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Integrative Taxonomy


Admission requirements

Advice: BSc-course Biodiversity, theory and practice of systematics or equivalent knowledge of phylogenetic reconstruction.


Coordinator: Dr. P.H. Hovenkamp


The main aim of this course is to introduce a number of approaches and methods that are currently used in both actual and historical analyses of biodiversity and evolution. The following topics will be introduced and practiced:

  • Taxonomy as an information storage and –retrieval system in the age of Internet.

  • Phylogenetic analysis: concepts and applications.

  • Analysis of geographic structure and gene flow in and between populations.

  • Analysis of historic and stratigraphic patterns and the timing and geographic context of reconstructed phylogenies.

Learning goals

Course objectives:
To provide a theoretical basis and some practical experience for the a successful MSc research project at Naturalis: good understanding of concepts of time and space; of collection data, data basing and data mining; of the practice of phylogeny reconstruction; of biogeographic methods and practice; of the integration of paleontological and actual data.

Final qualifications:
Theoretical understanding of and hands on experience with current methods for storage and retrieval of taxonomic information, with phylogeny reconstruction, historical biogeography, , phylogeographical analysis, dating techniques, etc.


From 26 November 2018 to 21 December 2018. Details will be provided in due time on Blackboard.

Mode of instruction

Lectures, computer exercises, literature study, demonstrations.

Assessment method

Written reports, oral presentation, and examination.


All information of lectures and papers will be available on Blackboard.

Reading list

Relevant literature will be made available on Blackboard.


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