Landmarks based geometric morphometrics
Office of Disease Prevention and Control 10, Chiang Mai, Department of Disease Control, MOPH, at the Amora Taphae Chiang Mai Hotel, 22 Chaiyapoom Road, Changmoi, Muang, Chiang Mai., from 14 March 2011 to 16 March 2011
This is the second version of an initiation to the geometric morphometrics as applied to systematics and population biology.
Morphometrics is an old science.
A revolutionary approach has been designed in the last two decades, called “geometric” or “modern” morphometrics. It is able to explore separately size and shape variation.
The approach is increasingly applied in many fields of biology, like systematics, evolutionary biology, entomology, physical anthropology, paleontology, ecology, genetics, developmental biology, orthodontics, etc.
For many organisms, it only requires an optical device and a home computer, two components of most laboratoriers working in the field of biology.
For this second session, the free access CLIC package will be used.
It helps to distinguish sibling species which today need the molecular machinery to be accurately identified, and it provides the conditions allowing one to recognise a single individual.
At the end of this 3 days introductory course, the student will be able to perform the complete analysis of a geometric comparison among groups, either geographic populations, ecotypes, species, etc. In particular, thanks to the use of the CLIC package, the student will be able to assign a given individual to its relevant species according to available reference images.
In collaboration with
- Medical Entomology Departement , Assoc. Prof. Chamnarn Apiwathnasorn
- Faculty of Sciences (University of Mahidol, Bangkok),
- Embassy of France in Vietnam,
- Institute of Research for Development (IRD, France).
Under the coordination of Jean-Pierre Dujardin
(the MIVEGEC unit of IRD, visiting Professor at the Faculty of TropicalMedicine, University of Mahidol)
Michel Laurent, president of the IRD , present in Thailand for the international Symposium "Interdisciplinary Approach to the Management of HIV", came to give certificates to the students.