The aim of this course is to provide participants with an overview of morphometric approaches to studying morphological integration and modularity. The concepts of integration and modularity will be introduced and discussed in different contexts (e.g. development, individual variation, evolutionary change). The theoretical basis and application of different methods for analysing integration and modularity in geometric morphometric data will be presented. Lectures will be combined with hands-on demonstrations of the analyses. Participants are encouraged to bring their own morphometric data for analysis and discussion in the course.
Graduate or postgraduate degree in Biomedical, Life or Earth Sciences, basic knowledge of statistics and personal computers. Knowledge of Geometric Morphometrics. All participants must bring their own personal laptop. We would like to encourage participants to bring along their own morphometrics data, in case you have it.
1. Brief review of geometric morphometrics: Procrustes fit, shape space, covariance matrices, etc.
2. PCA for characterizing patterns of integration.
3. Partial least squares and integration.
4. Practice: patterns of integration.
5. Indices of integration.
6. Modularity: concepts and analysis.
7. Modularity hypotheses: where do they come from?
8. Practice: Indices, allometry and comparisons.
9. Comparing patterns of integration.
10. Developmental integration and modularity.
11. Evolutionary integration and modularity.
12. Practice: integration & modularity.
13. Allometry as a factor of integration.
14. Multilevel analyses of integration and modularity.
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 €.