Editors for Evolutionary Biology

We aim to publish studies that present major new insights into patterns and processes in any field of evolutionary biology. This includes comparative genomics, population genetics, ecology, behavior, morphology, evolution of developmental processes, palaeontology, experimental evolution and evolutionary theory. We welcome also papers that revisit long established evolutionary paradigms in the light of new evidence. Read the latest research in this subject area.

Senior editors

  1. Ian Baldwin

    Ian Baldwin

    Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany

    Ian Baldwin studied biology and chemistry at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire and graduated 1981 with an AB. In 1989, he received a PhD in Chemical Ecology from Cornell University, in the Section of Neurobiology and Behavior. He was an Assistant (1989), Associate (1993) and Full Professor (1996) in the Department of Biology at SUNY Buffalo. In 1996 he became the Founding Director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, where he now heads of the Department of Molecular Ecology. In 1999 he was appointed Honorary Professor at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany. In 2002 he founded the International Max Planck Research School at the Max Planck Institute in Jena. Baldwin's scientific work is devoted to understanding the traits that allow plants to survive in the real world. To achieve this, he has developed a molecular toolbox for the native tobacco, Nicotiana attenuata (coyote tobacco) and a graduate program that trains “genome-enabled field biologists” to combine genomic and molecular genetic tools with field work to understand the genes that matter for plant-herbivore, -pollinator, -plant, -microbial interactions under real-world conditions. He has also been a driver behind the open-access publication efforts of the Max Planck Society.

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    evolutionary biology
    plant biology
    evolution and ecology
    secondary metabolism
    organismic level gene function
    Competing interests statement
    Ian Baldwin has received funding from the Max Planck Society, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the US National Science Foundation, the AW Mellon Foundation, the European Research Council, and the Human Frontiers Science Program Organization. He currently serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Integrated Plant Biology; and previously, Oecologia, Ecological Studies Series, Chemoecology, and The Plant Journal. He serves on the advisory boards of the Copenhagen Plant Science Centre, Lytle Preserve, Brigham Young University, and more MPG programs than can be listed; and previously, the Institute of the Chemistry and Dynamics of the Geosphere, Jülich, the Minerva Center for Arid Ecosystems Research, Hebrew University, the Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin, the Swiss NSF Priority Program "Plant Survival in Natural and Agricultural Ecosystems”, and the DFG Priority Programs "Biological radiations" and "Trophic interactions and dynamics of communities".
  2. Diethard Tautz

    Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Germany

    Diethard Tautz is since 2006 Director of the Department for Evolutionary Genetics at the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön, Germany. He did his PhD at the EMBL in Heidelberg, followed by postdoc phases on molecular evolution in Cambridge (UK) and on the molecular analysis of developmental processes in Drosophila at the MPI for Developmental Biology in Tübingen, where he joined the group of Herbert Jäckle. In 1991 he became Professor in the Department of Zoology in Munich and in 1998 he moved to a chair in "Evolutionary Genetics" at the Department of Genetics of the University of Cologne. In his research, he combined his interests in molecular evolution and developmental biology, and was one of the founders of the emerging Evo-Devo field. In parallel, he worked on questions of behavioral ecology and speciation mechanisms, based on his discovery of microsatellite-based DNA fingerprinting. His current interests center around studying the genetics of adaptations, using wild populations of the house mouse as a model system. He is also continuing his work on molecular evolution, with a special emphasis on the de novo evolution of genes. He has served as Editor-in-Chief for Development, Genes and Evolution, and was a co-founder of the open-access journal Frontiers in Zoology.

    Expertise
    Evolutionary Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    evolutionary genetics
    population genomics
    molecular evolution
    evolution of development
    comparative genomics
    adaptation
    behavioral ecology
    speciation
    Experimental organism
    mouse
    Competing interests statement
    Diethard Tautz is funded by the Max-Planck Society and the European Research Council. He currently serves as Senior Editor for Molecular Ecology and on the editorial board of Frontiers in Zoology, Development Genes and Evolution, and Briefings in Functional Genomics and Proteomics. He served on a number of Max-Planck committees and on the evaluation committees for academic institutions.
  3. Detlef Weigel

    Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany

    Detlef Weigel received his PhD in 1988 from the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology. After postdoctoral work at the California Institute of Technology, he joined the faculty of the Salk Institute in 1993. Since 2002, he has been director of the Department of Molecular Biology at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology. His current research interests focus on natural genetic variation and evolutionary genomics of plants. Examples of recent important projects are the 1001 Genomes project for Arabidopsis thaliana, and the systematic dissection of deleterious epistasis between Arabidopsis strains due to autoimmunity. Among the awards he has received are the Young Investigator Award of the National Science Foundation, the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Award of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, and the Otto Bayer Award. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Royal Society.

