In hard times, when monney dries out insane, budgets equilibria theory ends up threatening real positions. Universities are no exception. This is apparently what’s going to happen at the university of Leiden, where academic positions will eventually disappear soon. And guess what? All the threatened positions concern evolutionary biologists (and no molecular biologists for example). To the point that the evolutionary ecology classes will also dramatically regress or disappear.
There’s a petition to sign, if you want to save evolutionary biology (from extinction) in the Netherlands:
Hopefully this will reverse the trend and ponder crisis effects globally among disciplines, not just this unfairly on a single one.
The following evolutionary biologists will be fired or cannot continue their research: Jacques van Alphen, Tom Van Dooren, Frietson Galis, Sacha Gultyaev, Patsy Haccou, Ken Kraaijeveld, Femmie Kraaijeveld, Hans Metz (retired, but still very active) and Rino Zandee. This list contains a Marie Curie professor of Excellence (JVA), the president of the European Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology (FG) and the executive vice-president of the European Society of Evolutionary Biology (PH).
Although evolutionary biology will be heavily cut, molecular biology will be spared. This is part of an alarming national trend. As a result in Utrecht, which has the largest biology teaching program, hardly any evolutionary biologist is left since Gerdien de Jong retired. As a result many biology students will lack the necessary basic training in biology. Most research into the effects of climate change and biodiversity losses will need to be carried out abroad.