In my research, I study epistemic practices in ecology and evolution. Ultimately, I am interested in the question of scientific quality – how can we assess and promote scientific quality? In my view, these questions are pressing right now because it is no longer clear what types of research to fund and promote, and according to which criteria (witness the "Science in Transition" debate, or the setting up of a “Research Agenda” in the Netherlands). In my research, I address the epistemic practices in ecology and evolution by simultaneously paying close attention to the historical development of the field, actual research, as well as peer-review and funding practices.
In 2005, I completed a PhD at the University of Bergen focused on understanding and assessing explanatory pluralism concerning the evolution of sexual reproduction; the “Queen of problems in evolutionary biology”. Since then, I have continued to do transdisciplinary scholarly work on the intersection between biology, philosophy and gender studies.
- Meirmans S., Meirmans P.G. & Kirkendall L.R. (2012), The costs of sex: Facing real-world complexities, The Quarterly Review of Biology 87(1): 19-40.
- Meirmans S. & Strand R. (2010), Why are there so many theories for sex, and what do we do with them?, Journal of Heredity 101: 3-12.
- Meirmans S. (2009), The evolution of the paradox of sex. In: Schoen I., Martens K., Dijk P. van (Eds.) Lost sex. The evolutionary biology of parthenogenesis.: Springer press. 21-46.
- Neiman M., Meirmans S. & Meirmans P.G. (2009), What can asexual lineage age tell us about the maintenance of sex?, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1168: 185-200.
- Meirmans S. (2008), Joan Roughgarden. In: Mortensen E., Egeland C., Gressgård R., Holst C., Jegerstedt K., Rosland S., Sampson K. (Eds.) Kjønnsteori.: Gyldendal Akademisk. 333-339.
- Meirmans S. & Neiman M. (2006), Methodologies for testing a pluralist idea for the maintenance of sex, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 89(4): 605-613.
- Meirmans S., Skorping A., Løyning M.K. & Kirkendall L.R. (2006), On the track of the Red Queen: bark beetles, their nematodes, local climate and geographic parthenogenesis, Journal of Evolutionary Biology 19: 1939-1947.
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