[Bioforum] Conservation Genetics Data Analysis Course

Tiago Antao tiagoantao at gmail.com
Tue May 9 05:01:04 EST 2006

Conservation Genetics Data Analysis Course
Recent Approaches for Estimation of Population Size, Structure, Gene
flow, Parentage, & Selection Detection
30 August to 2 September, 2006, Porto, Portugal

To provide training in conceptual and practical aspects of data
analysis for the conservation genetics of natural and managed
populations. Emphasis will be on interpretation of output from recent
novel statistical approaches and software programs. The course also
will allow daily discussions among young researchers and
top-researchers to help develop the next generation of conservation
geneticists, and to identify developments needed to improve data
analysis approaches. This course will mainly cover analysis of allele
frequency data (not DNA sequence data), including coalescent, Bayesian,
approximate Bayesian, and likelihood-based approaches.

**Who should apply**
Ph.D. students, post-docs, and population biologists with a background
of at least one semester university-level course in population genetics
and a course in population ecology. Applicants must have a basic
background in population genetic data analysis, including testing for
Hardy-Weinberg proportions and gametic disequilibrium. Participation
will be limited to 25 people allowing efficient instruction with
hands-on computer exercises during the course. Priority will be given
to persons with their own data to analyze (for example graduate
students near the end of their degree program).

**Course/Workshop Format**
For each subject, we provide 30-45 minutes of background, theory,
discussion and introduction to concepts. Immediately following, we will
conduct data analyses together for 30-45 minutes using relevant
software programs and real data sets. Evening hands-on computer
sessions and housing together of instructors and students in the same
location will allow for extensive exchange and facilitate learning.

**Application and cost**
Accommodations and meals are included in the registration fee. Cost:
$US 1,000 per person will cover all meals, lodging, transportation to
and from the airport, and a visit to Geres National Park and the World
Heritage City of Porto. Up to two reduced-cost scholarships will be
available for candidates with no funding.

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