BI8002 - Advanced Biosystematics


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2023/2024

Course content

A seminar series will cover advanced topics within biosystematics theory and methods. Focus will be on theory and methods for phylogenetic reconstructions, uses of phylogenies in studies of evolution (comparative methods), phylogenetic analysis of intraspecific variation related to geography and ecology (phylogeography), studies of demographic changes through history inferred from analyses of gene trees and employing coalescent theory (phylodemography). The course is held every second year, next time spring 2025.

Learning outcome

The candidate should possess knowledge about:

  • Gene and species trees, the use of coalescent theory in modern phylogenetic biology and phylogeography
  • Phylogenetic networks
  • Use of phylogenetic methods in general studies of biological diversity


The candidate is able to:

  • Use different statistical approaches for the reconstruction of evolutionary history
  • Comparative methods

General competence

The candidate is able to:

  • Reconstruct evolutionary relations between organisms and groups of organisms
  • Use such relationships in studies of processes underlying biological diversity

Learning methods and activities

Seminar: 40 hours, obligatory.

Obligatory written report on a given subject.

Required previous knowledge

Master's degree in biology or equivalent

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level



Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Ethology
  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Zoology
  • Ecology
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Biology


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