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? The 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.
The course targets posgraduate students in ecology, evolution, and related disciplines, as well as established researchers wanted to extend or update their knowledge in the field.
About the instructor: Prof. Alexandre Diniz Filho
Full Professor in Ecology and Evolution at the Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG), Brasil, and 1A Productivity Researcher of National Council for Scientific Development (CNPq) since 1994. Jose Alexandre F. Diniz Filho has a wide range of interests in statistical methods applied to macroecology, biogeography and comparative analyses. Since 2014 is member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and now coordinates a National Institute of Science and Technology (INCT) in Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity Conservation, the most prestigious funding program in Brazil, creating a research network involving more than 120 researchers from all over the world.
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