Analysis of Organismal Form
An introduction to morphometrics, delivered as a Web-based course
7 November – 16 December 2011
Instructor: Chris KlingenbergThe fee for the course is GBP 260.00 for external participants (those not enrolled in a course of study at the University of Manchester).
Course web site:
The deadline for pre-registration for this year's course is 18 September 2011.
The unit will be taught primarily via the web, with various opportunities for exchange and discussion.
- Data acquisition: the kinds of data and the equipment used to collect them.
- Definitions of size and shape
- Geometric methods to characterise shape from a configuration of landmark points
- Statistics of variation, scatter plots, basic multivariate statistics
- Principal component analysis
- Measurement error and outliers
- Shape transformations and 'warping' -- the thin plate spline
- Analysis of outline shapes
- Distinguishing between groups (taxonomy, clinical diagnosis, etc.)
- Allometry and size correction
- Influence of external factors on shape (ecomorphology, dose-response studies)
- Symmetric forms and measurement of asymmetry.
- Morphometric inferences on developmental processes
- Morphological integration, modularity
- Genetics of shape: analyses of resemblance between relatives, QTL analyses.
- Phylogeny: reconstructing the evolution of shape