An introduction to supersmartR

Date: September 10th 2019, 09.00-18.00

Place: Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Center, Carl Skottsbergs gata 22B, Gothenburg.

Description: We present a one-day workshop on a new platform for constructing phylogenetic trees, supersmartR. Like its predecessor, SUPERSMART, this new program aims to automate the process of phylogeny generation using a multiple-supermatrix and supertree approach but works entirely within the popular R environment. For the latest development information on supersmartR, check out its GitHub repository at: In this workshop, we will present the program as a whole and provide detailed tutorials for each of supersmartR’s individual modules (phylotaR, restez, outsider …). By the end of the workshop participants will have advanced their knowledge of R and learned how to identify and download orthologous sequence clusters from R; construct non-time-calibrated phylogenetic trees; download large subsections of GenBank to their local computer; and integrate non-R software into R pipelines. It is expected that participants have basic working knowledge of R and have experience of the tools required for constructing phylogenetic trees. There is a possibility of taking a course on an introduction to R ahead of this workshop.

Course teachers: Dominic J. Bennett and Matthias Obst

Recommended background: Basic knowledge and experience in R and phylogenetics.

Course level: PhD level (motivated Master’s students welcome)

Fee: No fee

Food: Lunch will be provided for all course participants

Application: A short motivation (5 lines stating goals and expectations) and a 1 page CV should be submitted to latest by 20th August 2019.

Contact: Dominic J. Bennett, Matthias Obst