International course MAPPING TRAIT EVOLUTION

Registration is open for the advanced course “Mapping Trait Evolution”

Dates: June 5th-9th, 2017.

Instructor: Dr. Jeroen Smaers (Stony Brook University, USA).

AAPA members will benefit of a 20 % discount on the fee.


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