Understanding Taxonomic Disorder

We investigate how values influence species classifications, how this affects the different uses to which these classifications are put, and how any problems caused by this value-ladenness may be resolved. This interdisciplinary project, involving biologists and philosophers, is funded by the Flemish Research Council.

All photos of non-human animals on this website have been made by biologist / philosopher / photographer / friend of the project Frank Zachos. All photos of non-human plants have been made by Vincent Cuypers.

Recent news

Charles Pence’s Project on ‘Conceptual Uncertainty in Biodiversity and Taxonomy’

Charles Pence, who works (almost) across the road at Louvain-La-Neuve and has been a close collaborator in our research on taxonomic disorder, will be running a research project on ‘Conceptual Uncertainty in Biodiversity and Taxonomy’ starting from 2021 on. Charles’ project will analyze the taxonomic literature and look extensively at how taxon concepts and taxonomic…

State of affairs

Various research lines are in full development: an update. One of our research lines consists of interviewing taxonomists, to investigate how theoretical entities like species concepts and taxonomic methods operate in practice. Arguably, something as a species concept is a living thing, as each taxonomist interprets and applies species concepts in his or her own…

Monthly meeting

Today, members of the project convened for the first (digital) meeting of 2021. We were happy to be joined by professor Charles Pence of the Universit√© Catholique de Louvain, who is starting up an adjacent project in his lab on ‘Mapping and Responding to Taxonomic Disorder’. The main of the project, which is funded by…