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Methods in Biodiversity Analysis


Admission requirements

Advice: BSc-course Biodiversity, theory and practice of systematics or equivalent

Contact information

Coördinator: P. Hovenkamp


The main aim of this course is to introduce a number of approaches and methods that are currently used in both actual and historical analyses of biodiversity and evolution. The following topics will be introduced and practiced:

  • Phylogenetic analysis: concepts and applications.

  • Analysis of geographic structure and gene flow in and between populations.

  • Analysis of historic and stratigraphic patterns, paleobiogeography and –ecology.

  • Spatial pattern analyses and historical biogeography: integrative approaches to map and analyze present distributions, reconstruct past distributions, and model possible future distributions; this includes advanced Island Biogeography in relation to conservation aspects.

Learning goals

Course objectives:
To provide a theoretical basis and some practical experience for the a successful MSc internship at Naturalis: good understanding of concepts of time and space; of collection data, data basing and data mining; of the practice of phylogeny reconstruction; of biogeographic methods and practice; of the integration of paleontological and actual data.

Final qualifications:
Theoretical understanding and hands on experience with current methods for phylogeny reconstruction, GIS, species distribution modeling, diversity analysis in both actual and stratigraphic contexts, phylogeographical analysis, dating techniques, etc.


24 November 2014 – 19 December 2014
Details will be provided in due time on Blackboard; general outline is 1 week phylogeny, 1 week biogeography, 1 week speciation and population level-analysis, 1 week geological time, all with focus on current methods and concepts.

Mode of instruction

Lectures, exercises, literature study, demonstrations.

Assessment method

Written reports, oral presentation, and examination.


All information of lectures and papers will be available on Blackboard.

Reading list

Relevant literature will be made available on Blackboard.


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