1. Trace Fossils in Evolutionary Palaeoecology by Gabriela Mángano & Luis Buatois (University of Saskatchewan, Canada).
Duration: 2 days. Course description: The aim of this short course is to review some of the major evolutionary events in the history of life from an ichnologic perspective. Topics such as Ediacaran ecosystems, the Cambrian and Ordovician radiations, the colonization of the land, the end-Permian mass extinction and the Mesozoic Marine Revolution will be covered.
2. Arthropod Phylogeny by Greg Edgecombe (Natural History Museum, London, UK).
Duration: 1 day. Course description: This course will aim to integrate the anatomical and molecular evidence for how extant arthropods are inter-related with morphological data from the fossil record. The course is aimed at invertebrate palaeontologists who are interested in learning more about the neontological basis for arthropod phylogeny, as well as phylogenetics who are interested in exploring how different data sources intersect.
3. Micropalaeontology, Biostratigraphy and Palaeobathymetry in Petroleum Basins by Felix Gradstein (Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, Norway).
Duration: 2 days. Course description: The short course dealing with Petroleum Exploration geology, Micropalaeontology, Biostratigraphy and Palaeobathymetry in Petroleum Basins is designed to provide insight in the industrial utility of Mesozoic and Cenozoic shelly microfossil types and assemblages. This intensive course is intended for professionals and advanced students interested in applied Micropalaeontology.
4. Analytical Taphonomy by Michal Kowalewski (Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, USA).
Duration: 1 day. Course description: This short course will review research design strategies commonly applicable to taphonomic problems, examine common types of taphonomic variables, and provide an overview of quantitative methods particularly suitable for taphonomic analyses. Examples of data analyses using R and PAST will form an integral part of the course.
5. Stratigraphic Palaeobiology by Mark Patzkowsky (Pennsylvania State University, USA) & Steve Holland (University of Georgia, USA).
Duration: 1 day. Course description: This short course will introduce participants to basic sequence stratigraphic concepts and the influence of stratigraphic architecture on the distribution and abundance of fossils. The course will emphasize the interpretation of origination and extinction patterns, morphological evolution, partitioning of diversity, and gradient ecology in the context of a sequence stratigraphic framework.