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3D Geometric Morphometrics
This course is entitled to teach the main concepts of shape analysis based on three-dimensional landmark coordinates. In this course we you will learn to manipulate 3D models and use them to collect landmark data, take measurements, and to quantify and visualize the main differences in shape.



Dr. Melissa Tallman instructor at Transmitting Science
Dr. Melissa Tallman

(Grand Valley State University, United States of America).

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Dr. Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno course director at Transmitting Science
Dr. Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno

(Transmitting Science, Spain).


Graduate or postgraduate degree in Biomedical, Life or Earth Sciences, basic knowledge of statistics and personal computers. All participants must bring their own personal laptop (Windows).




Premises of the Centre de Restauració i Interpretació Paleontològic (CRIP), Av. dels Hostalets de Pierola, s/ nº, 08781 Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona (Spain). How to arrive.


Data Acquisition.

Using a microscribe.
Collecting CT scans & Surface Scans:
- Demonstration of Stratovan Checkpoint.

Brief Review of Fundamentals of Morphometrics:
- How to choose landmarks.
- Generalized Procrustes Analysis.
- Other types of alignment.

Processing Microscribe data:
- Using DVLR to merge two views.
- Using resample to resample a line.

Using Landmark Editor to collect data on surfaces.

Practice period with Landmark Editor:
- Each student should develop their own landmark protocol and landmark a series of scans using his/her own scans or ones that we provide.

Discussion and demonstration of sliding semi-landmarks (using Matlab).
How to do a precision test on 3D data.
Practice period testing the data collected from Landmark in the morning.

Data exploration: PCA analyses:
- Using Morphologika.
- Using MorphoJ.
Practice period: Formatting your data, performing PCAs on your data.

Visualizing shape change:
- Using MorphoJ in conjunction with Landmark Editor.
- Making calculations and visualizing vector displacements in Morpheus.
- GPAing with missing data using Morpheus.

Data interpretations: Using mean configurations (PAST) and Procrustes distances:
– Minimum spanning trees.
– Variability within a sample (comparing fossil distributions to extant distributions).

Practice period: Visualizing changes in your data set along PC axes in Morpheus and Landmark Editor.

Data exploration: PLS analyses.
– Using MorphoJ to mean center (or not).
– Visualizing shape change in Landmark editor.

Data exploration: Phylogeny.
– Making a tree with mesquite.
– Visualizing shape changes in MorphoJ along a tree.
– Importing covariates and visualizing shape change associated with taxonomy (using MorphoJ).

Data exploration: Allometry.
– Using Procrustes form space.
– Visualizing change that is associated with size (MorphoJ).
– Removing change associated from size from your data (MorphoJ).

General practice period and time for questions and answers.

Programs that we will use:

– Inscribe.
– Stratovan Checkpoint.
– DVLR (free).
– Resample (free).
– Landmark Editor (free).
– Matlab.
– Morphologika (free).
– MorphoJ (free).
– Morpheus (free, requires Windows XP).
– PAST (free).
– Microsoft Excel.

Course length:

35 hours on-site.


Monday 19th May 2014:

18:00: 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 arrive.
19:00: Registration in the Youth Hostel.
20:00: Welcome party.

Tuesday 20th to Saturday 24th May 2014:

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.
Sunday 25th May 2014:

8:30 to 9:00: Breakfast.
9:00: Meeting point in the Youth Hostel to take the bus to Barcelona city.
10:30: Arrival at Plaza Catalunya (Barcelona).


You will find below some testimonials from former participants to previous editions of this course:

- “The course was well run by the organizers, the meals were fantastic, the hostel was spotless, and Lisa was very helpful in the practical sessions. I am very pleased with this course.”
Participants’ comment in the course evaluation (3rd Edition)

Number of places:

Places are limited to 20 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order.


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This course can be validated by 1.5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) by the Life Science Zurich Graduate School, Zurich, Switzerland.


Only Lunches Included option (no accommodation, no dinners):
Reduced registration fee until January 31, 2014: 390 €. Full registration fee after January 31, 2014: 545 €. Reduced registration fee extended to February 28, 2014.
This option only includes course material, coffee breaks and lunches. Please be aware that from Barcelona centre it takes one hour by car and one hour and a half by public transport to arrive to Els Hostalets de Pierola.

All Inclusive option:
Reduced registration fee until January 31, 2014: 660 € (390 € course fee + 270 € All Inclusive option). Full registration fee after January 31, 2014: 815 € (545 € course fee + 270 € All Inclusive option). Reduced registration fee extended to February 28, 2014.
Participation fees are all inclusive, and include transport from Barcelona city, course material, lodging, breakfasts, coffee breaks, lunches, dinners and welcome party.

Participants in any editions of this course are entitled to a 20 % discount* on the course fee of the incoming course Studying Ontogeny at Different Levels Using Geometric Morphometrics - 2nd Edition.

Former participants will have a 5 % discount* on the current course fee.

We offer the possibility of paying in two instalments (contact us at courses@transmittingscience.org).

Please complete and submit your Registration Form (see below); we will confirm your acceptance by e-mail.

Cancellation policy:

If you wish to cancel your participation in this course, cancellations up to 20 days before the course start date will incur a 30 % cancellation fee. For later cancellations, or non-attendance, the full course fee will be charged.

If Transmitting Science must cancel this course due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Transmitting Science, you will either be entitled to a full refund of the course fee, or your fee can be credited toward a future course / workshop. Transmitting Science is not responsible for travel fees, or any expenses incurred by you as a result of such cancellation. Every effort will be made to avoid the cancellation of any planned course / workshop.


The course will take place in the town of Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona (Spain).

- Only Lunches Included option (no accommodation, no dinners):
In that case there are different options for accommodation, all of them in places other than Els Hostalets de Pierola. You may stay in: Barcelona city, Martorell or Igualada. Information about Hotels in Martorell here. Information about Hotels in Igualada here.
How to arrive to Els Hostalets de Pierola from Barcelona city, Martorell and Igualada.

- All Inclusive option:
To make it affordable, you will be hosted in the Youth Hostel Can Roviralta, in four-bed 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 state it in the “Comments” field of the Registration Form (see below).
There are no Hotels in Els Hostalets de Pierola. However, if you do not want to share rooms, but you want to apply for the All Inclusive option staying in Els Hostalets de Pierola, please contact us at courses@transmittingscience.org.
How to arrive to Els Hostalets de Pierola.


Unfortunately there are no internal grants available for this course. However some discounts are offered to people belonging to some of the Associations, Institutions or Universities listed here. If you want to apply to this discount please state the name of your Association, Institution or University in the “Comments” field of the Registration Form (proof will be asked later). For information on External Financial Support, please check the link.

Spanish unemployed scientists, as well as Spanish PhD students without any grant to develop their PhD, could benefit from a 40 % discount* on the course fee. If you want to ask for this discount, please contact us at courses@transmittingscience.org. That would apply for a maximum of 4 places and they will be covered by strict inscription order.


For further information contact: courses@transmittingscience.org.


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  • Are you going to participate in the course "Studying Ontogeny at Different Levels Using Geometric Morphometrics - 2nd Edition" that will be held after this course? (in case yes, please do not forget to register here).
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* Discounts are not cumulative.