Workshops will take place on Wednesday, 3rd of May and are limited in participants. Please check the Program for more details on the beginning and end of the workshops.
1. Physiological species distribution modelling using the TTR-SDM - an introduction
2. Addressing macro-ecological questions with paleontological data
By Gregor Mathes, Franka Gaiser and Prof. Dr. Manuel Steinbauer
Paleontological data gain in quality and relevance for addressing research questions in biogeography and macroecology. Fossils or pollen occurrences allow tracing biodiversity dynamics over thousands to millions of years and thus allow enhanced understanding of macro-ecological patterns and processes operating on longer time scales. This workshop introduces various databases for paleontological and paleo-ecological data, demonstrate their accessibility, discuss underlying biases that need to be considered when analyzing fossil data, and provide examples where fossils have facilitated the understanding of recent ecosystems. Participants should be familiar with R and need to bring a computer with an up to date installation of R.