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3rd Edition

Studying Evolution with Geometric Morphometrics

September 10th-14th, 2018, Barcelona (Spain)

Geometric Morphometrics

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Studying Evolution with Geometric MorphometricsCourse overview

Morphometric 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.

Software that will be used in the course: MorphoJ.

LOCATION

Centre de Restauració i Interpretació Paleontològica (CRIP)

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

How to get there

DATE

September 10th-14th, 2018

LANGUAGE

English

COURSE LENGTH & ECTS

37.5 hours on-site.

This course is equivalent to 2 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 25 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

Coordinator

Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno instructor at Transmitting Science

Dr. Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno
Transmitting Science
Spain

Requirements

Graduate or postgraduate degree in Life or Earth Sciences, basic knowledge of multivariate statistics and 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, September 10th, 2018. 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, September 11th, 2018. A closer look at some properties of morphometric data.

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


Wednesday, September 12th, 2018. Morphological integration and modularity.

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

Thursday, September 13th, 2018. Phylogeny and comparative methods.

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


Friday, September 14th, 2018. 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.

Fees

  • Course Fee
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  • Early bird (until May 31st, 2018):
  • 550
  • Regular (after May 31st, 2018):
  • 685
  • This includes course material, coffee breaks and lunches (VAT included).
  • Course Fee + Accommodation Package
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  • Early bird (until May 31st, 2018):
  • 550 + 275 = 825
  • Regular (after May 31st, 2018):
  • 685 + 275 = 960
  • This includes course material, coffee breaks, transportation from and to Barcelona city, accommodation from Sunday to Friday, breakfasts, lunches and dinners (VAT included).

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

Accommodation

Accommodation Package

If you take the Accommodation Package you will be hosted in the Youth Hostel Can Roviralta, in single-sex shared dormitories (2 – 4 people) with common bathrooms.

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 coordinator.

Accommodation is included from Sunday (check-in) to Friday (check-out). Breakfast, lunch and dinner are also provided during the week, starting from the dinner of Sunday to lunch of Friday (included).

Other accommodation options

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 (1:30 hours by public transport from the Venue), Martorell or Igualada (about 35 minutes by public transport from the Venue). 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 or Igualada.

Youth Hostel Can Roviralta

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

Youth Hostel Can Roviralta

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

Youth Hostel Can Roviralta

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

Schedule

Course Schedule
  • Monday to Friday:
    • 9:30 to 13:30 Lessons.
    • 13:30 to 15:00 Lunch (included).
    • 15:00 to 18:30 Lessons.
Accommodation Package Schedule
  • Sunday:
    • 19:00 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 to Thursday:
    • 8:30 to 9:00 Breakfast.
    • 20:30 Dinner.
  • Friday:
    • 8:30 to 9:00 Breakfast.
    • 19:00 Meeting point in the Youth Hostel to take the bus to Barcelona city.
    • 20:30 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.

Funding

Discounts

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

Furthermore, 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 coordinator. 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.

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 – 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.

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

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