Registration is open for the advanced course “Mapping Trait Evolution”

Dates: June 5th-9th, 2017.

Instructor: Dr. Jeroen Smaers (Stony Brook University, USA).

AAPA members will benefit of a 20 % discount on the fee.


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


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