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9th Edition

Geometric Morphometrics and Phylogeny

September 9th-13th, 2019, Barcelona (Spain)

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Geometric Morphometrics and Phylogeny

Course Overview

This course provides an overview of the interface between geometric morphometrics and phylogenetics. It aims to give an overview of the different approaches and methods that link the two fields and to enable participants to apply them to their own research problems.

Lectures that introduce concepts and methods are integrated with demonstrations of software that put them into practice right away.

The main emphasis is on mapping shape data on existing phylogenies to reconstruct the evolutionary history of shape diversification, as well as comparative methods that take phylogeny into account.

To enhance the practical approach of the course, participants are encouraged to bring their own data to conduct analyses and discuss results.


Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP)

C/ de l’Escola Industrial, 23
08201 Sabadell, Barcelona (Spain)

How to get there


September 9th-13th, 2019




40 hours on-site.

This course is equivalent to 2 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) at the Life Science Zurich Graduate School and ForBio.

The recognition of ECTS by other institutions depends on each university or school.


Places are limited to 16 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order.

Participants who have completed the course will receive a certificate at the end of it.


Chris Klingenberg Instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Chris Klingenberg
University of Manchester
United Kingdom


Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno instructor at Transmitting Science

Dr. Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno
Transmitting Science


Graduate or postgraduate degree in Life or Earth Sciences. Basic knowledge of Statistics and Geometric Morphometrics. All participants must bring their own personal laptop.

We would like to encourage participants to bring along their own morphometrics data, as well as phylogenetic information related to this in case you have it.


1. Phylogeny, trees and phylogenetic reasoning.

2. Brief review of geometric morphometrics (Procrustes fit, PCA, etc.).

3. Mapping traits onto phylogenies: squared-change parsimony.

4. Practice: making/editing Nexus files, mapping morphometric data onto the tree (Mesquite, MorphoJ).

5. Phylogenetic signal, morphometric traits and estimating phylogeny.

6. Comparative methods: independent contrasts.

7. Application in morphometrics: evolutionary allometry and size correction.

8. Practice: comparative methods (MorphoJ).

9. Application of comparative methods: morphological integration.

10. Multi-level analyses of integration: inferring evolutionary mechanisms.

11. Application of comparative methods: partial least squares (ecomorphology, etc.).

12. Practice: comparative methods (cont.).

13. Morphometrics, phylogenies and qualitative characters.

14. Disparity and diversification.

15. Presentations of group work.


  • Course Fee
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  • Early bird (until July 31st, 2019):
  • 540 *

    (432 for Ambassador Institutions)

  • Regular (after July 31st, 2019):
  • 675 *

    (540 for Ambassador Institutions)

  • This includes course material, coffee breaks and lunches (VAT included).
    * Participants from companies/industry will have an extra charge of 100 €.

You can check the list of Ambassador Institutions HERE. If you want your institution to become a Transmitting Science Ambassador please contact us at communication@transmittingscience.org.

Discounts (see Funding below) are not cumulative and apply only on the fee.

We offer the possibility of paying in two instalments (contact the course coordinators).


The course will take place in the city of Sabadell, Barcelona (Spain). Take a look at the venue.

You may stay in Barcelona city or Sabadell. You will find information about Hotels and Hostel in Sabadell here. It takes about 45 minutes by public transport to arrive to Sabadell from the centre of Barcelona city. The place of the course is about 15 minutes walking from the train stop.


Course Schedule
  • Monday to Friday:
    • 9:30 to 13:30 Lessons.
    • 13:30 to 14:30 Lunch (included).
    • 14:30 to 18:30 Lessons.
  • 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.


You will find below some testimonials from former participants to previous editions of this course:

“The best aspect of this course is that we applied what we learned to our own datasets during the practical sessions. I very much appreciated Prof. Klingenberg teaching style; he always made time to answer our questions. I especially thank Dr. Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno, the course coordinator, she really looked after us; we had nothing to do but learn. I really enjoyed my time in the Els Hostalets de Pierola and believe that the training provided by this course has provided me with a solid footing from which to expand my knowledge and practice of geometric morphometrics.” (6th Edition)

Dr. Mairead Lesley BerminghamInstitute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

“I think is amazing to meet Prof. Klingenberg, one of the pioneers in this field, the maker of the software I have already use. The interaction with him was once time in a life experience.” (6th Edition)

Ioannis ManiakasAristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

“The week I just spent under the tutelage of Prof. Klingenberg has crystallized and expanded my understanding of phylogenetic methods for morphometric data. Our group was diverse in terms of our specialties (plants, snakes, early mammals, primates, microscopic organisms) and levels of experience, and it seems like the course managed to be well-suited to all of us. That is quite a feat. Equally important, we were well taken care of and fantastically well fed. It was a great week. Intense, fun, worth the hard work. I will do another one in the future. Thank you!” (6th Edition)

David KatzUniversity of California Davis, United States of America

“I think that the course setting (lectures in the morning and demonstrations in the afternoon) was very effective to understand how to apply what we learned to our own data-sets. I also appreciate that the instructor took enough time for question and answer sessions for each section of his lecture. I could ask all the questions that I wanted to ask and I also learned a lot from questions from other participants. In addition to the course itself, exchange between the participants and the location of the course were very nice. I really enjoyed the whole experience there.” (4th Edition)

Dr. Kazuo H. TakahashiLaboratory of Insect Ecology, Graduate School of Environmental and Life Science, Okayama University, Japan

“A great thing about the course was that Professor Klingenberg pushed us to the edge of the discipline; we had a good overview of what was possible and where the discipline tends to go. The other participants were really nice and I learned as much from them than from the course. I think we all enjoyed the experience and the place. The food was really (really) good and everyone was happy to be here. I especially thank Soledad, the manager of the courses in Transmitting Science, who does a very good job.” (4th Edition)

Benjamin RamassamyNatural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Denmark



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 Spain, as well as PhD students based in Spain 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.


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