Practical Course on Phylogeography


Practical Course on Phylogeography

  • Lecturer(s) or Responsible(s): Octávio Paulo
  • Department Responsible: Departamento de Biologia Animal (FCUL)
  • Data: July 4th, 2016 to July 8th, 2016
  • Deadline for Applications: June 11th, 2016
  • Duration: 36 hours
  • Schedule: 13h-20h, Monday-Thursday; 13h-21h Friday
  • Nº (min, max) Students: 15-20
  • Location: Departamento de Biologia Animal, Bloco C2, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, Campo Grande 1749-016 Lisboa


Phylogeography is one of the recent scientific areas emergent from the dissemination of highthrouput technologies of sequencing starting in the 90’s of the XXth century, with the consequent development of intra-specific genetic variance analysis and its geographic distribution. The analysis of phylogeographic data allows to study the processes of population differentiation and the underlying evolutionary and demographic history. Applications of this body of knowledge go from conservation genetics to the study of the evolution of species and populations. This course is aimed at students and professionals that intend to get started on phylogeographic analysis as well as researchers already with some experience that want to deepen or update their knowledge in the field. The course involves theoretical classes as well as hands-on practical sessions using software. Participants are encouraged to bring their own sequence data for analysis.


This course can have a recognition of 6 ECTs for FCUL PhD students enrolling in it as part of their first doctoral year. For FCUL PhD students only requiring 5 ECTs recognized in their specific PhD programmes  the last 6 hours of the course are not mandatory and the certificate will be on 'Topics in Phylogeography’.


Minimum formation: student of ‘Licenciatura’ (bachelor) in Biology.

Directed to: PhD or MSc students in Biology, Evolution, Genetics or related areas, and postdocs and other professionals working in related topics.

Directed to: PhD or MSc students in Biology, Evolution, Genetics or related areas, and postdocs and other professionals working in related topics

General Plan

Introduction the Phylogeography, basic concepts and problems. Databases for population studies and  types of data sets for analysis etc. Short description of statistical methods and principles necessary for understanding the analytical methods used in Phylogeography. Trees and networks. Population structure and analyze of molecular variance. Introduction of themes related to the coalescence theory, genetic demography and landscape genetics. Detection and selection and demographic change with molecular data. Regional analysis of diversity and of the factors that determined or modified that diversity. Genetic effect of contact between populations.



Students fees.





free for 1st year PhD students in the Doctoral programme in Biology (FCUL), Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution (UL; UP) and Biology  and Ecology of Global Changes (UL, UA); 300 euros for Professionals and postdocs,  250 euros for  BTI, BI and PhD students  and  180 euros for master and bachelor students in FCUL as well as unemployed.

How to apply

To apply send an e-mail to with the following information:





Professional activity:  Professional/Postdoc

BTI, BI, PhD student (with/ without scholarship)  Lic./Master student

Academic formation:


Student of the 1st year of Doctoral programme Biodiv (FCUL/FCUP), Biologia (FCUL) or BEAG (FCUL or UA)?