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Trait-Based Ecology: from theory to R tools



29. octobre 202129 octobre 2021, 17:00


University of Neuchâtel, Faculty of Science, UniMail


Marco Moretti (WSL) & Sergio Rasman (unine)


Francesco de Bello & Lars Götzenberger



Type de manifestation:

Congrès et conférences

You can find more information on the course website of the Universtiy of Neuchâtel.

Objectives and Content

The course will provide an introduction to key aspects and methods of trait-based ecology.

Lectures will particularly focus on analysis of traits at both species and community levels, including a guideline on how to choose indices of functional diversity and how to apply them to assess trait variations across environmental gradients, drivers of species coexistence and biodiversity effects on ecosystem services.

An overview of existing methods, including recent developments authored by the lecturers, will be provided during the course with the corresponding theoretical background. The lecturers will also present their book 'Handbook of Trait-Based Ecology', by Cambridge University Press, together will all published R material.

Participants will learn how to apply different methods directly using R. Specifically, time will be provided during the course for students to apply these tools either on their own data or using data provided by the lecturer. The aim of the course is for participants to develop a solid basis of existing concepts, tools and trends in functional ecology and guide them to apply this approach to their own field of interest.

General Information

Date and time: 26th to 29th October 2021, 09:00 - 17:00

Detailed program: (as of 10th June 2021) available here.

Venue: University of Neuchâtel, Faculty of Science, UniMail, room TBA - (or online if covid situation still doesn't allow onsite activities)

ECTS: 2 (given full attendance and active participation)

Registration fees: free for PhD students enrolled in the Doctoral Program in Organismal Biology at the Universtiy of Neuchâtel and free for PhD students from WSL.

Travel and accomodation reimbursement: only for PhD students enrolled in the Doctoral Program in Organismal Biology. PhD students from WSL: please ask your lab head to cover your expenses (just like when you participate in a conference).


  • familiarity with R
  • own laptop with working internet connection (eduroam available) and recent version of R installed
  • Motivation: upon registration, please write a 150-word motivation paragraph to describe why you would like to attend this workshop and in which way it will be useful for your project.

Book discount: The workshop's lecturers recently published the book Handbook of Trait-Based Ecology. The book is not required to attend this workshop. But thanks to the lecturers, you can get a copy at a reduced rate with this voucher. Go to this website and toward the end of the online purchasing, before clicking "Proceed to Payment", at the bottom right side of the page you can enter the Promotional Code.


Francesco de Bello, University of Valencia, Spain

Lars Götzenberger, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice and Czech Academy of Sciences, Třeboň, Czech Republic


Registration is only possible via the course website of the Universtiy of Neuchâtel. Registration deadline is 19th September 2021. Please consult the course website of the Universtiy of Neuchâtel  for more details.