Analysing Macroevolutionary Processes using RevBayes

Location: Université de Montpellier, Montpellier, France
Dates: 12/11, 2018 to 12/13, 2018
Instructors: Sebastian Höhna, Rachel Warnock, Fabien Condamine, Thomas Couvreur


This intensive short course will introduce students to the use of RevBayes for macroevolutionary analysis. The course will be three full days in length and will take place at the Université de Montpellier, France from the 11 to the 13 of December, 2018.


Université de Montpellier


Before the course starts, please install the following software on your own computer:


We recommend some selected papers for you to read prior to the workshop. These are not required and we will explain all the content throughout the workshop. However, some prior background knowledge will help to successfully work through the material.


Date Time Topic Material Instructors
Tuesday 03:00-03:30 Welcome to the Workshop Thomas Couvreur, Fabien Condamine
Tuesday 03:30-04:15 RevBayes Introduction RevBayes Intro. Sebastian Höhna
Tuesday 04:15-04:30 Coffee break
Tuesday 04:30-05:00 Substitution Models in Phylogenetics Bayesian Statistics. Sebastian Höhna
Tuesday 05:00-06:00 Substitution Models in Phylogenetics Substitution Models in Phylogenetics Sebastian Höhna
Tuesday 06:00-07:00 Lunch break
Tuesday 07:00-09:00 Practical on inferring phylogenies (Part I) Nucleotide substitution models Sebastian Höhna
Tuesday 09:00-09:15 Coffee break
Tuesday 09:15-11:30 Practical on inferring phylogenies (Part II) Nucleotide substitution models Sebastian Höhna
Wednesday 03:00-03:30 Recap MCMC and Substitution Models Substitution Models in Phylogenetics Sebastian Höhna
Wednesday 03:30-04:15 Introduction to divergence time estimation Molecular dating Rachel Warnock
Wednesday 04:15-04:30 Coffee break
Wednesday 04:30-06:00 Node dating Rachel Warnock
Wednesday 06:00-07:00 Lunch break
Wednesday 07:00-09:00 The fossilized birth-death process Rachel Warnock
Wednesday 09:00-09:15 Coffee break
Wednesday 09:15-11:30 Total-evidence dating Rachel Warnock
Thursday 03:00-03:30 Recap Rachel Warnock
Thursday 03:30-04:15 Diversification rate estimation (Part I) Simple Diversification Rate Estimation Sebastian Höhna
Thursday 04:15-04:30 Coffee break
Thursday 04:30-06:00 Diversification rate estimation (Part II) Episodic Diversification Rate Estimation Sebastian Höhna
Thursday 07:00-08:00 Lunch break
Thursday 07:00-09:00 Diversification rate estimation (Part III) Branch-Specific Diversification Rate Estimation Sebastian Höhna
Thursday 09:00-09:15 Coffee break
Thursday 09:15-11:30 Diversification rate estimation (Part IV)
  • Background on state-dependent diversification rate estimation
  • State-dependent diversification with BiSSE and MuSSE
  • Sebastian Höhna