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  • How phenograms and cladograms became molecular phylogenetic trees

    How phenograms and cladograms became molecular phylogenetic trees

    Abstract: Tree diagrams are the prevailing form of visualization in biological classification and phylogenetics. Already during the time of the so called Systematist Wars from the mid-1960s until the 1980s most journal articles and textbooks published by systematists contained tree diagrams. Although this episode of systematics is well studied by historians and philosophers of biology,…

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  • Back to the stone age? Some thoughts on evolutionary explanations in infant care

    Back to the stone age? Some thoughts on evolutionary explanations in infant care

    When I was pregnant with my son, I was anxious when I thought about taking care of a helpless new-born because I didn’t have any experiences with infant care and felt ill-equipped for my job as a mother. So, I decided to do some research and acquire as much theoretical knowledge on infant care as…

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  • Why research management?

    Why research management?

    Supporting meaningful research The short answer is that I enjoy supporting scientific research, outreach activities and teaching on topics that I find interesting and that have societal value. For instance, the researchers in my team at the Chair of Nature Conservation and Landscape Ecology in Freiburg work on different topics in pollination ecology, landscape ecology,…

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