23 Nov 27 Nov 2020
November 23-27, 2020 | CIBIO-InBIO (ONLINE)
University of Porto

Biogeography gives the framework to describe life on Earth. The diversity of life on Earth (biodiversity) exhibits spatial and temporal patterns that beg for theoretical models for their description. This five day course reviews several theoretical approaches describing patterns of species richness and species abundance. We will give emphasis to the development and careful interpretation of the mathematical formulae and their relationship with the biological phenomena they describe.
The objective of this course is to make its participants familiar with theoretical approaches in ecology, being able to understand their foundations and rationales, as well as their limitations, and whenever possible demystify the use of mathematics in ecology. After this course we hope the attendants would be gain a new appreciation for the role of theoretical models in ecology, with a view to being able to follow recent advancements in and contribute to theoretical ecology.



Biogeography: A brief historical account
Distribution of species: Spatial and temporal patterns
Measures of Biodiversity
Source-sink dynamics
The theory of Island biogeography
The neutral theory of biodiversity and biogeography



Day 1

9:45-13:00 | Spatial and temporal patterns of species diversity
14:00-17:45 | An introduction to programming using R

Day 2

9:45-13:00 | Measures of biodiversity
14:00-17:45 | Practical exercises using R

Day 3

9:45-13:00 | Source-sink dynamics and Metapopulations
14:00-17:45 | Practical exercises using R

Day 4

9:45-13:00 | The theory of Island biogeography
14:00-17:45 | Practical exercises using R

Day 5

9:45-13:00 | The neutral theory of biodiversity and biogeography
14:00-17:45 | CIBIO Seminar


Luís Borda de Água | CIBIO/INBIO | THEOECO

The course will be open to a maximum number of 25 participants.


75% of available student slots are reserved for BIODIV students.
Priority will be given to:
• 1st year and other PhD students attending the BIODIV Doctoral Program;
• PhD students attending other courses;
• Other post-graduate students and researchers.


Participation is free of charge for BIODIV students | 80 € (students) | 150 € (other participants). CIBIO-InBIO members will have an additional discount of 20%.



Registration deadline: November 2, 2020
All applicants will be notify about whether they are accept until November 06, 2020



Please note that new rules apply for all BIODIV students.