Phylogenetics workshop

Workshop “Basic steps for building a phylogenetic tree”

Target audience: Researchers and students who plan on building a phylogenetic tree for their project, but who have no or very little basic notions in phylogenetic analyses.

Format: A workshop divided in two events. The first one consists in a three-hours workshop including a 30 minutes lecture. Participants will have the chance to try a few methods for tree building, on data provided by the instructors. The second day, optional, is dedicated to participants’ questions, where no specific material is prepared.

Objectives: After the workshop, participants will appreciate the comparative performance of a few DNA sequences alignment programs and the importance of producing a realistic alignment. The participants will know the basic differences between phylogenetic distance methods, parsimony, likelihood and Bayesian; as well as what programs can be used for each of these methods. The workshop aims to provide participants sufficient autonomy to produce a standard phylogenetic analysis, worthy of publication in scientific journals.

Contact Annie Archambault ( if you would like this workshop to be taught at your campus.

Past event: September 16 – 17 2013, Université Laval, Québec city.

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For those desiring more advanced knowledge in phylogenetic analyses, many full courses are offered in Québec universities:

Concordia, Biology Department:
Biology and Ecology (BIOL 226)
Comparative Genomics and Genome Evolution (BIOL 463)

McGill, Department of Natural Resource Sciences
Evolution and Phylogeny
Phylogeny and Biogeography

McGill, Depertment of Biology
Methods in Biology of Organisms

Université de Montréal, Département de Biologie
Principes de phylogénie et de systématique

UQAR, Département de Biologie
Biologie adaptative


Previous event

Journal Club “What can I get from my phylogenetic tree?”

A journal club on the analyses that can be performed on trees and networks was held in Montréal, at the McGill Biology department, on June 21, 2011. Feel free to ask the QCBS research professionals for a workshop specifically designed for your needs.

General goal: Learn more about the types of analyses that can be performed on phylogenetic trees or networks; and how they can be useful for biodiversity science.

Format: The meeting had a “Journal Club” format, where each participant or team presented (in French or English) the methods, programs and softwares of an inspiring article that uses phylogenies to better address issues of biodiversity science.

A more lengthy report of the discussions is available in the QCBS wiki, and a few presentations are posted on the QCBS vimeo channel.

List of papers that participants were invited to select from for their presentation