Intensive short course on macroevolution and phylogenetic comparative methods in R
We are pleased to announce a new graduate-level intensive short course on the use of R for phylogenetic comparative analysis and downstream implementation in macroevolutionary studies. The course will be four days in length and will take place at the Hyatt House Hotel of San Juan from the 28th of June to the 1st of July, 2016. This course is partially funded by the National Science Foundation, with additional support from the University of Massachusetts Boston and the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. There are a number of full stipends available to cover the cost of travel, room and board for qualified students and post-docs. Applicants are welcome from any country; however, we expect that most admitted students will come from the Caribbean region and Latin America. Accepted students from further afield may be offered only partial funding for their travel expenses. Topics covered will include: an introduction to the R scientific computing environment, tree manipulation, independent contrasts and phylogenetic generalized least squares, ancestral state reconstruction, models of character evolution, diversification analysis, and visualization methods for phylogenies and comparative data. Course instructors will include Dr. Liam Revell (University of Massachusetts Boston), Dr. Luke Harmon (University of Idaho), Dr. Mike Alfaro (University of California, Los Angeles), and Dr. Ricardo Betancur (University of Puerto Rico).
Instruction in the course will be primarily in English; however some of the instructors and TAs of the course are competent or fluent in Spanish and English. Discussion, exercises, and activities will be conducted in both languages.
To apply for the course, please submit your CV along with a short (1 page) description of your research interests, background, and reasons for taking the course. Admission is competitive, and preference will go towards students with background in phylogenetics and a compelling motivation for taking the course. In your application please indicate your preferred travel airport, if appropriate. Applications should be submitted by email email@example.com
by April 1st, 2016
. Applications may be written in English or Spanish; however all students must have a basic working knowledge of scientific English. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org