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bridges vol. 11, September 2006 / News from the Network: Austrian Researchers Abroad
by Christian Hederer
Even among the exclusive group of scientists working at America's most prestigious research institutions, Günter Wagner, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Yale University, is something of a rare species. Given his position, you might think that a scientific career of more than 20 years in several areas of influential, cutting-edge research is not that unusual. Less common, though, is the breadth of intellectual outlook he has retained despite a general trend towards ever narrower specialization: "Like in the days of the giants, Günter is a polymath whose intellectual curiosity extends far beyond the scope of his immediate research interests," says Robert Leclerc, a researcher at the "Wagner Lab," his main research unit. Karen D. Crow, another Lab researcher, agrees: "Dr. Wagner is able to recall information from a developmental, biochemical, and evolutionary perspective to fully evaluate the merit of an idea."
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