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.
Leuven workshop on ‘Taxonomic Disorder’
The name Orestias elegans refers to both a species of pupfish and orchids. Such ‘hemihomonymy’ (when a plant and an animal share a Linnaean name) poses obvious problems when storing data connected to these groups and making it available for users searching for data by species name. This way, it poses a challenge to bioinformaticians…
New paper: Why resolving taxonomic disorder is important
A new paper is out in the special issue on taxonomic disorder & list governance in Organisms, Diversity and Evolution. This one illustrates the consequences of taxonomic disorder with examples from a range of different taxa, and shows how list governance could have avoided these consequences. Here’s the abstract, the paper should be free to…
Project weekend in Oignies-en-Thiérache
Between september 12 and 14, we’ve planned a 3-day joint meeting of the FWO project and Charles Pence’s FNRS project. The meeting will take place in Oignies-en-Thiérache, a quiet village in the middle of the Viroin-Hermeton natural park that is home to a range of rare species. It’ll be the perfect location to make rapid…
Note: 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.