Casper van der Kooi, Evolutionary Biologist at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, needs your votes to become New Scientist Science Talent of the Year this time!
In my research I study to understand how flowers and animals get their colours. I want to understand the mechanistic underpinnings of the beautiful flora and fauna around us, as well as how these colours evolve in the eyes of natural observers, such as pollinators or mates. I study this evolutionary question using techniques from biology (evolutionary theory, behavioural experiments) and physics (optics, anatomy).
I strive to make the world — and especially The Netherlands —a more biodiverse place, and colour is a beautiful way to visualise biodiversity. I use our scientific knowledge on ecology and evolution to advice policy makers and politicians, in the media, and write opinion pieces for newspapers. With my brother (an artist) I am currently working on a children’s book about plant evolution. This book is scheduled to appear mid 2024 with Lemniscaat Publishers.
Leonardo Arriagada Beltran conducted his PhD research on the interface of computer-generated art and the constantly evolving field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). He will defend his Phd thesis on 21 September. His research offers valuable insights...
Harish Vedantham and Casper van der Kooi have been nominated by New Scientist for Wetenschapstalent 2023 (Science Talent 2023). This election is meant to give young scientists and their research a stage.
No less than five promising PhD graduates from the University of Groningen will be able to conduct research at top institutes abroad for two years thanks to the Rubicon programme organized by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research...
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