ADVANCED COURSE IN LANDSCAPE GENETICS

November 4-5, 2015 | CIBIO-InBIO, Vairão, Portugal

 

Landscape genetics is a rapidly evolving interdisciplinary field that integrates approaches from population genetics and landscape ecology aiming to understand the degree to which landscapes facilitate the movement/adaptation of organisms by relating molecular data (population structure, adaptations, etc) to landscape structure. This short duration workshop will provide an introduction to this theme by presenting an overview of the most robust approaches, their caveats and limitations. This workshop is aimed to post-graduate students (MSc and PhD), as well as more advanced researchers.

 

 

COURSE INSTRUCTORS
Hugo Rebelo, CIBIO-InBIO
Orly Razgour, University of Bristol

 

 

PROGRAMME

The sessions will take place in Room A, in Vairão Campus.

 

November 4, 2015 | Building Species Distribution Models

 

Instructor: Hugo Rebelo

 

10h00 – 12h30
Introduction to Species Distribution Models

       Understanding Species Distribution Models (SDM) concepts and limitations
       Presentation of SDM techniques

 

14h00 – 16h00
How to calculate a SDM?
       Online databases and eco-geographical variables
       Preparing data for SDMs
       Building SDMs

 

16h30 – 18h00
Practical exercises

 

November 5, 2015 | From genes to landscape

 

Instructor: Orly Razgour

 

10h00 – 12h30
Introduction to Landscape genetics
       Background & history
       Main concepts
       Isolation mechanisms
       Genetic markers
      Study design

 

14h00 – 16h00
Analysis methods
       Resistance / cost surfaces
       Mantel tests & causal modelling
       Alternative statistical approaches
       Use of Species Distribution Models in Landscape Genetics

 

16h30 – 18h00
Introduction to Landscape Genomics
       Genomic revolution
       Population Genomic tools to identify signature of selection
       Landscape Genomics approach
       Case studies
Discussion of landscape genetics/genomics: key contributions and challenges

 

 

INTENDED AUDIENCE
This course will be open to a maximum number of 20 participants.
Priority will be given to:

  • 1st year PhD students attending the BIODIV Doctoral Programme;
  • Other BIODIV PhD students;
  • PhD students attending other courses;
  • Other post-graduate students and researchers.

 

 

REGISTRATION
Registration deadline: October 29, 2015.
Participation is free of charge for BIODIV students | Registration fee for other participants: € 30,00 for InBIO staff; € 50,00 for other participants.
To register, please send an e-mail accompanied by your CV to Maria Sant’Ana at post.graduation@cibio.up.pt. Please refer your status (PhD student, MSc Student, Other) and the University to which you are affiliated.

 

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
Requirements: Participants are advised to bring their own laptop with the following installed software: Excel, Maxent (https://www.cs.princeton.edu/~schapire/maxent/) and a GIS (optional).

For more information about the course, please contact: post.graduation@cibio.up.pt.