Toby Kiers

Toby Kiers is one of the winners of the Ammodo Science Awards 2019. She receives a monetary prize of 300,000 euro. The funds can be used to explore new directions in pure scientific research.

Toby Kiers is interested in the interaction between plants and micro-organisms in the soil. An active trade in nutrients takes place between roots and fungi which can be described using economic theory that is actually meant for human markets. Her original approach provides new insights into the evolution of societies in the natural world.

Toby Kiers is University Research Chair and Professor of Evolutionary Biology at Vrij University Amsterdam and Senior Research Associate at the University of Oxford.