Course: Molecular phylogenies in biodiversity

Berlin, 9-13 April 2018

Instructor: Dr. Diego Fontaneto


This course will introduce ecologists interested in biodiversity to the use
of molecular phylogenies to address questions that cannot be addressed by
using only ecological data in their studies. After a short introduction on
how to obtain reliable molecular phylogenies, the focus of the questions
that could be addressed will be on taxonomy, community ecology, and
comparative methods.


The course is aimed at early-career researchers in ecology interested in
widening their analytical toolbox. The course is structured in a way that
even an inexperienced and naïve attendee could take advantage of the
possibilities offered by the inclusion of molecular phylogenies in its
analyses. There will be a mix of lectures and hands-on practical exercises
using freely available software and online resources.

Most of the steps will be performed in R, but no previous knowledge on this
statistical platform is required. All scripts will be carefully explained to
allow all attendees understanding the rationale and usage of the statistical


- Understand how to read, interpret and obtain molecular phylogenies, with a
focus on the concepts and rationale behind phylogenetic methods

- Learn tools from DNA taxonomy

- Learn how to include phylogenies in the analyses of community ecology and
in comparative analyses

- Hand-on experience on all the steps

- Being comfortable with using R when including molecular phylogenies in
ecological analyses

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