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Introduction to Geometric Morphometrics
This course is entitled to teach the main concepts of shape analysis based on landmark coordinates and its multivariate procedures, and how they can be put into practice across any biological discipline in which the phenotype (form) and its variation are the principal sources of information.



Prof. Chris Klingenberg instructor at Transmitting Science
Prof. Chris Klingenberg

(University of Manchester, United Kingdom).
Dr. Jesús Lobón-Marugán instructor at Transmitting Science
Dr. Jesús Marugán-Lobón

(Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain).

Course director:


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.




1st Day.

Fundamentals on data acquisition, digitalization and methodological essentials.


2nd Day.

- Theory:

    • Introduction: What is geometric morphometrics (GM). A brief history of the tool, and main differences with “traditional” morphometrics and “what can you do with GM”.
    • Introduction: Shape, size and biological morphology.
    • Morphometric data: Equipment, landmarks, outlines and surfaces.

- Afternoon Practice.


3rd Day.

- Theory:

    • Extracting shape: The Procrustes fit, shape spaces, etc.
    • Visualizing shapes and shape changes.

- Afternoon Practice: Group work.

 4th Day.

- Theory:

    • Looking at variation: PCA.
    • Distinguishing groups: CVA and discriminant analysis.
    • Regression, allometry and size correction.

- Afternoon Practice: Group work.

5th Day.

- Theory:

    • Connecting things: PLS.
    • Putting things together: Combining analyses to solve biological questions.

- Afternoon: Presentation of group work by participants.


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

- “I want to thank both the organisers and the teachers for an excellent course and overall experience. I believe the class covered in detail the principles and applications of geometric morphometrics. Moreover, both teachers and organisers succeeded in creating a collegial and learning environment that leads to the exchange of ideas and discussion regarding the application of GMM in different fields. In addition to this, the place is beautiful, the hostel is clean, and the food is beyond delicious. This course is the right amount of learning on a difficult subject and enjoying good company and beautiful surroundings.”
Marta Alfonso-Durruty, Kansas State University, United States of America (5th Edition)

- “Fantastic course! Overall, this experience was extremely well organized and the accommodations were beyond expectation! The environment that the organisers and instructors created made for an incredibly effective learning atmosphere.”
Participants’ comment in the course evaluation (5th Edition)

- “Very good and helpful instructors all the way. I learnt very much and I will recommend this course to others.”
Participants’ comment in the course evaluation (4th Edition)


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