdf.

II Iberian Symposium on Geometric MorphometricsMoreover, the meeting brought together important representatives from Geometric Morphometric topics as keynote speakers: Professor Ángel Baltanás (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Professor Chris Klingenberg (University of Manchester) and Professor Benedikt Hallgrimsson (University of Calgary).

Madrid, as well as Sabadell was in 2009, has been a key place for researchers on Geometric Morphometrics, covering many research topics from evolution, to genetics, development or ecology. These multidisciplinary research meetings are great experiences to encourage discussion, exchange of views and experiences.

So… who organises the next?

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Geometric morphometrics in plants hits the mark (and the landmarks)

Geometric morphometrics in plants hits the mark (and the landmarks)

Geometric morphometrics in plants hits the mark (and the landmarks)The course on geometric morphometrics (GMM) in plants in April this year, taught by Professor Chris Klingenberg of Manchester University and co-written with Ruth Flatscher at Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona (Spain), was the first successful course on this subject for Transmitting Science: Geometric Morphometrics with Plants.

The almost impossible is attempted –to be a course that is both an introduction to the subject and is challenging enough to interest academics using GMM as a tool in their research– but this is achieved. The measure of its success is that the writer of this news item was a course member and an absolute beginner before starting the course. He is now smitten with an interest in GMM.

Shape analysis has only recently become easily accessible to a wide variety of people through the development of user-friendly software, an example of which is the widely-used software written by Professor Klingenberg himself. But shape analysis in plants has a long way to go before it gets to the level of use in other disciplines. What excites the most is the realisation that there’s so much out there to be discovered using GMM with plants.

This became clear when Professor Klingenberg used examples from recent research papers and interwove them with the theory behind GMM, demonstrating the scope of applications of GMM in taxonomy, phylogeny, ontogeny, genetics and more. Data from some of the research examples involving plants were worked through software routines in hands-on demonstrations. There was also time for everyone to complete a small project with data collected in the field or laboratory.

The scope of the course was breathtaking and participants found it highly instructive and seriously inspiring.

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