Macroevolutionary patterns: How do I work them out?

Macroevolutionary patterns: How do I work them out?

Macroevolutionary patterns: How do I work them out?The second running of the course Introduction to Macroevolutionary Analyses Using Phylogenies is next October (27-31). Already, only a week after opening registration, half the places have been filled.

After Felsestein’s paper in 1985, “Phylogenies and the comparative method”, concepts such as ancestor state reconstruction, phylogenetic signal and phylogenetic comparative methods have become common currency in evolutionary biology.

This course will introduce participants to the use, modification and representation of phylogenetic trees. We will focus on the use of phylogenetic information to reconstruct ancestral characters and biogeographic histories, learning how to apply phylogenetic comparative methods. The course will also tackle the study of the shape of phylogenetic trees and how to estimate the rates of diversification throughout the evolutionary history of groups. Finally, we show how to test the phylogenetic signal of a particular trait.

Participants are encouraged to bring their data sets to use in the practical classes.

Course webpage, information and registration here.