Course description

This hands on course focuses on the use of Bayesian phylogenetics in paleobiology. You will learn about approaches used to infer trees, divergence times and evolutionary rates.

The course will take place in the summer semester (mostly) Thursdays 16:00-18:00 CET both in person at Henke Str. and online via Zoom. We should finish before 18:00 most weeks.

The first half of the semester will feature a mix of lectures and tutorial material. Aside from week one, the course will focus on getting to grips with the software RevBayes. By the end of the course students should understand the principles of Bayesian phylogenetic inference and be able to apply this knowledge to a research question of their choosing. During the second half of the semester each participant will work on their own project on a topic of their choice. You will also have the opportunity to present your research and any challenges to our guest lectures.

Course organizers: Rachel Warnock and Laura Mulvey.

Celebrity guests: Joëlle Barido-Sottani (June 16).

There are no tasks to complete before the course begins!

Course evaluation

At the end of the course you should produce a short report based on your research findings. We will shortly provide you with a template and guidelines. The deadline for the report is Friday 29th of July.

Note: the full title of this course is “Models in paleobiology and phylogenetics (RL-V3 MPP)”.

Any questions?