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Course: Macroevolution on Phylogenies, Crete, July 16-19


Dear colleagues,

Transmitting Science is offering the course:


Instructors: Dr. Liam Revell (University of Massachusetts Boston, USA) Dr. Luke J. Harmon (University of Idaho, USA)

Dates: July 16th-19th, 2019 Location: Heraklion, Crete (Greece)


Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

Introduction to phylogenies and the comparative method. Introduction the basics of the R statistical computing environment. Introduction to reading, writing, manipulating, and visualizing phylogenies and comparative data in R. Models of phenotypic trait evolution on trees: Brownian motion. Simulating Brownian motion on trees using R. Introduction to the phylogenetic comparative method: Phylogenetic independent contrasts. Phylogenetic independent contrasts and exploring the properties of contrasts regression using simulation in R. Phylogenetic generalized least squares regression and phylogenetic generalized ANOVA.

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Multivariate statistical methods with phylogenies: Phylogenetic principal components analysis, canonical correlation analysis, and other approaches. Phylogenetic PCA and phylogenetic CCA in R. Continuous character models of trait evolution on phylogenies. Fitting continuous character models to univariate trait data in R. Ancestral state reconstruction I: Continuous characters. Reconstructing ancestral states for continuous traits on phylogenies using R.

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Ancestral state reconstruction II: Discrete characters. Reconstructing ancestral states for discrete traits on phylogenies using R. Exploring the limitations of ancestral state reconstruction for continuous and discrete characters on phylogenies using R. Testing for the influence of one discrete character on a second using Pagel’s (1994) method. Exploring the promise and limitations of the Pagel (1994) method using R. Analysing discrete character coevolution, and the evolution of discrete and continuous characters using the threshold model.

Friday, July 19th, 2019

Fitting models of discrete and continuous character evolution on trees using the threshold model. Multi-rate, multi-regime, and multivariate models of character evolution on phylogenies. Fitting multi-regime and multivariate models for continuous character evolution in R. Visualizing trees and phylogenetic comparative data. Plotting phylogenies and comparative data using R. Wrap-up and optional additional exercise or lecture.

For more information and registration:


Best regards,

Haris Saslis, PhD Course Coordinator Transmitting Science