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2nd Edition

Historical Biogeography: Fundamentals and Applications

September 25th-29th, 2017, Barcelona (Spain)

Historical Biogeography: Fundamentals and Applications

This course provides basic knowledge on selected theoretical and methodological problems of historical biogeography. We aim to provide the practical skills to enable the students to carry out empirical biographical analyses. A considerable part of the course is therefore allocated to practical problems as well as to the use of computer programs specifically developed for biogeography analyses.

The theoretical classes provide background knowledge on the topics listed above through the use of practical problems and relevant literature. The classes will be dynamic and include feedback between explanations and questions.

The practical classes are mainly to analyse theoretical examples and demonstrate different aspects of the software used throughout the course. Differences between alternative theoretical approaches are illustrated through the use of example and real data sets. We will also learn how to obtain and process distribution data from publicly available databases as well as data provided by the students. Processing real distribution data illustrates the problems and the limits that biogeographers confront during an empirical study.

LOCATION

Centre de Restauració i Interpretació Paleontològica

C/ Mestre J. Lladós, 1
08781 Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona.

How to get there

LANGUAGE

English

COURSE LENGTH & ECTS

40 hours on-site.

This course is equivalent to 3 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) at the Life Science Zurich Graduate School.

The recognition of ECTS by other institutions depends on each university or school.

PLACES

Places are limited to 14 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order.

Participants who have completed the course will receive a certificate at the end of it.

Instructors

Lone Aagesen instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Lone Aagesen
Instituto de Botánica Darwinion
Argentina

Claudia A. Szumik instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Claudia A. Szumik
Fundación Miguel Lillo – CONICET
Argentina

Coordinators

Ana Rosa Gómez-Cano coordinator at Transmitting Science

Dr. Ana Rosa Gómez-Cano
Transmitting Science
Spain

Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno instructor at Transmitting Science

Dr. Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno
Transmitting Science
Spain

Requirements

Graduate or postgraduate degree in any Biosciences discipline, basic knowledge of statistics and personal computers. All participants must bring their own personal laptop (Windows).

Program

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.

Topic 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 www.lillo.org.ar/phylogeny/.

Literature

  • Szumik C, Cuezzo F, Goloboff P, Chalup A (2002) An optimality criterion to determine areas of endemism. Systematic Biology, 51: 806-816.
  • Szumik C, Goloboff P (2004) Areas of endemism. An improved optimality criterion. Systematic Biology, 53: 968-977.
  • Goloboff P (2005) NDM/VNDM ver. 2.5. Programs for identification of areas of endemism.

Previous editions of this course

 

1st Edition, June 15th-19th, 2015

Course Historical Biogeography: Fundamentals and Applications - 1st Edition, June 15th-19th, 2015Five people belonging to the following countries and institutions participated in this edition:

  • Spain: Fundación Euskoiker – University of Pais Vasco (Spain), Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont.
  • France: Institut de Systématique, Evolution, Biodiversité – Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.
  • Chile: Universidad de Chile.
  • United States of America: Texas A&M University.

Fees

  • Course Fee
  • Early bird (until February 28th, 2017):
  • 610
  • Regular (after February 28th, 2017):
  • 855
  • This includes course material, coffee breaks and lunches.
    (VAT included)
  • Accommodation Package
  • Early bird (until February 28th, 2017):
  • 360
  • Regular (after February 28th, 2017):
  • 360
  • This includes local transportation, lodging, breakfasts, dinners and social (tourist) activities.
    (VAT included)
  • Course Fee + Accommodation Package
  • Early bird (until February 28th, 2017):
  • 970
  • Regular (after February 28th, 2017):
  • 1,215
  • This includes course material, coffee breaks, local transportation, lodging, breakfasts, lunches, dinners and social (tourist) activities.
    (VAT included)

This course will be held if at least 50 % of the places are filled.

We offer the possibility of paying in two instalments (contact the course coordinators). Discounts (see Funding below) are not cumulative and apply only on the fee, not to Accommodation Package or other options.

Accommodation

If you take the Accommodation Package you will be hosted in the Youth Hostel Can Roviralta, in shared dormitories (common bathrooms), although you will only share rooms with other classmates. The possibility exists that the dormitories will be mixed. Therefore, if this is an inconvenience for you, and you require staying in a dormitory with only women, or only men, please indicate so in the “Comments” field of the Registration form (see below).

A supplemental charge will be added if you prefer to stay in a single room with private bathroom. The number of rooms is limited and if you prefer to have a single room, let us know it as soon as possible. If you want more information on this please contact the course coordinators.

Please be aware that from the centre of Barcelona city it takes about one hour by car and one hour and a half by public transport to arrive to Els Hostalets de Pierola. Course participants will find that staying in Els Hostalets de Pierola is more convenient.

If you do not want the Accommodation Package, accommodation is available in places other than Els Hostalets de Pierola. You may stay in Barcelona city, Martorell or Igualada. You will find information about Hotels in Martorell here, and information about Hotels in Igualada here.

How to get to Els Hostalets de Pierola from Barcelona city, Martorell and Igualada.

Youth Hostel Can Roviralta (Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona, Spain)

Funding

Former participants will have a 5 % discount on the Course Fee.

Unfortunately there are no scholarships available for this course. However a 20 % discount on the Course Fee is offered for members of some organizations (Organizations with discount). If you want to apply to this discount please indicate it in the Registration form (proof will be asked later).

Spanish unemployed scientists, as well as Spanish PhD students without any grant or scholarship to develop their PhD, could benefit from a 40 % discount on the Course Fee. If you want to ask for this discount, please contact the course coordinators. That would apply for a maximum of 2 places and they will be covered by strict inscription order.

Discounts are not cumulative and apply only on the fee, not to Accommodation Package or other options.

Schedule

Course ScheduleCourse + Accommodation Package Schedule
Sunday, September 24th, 201719:00 Meeting point in Plaza Catalunya (Barcelona) to take the bus to Els Hostalets de Pierola. If you are planning to arrive later, you can find more information in How to get there.
20:00 Registration in the Youth Hostel.
20:30 Dinner.
Monday, September 25th through Friday, September 29th, 20179:30 to 13:30 Lessons.
13:30 to 15:00 Lunch.
15:00 to 19:00 Lessons.

There will be two coffee breaks each day, halfway through each lesson session.

8:30 to 9:00 Breakfast.
9:30 to 13:30 Lessons.
13:30 to 15:00 Lunch.
15:00 to 19:00 Lessons.
20:30 Dinner.

There will be two coffee breaks each day, halfway through each lesson session.

Saturday, September 30th, 20178:30 to 9:00 Breakfast.
9:15 Meeting point in the Youth Hostel to take the bus to visit a wine cellar.
10:00 Arrival at the wine cellar.
11:30 Bus to Barcelona city.
13:00 Arrival at Plaza Catalunya (Barcelona).

The schedule is approximate; it is possible that the content of one day may run into the next and a working day may be longer than advertised.

Organizers

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Centre de Restauració i Interpretació Paleontològica (CRIP) Logo
Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP) Logo

Collaborators

Colegio Oficial de Biólogos de Castilla y León Logo
Colegio Oficial de Biólogos de Euskadi Logo
Colexio Oficial de Biólogos de Galicia Logo
Col·legi Oficial de Biòlegs de la Comunitat Valenciana Logo
Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST) Logo
European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists (EAVP) Logo
Sociedade Brasileira de Paleontologia (SBP) Logo

Registration

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