Unit for Theoretical Biology

Unit for Theoretical Biology

The work in our unit is motivated by theoretical and conceptual questions in organismal evolutionary biology. Systemic properties of organisms, such as developmental and physiological processes, as well as their interactions with the environment, strongly influence their ability to respond to selection and to evolve. Our goal is to identify and understand these interactions in order to explain how the enormous diversity of life has evolved and continues to evolve. In pursuit of this general goal, we apply and advance theoretical, biometric, comparative, and experimental research methods.

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