Summer Course in Paleobiology


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The Paleobiology Database will conduct a five-week intensive course in analytical paleobiology at the University of California's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in Santa Barbara June 23 through July 28, 2008. The course will be supported by NESCent, the Palaeontological Association, the Paleontological Society, and the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.

Topics will include morphometrics, community paleoecology, quantitative biochronology, diversity curves, speciation and extinction, and phylogenetics. Both simulation modelling and data analysis methods will be employed. Students will be given hands-on instruction in programming using R and trained in other analytical software. In addition to the course coordinator, each week a new instructor will be present.

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