Evolutionary Systematics -Glaubrecht Working Group
We here use evolutionary systematics (ES) to describe a modern approach in systematic research that is based on the application of principles of phylogenetics (using both morphological and molecular data as they are available) in order to study the taxonomic diversity as well as the morphological disparity including the underlying genetic variability, with special focus on the causation of evolutionary transformation and the origin of new species and species groups (see e.g. Glaubrecht 2010). Thus, ES is to be understood as a discipline that is neither based only on taxonomy (i.e. collection, description, naming and classification) nor on phylogeny or cladistics alone, but combines these approaches in a synergistic fashion with the aim to gain insights into the underlying evolutionary processes. A major focus of ES is microsystematics, i.e. studying species and species groups, supplemented by studies e.g. on historical biogeography.
Evolutionssystematik limnischer Gastropoden (Habilitationsschrift Matthias Glaubrecht 2011)