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In this Ph.D. project, I look at inference in biological and cultural evolution. I combine various schools of philosophy of science with the expertise I acquired as a researcher in biology to address the question of how epistemic and ontological constraints shape the kinds of questions we ask in evolutionary sciences. Through various case studies, I attempt to arrive at a view of evolutionary studies as science in practise.

My work in biology centred on the use of genome information to delineate and study biological entities, working in an array of biological disciplines such as marine biology, speciation and population genetics, fungal genomics, microbial ecology and human microbiomics.

Education/Academic qualification

University of Groningen

1 Sep 200331 Aug 2005

Universite de Montreal

1 Jan 20071 May 2012

University of Groningen

1 Sep 200031 Aug 2003

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mycorrhizal fungi Agriculture & Biology
Fungi Medicine & Life Sciences
Microbiota Medicine & Life Sciences
fungus Earth & Environmental Sciences
Mytilus edulis Medicine & Life Sciences
Biodiversity Medicine & Life Sciences
biodiversity Agriculture & Biology
Claroideoglomus etunicatum Agriculture & Biology

Projects 2014 2019

Darwinizing culture: The status of cultural evolutionary theory as a science

Vaesen, K., Boon, E., Gerrits, E., Vromans - Staps, I., Vromans - Staps, I., Vereggen - Tielemans, T. & Vereggen - Tielemans, T.


Project: Research direct

Research Output 2005 2019

  • 380 Citations
  • 9 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Book review
13 Downloads (Pure)

Considering intra-­individual genetic heterogeneity to understand biodiversity

Boon, E., 9 Apr 2019, From assessing to conserving biodiversity: conceptual and practical challenges. Casetta, E., da Silva, J. M. & Vecchi, D. (eds.). Springer, p. 219-232 (History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences; vol. 24).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
ecological function

A remarkable journey: the story of evolution

Boon, E., 21 Dec 2016, In : International Studies in the Philosophy of Science. 30, 1, p. 88-90

Research output: Contribution to journalBook reviewAcademic

Reaktion Books
Paul Thompson
18 Citations (Scopus)
63 Downloads (Pure)

BioMiCo : a supervised Bayesian model for inference of microbial community structure

Shafiei, M., Dunn, K. A., Boon, E., MacDonald, S. M., Walsh, D. A., Gu, H. & Bielawski, J. P., 2015, In : Microbiome. 3, 8, p. 1-15

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional

Open Access
17 Citations (Scopus)
81 Downloads (Pure)

Studying genome heterogeneity within the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal cytoplasm

Boon, E., Halary, S., Bapteste, E. & Hijri, M., 2015, In : Genome Biology and Evolution. 7, 2, p. 505-521 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
mycorrhizal fungi
13 Citations (Scopus)
38 Downloads (Pure)

Allelic differences within and among sister spores of the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus Glomus etunicatum suggest segregation at sporulation

Boon, E., Zimmerman, E., St-Arnaud, M. & Hijri, M., 2013, In : PLoS ONE. 8, 12, 11 p., e83301.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Claroideoglomus etunicatum
mycorrhizal fungi


NASPGHAN Foundation Young Investigator Development Award

Eva Boon (Recipient), 2013

Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedScientific


Prix d’excellence de Département des Sciences Biologiques, Université de Montréal

Eva Boon (Recipient), 1 Nov 2008

Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Eva Boon (Recipient), 1 May 2009

Prize: OtherScholarshipsScientific

Activities 2016 2019

Hoe verandert cultuur?

Eva Boon (Organiser), Krist Vaesen (Organiser)
5 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionPopular

OSWZ 2017

Eva Boon (Organiser)
10 Nov 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

In what sense is Lateral Gene Transfer random, and why does it matter?

Eva Boon (Speaker)
3 Oct 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

OZSW debat 2017

Eva Boon (Organiser)
19 Sep 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferencePopular

European Society for Philosophy of Science 2017

Eva Boon (Chair)
6 Sep 20179 Sep 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

Press / Media

Het Experiment: Afvallen met bacteriën

Eva Boon


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

When science gets overhyped

E. Boon


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment