Armin Moczek

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Armin Moczek is professor of Biology at Indiana University, Bloomington.He wrties: I am an evolutionary developmental biologist broadly interested in understanding why and how developmental evolution has unfolded the way it has, why and how novel complex traits originated when they did, and the future of developmental evolution on a rapidly changing planet. In all of this I pay particular attention to the mechanisms and consequences of developmental plasticity, which growing evidence implicates as a key enabler of evolutionary diversification. More recently I have also become interested in symbiosis and niche construction as additional facilitators of evolutionary change. Lastly, in a somewhat parallel life I study - in collaboration with colleagues at IU's School of Education - the teaching and learning of complex systems in young children, and am heavily invested in science outreach and minority recruitment into STEM.