An accurate reconstruction of evolutionary relationships among species is the cornerstone of evolutionary biology. Building phylogenetic trees thus provides the fundamental framework upon which systematic, biogeographic and evolutionary research operates. Morphological phylogenetics provides a unique toolkit for inferring relationships, considering that the vast majority of the species that have ever lived are now extinct and can only be assessed based on morphological data. Additionally, combining fossils and morphological data with molecular data from extant species is becoming the most comprehensive method of assessing phylogenetic relationships on deep time and the time of origin of major evolutionary lineages.
In this course, we will focus on the analysis of morphological data (and combining morphological data with molecular data) using multiple optimality criteria for phylogenetic inference. We will discuss the best available approaches to construct morphological data sets and their impact on phylogenies. We will follow with theory and hands-on practice of phylogenetic programs using maximum parsimony, maximum likelihood and Bayesian inference. Participants will learn how to combine morphological and molecular data for total evidence analyses, how to conduct time-calibrations using tip and node dating, different birth-death models, morphological clocks and combined evidence relaxed clock analyses.
Softwares: Mesquite, TNT, RAxML, IQTree, Mr. Bayes and BEAST.
- Monday to Friday:
- 9:30 to 13:30 Lessons.
- 13:30 to 15:00 Lunch (included).
- 15:00 to 18:00 Lessons.
Accommodation Package Schedule
- 18:30 Meeting in Heraklion (Archaeological Museum) or Chania (Coach Station) to take the bus to Gerakári.
- 20:15 Check-in at Alexander Hotel.
- 20:45 Dinner.
- Tuesday to Thursday:
- 8:30 to 9:00 Breakfast.
- 20:30 Dinner.
- 8:30 to 9:00 Breakfast.
- 18:30 Meeting at Alexander Hotel to take the bus to Heraklion or Chania.
- 20:15 Arrival in Heraklion (Archaeological Museum) or Chania (Coach Station).
The schedule is approximate; it is possible that the content of one day may run into the next and a working day may be longer than advertised.
Former participants will have a 5 % discount on the Course Fee.
Furthermore, 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).
Unemployed scientists living in Greece, as well as PhD students based in Greece 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 coordinator. 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.