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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
Claroideoglomus etunicatum Agriculture & Biology
fungus Earth & Environmental Sciences
Mytilus edulis Medicine & Life Sciences
Biodiversity Medicine & Life Sciences
cytoplasm Earth & Environmental Sciences

Projects 2014 2019

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

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


Project: Research direct

Research Output 2005 2019

  • 333 Citations
  • 9 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Book review

Considering intra­individual genetic heterogeneity to understand biodiversity

Boon, E., 2019, From assessing to conserving biodiversity: beyond the species approach. Casetta, E., Vecchi, D. & da Silva, J. M. (eds.). Springer

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

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
11 Citations

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
15 Citations

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
9 Citations

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

Recognition: OtherDiscipline relatedScientific


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

Eva Boon (Recipient), 1 Nov 2008

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

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Eva Boon (Recipient), 1 May 2009

Recognition: OtherScholarshipsScientific

Activities 2016 2017

Organisms: Living Systems and Processes

Boon, E. (Speaker)
10 Mar 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationContributed talkScientific

OSWZ 2017

Boon, E. (Organiser)
10 Nov 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

OZSW debat 2017

Boon, E. (Organiser)
19 Sep 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferencePopular

The spiral, the circle and the microbe: heredity and biological practice

Boon, E. (Speaker)
16 Jun 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationContributed talkScientific

Wat denkt de statisticus?

Boon, E. (Speaker)
21 Feb 2017

Activity: ConsultancyOutreachPopular

Press / Media

Het Experiment: Afvallen met bacteriën

Eva Boon


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment