There has been considerable development of Bayesian and likelihood methods for assessing phylogenetic relationships in recent years. This includes advances in probabilistic models of anatomical character evolution and and models of assessing tree probabilities given diversification and sampling rates. The 2019 Paleontological Society Short Course will be a day-long workshop-style short course that will feature not just lectures about methodological advances, but also hands-on exercises for the audience members to perform on their laptop computers. The workshop is being organized and run by David Bapst, Sandy Carlson, Laura Soul, Peter Wagner, Rachel Warnock, April Wright & David Wright.

We are designing the short course so that novices can learn not only about the current methods for modeling character change and divergence times, but also can learn tactics for recognizing characters and delimiting character states on fossils. The short course also should provide a "refresher" course for more experienced workers who have conducted phylogenetic analyses with parsimony and other methods. Moreover, we intend the short course to be useful for paleontologists who do not do phylogenetics themselves, but who mentor students or collaborate with colleagues that do.

Exercises will be conducted using RevBayes; the relevant workshop materials & tutorials are all developed online (http://revbayes.com). We strongly encourage participants to download these materials before the short course: although there will be Internet access at the convention center, we cannot guarantee that it will be fast enough for people to download files on site.

The workshop will take place at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix Hotel (two blocks from the Convention Center) on Saturday the 21st of September 8:00 - 17:00 (with several short breaks and a lunch break). A short workshop for installing relevant software will be held Friday late afternoon to early evening at the Convention center, with the exact times and location to be announced. We emphasize that because this short course is being conducted as a workshop rather than a day-long symposium, attendees will get the most out of the course by attending the entire session.

In order to better prepare the short course, we encourage attendees to register in advance using the form and survey below. Registering and responding to the survey will not commit you to attending, but it will help us gauge interest and plan logistics.

If you have any questions, please email pwagner16@unl.edu.

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