Phylogenetic and Functional Trait Analyses for Ecology in R

Dec 01, 2016


We are pleased to announce a "Phylogenetic and Functional Trait Analyses for Ecology in R Workshop" to be held February 1-4, 2017 at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in Annapolis, Maryland. The workshop will be taught by Dr. Nate Swenson from the University of Maryland. The course is designed to train early career researchers interested in using phylogenetic and/or functional trait data in their research. The workshop will include brief lectures by Swenson introducing topics, but the majority of the time will be focused on learning and applying R code for loading, manipulating and analyzing phylogenetic and functional trait data. Topics to be covered include: quantifying and interpreting phylogenetic and functional alpha and beta diversity, null model concepts and implementation, phylogenetic comparative methods and phylogenetically informed data imputation and other topics covered in Swenson's Functional and Phylogenetic Ecology in R book. Participants are encouraged to bring their own datasets to use and/or use example datasets provided by the instructor.



Participants must be affiliated with a US-based academic institution. Preference will be given to applicants at the early stages of their graduate school training. Advanced stage graduate students and postdocs are also very welcome to apply particularly if they are seeking to add phylogenetic and trait analyses to their existing research programs. We are particularly interested in having a diverse training environment and encourage researchers from under-represented groups to apply.



Workshop participants should have a basic understanding of R (i.e. have it installed on their computers, be able to read in basic data tables, run simple commands), but do not have to have experience with handling phylogenetic or trait data in R or with programming their own functions. 


To Apply

Interested individuals should send an email to Swenson ( by December 1st, 2016. The email should have a subject line of: SESYNC Workshop Application. The email should contain: 1) the applicant’s CV in PDF format; and 2) a one-paragraph statement of why they are interested in attending the workshop in PDF format. Decisions on applications will be made within days in order to facilitate travel arrangements. 



Applications will be received by December 1, 2016 with decisions made shortly thereafter. The short course will be held at SESYNC in Annapolis, Maryland. Travel arrangments for successfull applicants will begin processing in the first week of December. Participants will arrive in Annapolis on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. The workshop will be run Feb 1-4, and participants will depart the afternoon or evening of Saturday the 4th.



The workshop is possible via NSF funding to Swenson and SESYNC. There will be no cost to participants. Travel, room and board are included for all successful applicants. 



Please direct application questions to


The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Minorities and Women Are Encouraged to Apply

Share: Facebook Icon Twitter Icon Linked Icon