Phylogenetic comparative methods in ecology

February 16, 2017

When: 2-6th October 2017


What: Biological patterns and processes we observe on Earth are contingent on the evolutionary history of lineages. But how can such evolutionary history be considered in our analysis? This course will introduce the field of comparative phylogenetic analysis giving particular focus the analyses large species distributions databases across broad regions (a field known as macroecology).


Topics addressed in the course are: 

- introduction and historical notes on comparative methods;

- phylogenetic reconstruction and relationships;

- evolutionary models and phylogenetic distances;

- estimating phylogenetic signal and correlated evolution;

- phylogenetic diversity, community structure and diversification models.


A mix of theoretical lectures and practicals with R are the basis for this course.

More information and registrations are available here.


Tag: Environmental sciences, macroecology, evolution

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