• Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
 

 

 

 
 
ADVANCED COURSE: PHYLOGENETIC COMPARATIVE METHODS FOR STUDYING DIVERSIFICATION AND PHENOTYPIC EVOLUTION
April / May , 2018 | CIBIO-InBIO, Vairão, Portugal
2017-09-29
 

 

Phylogenetic comparative methods are commonly used nowadays to investigate how species diversification occurs and test hypotheses about the mechanisms that drive phenotypic evolution, e.g. to model speciation and extinction, to understand why some groups are more diverse than others, to test whether phenotypic traits have evolved under neutral, directional or diversifying selection, to investigate how evolutionary rates are modified across the evolutionary history of a group etc. In all these cases, a phylogenetic hypothesis for the group of interest is combined to phenotypic and ecological data at the species level to understand the tempo and mode of evolutionary change.
The objective of this course is to provide an overview of these methods and of the tools available for their implementation in the R statistical language. During theoretical sessions, we will review the main concepts and statistical tools necessary for testing hypotheses about species diversification and phenotypic evolution. These will then be implemented in practical lab sessions through worked examples to provide the participants with hands-on experience on data management and the implementation of these methods to real biological data.


A good knowledge of basic operations in R (file import, handling objects, using functions, getting help) is required and assumed to be able to adequately follow this course. BIODIV students are encouraged to take the Introduction to R course first.

 

 

PROGRAMME

DAY 1: Diversification: patterns and processes in lineage splitting
Modelling speciation and extinction
Diversification rates: estimation and tests

 

DAY 2: Phenotypic evolution I: phylogenetically-informed statistical analyses
The problem with phylogeny
Testing for phylogenetic signal
Phylogenetic independent contrasts and phylogenetic GLS
Phylogenetically-informed ordination

 

DAY 3: Phenotypic evolution II: tempo and mode of evolutionary change
Ancestral character reconstruction
Evolutionary rates: estimation and tests
Models of phenotypic evolution

 

 

COURSE INSTRUCTORS

Antigoni Kaliontzopoulou - CIBIO - InBIO | AP
Jesús Muñoz - CIBIO - InBIO | PLANTBIO

INTENDED AUDIENCE
The course will be open to a maximum number of 20 participants.

 

75% of available student slots are reserved for BIODIV students. Priority will be given to:
• 1st year and other PhD students attending the BIODIV Doctoral Program;
• PhD students attending other courses;
• Other post-graduate students and researchers.

 

APPLICATIONS
Registration Deadline: to be defined

 

Participation is free of charge for BIODIV students | 65 € (students) / 125 € (other participants).CIBIO-InBIO members will have an additional discount of 20%. Does not include lunch nor coffee breaks.
To apply, please send an e-mail accompanied by your short CV (max. two A4 pages) to post.graduation@cibio.up.pt Please refer your academic status (PhD student, MSc Student, Other) and the institution to which you are affiliated. BIODIV students should also mention which year of their PhD they are in. If you are interested in more than one course, you need to send a separate application for each of them. 

 

Please note that new rules apply for all BIODIV students.