Int PhD course speciesdisp models – University of Copenhagen

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5 ECTS International PhD Course:
Modelling species distributions under climate change 

Organiser: David Nogués-Bravo: Center for Macroecology, Evolution, and Climate, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen.

Where and when: Summer 2014 - August 25-29
Fourth floor, Universitetsparken 15, Center for Macroecology, Evolution, and Climate, Natural History Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen, DK-2100. Denmark

Supported by:
Faculty of Science of Copenhagen University, Natural History Museum of Denmark, Center for Macroecology, Evolution, and Climate

Scientific content:
Understanding species distributions is a core topic in ecology, evolutionary biology, conservation and global change biology. SDMs are a key tool for forecasting species distribution under climate change.

Deadline for application June 15th (more information at the bottom of the page)

This PhD course will cover:

  • Ecological and evolutionary theory on species distributions and species niches
  • Methodological issues (calibration, forecasting, validation,etc)
  • Training in SDM software
  • Applications of SDMs to a broad range of questions from global change biology to phylogeography

Full programme: Will be announced soon


A a maximum of 15 applicants will be selected according to the relevance of their PhD project. Some experience with R is required.

The course includes lectures, computer practicals (BIOMOD), seminars based on paper discussions, and opportunities to discuss your PhD projects. You should expect some preparation for the course through background reading (~20 papers). Students will be also provided with a new book on Species Distribution Models entitled "Ecological Niches and Geographic Distributions", published by Princeton University Press.

Deadline for application

Applicants should send a letter including an explanation about how the course will benefit their PhD project, a brief description of their PhD project and a short CV. Maximum 2 pages. Deadline for application is 15th June. Send the applications to David Nogués-Bravo: