Prestigious European grant to evolutionary biologist

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a grant of almost two million Euros to Associate Professor Lee Hsiang Liow, for a project that aims to bridge the huge conceptual gap between microevolution and macroevolution.

“The main objective of the new ERC project is to investigate whether changes over a few generations are important for the formation and extinction of species, which usually occur over much longer periods of time”, says associate professor Lee Hsiang Liow.

Liow is an Associate Professor at the Natural History Museum and the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES) at the University of Oslo (UiO).

Scientists study both evolutionary changes from one generation to the next (microevolution), and how and why species arise or become extinct (macroevolution). “But it is really challenging to link insights from these two fields of evolutionary biology. Macroevolution is likely more than repeated rounds of microevolution”, says Lee Hsiang Liow.

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Published Dec. 8, 2016 2:49 PM - Last modified Dec. 8, 2016 2:54 PM