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300167 UE Introduction to geometric morphometrics using R (2019W)

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 serve).


max. 15 participants
Language: German



The course will be held every Tuesday from 10:00 to 12:00 in the Seminar Room, Department für Theoretische Biologie, UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, 1090 Wien.
First meeting on Tuesday, October 1st 2019 at 10:00.


Aims, contents and method of the course

Aims: The aim of this course is to introduce students to 2D and 3D landmark-based shape analysis and the programming language R, without the requirement of previous knowledge of programming languages. At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to (1) understand the basics of geometric morphometrics in a biological context, and (2) conduct geometric morphometric analyses using R and Rstudio.

Contents: The course will start with a general introduction to modern morphometrics and the R programming language, followed by practical applications. A non-binding list of topics to be presented is shown below:
(1) Introduction to modern morphometrics
(2) Introduction to Rstudio and the R programming language
(3) Basics of landmark-based shape analysis
(4) Basic decompositions of shape variation
(5) Quantifying and controlling for biological factors
(6) Relationships between morphological structures

Method of the course: The course will be composed of 2 hour-long hybrid lectures per week, with a theoretical presentation of the topic, directly followed by practical application.

Assessment and permitted materials

Course assessment will be based on the oral presentation of results of a study project emulating a presentation at a professional meeting.
The students can bring or access any materials during the practical lectures to help them complete their tasks, such as web search or discussion with colleagues. It is highly recommended that the students bring their own laptops with the latest versions of the free software R (https://www.r-project.org/) and Rstudio (https://www.rstudio.com/) already installed.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Students upon completing the course will be able to identify and collect landmark coordinate data appropriate to their particular biological questions and use available morphometrics software for its analysis.

Examination topics

Continuous assessment of the taught topics.

Reading list

Association in the course directory


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