Scientific Writing

The workshop aims to outline and present solutions to some of the most important and common pitfalls and difficulties in the preparation of scientific manuscripts written in the English language. 

Led by: Peter Castro, Editor-in-Chief (Journal of Crustacean Biology)

Time/Date: 9 - 10.30 am / Thursday, 25 May 2023

Incorporating (crustacean) fossils into phylogenetics and comparative methods

Crustacean evolution is central to many debates about the shape of past and present diversity and disparity, ecological change, and rates of evolution. Most of this research has been implemented on molecular and fossil data separately, or with only shallow level integration. Yet, the importance of fossils in macroevolutionary study is underscored by recent theoretical papers indicating failure of model fit when extinction is excluded (e.g. Louca & Pennell 2020, Nature).


We will discuss the decisions that go into incorporating fossils into macroevolutionary analyses, such as:

  • Inferring the phylogenetic positions of fossils
  • Time calibrating phylogenies
  • Mapping traits onto phylogenies
  • Inferring rates of diversification through time

Through these, we will introduce several cutting edge approaches developed during our current research on the evolution of crabs. While a basic understanding of phylogenetics is expected, we will introduce Bayesian thinking as is needed.

This teaching workshop with collaborative learning will take place over ~4 hours (subject to final programme) over one of the conference days.
All career stages are welcome.

Led by: Jo Wolfe, Ph.D. (Harvard University)

Time/Date: 9 - 10.30 am / Thursday, 25 May 2023

Conference Organisers

Conferences & Events Ltd
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This event is organised by Conferences & Events Ltd, Wellington, Auckland, Nelson & Nationwide.  We are a New Zealand business.