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Gateway to the Paleobiology Database

Fossilworks Intensive Workshop in Analytical Palaeobiology

About the workshop

An intensive training workshop focusing on methods used by analytical palaeobiologists has been held since 2005. As in previous years, the 2015 workshop will held at Macquarie University in Sydney. The sessions will run from 21 June to 11 July.

Topics will include community palaeoecology, diversity estimation, speciation and extinction, phylogenetics, phenotypic evolution, and geometric morphometrics. Both simulation modelling and data analysis methods will be employed. Training will combine lectures and practical exercises. Participants will be given hands-on instruction in programming using R and taught to use other analytical software. In addition to the workshop coordinator, each week a new instructor will be present. The instructors are expected to include John Alroy, Alistair Evans, Michal Kowalewski, and Pete Wagner.

There is no fee for registration, but no expenses will be subsidised this year due to lack of institutional support for the workshop. Participants will be advised on the availability of budget accommodations with cooking facilities near the campus. Participants are encouraged to solicit travel funds from their home institutions or other organizations.

How to apply

Participants should be in the early stages of their own research in palaeontology or any related area and should have a background in basic statistics. The ability to understand rapidly spoken English is essential. Although the workshop is open to all undergraduates and advanced graduate students, first or second year graduate students are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications from professionals who have completed their studies will be considered but are not given first priority. We strongly encourage applications from women and members of underrepresented groups.

Applications should be submitted in PDF format to John Alroy (john.alroy@mq.edu.au). Applications should be mailed by midnight on Saturday, 28 February 2015 as reckoned in the Pacific time zone. A cogent explanation must be given for submitting an application after the deadline. Applications should consist of a one page statement. Do not include separate documents such as a curriculum vitae. No form needs to be filled out.

The statement should include a brief description of current research plans, a list of degrees earned stating the year of graduation in each case, a brief list of relevant classes taken, and an account of the applicant's previous use of statistics and knowledge of programming. Applicants who do not employ English as a primary language should describe their experiences learning and speaking it. Applicants are encouraged to explain why the topics addressed by the workshop are of special interest to them and to what extent these subjects are taught at their home institutions.

Applications must be accompanied by a recommendation letter, also in PDF format, written by the applicant's academic advisor and e-mailed separately. Obtaining a recommendation from anyone who is not an advisor must be explained. It is important that the recommendation give details about the applicant's personal character and abilities, not just credentials and descriptions of research projects. Recommendation letters also should be received by the end of the due date.

2014 participants

Mairin Balisi University of California, Los Angeles Haley O'Brien Ohio University
Tom Cullen University of Toronto Alejandra Ortiz New York University
Sauruv Dutta IISER Kolkata Sandra Schachat Smithsonian Institution
Adam Kocsis Eötvös University Laura Stroik Arizona State University
Andreas Lauchstedt Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg Jon Tennant Imperial College London
David Moss Syracuse University Collin VanBuren University of Cambridge

2013 participants

Tomasz Borszcz Institute of Oceanology (PAS) Emily Orzechowski College of William and Mary
Neil Brocklehurst Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin Silvia Pineda-Munoz Macquarie University
Aidan Couzens Flinders University Mark Puttick University of Bristol
Andrew Du George Washington University Nadia Scott Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Daniel Field Yale University Stephanie Smith University of Washington
Julieta Gallego Cornell University Davey Wright Ohio State University
Derek Larson University of Toronto

2012 participants

Jérémie Bardin Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle Rafal Nawrot Universität Wien
Kirstin Brink University of Toronto David Nicholson University of York
Sahale Casebolt University of Florida Celeste Pérez Ben Universidad de Buenos Aires
John Clarke University of Oxford Luna Sánchez Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Martin Ezcurra Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Roland Sookias Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Anneke Madern Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity Naturalis Laura Soul University of Oxford

2011 participants

Gabrial Aguirre University of Otago Manja Hethke University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
Meghan Balk University of New Mexico Sabine Nürnberg Humboldt University Berlin
Caleb Brown University of Toronto Shubhabrata Paul University of South Florida
Jonathan Calede University of Washington Peter Smits Monash University
Lucy Chang University of California, Berkeley Allison Stegner University of California, Berkeley
Andy Grass University of Iowa Valerie Syverson University of Michigan

2010 participants

Jessie Atterholt University of California, Berkeley Alex Janevski University of Michigan
Monica Carvalho Pennsylvania State University Julien Millet Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin
Max Christie University of Georgia Jon Mitchell Appalachian State University
Liz Ferrer University of California, Berkeley John Renaudie Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin
Frank Forcino University of Alberta Kathleen Ritterbush University of Southern California
Clotilde Hardy Université de Bourgogne Priya Tamma National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore

2009 participants

Mark Bell University of Bristol Felix Marx University of Bristol
Katie Collins University of Wellington Heike Mewis Museum für Naturkunde
Federico Degrange Museo de La Plata Gary Motz University of Akron
Aaron House University of Cincinnati Alejo Scarano Museo de La Plata
Annie Lagomarcino University of Cincinnati Amelinda Webb Yale University
Kaitlin Maguire University of California, Berkeley Shawn Whiteman University of New Mexico

2008 participants

Tracy Aze Cardiff University Emily Lindsey University of California, Berkeley
Karen Bacon University College Dublin Luis Felipe Opazo University of Plymouth
Diego Balseiro Universidad Nacional de Córdoba Juan José Rustan Universidad Nacional de Córdoba
Javier Echevarria Museo de La Plata Daniel Thomas University of Otago
Liz Freedman Montana State University Michael Tuite University of Virginia
Michelle Lawing Indiana University Laura Wilson Universität Zürich

2007 participants

Andrea Cobbett University of Bath Murat Maga University of Texas, Austin
Felipe de la Parra University of Florida John Orcutt University of Oregon
Kathy Hollis University of Colorado, Boulder Claire Samant Université de Poitiers
Philip Jardine University of Birmingham Susan Standen Case Western Reserve University
Soïzic Le Fur Université de Poitiers Susumu Tomiya University of California, Berkeley
Graeme Lloyd University of Bristol Vera Weisbecker University of New South Wales

2006 participants

Ayse Atakul Middle East Technical University Stephen Goodyear University of Texas, Austin
Mara Brady University of Chicago Sarah Kolbe University of Copenhagen
Andres Cardenas University of South Florida Sarda Sahney University of Bristol
Brad Deline University of Cincinnati Krister Smith Yale University
Jessica Gilner Florida Institute of Technology Bryan Valencia Florida Institute of Technology
Ann Goewert University of North Carolina Richard Wilkinson Cambridge University

2005 participants

Jessica Blois Stanford University Matt O'Donnell Pennsylvania State University
Devin Buick University of Cincinnati Jocelyn Sessa Pennsylvania State University
Sylvain Gerber Université de Bourgogne Adam Tomasovych Universität Würzburg
Zack Krug Pennsylvania State University Patrick Wall Syracuse University
Elise Nardin Université de Bourgogne Mike Weiser University of Arizona
Mike Nowak Duke University