Dear colleagues,


This course might be of interest for some people in morphmet list:  “Mapping 
Trait Evolution”, June 4th-8th, 2018. 

Instructor: Dr. Jeroen Smaers (Stony Brook University, USA).




Monday. (R packages: ape, Geiger).


Morning: Phylogenetic data.

-       What is the basic structure of phylogenetic data?

-       How to visualize and manipulate phylogenetic data?

Afternoon: Models of evolution.

-       What are models of evolution?

-       What are the assumptions of the different models of evolution?

-       How are models of evolution utilized?


Tuesday. (R packages: ape, nlme, caper, evomap).

Morning: Phylogenetic regression.

-       Assumptions, properties, and applications of the phylogenetic 

Afternoon: Phylogenetic ancova.

-       Testing for grade shifts using the phylogenetic regression.


Wednesday. (R packages: phytools, motmot, geiger, ape, evomap, BayesTraits).

Morning: Ancestral estimation.

-       Using models of evolution to estimate values of ancestral nodes.

Afternoon: Analysis of rates of evolution.

-       Estimation of rates of evolution.

-       Testing hypothesis about rates of evolution.


Thursday. (R packages: bayou, phylolm, surface, OUwie, mvMORPH).

Morning: Inferring the structure of a macroevolutionary landscape.

-       Using Ornstein-Uhlenbeck models to map macroevolutionary patterns.

Afternoon: Testing the structure of a macroevolutionary landscape.

-       Applications and assumptions of OU models.

-       Using OU models to test macroevolutionary hypotheses.


Friday. (R packages: geomorph).

Morning: Modularity and integration.

-       What is ‘phylogenetic’ modularity and integration?

-       Applications and assumptions.

Afternoon: Case study.



With best regards
Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno
Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP)

Campus de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Cerdanyola del Vallès (Barcelona). Spain

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