Dear Students,

We regret to announce that in light of the current COVID-19 situation we have made the decision to cancel the summer 2020 Analytical Paleobiology Workshop. Although we hope that the situation will be much improved by late June, we cannot ask students and instructors to make plans when there is so much uncertainty about the availability and safety of travel and accommodations. We will post information about future APW plans as soon as they are decided. Students who have already applied for the summer 2020 APW will automatically be considered for the next APW and can update their applications when new plans are finalized. We apologize for the disappointing news, and we appreciate your patience during this difficult period.

This 4-week workshop, with major support from NSF, aims to introduce graduate students to a range of analytical methods that are foundational to or at the cutting edge of paleobiological research. Topics, taught by rotating expert instructors, will include probability theory, maximum likelihood and Bayesian methods, resampling techniques, correlation and regression, multivariate statistics, methods of measuring biodiversity, morphometrics, phylogenetic methods, spatial and time-series analyses and other related topics. The workshop will also provide practical hands-on training in statistical programming and data analysis and visualization in R.

The 2020 edition of the workshop will be hosted at the University of California, Berkeley, California (USA), Monday June 29 thru Saturday July 24, 2020.

The call for applications will open on March 2, 2020 and close March 22, 2020. Admission decisions will be made in early April 2020.

PhD students from any degree-granting institution worldwide are eligible for admission. 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. Maximum enrollment is 15 students. Admission decisions will be based on student applications and recommendation letters.

The workshop is free for admitted applicants. We are pleased to inform you that lodging will be provided at little or no cost 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.

If you have questions about the workshop or the application process, please email Seth Finnegan (seth.finnegan -at-


The Initial Organizing Committee of the Analytical Paleobiology Short Workshop

Seth Finnegan (chair, 2020)
Shanan Peters
Wolfgang Kiessling
Rowan Lockwood
Charles Marshall
Alycia Stigall
Michal Kowalewski.