Keynote Geerat Vermeij: The economy of nature

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Describing the interactions between organisms in nature as an economic system is not a novel idea in the world of science. However, evolutionary biologist Geerat Vermeij succeeded to define a theory that characterizes the entire history of life and the evolution of ecosystems as an economic system.

Date and time: Sat 29 april, 19:45 – 21:30
Location: auditorium, Natlab, Eindhoven
Accessible with a day ticket (€25,00 – regular / €20,00 – student), or passe-partout (Early Bird €50) for Economia festival, which gives you access to all program items (except the Masterclass).

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Vermeij’s book Nature: An Economic History (2004) is the result of decades of research in the field of evolutionary biology. The book describes Vermeij’s theory that the phenomena that make up the forces and connections responsible for the history of life, are economy in action.

Geerat Vermeij is a distinguished Professor of marine ecology and paleoecology at the University of California, and one of the master naturalists of our time. Over the years, he has published over 250 scientific papers and six books. Perhaps best known for his work documenting the arms race between long-extinct species of molluscs and their predators, Vermeij has advanced the fields of paleobiology by addressing the profound influences organisms have on each other’s evolutionary histories.

april 29 2017


Datum: 29 april 2017
Tijd: 19:45 - 21:30
Prijs: €20
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