20-Jul-2009 - 25-Jul-2009

Phylogenetic methods have become an essential tool across several fields of biology with particularly emphasis on systematics, biogeography and evolution.

This practical course addresses the fundamentals but also the latest advances in phylogenetic computing methods with a focus on the analysis of molecular sequence data. It is designed to fulfil the needs of those looking to have a first grasp into the science and of those looking to develop further competences in phylogenetic analysis. Therefore, undergraduate, graduate, and academics/researchers are welcome to attend. The course will cover topics such as: phylogenetic principles and concepts; use of DNA web-based databases; edit, assembling, and alignment of DNA sequences; distance, parsimony and Bayesian methods of tree reconstruction; models of molecular evolution; tree ptimization; interpretation of phylogenetic trees; single and combined gene-trees; molecular-clocks, relaxed phylogenetics, and age estimate of tree-nodes; tree drawing.

Language: English (with supportive Portuguese when required)

Structure of the course: 6 days; 8.30h /day (Lectures: 2.30h + Practicals: 6h). Total number of hours: 51h (15h lectures + 36h computational

Pre-requisites: Attendees should have some background knowledge in evolutionary biology and phylogenetic thinking, but previous experience with programs for phylogeny reconstruction is not expected.

Further queries should be addressed to: Sergio Avila (