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Advanced Courses in Life Sciences

1st Edition

Mapping Trait Evolution

June 5th-9th, 2017, Barcelona (Spain)

Mapping Trait Evolution

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

35 hours on-site.

This course is equivalent to 2.5 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 20 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order.

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

Instructor

Jeroen B. Smaers instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Jeroen B. Smaers
Stony Brook University
United States of America

Coordinators

Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno instructor at Transmitting Science

Dr. Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno
Transmitting Science
Spain

Ana Rosa Gómez-Cano coordinator at Transmitting Science

Dr. Ana Rosa Gómez-Cano
Transmitting Science
Spain

Requirements

Graduate or postgraduate degree in any Biosciences discipline. Knowledge of multivariate statistics. User level of R. All participants must bring their own personal laptop (Windows, Macintosh, Linux).

Program

Monday, June 5th, 2017. (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, June 6th, 2017. (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, June 7th, 2017. (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, June 8th, 2017. (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, June 9th, 2017. (R packages: geomorph).

  • Morning: Modularity and integration.
    • What is ‘phylogenetic’ modularity and integration?
    • Applications and assumptions.
  • Afternoon: Case study.

Fees

  • Course Fee
  • Early bird (until March 31st, 2017):
  • 525
  • Regular (after March 31st, 2017):
  • 735
  • This includes course material, coffee breaks and lunches.
    (VAT included)
  • Accommodation Package
  • Early bird (until March 31st, 2017):
  • 360
  • Regular (after March 31st, 2017):
  • 360
  • This includes local transportation, lodging, breakfasts, dinners and social (tourist) activities.
    (VAT included)
  • Course Fee + Accommodation Package
  • Early bird (until March 31st, 2017):
  • 885
  • Regular (after March 31st, 2017):
  • 1,095
  • This includes course material, coffee breaks, local transportation, lodging, breakfasts, lunches, dinners and social (tourist) activities.
    (VAT included)

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, June 4th, 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, June 5th through Friday, June 9th, 20179:30 to 13:30 Lessons.
13:30 to 15:00 Lunch.
15:00 to 18:00 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 18:00 Lessons.
20:30 Dinner.

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

Saturday, June 10th, 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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Collaborators

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Colegio Oficial de Biólogos de Euskadi Logo
Colexio Oficial de Biólogos de Galicia Logo
Col·legi Oficial de Biòlegs de la Comunitat Valenciana Logo
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European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists (EAVP) Logo
Sociedade Brasileira de Paleontologia (SBP) Logo

Registration

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