• GIS and SDAR, Visualize and analyze spatial and stratigraphic data using R1 (John Ortiz, Institute for Geoinformatics University of Muenster, Germany; Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panamá)

The course will cover two main topics, during the first half of the session, we will explain how to use the open source package SDAR2 for creating automatically stratigraphic columns, including biostratigraphic an well data (for example abundance chart, geochemical data, electrical logs, field descriptions). In the second half we will introduce some basic analytical and graphical techniques for spatial data using the programming language R. The course will start with basic R, covering how to import and manipulate spatial data. Participants should be familiar with R, import, manipulation data and graphs. Participants should have their own computer to work on during the sessions.

(1) http://www.r-project.org

(2) http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2015/EGU2015-2790.pdf


  • Palynology and Phylogenetic Systematics – (Vernie G. Sagun, University of Connecticut, USA).

The course is targeted for palynologists without or with limited knowledge on phylogenetic theory and tree building techniques. The course will cover concepts of characters and character coding, principle of Parsimony, Maximum likelihood and Bayesian inference. A hands-on demonstration of common computer software will be performed, and reinforced with activities and practical exercises. By the end of the course, the participants should be able to fundamentally understand, build, and interpret phylogenetic trees with special emphasis on the incorporation of palynological data.

  • Tilia/Neotoma Paleoecology Database (Eric C. Grimm, Department of Plant Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,USA)

This course will introduce the Tilia program for managing pollen (and other fossil) data and associated metadata, the development chronologies based on classical and Bayesian (Bacon) age models, and the construction of pollen diagrams. Also covered will be the Tilia interface to the Neotoma Paleoecology Database. Participants will need to bring their own laptop computer capable of running Windows programs. Software will be distributed at the workshop, which will require administrative rights to install. A link to software will also be sent prior to the workshop to enable pre-installation of necessary software.


  • Vegetation history of Antarctica (David Cantrill, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Australia)

This course will cover the geological framework for the Antarctic continent. We will examine how the fragmentation of the Gondwana supercontinent influenced the climate system and the evolution of southern hemisphere biogeographic patterns.

Post congress workshop 

Pollen-based reconstructions of past land-cover change in Latin America

The workshop is open to ca. 40 participants. Priority will be given to postgraduate students and young scientists, who are placed or working in connection with Latin American universities or research institutes on palynological-related topics. Financial support has been obtained from PAGES to cover the accommodation cost for the attendees.

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