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Evolutionary biology is a vibrant discipline that has never been more exciting. Technological and conceptual advances, such as genome sequencing and evolutionary developmental biology, are moving the field forward at breakneck speed. At the same time, application of evolutionary thinking to issues of societal concern, such as forensics or the origin of swine flu, has kept the field in the public’s eye. Of course, ongoing controversy about evolution makes public knowledge of the field important as well. What is particularly exciting right now is the nexus of two developments, which jointly allow an understanding of evolutionary processes never before possible. First is the ability to sequence entire genomes, and second is the means to study natural populations over long periods of time. Oxford Bibliographies in Evolutionary Biology guides scholarly research through the growing mass of unqualified academic output, offering selective annotated research paths that are insightful, increase productivity, and raise the level of quality in new scholarship.
Editor in Chief
Noah Whiteman is an evolutionary biologist at the University of California-Berkeley, where he is Professor of Integrative Biology and Molecular and Cell Biology. He holds affiliations at Berkeley with the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, Center for Computational Biology, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, Jepson and University Herbaria, and Essig Museum of Entomology. He has received awards and honors for his research contributions, including the Harvard University Distinction in Teaching Award and has been elected to the Royal Entomological Society, California Academy of Sciences, and Board of Directors of the Genetics Society of America. In 2020, Whiteman received a Guggenheim Fellowship to write Most Delicious Poison, his first book. He was raised in northeastern Minnesota, first in Duluth, and then at the edge of the vast Sax-Zim Bog wilderness, a relic of the last ice age. Trained as a botanist, entomologist, ornithologist, evolutionist, and geneticist, he began his scientific career in the Galápagos Islands where he studied the evolution of its famous birds and their parasites. His research laboratory at Berkeley now unravels the adaptations that drive plant-animal interactions. Whiteman’s pathbreaking research has been published widely in the scientific literature and featured by NPR, PBS, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, Scientific American, Popular Science, The Scientist. Since 2015, Whiteman has been recognized as an Outstanding Investigator by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and is devoted to helping create a more diverse, equitable, and just scientific research enterprise. He lives in Oakland, California with his husband.
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Genomes and the Evolution of Development
History of Evolutionary Thought
Phylogenetics and the History of Life
Selection and Adaptation
Speciation and Macroevolution
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