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Online Course – 14th Edition

3D Geometric Morphometrics

May 3rd-7th, 2021

This course will be delivered live online

Online live sessions from 14:00 to 19:00 (GMT+2, Madrid time zone).

3D Geometric MorphometricsCourse Overview

This course is entitled to teach the main concepts of shape analysis based on threedimensional landmark coordinates. In this course, you will learn to manipulate 3D models and use them to collect landmark data, take measurements, and to quantify and visualize the main differences in shape.


Graduate or postgraduate degree in Biomedical, Life or Earth Sciences, basic knowledge of statistics. Basic knowledge of Geometric Morphometrics is recommended.

All participants must have a personal computer (Windows), with webcam if possible, and a good internet connection.



Testimonials for this course

3D Geometric Morphometrics (onsite) – 4th edition

“It can safely be said that much knowledge was gleaned from our excellent instructor, Dr. Melissa Tallman. All in all, the course was a roaring success in my eyes and I hope for the rest of the participants also. It has been a memorable trip, I have made many good contacts and hopefully some good friends, all of whom I hope to see on the academic circuit in the near future.”

3D Geometric Morphometrics (online) – 12th edition

“I have really enjoyed the class, the instructor was great, and the Kahoot quizzes were super fun and helped test our knowledge for what we needed to review. Excellent timely responses for questions and willingness to go over material. It was my first experience with a class like this, as well as online, and it worked out very well. Hope to take more course via Transmitting Science in the future!”

3D Geometric Morphometrics (online) – 11th edition

“Congrats for this online course! Although COVID situation will be solved at some point, I encourage you to do Online course or having the 2 options (on site/online) for the most demanded courses (helps to find balance). Great job! Also congrats for Lissa! Great way to explain! very, very clear!”


May 3rd-7th, 2021

Schedule and Course length

Online live sessions from Monday, May 3rd to Friday, 7th; 14:00 to 19:00 (GMT+2, Madrid time zone).

35 hours.

25 hours of online live lessons, plus 10 hours of participants working on their own. This course is equivalent to 1 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) at the Life Science Zurich Graduate School. 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.

Melissa Tallman instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Melissa Tallman

Grand Valley State University
United States of America

Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno Transmitting Science coordinator

Dr. Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno

Transmitting Science

Haris Saslis coordinator for Transmitting Science

Dr. Haris Saslis
Transmitting Science


  • Types of data acquisition.
    Collecting CT scans & Surface Scans.
    – Demonstration of Stratovan Checkpoint.

    Brief Review of Fundamentals of
    – How to choose landmarks.
    – Generalized Procrustes Analysis.
    – Other types of alignment.
    – Thin plate spline warping.

    Processing Microscribe data.
    – Using DVLR to merge two views.
    – Using resample to resample a line.
    Using Landmark Editor to collect data on
    – Sliding semi-landmarks (using R
    geomorph package).

    How to do a precision test on 3D data.

    Data exploration: PCA analyses.
    – Using MorphoJ.
    – Between-group PCAs.
    – PCAs in Procrustes form space.

    Visualizing shape change.
    – Using MorphoJ in conjunction with Landmark Editor.

    Landmark Editor.
    – Making calculations and visualizing shape
    changes in PCA morphospace.
    – Calculating PCA scores post hoc.

    Data exploration: Regressions.
    – Visualizing change that is associated with
    size (MorphoJ).

    Data exploration: PLS analyses.
    – Using MorphoJ to mean center (or not).
    – Visualizing shape change in Landmark

    Data interpretations: Using mean
    configurations (PAST) and Procrustes
    – Minimum spanning trees.
    – Variability within a sample (comparing fossil)

    Programs that we will use:
    – DVLR (free).
    – Landmark Editor (free).
    – MorphoJ (free).
    – PAST (free).
    – R (free, only for sliding semilandmarks, no
    previous knowledge is required).
    – Microsoft Excel.


  • Course Fee
  • Early bird (until March 31st, 2021):
  • 525 €
    (420 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • Regular (after March 31st, 2021):
  • 658 €
    (526.4 € for Ambassador
  • Price is VAT included.
    After registration you will receive confirmation of your acceptance in the course. Payment is not required during registration.

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


Discounts are not cumulative and apply only on the Course Fee. We offer the possibility of paying in two instalments (contact courses@transmittingscience.com).

Former participants will have a 5 % discount on the Course Fee.

20 % discount on the Course Fee is offered for members of some organizations (Ambassador Institutions). 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 may benefit from a 40 % discount on the Course Fee. If you would like to enquire about this discount, please contact the course coordinator. That would apply for a maximum of 2 places and they will be covered by strict registration order.


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