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.
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
- 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 €.