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300067 VO+UE Fundamentals of phylogenetic systematics and cladistic analysis (2020W)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 15 participants
Language: German



Start: 06.10.2020, Tue 10.00-11.30 am in the course room of the Natural History Museum (side entrance Burgring 7, 1010 Vienna).


Aims, contents and method of the course

In the lecture the basics of phylogenetic systematics are taught: History of systematics, species concepts, nomenclature, species in space and time, definition of characters.
In the practical part, the participants learn to independently create a matrix with the help of the software TNT, as well as to calculate and interpret phylogenetic trees, indices and support values.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written test and generation and interpretation of a phylogenetic tree in TNT. A complete script is provided for the practical part, but may not be used in the examination.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Attendance during the practical part, in case of absence the material has to be made up for in consultation with the lecturers. Grading: 50% exam theoretical part, 50% exam practical part.

Examination topics

see content

Reading list

J.W. Wägele 2000: Grundlagen der phylogenetischen Systematik; W. Sudhaus & K. Rehfeld 1992: Einführung in die Phylogenetik und Systematik; F. Zachos 2016: Species Concepts in Biology; P.A. Goloboff; J.S. Farris, K.C. Nixon 2008: TNT, a free program for phylogenetic analysis. Cladistics 24: 774-786; Baum, DA and Smith SD 2012: Tree Thinking: An Introduction to Phylogenetic Biology.

Association in the course directory

MZO W-2, UF MA BU 01, UF MA BU 04,

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