This workshop will provide an overview of recent theoretical and methodological developments for modeling the complex evolutionary dynamics that have shaped the structure of contemporary biodiversity. Theoretical work at the interface between ecology and evolutionary studies will be presented, as well as its applications to empirical data. This will include mathematical and probabilistic modeling, statistical methodologies, and new insights obtained from biological data. Accordingly, the workshop will gather a variety of participants within the fields of probability, statistics, ecology and evolutionary biology, and working on the following themes:
- Likelihood-based phylogenetic tests of macroevolutionary hypotheses, based on models of diversification patterns incorporating density dependence, heterogeneity among lineages and species selection effects, as well as various models of trait evolution.
- Ecophylogenetics, and theories such as the neutral theory of biodiversity, for deriving macroevolutionary models of species distribution and turnover from first principles of community ecology.
- Adaptive dynamics and other models of evolving biodiversity, for linking micro-evolution and adaptation with global ecological patterns.
- Probabilistic models of phylogeography, and their role in our understanding of biodiversity gradients.