PD Dr Klaus Reinhardt
University of Tuebingen
Institute for Evolution and Ecology
Phone: +49 7071 29 74854
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Department of Evolutionary Neuroethology
1) To strengthen the role of science in the German society. Evidence-based approaches should be the norm, not the exception, in politics, in economy, in medicine, in administration. Such critical thinking requires specific teaching.
2) To strengthen the role of evolution in biology and medicine. Evolution is more than beak variation in Galapagos finches. For example, can you see what's wrong with the following textbook statements:
Only individuals that are best adapted to the environment, will survive and leave the most offspring.
The male peacock's train evolved so males can attract more females.
Feathers evolved to improve thermoregulation.
3) In evolutionary ecology, to study how conflicts shape phenotypic variation and propel evolutionary change.
To study the fundamental bottleneck of evolution: sperm function.