Paleonet: Mapping Trait Evolution, June 5-9, Barcelona (Spain)

soledad.esteban soledad.esteban at
Tue Oct 11 10:57:58 GMT 2016

Dear colleagues,


Transmitting Science is offering a new course: “Mapping Trait Evolution”, June 5th-9th, 2017.


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 regression.

§  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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