The Ohio State University will conduct its fourth workshop on phylogenetic methods in Columbus, Ohio, June 28 - July 2, 2010. The purpose is to provide further instruction and experience to students who already have some familiarity with phylogenetic analysis. The format is a series of lectures and laboratory sessions that will give students the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the logic of the phylogenetic method, parsimony, maximum likelihood and Bayesian approaches, tree search strategies, measures of support, DNA alignment, morphological character coding, and analysis of multiple and large data sets.
Lecturers are expected to include Cyrille D'Haese (Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris), Kevin Nixon (Cornell University), Christopher P. Randle (Sam Houston State University) and John W. Wenzel (Ohio State University). The software used for the course will include WinClada, Encino, Mesquite, TNT, PAUP*, Clustal, POY, RaxML, GARLI, and MrBayes, and will be distributed with a course packet and workbook. You can see the planned syllabus here.
Cost for the workshop, is $1200. The workshop will be limited to 40 participants. Twenty Fellowships will be made available on a competitive basis. Fellowships cover lodging in a bloc of rooms rented by the workshop and $600 of fees paid directly to the workshop. Thus Fellows will be responsible for only a workshop cost of $600, the cost of transportation to and from the Ohio State campus, and meals. Other enrollees will be given a list of local motels that are close to campus.
An application consists of a completed application form, a current CV for the student, and a letter from the student’s advisor regarding the relevance of the course to the student’s career goals. Applications are due May 15, 2009, and notification of acceptance will begin by May 25. Please email all application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information may be obtained by emailing the same address..
This workshop is sponsored by the Ohio State University Museum of Biological Diversity (http://mbd.osu.edu), Department of Evolution Ecology and Organismal Biology (http://eeob.osu.edu) Organized by Marymegan Daly, John V. Freudenstein, and John W. Wenzel.