Evolutionary biology of arenavirus-rodent interactions. University of Antwerp
Ecology, systematics and evolutionary biology of frog blood parasites in northern KwaZulu-Natal KU Leuven
Blood parasites have been recorded in a variety of vertebrate and invertebrate hosts, inhabiting both aquatic and terrestrial environments. Until this study, only a few blood parasite surveys had been carried out on frogs in sub-Saharan Africa. Thus information on the diversity of these parasites remained limited. To increase our knowledge of frog blood parasites, a large multi-approach study on the diversity, evolutionary biology, and ...
The conceptual integration of evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo) into neo-Darwinian evolutionary theory: the elaboration of a gene-selectionist (selfish gene) approach Ghent University
20th century neo-Darwinian evolutionary theory black-boxed the complex developmental processes leading from genotype to phenotype. Emerging in the 1980s, evo-devo, i.e. the evolutionary study of the developmental process itself, opened up the black box between genotype and phenotype. The major goal of 21st century evolutionary biology and bio-philosophy is the construction of an U+2018Extended Evolutionary SynthesisU+2019 (EES) incorporating ...
A bio-philosophical study of Darwinian selection versus Lamarckian instruction in contemporary evolutionary systems biology Ghent University
We will investigate the theoretical and empirical conditions for evolution by Darwinian natural selection versus Lamarckian instruction. The latter, 'pre-Darwinian' hypothesis on biological evolution is currently taken back into consideration in contemporary evolutionary systems biology. We will analyse its conceptual and empirical relationship to natural selection as well as the crucial heuristic role the Weismann barrier plays in this.
Evolutionary paleogenomics of Daphnia: reconstructing evolutionary responses to environmental change in wild populations. KU Leuven
Paleobiology of the Neogene Malacofauna of the African Rift Basins and implications for the evolutionary theory Ghent University
The African Rift lakes are called 'living laboratories of evolution'. Fine resolution freshwater mollusc sequences were recovered from three African rift basins. Although their paleoecosystems had a lot of characteristics in common, evolution of their malacofaunas happened differently. Paleoecological knowledge of these basins has the last decennia increased. Explaining the observed differences in tempo and mode of evolution becomes therefore ...
Evolutionary paths to adaptive divergence: The role of ancient and ongoing hybridisation in rapid speciation of sailfin silverside fishes. University of Antwerp
The Modern versus Extended Evolutionary Synthesis: an intra-genomic gene's eye view for the evolution-theoretic underpinning of molecular and developmental epigenetics Ghent University
Studying the phenotypic evolution of organisms in terms of populations of genes and genotypes, the Modern Synthesis (MS) conceptualizes biological evolution in terms of 'inter-organismal' interactions among genes sitting in the different individual organisms that constitute a population.
It 'black-boxes' the complex 'intra-organismic' molecular and developmental epigenetics that mediates between genotypes and phenotypes. To conceptually ...