Special workshop – Phylogenetic Analysis in Macroecology
Dr. José Alexandre Diniz-Filho
Dr. Thiago F. Rangel
Department of Ecology, Federal University of Goiás, Brazil
Title: Special workshop – Phylogenetic Analysis in Macroecology
Venue: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yunnan, China
Dates: 15-19 October 2012 (5 days)
Organiser: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Fee: RMB1600 (Fee does not include accommodation or food. Contact us if you need assistance in booking a hotel.)
About: The comparative methods have been, since Darwin’s time, the main approach to describe patterns among species, and to infer evolutionary processes underlying these patterns. With the development of new approaches to infer the phylogenetic relationships among species, new statistical methods were developed to explicitly compare species in an evolutionary context. This course aims to explore the assumptions, the statistics and the applicability of comparative methods, focusing on how to analyze species traits (i.e., using autocorrelation and modeling techniques to infer phylogenetic patterns and correlations) and species assemblages (i.e. inferring patterns of phylogenetic clustering or overdispersion within and among assemblages, and how these can be related to processes of habitat filtering and species interactions) at distinct spatial scales. These methods can be used to analyze empirical datasets with the new software PAM (Phylogenetic Analysis in Macroecology), which also takes into account the uncertainty in comparative analyses due to distinct sources of errors in the phylogenetic reconstructions.
The software PAM should become publicly available June/July.
Dr. José Alexandre Diniz-Filho, Department of Ecology, Federal University of Goiás, Brazil
Dr. Thiago F. Rangel, Department of Ecology, Federal University of Goiás, Brazil
Interested in statistical and computational methods applied to macroecology and evolutionary biology. Current projects involve the development and implementation of spatial simulation models to understand the role of historical (evolutionary) and contemporaneous (ecological) factors driving broad scale geographical patterns in biodiversity. He is currently member of the editorial board of the journal Ecography.
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