Paul Wennekes

Paul Wennekes


Position: Phd-stud., School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading, UK


About me
After doing my Bachelors Degree at the Rijksuniveriteit Groningen in Ecology and Evolution, I did a double Master degree at Université Montpellier 2 and Uppsala Universitet. During this period I became more and more interested in the interaction between humans and other species, as well as in phylogenetics. Being able to use genetic information to look back in time allows us to unravel the history of a species, and sometimes even get some insight in the historical interactions with other species. This makes me realise I live in a very special time, and I am thrilled to take part in it, and contribute to it.

Why did you want to become part of MedPlant?
Studying the link between phylogeny and traditional use of plants offers a great combination of my two biggest interests. The fact that it’s part of a vibrant international network really lifts if to another level.

What do you hope to achieve as part of MedPlant?
I hope to help gain insight into the how and why of traditional plant use, and to explore what role the evolutionary relatedness of different plants plays in it.

What do you hope to do after MedPlant?
I aspire to develop my skills as a more and more independent researcher, and I hope to continue my career in academia.