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2nd Edition

Studying Evolution with Geometric Morphometrics

April 4th-8th, 2016, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Studying Evolution with Geometric MorphometricsMorphometric approaches are used increasingly to study a wide range of questions concerning the evolution of organismal shape and its developmental and genetic basis. The standard techniques of the “morphometric synthesis” of the mid-1990s have been supplemented by a set of new methods that address specific biological questions in specific contexts such as morphological integration, modularity, phylogenetic comparative analyses, and studies of symmetry and asymmetry. This course will introduce these recent approaches to an audience of researchers who are familiar with the fundamentals of geometric morphometrics. Lectures will present the theoretical basis of the methods, and software demonstrations and practical exercises will provide participants with the opportunity to try out the methods themselves. Practical work, as far as possible with the participants’ own data or with data provided as examples, and discussions of the participants’ research questions are intended to help them to apply the new methods to their own projects.

LOCATION

CONICET – Centro Científico Tecnológico (CCT) La Plata

C/ 8, 1467
B1904CMC La Plata, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

LANGUAGE

English

COURSE LENGTH

50 hours: 40 hours on-site, plus 10 hours that participants should use for recommended reading before the course.

PLACES

Places are limited to 40 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

Chris Klingenberg Instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Chris Klingenberg
University of Manchester
United Kingdom

Coordinators

Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno instructor at Transmitting Science

Dr. Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno
Transmitting Science
Spain

Paula González coordinator for Transmitting Science

Dr. Paula González
Unidad Ejecutora Estudios en Neurociencias y Sistemas Complejos. CONICET-HEC-UNAJ
Argentina

Requirements

Graduate or postgraduate degree in Life or Earth Sciences, basic knowledge of statistics and personal computers. Knowledge of Geometric Morphometrics. All participants must bring their own personal laptop. We would like to encourage participants to bring along their own morphometrics data, as well as phylogenetic information related to this in case you have it.

Program

Monday, April 4th, 2016. Review of some fundamental methods, introduction to MorphoJ.

  • Size and shape, Procrustes fit, visualization of shape changes.
  • Principal component analysis.
  • Distinguishing groups: Canonical variates and discriminant analysis.


Tuesday, April 5th, 2016. A closer look at some properties of morphometric data.

  • Measurement error and outliers.
  • Symmetry and asymmetry.
  • Regression: Allometry and size correction.


Wednesday, April 6th, 2016. Morphological integration and modularity.

  • Partial least squares.
  • Modularity.
  • Inferring developmental integration from fluctuating asymmetry.

Thursday, April 7th, 2016. Phylogeny and comparative methods.

  • Mapping shape data onto phylogenies.
  • Comparative methods.
  • Advanced topics: Analyses across levels, evolutionary size correction.


Friday, April 8th, 2016. Special topics and combined analyses.

  • Complex symmetries.
  • Comparing covariance matrices (matrix correlation, ordination methods, etc.).
  • Putting things together: Multi-level analyses.


Morning sessions will be used for lectures and demonstrations of analyses (participants will conduct their own analyses with software and data provided to them).

Afternoon sessions will be devoted to work in small groups. The first four afternoons will be used for analysis of the participants’ data as small group projects. During the last afternoon, participants will give informal presentations of the group work. There would be an evaluation at the end of the course, based on the group work presentations.

Previous editions of this course

2nd Edition, April 4th-8th, 2016

Course Studying Evolution with Geometric Morphometrics - 2nd Edition, April 4th-8th, 2016

Eighteen people belonging to the following countries and institutions participated in this edition:

  • Argentina: University of Buenos Aires, Museo de La Plata – Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Museo de la Universidad Nacional de La Plata, National University of La Plata, Universidad Nacional de Avellaneda, Instituto Multidisciplinario de Biología Vegetal – Universidad Nacional de Córdoba-CONICET, Centro de Estudios Parasitológicos y de Vectores – Universidad Nacional de La Plata-CONICET, National University of Central Buenos Aires, .
  • Brazil: Universidade de São Paulo, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo.
  • Chile: Universidad de Valparaíso, Universidad de Chile.
  • United States of America: New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology.

1st Edition, March 10th-14th, 2014

Course Studying Evolution with Geometric Morphometrics - 1st Edition, March 10th-14th, 2014Thirty-four people belonging to the following countries and institutions participated in this edition:

  • Argentina: Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales “Bernardino Rivadavia” – CONICET, Museo de La Plata – Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Museo de la Universidad Nacional de La Plata, National University of La Plata, Universidad Nacional de Río Negro, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Fundación Miguel Lillo – CONICET, University of Buenos Aires, National University of San Luis, Instituto de Investigaciones Biológicas y Tecnológicas – Universidad Nacional de Córdoba-CONICET, Museum of Paleontology Egidio Feruglio, Instituto Nacional de Limnología – Universidad Nacional del Litoral-CONICET.
  • Brazil: Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana, Universidade Reginal Integrada do Alto Uruguai e das Missões, Museum of Zoology of the University of São Paulo, Universidade de São Paulo, School of Public Health – University of São Paulo, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul.
  • Colombia: Universidad Industrial de Santander, Universidad Nacional de Colombia.
  • Ecuador: Universidad Internacional SEK.

Fees

  • Course Fee
  • Early bird (until November 30th, 2015):
  • 380
  • Regular (after until November 30th, 2015):
  • 530
  • This includes course material and coffee breaks.

Fifteen places are reserved for Argentine people to be paid in Argentine pesos, which be occupied by strict registration order. Special discounts will not be applied to places paid in Argentine pesos. Early bird until November 30th, 2015: 4.000 $a. Regular Course Fee after November 30th, 2015: 5.600 $a.

We offer the possibility of paying in two instalments (contact the course coordinators).

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).

Discounts are not cumulative.

Schedule

Course Schedule
Monday, April 4th through Friday, April 8th, 20169:00 to 13:00 Lessons.
14:00 to 18:00 Lessons.

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

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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Instituto de Genética Veterinaria “Ingeniero Fernando Noel Dulout” (IGEVET)-CONICET Logo

Collaborators

Sociedad Argentina para el Estudio de los Mamíferos (SAREM) Logo
Asociación Paleontológica Argentina (APA) Logo
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
European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists (EAVP) Logo
Sociedade Brasileira de Paleontologia (SBP) Logo
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