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[Computational-biology] Call for Applications: RevBayes NIMBioS Tutorial: Bayesian Inference of Phylogeny

Catherine Crawley via comp-bio%40net.bio.net (by ccrawley from nimbios.org)
Tue Jun 13 10:04:58 EST 2017

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis 
(NIMBioS) continues to accept applications for its Tutorial, "RevBayes: 
Bayesian Inference of Phylogeny," to be held August 7-11, 2017, at NIMBioS.

*Objectives: *This course features RevBayes, an exciting new program for 
Bayesian inference of phylogeny. RevBayes is the successor to the 
popular program MrBayes, but represents both a complete rewrite of the 
computer code and a fundamental re-conception of phylogenetic models. 
Specifically, RevBayes adopts a 'graphical-model' framework that views 
all statistical models as comprised of components that can be assembled 
in myriad configurations to explore a corresponding array of questions. 
This graphical-model approach to phylogenetic inference provides 
effectively infinite flexibility. Moreover, the graphical models are 
specified using an R-like language, Rev, that empowers users to 
construct arbitrarily complex phylogenetic models from simple component 
parts (i.e. random variables, parameter transformations and constants of 
different sorts).

This course is focused on phylogenetic trees and 
comparative-phylogenetic methods, including divergence-time estimation, 
morphological evolution, lineage diversification, and historical 
biogeography. Instruction is based on a combination of carefully 
tailored lectures introducing the theoretical and conceptual basis of 
each inference problem and hands-on computer tutorials demonstrating how 
to explore these questions using RevBayes (see 

Participants are not assumed to have expertise in phylogenetic theory; 
rather, we provide an accessible introduction to Bayesian statistical 
inference and stochastic models. We assume only that the students are 
familiar with phylogenetic trees and their applications to evolutionary 
biology. We therefore anticipate that this course will be most suitable 
for senior PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty who want 
to learn these techniques.

*Location: *NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

*Instructors: *Bastien Boussau, Univ. of Lyon; Emma Goldberg, Univ. of 
Minnesota; Tracy A. Heath, Iowa State Univ.; Sebastian Höhna, Univ. of 
California, Berkeley; John Huelsenbeck, Univ. of California, Berkeley; 
Brian Moore, Univ. of California, Davis

For more information about the tutorial and a link to the online 
application form, go to http://www.nimbios.org/tutorials/revbayes
**Registration Fee: *$500 for faculty and postdocs and $350 for 
students, payable upon acceptance of application.

Participation in NIMBioS tutorials is by application only. Individuals 
with a strong interest in the topic are encouraged to apply, and 
successful applicants will be notified within three weeks after the 
application deadline.

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis 
(NIMBioS) (http://www.nimbios.org) brings together researchers from 
around the world to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to 
investigate solutions to basic and applied problems in the life 
sciences. NIMBioS is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, with 
additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


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