MGSE research areas
The MGSE is devoted to the interdisciplinary study of evolution on multiple scales and levels. It is based on the broad definition of evolution as a gradual development that may lead to a more advanced or complex form. Evolution turned the earth from an inanimate planet into the world we know today, evolution produced today’s biodiversity from an unstructured mixture of abiotic chemicals, and evolution of the human body and culture has driven the emergence of modern human societies. Importantly, this concept is neither restricted to biological evolution, nor to the Darwinian process of evolution through heritable variation and selection.
The scientific agenda of MGSE can be partitioned into six main topics. These main topics contain the evolutionary research foci of the PIs of MGSE, and are visualized above.