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Using Phylogenetic Trees to Study Trait Evolution and Perform Comparative Analyses

9-13 April 2018, Lund

9th to the 13th April. 2018. Run by Prof Niklas Wahlberg & Dr Charlie Cornwallis, Lund University.

This course will be divided into two parts. Participants can chose to take Part 1, 2 or both. We will send an email about registration for this course. In the meantime, please direct any general enquires to Christina [dot] Rengefors [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Part 1 (9th – 11th April) – Comparative analyses: accounting for phylogenetic relationships when conducting data analyses. Led by Dr Charlie Cornwallis
This course will entail lectures on the types of datasets where it may be important to control for phylogenetic relatedness between species and the types of considerations when obtaining/selecting a phylogeny. There will be information on different approaches to comparative analyses (incl. the different R packages available for these approaches) and the practical considerations for conducting these analyses. There will also be workshops using toy datasets to run a comparative analysis in the R packages Ape, Geiger, PhyTools, MCMCglmm & Bayes traits. This course will give you 1,5 credit points.

Part 2 (12th – 13th April) – Using phylogenetic trees to study trait evolution. Led by Niklas Wahlberg
This course follows on from the Molecular Phylogenetics Course run in October 2017. Although it is not a pre-requisite to have attended the previous course, participants will require the knowledge covered in the Molecular Phylogenetics Course (please contact Prof Niklas Wahlberg if you have any questions about the what skills you need for this course).The course will include lectures on how to use phylogenies to study the dynamics of trait evolution (mainly about diversification rate models). There will also be discussion of the commonly used models and considerations when choosing between such models e.g. continuous versus discrete traits. There will also be workshops using your own, or toy, data (phylogeny & traits) to apply selected diversification rate models. This course will give you 1,0 credit point.

Costs: GENECO PhD students and students/researchers enrolled at Lund University free of charge: Other participants are welcome to a fee of:

  • 3-day course SEK 900 + VAT
  • 2-day course SEK 600 + VAT
  • both courses SEK 1500 + VAT

    (for invoice please send billing address and reference to: Christina [dot] Rengefors [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se)

To register please fill in the form. Deadline for registration Tuesday the 27th of March 2018.

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