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Tom Artois

Principal Investigator

Tom Artois is professor in Zoology: Biodiversity and Toxicology at Hasselt University. His research focuses in the first place on the taxonomy, phylogeny and biogeography of turbellarians (free-living flatworms) in general and rhabdocoels in particular. He also studies the effects of green roofs and green walls in urbanized environments on urban biodiversity, and the breeding and foraging ecology, habitat use and populations structure in animals that are relevant as umbrella species for the often threatened habitat they live in, or are important from the viewpoint of society.

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Andreas De Block

Principal Investigator

Andreas De Block is full professor at the Institute of Philosophy (KU Leuven), where he is a member of the Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science. He is interested in philosophical psychology, philosophy of medicine and philosophy of biology. His research focuses mostly on the interface of science and culture, and on the philosophical assumptions and consequences of sex research.

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Thomas Reydon

Principal Investigator

Thomas Reydon is Professor of Philosophy of Science and Technology in the Institute of Philosophy of Leibniz University Hannover (Germany) with a second appointment in the Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences of that same university. He is also a Visiting Scholar in the Socially Engaged Philosophy of Science (SEPOS) group at Michigan State University. He conducts research in philosophy of the life and social sciences, in biology and society, and in research ethics, with particular focus on explanations in evolutionary science, the use of evolutionary thinking outside biology, classification in the sciences, and connections between biological classification and nature conservation.

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Vincent Cuypers

PhD Student

Vincent first read philosophy, then ecology and conservation biology and works on this project to obtain a PhD degree. His contribution to the project consists of developing case-studies relating to taxonomic disorder in various taxa, mainly through literature review, qualitative interviewing and lab observation, and subsequent bridging with conservation practice. Further interests include notably the ecology of agro-ecosystems and farmland biodiversity conservation.

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Stijn Conix

Postdoctoral Researcher

Stijn, trained as a philosopher of science, works on biological classification, values in science, and questions in which these two topics intersect. For the Values & Taxonomy-project, he explores how methods from the digital humanities can be used to examine the role of values in taxonomy. In addition, he is interested in problems caused by disorder in species classifications, and investigates if and how standardized species lists could solve these problems.

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