Past events

1–2pm 16 May 2017
Effective scientific progress requires that researchers report what they find and how they found it. This is not a controversial idea, but when it comes to actual practice, in...
3.30–4.30pm 12 May 2017
One of the big challenges for biomathematicians is the design of models which can capture the wide range of evolutionary processes and yet be computationally and statistically...
12–2pm 5 May 2017
Species Distribution Models (SDMs) typically rely on machine-learning approaches to estimate the niche of a species, where the "niche model" is effectively a...
5.30pm 4 May 2017
For disussion this week, I am circulating a pre-publication manuscript presenting a protocol for making dated phylogenies from massive genomic datasets, by targeting genes that...
Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris) – Photo by Steven Forrester
10–11am 2 May 2017
Carnaby's Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus latirostris is one of two black cockatoos with white tail bands endemic to the south-west of Western Australia. In 1968 I...
9.30am 11 April – 4.30am 13 April 2017
Workshop outline Structure of an experiment: response, treatment factors, blocking factors. Introduction to the Statistical Model: Mean Structure (including Factorial...
9am–12pm 7 April 2017
Workshop background This workshop will start with a short lecture introduction to population genomics (~15mins), followed by hands-on experience on how to handle and...
5.30pm 6 April 2017
For discussion this week, here is a paper that is important for anyone making phylogenies from phenotypic (e.g. morphological) data: Puttick MN, et al. 2017. Uncertain-tree:...
9.30am 5 April – 4.30pm 6 April 2017
Workshop outline Introduction to R and RStudio. Data types in R, and type conversions. Loading and saving tab and coma delimited files. Basic data exploration...
9.30am–4.30pm 4 April 2017
Workshop outline How to get allocation and start using the machine. Logging in, accounting and monitoring usage. Job submission and scheduling. File system. Software...
8.30am 4 April – 1pm 6 April 2017
The purpose of this workshop is to share practitioners' knowledge in how we get next-gen sequencing data (wet lab) and process it (bioinformatics) from...
9.30am–4.30pm 3 April 2017
Workshop outline Introduction Unix/Linux operating system. File system and directory structure. Use of the terminal (command line interface). Basic Linux shell (bash)...
12–1pm 31 March 2017
Maintaining healthy, functioning ecosystems in the Anthropocene is becoming increasingly difficult due to the massive challenges presented by the combination of habitat loss and...
5.30pm 23 March 2017
For discussion this week I am circulating a paper with a concerning headline but one that does not surprise me. Sukumaran J, Knowles LL. 2017. Multispecies coalescent delimits...
1–2pm 21 March 2017
Climate change is one of the greatest current threats to global biodiversity. Because many desert species already live near the limits of their physiological tolerances,...
12.30–1.30pm 20 March 2017
Benthic marine animals come in two general flavors. In some species, females produce large numbers of small eggs, and these develop into morphologically complex pelagic larvae...
5.30–7pm 15 March 2017
Please join us for an evening with the inaugural winner of the Ralph Slatyer medal – Professor Mark Westoby, from Macquarie University. Speakers: Professor Brian...
12–1pm 15 March 2017
Species across the globe are experiencing drastic changes in environmental conditions as a result of human activities. Understanding and predicting how organisms respond to human-...
1–2pm 14 March 2017
The development of climate warming since the Industrial Revolution provides critical context for future climate change and the processes that control regional warming over land...
5.30pm 9 March 2017
This week, we will discuss a paper that reviews the geology of the largely submerged continent Zealandia and explains its significance. Understanding its geomorphological history...

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