[Taxacom] Reminder and correction: PhD course in Phylogenetic Systematics and Molecular Dating

Nikolaj Scharff NScharff at snm.ku.dk
Mon Nov 1 08:38:59 CDT 2010

This just a reminder and correction to the information forwarded to TAXACOM in early October.

The deadline for applications to the course was listed as November 1, but SHOULD BE NOVEMBER 8.

Please check our course webpage at - http://snm.ku.dk/uddannelser/kurser/phylogenetic/



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

Phylogenetic theory
Characters and character coding
Tree building techniques
Tree statistics and tree support
Character tracing and character manipulation Character weighting Partitioned versus combined analysis Bayesian inference Maximum Likelihood Alignment Molecular Dating

Various tree building programs (e.g., MrBayes, POY, and TNT), programs for manipulating data and trees (e.g., MacClade and Mesquite) 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. 

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

DURATION: Two weeks

DATES: 17-28 January 2011


LOCATION: Department of Biology, Universitetsparken 15, DK - 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark.

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

TEACHERS:  Johan Nylander, Department of Botany, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden; Niklas Wahlberg, Department of Biology, University of Turku, Finland; Gitte Petersen, Ole Seberg, Nikolaj Scharff and Thomas Pape from the Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen. 

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


Ole Seberg, Natural History Museum of Denmark, Sølvgade 83 S,
DK-1307 Copenhagen K
Fax: +45 35 32 21 55. E-mail: oles at snm.ku.dk


Nikolaj Scharff, Natural History Museum of Denmark, DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø
Fax: +45 35 32 10 10. E-mail: nscharff at snm.ku.dk

where further information may also be obtained. 

Application form:  http://snm.ku.dk/uddannelser/kurser/phylogenetic/

Nikolaj Scharff
Department of Entomology
Natural History Museum of Denmark
Zoological Museum, University of Copenhagen
Universitetsparken 15, DK-2100 Copenhagen

Tel: +45 35321107  Email: nscharff at snm.ku.dk
Webpage: http://snm.ku.dk/people/nscharff

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