Phylogenomics (Virtual Course)
Recent advances in sequencing technology, and the rapid increase in the availability of genetic data, have revolutionized the field of phylogenetics. While genomic data promise unprecedented insights into the evolution of the tree of life, they also pose new challenges that must be addressed to avoid misleading results and to fully leverage the potential of the genome-scale data sets. These challenges include the identification of orthologuous sequences that are suitable as phylogenetic markers, the selection of appropriate models of sequence evolution, and the detection of gene-tree discordance due to incomplete lineage sorting and introgression. In this workshop we will present theory and exercises to infer time-calibrated phylogenies from multi-locus genome data sets while accounting for these confounding factors. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this course will be held online.