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Int PhD course speciesdisp models – University of Copenhagen

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

Course director: David Nogués-Bravo: Center for Macroecology, Evolution, and Climate, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen.

Where and when: Summer 2018 - August 27 – August 31
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 biodiversity dynamics and species distributions under climate change is a core topic in ecology, evolutionary biology, conservation and global change biology. The course will cover theoretical aspects on species distribution under climate change from evolutionary to ecological scales. The course will cover also methodological aspects of Species Distribution Models, SDMs, hybrid SDM-population models and mechanistic models.

Applications are welcome from March 15. Deadline for applications is April 15 (more information at the bottom of the page)

Specifically, this PhD course will cover:

  • Ecological and evolutionary theory on species distributions and species niches
  • Lectures on a wide variety of species range models, from SDMs, to hybrid SDM-population models and mechanistic models
  • Methodological issues (calibration, forecasting, validation,etc)
  • Training in SDM software (BIOMOD)
  • Applications of SDMs, hybrid SDM-population models and process-based models models to a broad range of questions from global change biology to paleobiology


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

The course includes lectures, computer practical’s (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).

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 April 15. Send the applications to David Nogués-Bravo: dnogues@snm.ku.dk. This course is funded by the Faculty of Science. There is no registration fee but students will need to cover travelling and accommodation/food cost.