This course provides basic knowledge on selected theoretical and methodological problems of historical biogeography. We aim to provide the practical skills to enable the students to carry out empirical biographical analyses. A considerable part of the course is therefore allocated to practical problems as well as to the use of computer programs specifically developed for biogeography analyses.
The theoretical classes provide background knowledge on the topics listed above through the use of practical problems and relevant literature. The classes will be dynamic and include feedback between explanations and questions.
The practical classes are mainly to analyse theoretical examples and demonstrate different aspects of the software used throughout the course. Differences between alternative theoretical approaches are illustrated through the use of example and real data sets. We will also learn how to obtain and process distribution data from publicly available databases as well as data provided by the students. Processing real distribution data illustrates the problems and the limits that biogeographers confront during an empirical study.
- Szumik C, Cuezzo F, Goloboff P, Chalup A (2002) An optimality criterion to determine areas of endemism. Systematic Biology, 51: 806-816.
- Szumik C, Goloboff P (2004) Areas of endemism. An improved optimality criterion. Systematic Biology, 53: 968-977.
- Goloboff P (2005) NDM/VNDM ver. 2.5. Programs for identification of areas of endemism.
Previous editions of this course
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).
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 coordinators. 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.