This course will cover the theory and practice of widely used methods in evolutionary and ecological biogeography, namely ecological niche modelling / species distribution modelling, and ancestral range estimation on phylogenies.
The course will cover both the practical challenges to using these techniques (obtaining and processing geographical occurrence data from GBIF, setting up and using the models), and the assumptions that various models and methods make.
We take the view that evolutionary models will be improved by including ecology (for example, perhaps the probability of a dispersal event on a phylogeny is likely to be correlated with the environmental distance between regions), and that ecological models are likely to be improved by integrating phylogenetic information into models of species distributions.
We will discuss why the integration of evolutionary information is fundamental to the further development of ecological biogeography, discuss a number of ways in which this might be done, and demonstrate the use of new R packages to implement some of these analyses.
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.