We will be offering a workshop on phylogenetic approaches for studying 
diversification rates to coincide with the North American Evolution meetings in 
June. Please distribute!


Short course on the analysis of diversification rates from phylogenies: June 
22-23 on the campus of Oregon State University, to coincide with the North 
American Evolution meetings (SSE/ASN/SSB) in Portland (June 23 - June 27). The 
workshop is funded in part by the National Science Foundation with additional 
support from Oregon State University and is co-organized by Dr. Dan Rabosky 
(University of Michigan) and Dr. Brian Sidlauskas (Oregon State University). 
Travel awards of up to $500 per person are available to cover participation 

Overview: Rates of speciation, extinction, and phenotypic evolution vary widely 
across the Tree of Life and through time. This workshop will provide 
theoretical background and a hands-on practicum in the analysis of lineage 
diversification rates using time-calibrated phylogenetic trees. Topics will 

— Working with phylogenies in R
— Theoretical foundations of diversification models
— Developing your intuition for diversification models
— Using BAMM to study complex patterns of diversification rate variation on 
— Testing hypotheses about trait-dependent diversification  
— Assessing the reliability of inferences with BAMM and other methods
— Visualizing macroevolutionary dynamics on phylogenies
— Studying diversification rates on phylogenies that include fossils

Course will primarily be taught by Dan Rabosky (University of Michigan) with 
contributions from several co-instructors. The course will assume basic 
proficiency with the R programming/statistical environment and some familiarity 
with command line interfaces. Example datasets will be provided, but 
participants are encouraged to bring any phylogenetic dataset they wish to 
analyze (time calibrated phylogenetic trees). A personal laptop is essential.

Workshop participants will arrive in Corvallis (Oregon) any time on Wednesday 
June 21 and we will depart for Portland on the evening of Friday June 23, such 
that individuals can attend the Evolution meeting. Shuttles offer easy 
transport between the Portland Airport and OSU’s campus every two hours, and 
housing is available at several hotels near campus. Details regarding 
accommodation and transport will be provided to successful applicants.

To apply, please send a CV and a short statement (1-2 paragraphs) detailing 
your research interests, why you are interested in the course, and your prior 
experience with R and phylogenetics / comparative methods. Please email your 
application (or questions) to Dan Rabosky (macroevolution.works...@gmail.com). 
Applications will be accepted until April 2, 2016, but please apply early as 
spaces are limited. Target audience is graduate students and postdocs but 
applications from researchers at other career stages are welcome. Preference 
will be given to students with a clear interest and research focus in 
phylogenetics & macroevolution. 

Dan Rabosky
Assistant Professor & Curator of Herpetology
Museum of Zoology &
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079 USA


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