Transmitting Science is offering a new course: “Mapping Trait Evolution”, June
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, PhD.
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