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Phylogenetic Systematics and Molecular Dating

Spring 2015

The aim of the course is to teach Ph.D. students the theory and methodology of
phylogenetic systematics, alignment, and molecular dating. Among the subjects
covered are:

Phylogenetic theory
Characters and character coding
Tree building techniques
Tree statistics and tree support
Bayesian inference
Maximum Likelihood
Alignment
Molecular Dating

Various tree building programs (e.g., MrBayes, POY, and TNT) will be
demonstrated and used. Lectures will alternate with practical exercises.

The course is preferentially for Ph.D. students; hence, biological knowledge
corresponding to a M.Sc. is normally required. Admission to the course is
highly competitive and approximately 18 students are admitted from a large
group of applicants.

Prior knowledge of phylogenetics corresponding to e.g., Schuh, T. and Brower,
A.V.Z. 2009. Biological Systematics. Principles and Applications. 2nd Ed.
(Cornell University Press), is essential. Recommended reading: Kitching, I. J.
et al. 1998. Cladistics. The Theory and Practice of Parsimony Analysis. 2nd
Ed. (Oxford Science Publications).

There is a tuition fee of 4,000 DKK (525 €), for Ph.D.-students not
matriculated at a Danish University.

Duration
Two weeks

Date
April 7th – April 17th, 2015

Deadline for applications
To be announced

Location
Department of Biology, Universitetsparken 15, DK - 2100 Copenhagen Ø (see map)

Evaluation
Evaluation will be on the basis of active participation and successful
completion. 7.5 ECTS.

Teachers
Johan Nylander, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Sweden
Alexandre Antonelli, Gothenburg Botanical Garden & University of Gothenburg,
Sweden
Gitte Petersen, Ole Seberg, Nikolaj Scharff, Dimitar Dimitrov and Thomas Pape
from the Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen.

Accommodation
Must be arranged on an individual basis, see www.visitcopenhagen.dk

Contact persons
Ole Seberg, Natural History Museum of Denmark, Sølvgade 83 S,
DK-1307 Copenhagen K
E-mail:
and
Gitte Petersen, Natural History Museum of Denmark, Sølvgade 83 S,
DK-1307 Copenhagen K
E-mail:
where further information may also be obtained.

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