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New quarter, new courses

New quarter, new courses

Summer ended and new courses start. However, trying to make more motivational your back-to-school time, we have three new courses for the final quarter of 2016.

Regarding to our Next events section you can check the last courses planned for the 2016 and those for the next year. Before the end of this year, we include three new courses.

The three new courses are:

New quarter, new courses

Therefore, these courses will expand the scope of our courses topics, including demography, collection managements and statistical biogeography. In the course on Integral Projection Models five expert instructors from 4 different countries will guide students on population modelling as key tool on ecological and evolutionary studies.

In November, Dr. Greg McDonald and John E. Simmons from United States of America, will be involved in a 40-hours course, including laboratory sessions. The importance of the collections for research and museology is emphasized. In order to involve good practices working on Natural History collections this course will guide students on the importance of storage environment as well as the identification and selection of inert materials. But also adapting collections care standards to particular environmental conditions, and sound policies and collection planning.

Finally, our new course on statistical biogeography will cover the theory and practice of widely used methods in evolutionary and ecological biogeography. The instructors, Dr. Dan Warren and Dr. Nick Matzke from Australia will guide attenders through the practical challenges (ex. obtaining and processing geographical occurrence data from GBIF), and the assumptions that various models make.

Macroevolutionary patterns: How do I work them out?

Macroevolutionary patterns: How do I work them out?

Macroevolutionary patterns: How do I work them out?The second running of the course Introduction to Macroevolutionary Analyses Using Phylogenies is next October (27-31). Already, only a week after opening registration, half the places have been filled.

After Felsestein’s paper in 1985, “Phylogenies and the comparative method”, concepts such as ancestor state reconstruction, phylogenetic signal and phylogenetic comparative methods have become common currency in evolutionary biology.

This course will introduce participants to the use, modification and representation of phylogenetic trees. We will focus on the use of phylogenetic information to reconstruct ancestral characters and biogeographic histories, learning how to apply phylogenetic comparative methods. The course will also tackle the study of the shape of phylogenetic trees and how to estimate the rates of diversification throughout the evolutionary history of groups. Finally, we show how to test the phylogenetic signal of a particular trait.

Participants are encouraged to bring their data sets to use in the practical classes.

Course webpage, information and registration here.

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