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30.03.20 - 03.04.20
Alexander Hotel Gerakári, Municipality of Amari, 74 061 Rethymno Crete, Greece

A Transmitting Science Course

The rate and direction of adaptive evolution critically depends on the additive genetic variances and covariances underlying the traits subject to selection. As a consequence, understanding the genetic basis of complex morphological, life-history, physiological, ornamental and behavioural traits is crucial if we are to understand their evolutionary potential, and the evolutionary process in general.

In this course we will cover everything from basic quantitative genetic theory and statistics to advanced mixed model-based approaches. You will learn how to estimate genetic variances and covariances in wild and captive populations, and how to test for evolutionary change. Along the way, you will be exposed to the main software packages, and the R packages MCMCglmm and ASReml-R in particular, and you will learn about their strengths and weaknesses. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own data (if you have it), which you will be able to work on during the course and which will allow you to put the theory into practice.

Further information

More details about this course can be found on the transmitting science event page.

Booking and cost

All RSB members are entitled to a 20% discount off course costs. To find out more about fees and book the event visit the transmitting science event page.


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