Dear Students,

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2018 Analytical Paleobiology Summer Course. To apply for course admission and also to learn more about the course and application process, please visit our website at

This 4-week course, sponsored by the NSF, the Paleontological Society, and the EarthRates RCN NSF initiative is designed to introduce graduate students to a range of analytical methods that are foundational to or at the cutting edge of paleobiological research. The topics, taught sequentially by rotating expert instructors, will include probability theory, maximum likelihood and Bayesian methods, resampling techniques, correlation and regression, multivariate ordinations and tests, methods of measuring biodiversity, morphometrics, phylogenetic methods, spatial and time-series analyses and other related topics. The course will also provide practical hands-on training in statistical programming and data visualization in R.

The 2018 edition of the course will be hosted at the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL, USA) from THURSDAY JULY 19 thru WEDNESDAY AUGUST 15, 2018.

PhD students from any degree-granting institution worldwide are eligible for admission. Fostering diversity is a key goal, and students from groups underrepresented in paleobiology are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications from junior scientists who completed their PhD recently and from future PhD students (i.e., advanced undergraduate students and MS students interested in research-oriented careers in paleontology) will also be considered. The maximum course enrollment is 15 students. Admission decisions will be based on student applications and recommendation letters.

The course is free for admitted applicants. Also, we are pleased to inform you that lodging will be provided free of charge to all participants. Financial aid to assist participants with travel costs may be available, but we encourage applicants to pursue additional funding at their home institution or other sources.

To submit your application, please visit Applications and recommendation letters are due on April 1, 2018. Admission decisions will be made before the end of April 2018.

If you have questions about the course or the application process, please email Michal Kowalewski at
The Initial Organizing Committee of the Analytical Paleobiology Short Course

Michal Kowalewski (chair, 2018)
Seth Finnegan
Wolfgang Kiessling
Rowan Lockwood
Charles Marshall
Shanan Peters
Alycia Stigall.