• 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: MODELLING SPATIAL ECO-EVOLUTIONARY DYNAMICS AND SPECIES’ RESPONSES TO ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGES
April 23-26, 2018 | CIBIO-InBIO, Vairão, Portugal
2017-09-28
 

 Steve Palmer

 

 

Rapid environmental changes are threatening biodiversity by exposing remnant species and populations to novel ecological and evolutionary pressures. The scientific community increasingly recognizes the need for dynamic mechanistic models integrating sufficient complexity to forecast the response of populations and species to major drivers of global change, such as habitat loss, defaunation or climate shifts.

 

Using some illustrative examples, we will introduce the utility of a novel modelling platform, RangeShifter v2.0, which integrates complex population dynamics, dispersal behavior, and evolutionary processes to simulate scenarios on spatially explicit landscapes. The software provides functionality for a wide variety of modelling efforts ranging from applied questions to theoretical studies of species’ eco-evolutionary dynamics and responses to different environmental pressures. The latest version incorporates a genetic module and, unlike earlier versions, RangeShifter v2.0 has been also tailored to simulate plant processes, such as mating patterns and pollen dispersal. Overall, RangeShifter v2.0 provides an important tool for facilitating the advancement of ecological theory on species’ spatial dynamics in response to environmental changes, and linking it directly to application in biodiversity conservation.

 

PROGRAMME

23th April
. Morning (9.00-13.00)
- Introduction to Modelling eco-evolutionary responses to global: an overview of different approaches and limitations
- Basic concepts: types of data sets
- Some pitfalls and limitations: Projecting species’ range expansion dynamics: sources of systematic biases when scaling up patterns and processes scaling up processes and patterns; taking into account stochasticity.

. Afternoon (14.00-18.00)
- Presentation of Rangeshifter v2.0 platform: a review on different modules
- An example with illustrative data set
- How to start working on your own data set

 

24th April
. Morning (9.00-13.00)
- What is new on Rangeshifter v2.0

. Afternoon (14.00-18.00)
- Demostration on the application of Rangeshifter v2.0 and cases studies
- Hands-on session

 

25th April
. Morning (9.00-13.00)
- Hands-on session

 

26th April
. Morning (9.00-13.00)
- Presentation of main results by students

 

COURSE INSTRUCTORS
Justin Travis - Aberdeen University, Scotland
Steve Palmer - Aberdeen University, Scotland

Cristina García - CIBIO-InBIO I PLANTBIO

 

INTENDED AUDIENCE
The course will be open to a maximum number of 24 participants.

 

Students will work on their own laptop and it is advisable to work with your own data sets to get the most of the course. If you do not have your own data set, some example data set will be provided. Rangeshifter v 2.0 runs on Windows operating system and students can downloaded it from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/2041-210X.12162/full An updated version of Rangeshifter will be provided during the course.

 

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: February 23, 2018

 

Participation is free of charge for BIODIV students | 80 € (students) / 150 € (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