Dear morphometricians

Due to a technical problem that may have prevented some of you from signing up, the registration for this year's morphometrics course from the University of Manchester has been reopened until 3 November.

The course will run in the six weeks from 6 November to 15 December 2017.

Course content:
* Data acquisition: the kinds of data and the equipment used to collect them.
*  Definitions of size and shape
* Geometric methods to characterise shape from a configuration of landmark points (Procrustes superimposition)
*  Statistics of variation, scatter plots, basic multivariate statistics
*  Principal component analysis
*  Measurement error and outliers
*  Shape transformations and 'warping' -- the thin plate spline
*  Analysis of outline shapes
*  Distinguishing between groups (taxonomy, clinical diagnosis, etc.)
*  Allometry and size correction
* Influence of external factors on shape (ecomorphology, dose-response studies)
*  Symmetric forms and measurement of asymmetry.
*  Morphometric inferences on developmental processes
*  Morphological integration and modularity
* Genetics of shape: analyses of resemblance between relatives, QTL analyses.
*  Phylogeny: examining the history of evolutionary changes of shape

Practice examples:
As far as possible, practical exercises are provided to accompany the course content. These practice exercises consist of data sets and explanations on how to run the respective analyses using the MorphoJ software ( Participants who already have their own data are encouraged to use those and to discuss them as part of the course. I hope there will be a bit of a 'workshop' feel to the course unit.

Group work:
Participants will work in small groups to prepare web presentations of possible morphometric studies (wikis prepared by the groups). This activity stimulates discussion and provides a broad overview of the broad range of questions that can be addressed with morphometric methods.

Further information on the course and a link to the registration page can be found on the following we site:

Registration uses the university's e-store, which can process automatic *payments by credit card or debit card*. The extended deadline for registration via this site is the *3 November 2017*.

The direct link to the e-store is this:

The fee for the course is GBP 350.00.

Best wishes,

Christian Peter Klingenberg
Faculty of Life Sciences
The University of Manchester
Michael Smith Building
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9PT
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 161 275 3899
Fax: +44 161 275 5082
Skype: chris_klingenberg

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