The aim of this course is to provide training in conceptual and practical aspects of biological systematics. Emphasis will be on the use of molecular data for phylogenetic inference. We will present and discuss the main methods of phylogenetic inference (parsimony, maximum likelihood and Bayesian inference), evolutionary models, data combinability, the estimation of divergence times and the use of quantitative approaches to species delimitation. We will also discuss several examples about the use of phylogenetic trees to address fundamental biological questions. In hands on computer sessions, we will introduce the most widely used computer programs for building alignments, selecting evolutionary models, inferring trees under alternative assumptions, estimating divergence times and delimiting species. Finally, students will present and discuss the results obtained during the course using their own data or, alternatively, with example cases provided by the instructors.
The course is aimed at advanced undergrads, PhD students, post-docs and faculty interested in the use of phylogenies for addressing evolutionary and ecological questions but with limited background / experience in systematics and phylogenetic inference.
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.