This month we had the privilege to attend the EvoMorph workshop in Okinawa organised by OIST (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University).
We were a group of 25 participants selected to take part in an intensive program to learn methods and applications for the quantification and evolutionary analysis of morphology. The first part of the workshop was focused on morphometrics with technical sessions ran by Emma Sherratt. Morphometrics is a completely new fields to us – we are excited to think about how we can use it in our own research in the future! The second part of the workshop was focused on phylogenetic comparative methods ran by Liam Revell and Luke Harmon with some useful coding tricks.
During our stay we had the opportunity to visit the OIST campus which is built within a thick forest with incredible facilities. The campus feels like a spaceship from Star Wars that landed in Jurassic Park.
We are grateful to have been selected for this workshop and we would like to thank Dan Warren and Evan Economo for the organisation.
- Samantha Price’s talk “Can small decisions have big consequences when analyzing evolutionary morphology”.
- Christine Parent’s talk “Diversification and community assembly in the Galapagos islands”.
- The poster session where all participants showed off their research (major study organisms were fish and ants).
- Roundtable of all instructors discussing the current state of the fields of comparative biology.
- Amazing interactions with individuals from diverse backgrounds and research areas.
- Incredibly scenery! (the workshop was located at OIST Seaside house).
- The discovery of choco-rooms (“choc-mushrooms” in Japanese, kinoko no yama).