Phylogeographical Analysis, Workshop and PhD/Master course

27-Sep-2010 - 05-Oct-2010

Phylogeographical Analysis, Workshop and PhD/Master course (Nr.:

Phylogeography literally combines phylogeny with biogeography and
investigates the geographic distribution of intra- or interspecific
genetic variation. Observed patterns reflect the biogeographical and
evolutionary history of a species or a species complex. Phylogeographic
studies address questions about colonization pattern, historical range
contractions or expansions in reaction to past climate change or other
environmental influences, ice age refugia or hybridization. The
phylogeographic approach has become increasingly important in taxonomic
research as well as in the field of conservation biology.
Methodologically, phylogeography combines elements of population
genetics, phylogeny and historical biogeography. Despite its original
focus on genetic lineages and sequence data, also allele frequencies and
other types of genetic data are frequently used. In this course we will
introduce the theoretical basis of phylogeography, genetic markers used,
and data analysis. The main part will be a computer course in analysing
and interpreting phylogeographic data based on model datasets and/or
data sets of participants.

. Where: University of Salzburg, Faculty of Natural Sciences,
Hellbrunnerstrasse 34, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
. When: Monday, 27.9.2010 -- Tuesday, 5.10.2010
. Course fee: 200 ¢æ (excluding food & hotel)

Course leaders:
. Dr. Dorothee Ehrich (University of Troms©ª, Norway) works on the
ecology and phylogeography of arctic animals and plants.
. Dr. Andreas Tribsch (University of Salzburg, Austria) works on the
evolution and phylogeography of alpine and arctic-alpine plants.

Salzburg is located 150 km east of Munich and 300 km west of Vienna and
can be reached via:
.Train, Salzburg (or Munich) Airport

The course is limited to 25 participants. Minimum attendance is 15
participants. (Priority will be given to PhD students, but Master
students and Postdocs/researchers are very welcome, too. First come,
first serve). Please send a short application asap (including title of
master/PhD thesis, motivation for participation in few lines, type of
own molecular data, in case you have any, etc.) and questions to Notification of acceptance and more
information: latest September 10th 2010.