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 names are used outside the scientific literature. You can read more about Charles’ project in his blog post about it.
While Charles’ project and this FWO project have different aims and methods, there are also clear overlaps with what we are trying to do: investigate how problems in taxonomy affect biodiversity conservation, and how this may be resolved. So there’ll surely be lots of interesting avenues for working together!