Transmitting Science and ForBio course: Introduction to geometric morphometrics

Course overview

This course is entitled to teach the main concepts of shape analysis based on landmark coordinates and its multivariate procedures, and how they can be put into practice across any biological discipline in which the phenotype (form) and its variation are the principal sources of information.


   1. Introduction: Shape, size and biological morphology.

   2. Morphometric data: Equipment, landmarks, outlines and surfaces. Practice: Collecting measurements.

   3. Visualizing shapes and shape changes.

   4. Looking at variation: PCA.

   5. Distinguishing groups: CVA and discriminant analysis. Practice: Group work.

   6. Symmetry and asymmetry.

   7. Morphometrics in a messy world: outliers and measurement error.

   8. Regression and allometry. Practice: Group work.

   9. Covariation between things: PLS.

   10. Morphological integration.

Course duration: 44 hours.


     Dr. Chris Klingenberg, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
     Dr. Jesús Marugán-Lobón, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain

Coordinator: Hugo de Boer ( – ForBio. 

Credits: A 2 ECTS course certificate will be given to students that pass the course by ForBio.

Level: Graduate or postgraduate degree in any Biomedical, Life or Earth Sciences, basic knowledge of statistics. All participants must bring their own personal laptop.

Participants: Maximum 25.

Application deadline: March 20th, 2018.

Fee: ForBio will cover the registration fee for all accepted ForBio members (MSc and PhD students, and postdocs). ForBio associates can get a 20% discount on the course fee. ForBio will cover travel and accommodation only for Norwegian ForBio members. A 30% of the course fee may be required as a confirmation of assistance for all participants, amount that will be reimbursed to ForBio members during the course.

Click here for more information about the course.

For those interested in registering in this course, please do so through the Transmitting Science website

Published Mar. 6, 2018 3:54 PM - Last modified Mar. 6, 2018 4:00 PM