ONLINE, 13-17 February 2023
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this course will be held online
This course will provide a complete guide to basic analytical techniques for examining macroevolutionary and biodiversity patterns using online databases (primarily The Paleobiology Database),
from instruction on data collection, handling, and curation, to plotting and publishing results. First, we will cover the theory behind the structure of the fossil record and how paleodiversity
information is generated and inherently biased by geological and anthropogenic processes. We will discuss how to outline these processes, recognise the biases, incorporate these information in
our datasets, convert the data into analysable formats, and visualise them. Then, we will expand on this foundation by talking about modelling techniques used in analytical paleobiology, going
through the different options for analytical approaches and linking them with hypothesis testing.
There will be several opportunities to introduce and use your own data, and therefore to develop plans for carrying out your own analyses. The course will be very interactive and will come with
code, with a combination of quick quizzes, supervised sessions, independent hands-on sessions, and brief group discussions.
We assume some basic experience with the R coding language.
Monday– Classes from 2-8 PM Berlin time
Introduction to analytical paleobiology and studies of past diversity and biogeography
Types of fossil data and databases
The Paleobiology Database (PBDB)
Introduction to the PBDB, available data, functionality, and limitations
Practical: Walk through of the PBDB and exploration of possible analyses
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