The European Research Council funds macroevolutionary research at the University of Oslo
Assoc. Prof. Lee Hsiang Liow at the Natural History Museum and the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, University of Oslo has been awarded an European Research Council Consolidator Grant (ERC CoG) by the European Research Council for her project macroevolution.abc. The awarded 1.99 million Euros will allow her to erect a model system for studying long-term evolutionary dynamics.
Lee Hsiang Liow. Photo: Kjetil Lysne Voje
The European Research Council (ERC) supports top quality research through competitive funding. ERC CoGs are specially designed to help researchers establish their research teams in Europe and are, like other ERC grants, based solely on scientific excellence.
The new model system for studying evolution proposed by Lee Hsiang is a group of largely marine colonial organisms called bryozoans. Bryozoans have an excellent but understudied fossil record that will give insights into reproductive rates, survival and competition over millions of years. Lee Hsiang and her team will collect such information and combine these with knowledge of living bryozoan species to understand how and why species wax and wane over time.
Project title: Abiota, Biota, Constraints in Macroevolutionary Processes