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Dr. Barbara Fischer

Postdoc Researcher & Lecturer

Email, Phone: +43-1-4277-56706

I am an evolutionary biologist at the Department of Theoretical Biology of the University of Vienna. I study phenotypic evolution using theoretical and empirical approaches. My work centers on the classical problem of adaptation vs. constraint in evolution: Why are some traits easily adapted by evolution, while others are not? 


More recently, my work concentrates on the evolution of birth in humans. I study how such a difficult birth process could evolve and why it has persisted, despite the high mortality and morbidity associated with it.


I am also a dedicated teacher and I enjoy communicating science and writing articles for a non-scientific audience.

Please have a look at my personal website for more information.

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