Keynotes

We present you the invited speakers joining us for the XVI ENBE!

Marcelo Sánchez-Villagra

Paläontologisches Institut und Museum – Universität Zürich

The animal domestication process – an organismal perspective

Marcelo Sánchez-Villagra is Professor of Palaeobiology and Director of the Palaeontological Institute and Museum at the University of Zurich in Switzerland. His work concerns developmental evolution and morphological diversification in groups of vertebrate animals, and has addressed subjects related to the fossil record and the animal domestication process. Marcelo co-leads a team concerned with fieldwork-based palaeontological work in Venezuela.

Frank E. Zachos

Natural History Museum Vienna, Austria

Species in theory and practice – why taxonomy matters

Frank Zachos studied biology, history of science and philosophy in Kiel and Jena, Germany. He did his PhD in zoology in 2005, habilitation (zoology and evolutionary biology) in 2009, both at the University of Kiel. Since 2011 he has been Head of the Mammal Collection at the Natural History Museum Vienna, Austria, and since 2019 he has been full professor at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa. His zoological research interests are primarily biodiversity, taxonomy and conservation of mammals, particularly ungulates, and birds. A large part of Frank Zachos work is centered on red deer population genetics, taxonomy and biogeography and his theoretical interests are history and philosophy of biology, particularly the species problem and both its theoretical/philosophical and biological/practical aspects.