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 09:00-09:30 Welcome to the Workshop Thomas Couvreur, Fabien Condamine
Tuesday 09:30-10:15 RevBayes Introduction RevBayes Intro. Sebastian Höhna
Tuesday 10:15-10:30 Coffee break
Tuesday 10:30-11:00 Substitution Models in Phylogenetics Bayesian Statistics. Sebastian Höhna
Tuesday 11:00-12:00 Substitution Models in Phylogenetics Substitution Models in Phylogenetics Sebastian Höhna
Tuesday 12:00-13:00 Lunch break
Tuesday 13:00-15:00 Practical on inferring phylogenies (Part I) Nucleotide substitution models Sebastian Höhna
Tuesday 15:00-15:15 Coffee break
Tuesday 15:15-17:30 Practical on inferring phylogenies (Part II) Nucleotide substitution models Sebastian Höhna
Wednesday 09:00-09:30 Recap MCMC and Substitution Models Substitution Models in Phylogenetics Sebastian Höhna
Wednesday 09:30-10:15 Introduction to divergence time estimation Dating trees Rachel Warnock
Wednesday 10:15-10:30 Coffee break
Wednesday 10:30-12:00 Node dating Rachel Warnock
Wednesday 12:00-13:00 Lunch break
Wednesday 13:00-15:00 The fossilized birth-death process Rachel Warnock
Wednesday 15:00-15:15 Coffee break
Wednesday 15:15-17:30 Total-evidence dating Rachel Warnock
Thursday 09:00-09:30 Recap Rachel Warnock
Thursday 09:30-10:15 Diversification rate estimation (Part I) Simple Diversification Rate Estimation Sebastian Höhna
Thursday 10:15-10:30 Coffee break
Thursday 10:30-12:00 Diversification rate estimation (Part II) Episodic Diversification Rate Estimation Sebastian Höhna
Thursday 12:00-13:00 Lunch break
Thursday 13:00-15:00 Diversification rate estimation (Part III) Branch-Specific Diversification Rate Estimation Sebastian Höhna
Thursday 15:00-15:15 Coffee break
Thursday 15:15-17:30 Diversification rate estimation (Part IV)
  • Background on state-dependent diversification rate estimation
  • State-dependent diversification with BiSSE and MuSSE
  • Sebastian Höhna