“Putting the extended evolutionary synthesis to the test”

Kevin Laland on receiving a £5.7m three-year grant from the John Templeton Foundation for the project “Putting the extended evolutionary synthesis to the test”.

The grant, which is led by the University of St Andrews, will fund 22 linked research projects to be carried out by an international team of 50 experts at eight universities, including Cambridge, Stanford, Lund, Indiana, Southampton, Clark, and the Santa Fe Institute.

Project PIs also include David Paterson, Graeme Ruxton, Maria Dornelas and Andy Gardner, whose projects will explore a variety of evolutionary and ecological questions, focused on to what extent developmental plasticity and niche construction can account for evolutionary diversity and complexity.

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