ForBio and UiB course: Introduction to phylogenetic methods

ForBio students are invited to participate in the regular University of Bergen (UiB) course on Phylogenetic methods (BIO332). 

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The is an introductory course that is aimed at students who will need to preform phylogenetic analyses in their work, but who have little or no experience with phylogenetic analyses. The ForBio component of the course is focused on the practical aspects of phylogenetic analyses and students that have not attended the theoretical part of the course are expected to have read the relevant literature. The course will cover all basic aspects of phylogenetic analyses with emphasis on use of DNA data. Students will learn how to prepare their data, explore its properties and how to analyze it using distance, parsimony, likelihood and Bayesian methods. In the last two days students will also get an introduction to molecular dating with focus on the use of BEAST and to comparative methods used to study the evolution of discrete and continuous traits.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own data if they have one. Having own data is not required but we aim to provide some time after the classes every day for open discussion and question where participants will have the opportunity to ask questions relevant to their specific research and to interact among each other and with the instructors.

Schedule: the course comprises lectures that are taught during the autumn semester and a week of practical sessions (week 47, 18-22.11.2019) that is open for additional external students (the ForBio component of the course). External ForBio students are invited to look at the electronic course material in order to prepare for the computing class in November, especially if they have not had previous introduction to phylogenetics theory.

Each student is expected to bring a laptop with preinstalled software (detailed instructions will be sent before the course to the admitted students).

UiB grants 5 ECTS for a passed take-home exam (to be distribute electronically in early December 2019) in this course. External participants will receive a certificate issued by the Department of Biology, UiB.

The course is taught by Dimitar Dimitrov (University of Bergen), Niklas Wahlberg (Lund University) and Sergei Tarasov (Finnish Museum of Natural History, University of Helsinki).

Please apply for the course here.

Application deadline: October 14th, 2019

There is no course fee for ForBio members or associates. Travel  and shared accommodation are covered for ForBio members based at Norwegian institutions. Meals and local transportation are not covered.

Find out about how to become a ForBio member/associate here.

Contact Dimitar Dimitrov ( for questions about the content of the course or Nataliya Budaeva ( for more information about ForBio and course logistics.

Published Aug. 13, 2019 3:02 PM - Last modified Aug. 13, 2019 3:09 PM