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Course – 3rd Edition

Studying Evolution with Geometric Morphometrics

September 10th-14th, 2018, Barcelona (Spain)

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Geometric Morphometrics


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Course Studying Evolution with Geometric MorphometricsCourse Overview

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 Life or Earth Sciences, basic knowledge of multivariate 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.





September 10th-14th, 2018




37.5 hours on-site.

This course is equivalent to 2 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) at the Life Science Zurich Graduate School and ForBio.

The recognition of ECTS by other institutions depends on each university or school.


Places are limited to 25 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order.

Participants who have completed the course will receive a certificate at the end of it.

Chris Klingenberg instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Chris Klingenberg
University of Manchester
United Kingdom


Monday, September 10th, 2018. Review of some fundamental methods, introduction to MorphoJ.

  • Size and shape, Procrustes fit, visualization of shape changes.
  • Principal component analysis.
  • Distinguishing groups: Canonical variates and discriminant analysis.

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018. A closer look at some properties of morphometric data.

  • Measurement error and outliers.
  • Symmetry and asymmetry.
  • Regression: Allometry and size correction.

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018. Morphological integration and modularity.

  • Partial least squares.
  • Modularity.
  • Inferring developmental integration from fluctuating asymmetry.

Thursday, September 13th, 2018. Phylogeny and comparative methods.

  • Mapping shape data onto phylogenies.
  • Comparative methods.
  • Advanced topics: Analyses across levels, evolutionary size correction.

Friday, September 14th, 2018. Special topics and combined analyses.

  • Complex symmetries.
  • Comparing covariance matrices (matrix correlation, ordination methods, etc.).
  • Putting things together: Multi-level analyses.

Morning sessions will be used for lectures and demonstrations of analyses (participants will conduct their own analyses with software and data provided to them).

Afternoon sessions will be devoted to work in small groups. The first four afternoons will be used for analysis of the participants’ data as small group projects. During the last afternoon, participants will give informal presentations of the group work. There would be an evaluation at the end of the course, based on the group work presentations.


  • 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 €.

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


  • Monday to Friday:
    • 9:30 to 13:30 Lessons.
    • 13:30 to 14:30 Lunch (included).
    • 14:30 to 18:30 Lessons.

The class schedule is approximate; it is possible that the content of one day may run into the next and a working day may be longer than advertised.


The course will take place in the city of Sabadell, Barcelona (Spain). Take a look at the venue.

You may stay in Barcelona city or Sabadell. You will find information about Hotels and Hostel in Sabadell here. It takes about 45 minutes by public transport to arrive to Sabadell from the centre of Barcelona city. The place of the course is about 15 minutes walking from the train stop.


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, as well as PhD students based in Spain without any grant or scholarship to develop their PhD, could benefit from a 40 % discount on the Course Fee. If you want to ask for this discount, please contact the course coordinator. That would apply for a maximum of 2 places and they will be covered by strict inscription order.