    Expertise
    Plant Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    natural variation
    epigenetics
    evolutionary genomics
    plant biology
    genomics
    evolutionary biology
    immunity
    Experimental organism
    A. thaliana
    Competing interests statement
    Detlef Weigel has received funding from the Max Planck Society, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the Foundation of the State of Baden-Württemberg, the German Ministry for Education and Research, the European Commission, the Human Frontiers Science Program Organization, and several US Federal agencies. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Annual Review of Cell and Developmental Biology and Genome Biology. He is Chair of EMBO Council, and is serving or has recently served on the Advisory Boards of the Epigenomics of Plants International Consortium, Bayer Crop Science, The Arabidopsis Information Resource, Flanders Institute of Biotechnology, Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, and the Sainsbury Laboratory. He is a co-founder of Computomics and CeMet.
  4. Patricia Wittkopp

    University of Michigan, United States

    Patricia Wittkopp received a BS from the University of Michigan, a PhD from the University of Wisconsin, and did postdoctoral work at Cornell University. In 2005, she began a faculty position at the University of Michigan, where she is now an Arthur F Thurnau Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, and LSA Honors Program. Her research investigates the genetic basis of phenotypic evolution, with an emphasis on the evolution of gene expression. Molecular and developmental biology, population and quantitative genetics, genomics and bioinformatics are integrated in this work. She was a Damon Runyon Cancer Research Fellow, an Alfred P Sloan Research Fellow, Guggenheim Fellow, and a recipient of a March of Dimes Starter Scholar Award, the Margaret Dayhoff Mid-Career Award from the Society of Molecular Biology and Evolution, and the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    evolutionary genetics
    evolution and development
    gene expression
    regulatory networks
    allele-specific expression
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
    S. cerevisiae
    Competing interests statement
    Patricia Wittkopp has received research support from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, March of Dimes, Alfred P Sloan Foundation, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She is currently an Associate Editor of Molecular Biology and Evolution and GENETICS, and serves on the Advisory Editorial Board of Trends in Genetics.

Reviewing editors

  1. Catherine Carr

    University of Maryland, United States

    Expertise
    Neuroscience
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    auditory
    evolution
    temporal coding
    comparative
    Experimental organism
    birds
    reptiles
  2. Vincent Castric

    Université de Lille, France

    Expertise
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    population and evolutionary genomics
    plant mating systems
    small regulatory RNAs
    systems biology
    Experimental organism
    Arabidopsis
  3. Virginie Courtier-Orgogozo

    Université Paris-Diderot CNRS, France

    Expertise
    Evolutionary Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    genotype-phenotype
    evolutionary genetics
    morphological evolution
    physiological evolution
    gene drive
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
  4. Iain D Couzin

    Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Germany

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    bird flocks
    fish schools
    insect swarms
    consensus decision-making
    collective behavior
    evolution of migration
  5. Noah J Cowan

    The Johns Hopkins University, United States

    Expertise
    Neuroscience
    Evolutionary Biology
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Research focus
    sensorimotor control
    active sensing
    navigation
    biomechanics
    robotics
    control theory
    motor learning
  6. Claude Desplan

    New York University, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    evo-devo
    neural development
    retina
    vision
    color vision
    stochasticity
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
    ants
  7. Samuel L Díaz-Muñoz

    University of California, Davis, United States

    Expertise
    Evolutionary Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    social evolution
    reassortment
    experimental evolution
    genomics
    sex
    environmental microbiology
    behavior
  8. Michael Doebeli

    University of British Columbia, Canada

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    mathematical modelling
    evolution of diversity
    social insects
    ecology and evolution of microbial communities
  9. David Donoso

    Escuela Politécnica Nacional, Ecuador

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    biodiversity
    ecosystem ecology
    community ecology
    global warming
    soil organisms
    tropical forests
  10. Dieter Ebert

    University of Basel, Switzerland

    Expertise
    Evolutionary Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    coevolution
    experimental evolution
    host-parasite interactions
    population genetics
    balancing selection
    evolution
    biogeography
    Experimental organism
    Daphnia
  11. Laurent Keller

    University of Lausanne, Switzerland

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    evolution
    social behaviour
    ants
    genetics
    social networks
    Experimental organism
    ants
    social insects
    D. melanogaster
  12. Shigehiro Kuraku

    RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research, Japan

    Expertise
    Evolutionary Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Developmental Biology
    Research focus
    molecular evolution
    gene family evolution
    developmental roles of duplicated genes
    early vertebrate genome evolution
    Experimental organism
    reptiles
    cyclostomes
    chondrichthyans
  13. Christian R Landry

    Universite Laval, Canada

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    systems biology
    evolution
    molecular evolution
    synthetic biology
    hybridization
    Experimental organism
    S. cerevisiae
    S. paradoxus
  14. Dan Larhammar

    Uppsala University, Sweden

    Expertise
    Human Biology and Medicine
    Evolutionary Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    evolution
    gene/genome duplications
    cellular and molecular neuroscience
    G protein-coupled receptors (GPCR)
    neuropeptides
    endocrine peptides
    hypothalamus
    phototransduction
    ligand-gated ion channels
    Experimental organism
    human
    zebrafish
  15. David Lentink

    Stanford University, United States

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    comparative biomechanics of flight
    evolutionary biology
    bio-fluid dynamics
    bio-inspired design
    Experimental organism
    birds
    insects
    bats
    plant seeds
  16. Mia T Levine

    University of Pennsylvania, United States

    Expertise
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Evolutionary Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    evolution
    conflict
    heterochromatin
    telomere
    phylogenomics
    paternal chromatin
    epigenetics
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
  17. John A Long

    Flinders University, Australia

    Expertise
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    paleontology
    fossil
    Pisces
    Devonian
    Placodermi
    Tetrapodomorpha
    Chondrichthyes
    Actinopterygii
    Sarcopterygii
    palaeozoic
    phylogeny
    Australia
    Gondwana
  18. Philipp W Messer

    Cornell University, United States

    Expertise
    Evolutionary Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    evolutionary biology
    population genetics
  19. Richard A Neher

    University of Basel, Switzerland

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Physics of Living Systems
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    population genetics
    evolution of RNA viruses
    bioinformatics
  20. Magnus Nordborg

    Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria

    Expertise
    Genetics and Genomics
    Plant Biology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    adaptation
    population genetics
    evolutionary genetics
    genetics
    genomics
    genome-wide association studies
    epigenetics
    Experimental organism
    Arabidopsis
  21. Armita Nourmohammad

    University of Washington, United States

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Physics of Living Systems
    Immunology and Inflammation
    Research focus
    population genetics
    computational immunology
    adaptive immunity
    statistical physics
    deep mutational scanning
    information theory
    statistical inference
    gene expression evolution
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
    human
    viruses
  22. Lauren O'Connell

    Stanford University, United States

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    behaviour and toxicity in poison frogs
    behavior
    physiology
    evolution
    Experimental organism
    amphibians
  23. George H Perry

    Pennsylvania State University, United States

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    human evolution
    evolutionary ecology
    evolutionary biology
    population genomics
    comparative genomics
    functional genomics
    paleogenomics
    Experimental organism
    human
    primates
    parasites
  24. Molly Przeworski

    Columbia University, United States

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    evolutionary biology
    population genetics
    human genetics
    meiotic recombination
    germline mutation
    natural selection
    Experimental organism
    primates
    human
  25. Paul Rainey

    Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Germany

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    adaptive radiation
    evolution of individuality
    evolutionary genetics
    ecological genetics
    emergence of infectious diseases
    forecasting evolution
  26. Antonis Rokas

    Vanderbilt University, United States

    Expertise
    Evolutionary Biology
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    phylogenomics
    genome evolution in fungi and animals
    evolution of fungal secondary/specialized metabolic pathways
    evolution of mammalian pregnancy
    eukaryotic genome evolution
    Experimental organism
    S. cerevisiae
    mammals
    Aspergillus
  27. Sara L Sawyer

    University of Colorado Boulder, United States

    Expertise
    Evolutionary Biology
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Immunology and Inflammation
    Research focus
    viral emergence and zoonosis
    host-virus arms races
    innate immunity
    dengue virus
    HIV
    genomics
    Experimental organism
    human
    mouse
    viruses
  28. Karen Sears

    University of California, Los Angeles, United States

    Expertise
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    mammalian evolutionary developmental biology
  29. Wenying Shou

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, United States

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    quantitative biology
    mathematical biology
    evolutionary biology
    synthetic biology
    molecular genetics
    evolution of cooperation
    computer simulations
    Experimental organism
    S. cerevisiae
  30. Kristin Tessmar-Raible

    University of Vienna, Austria

    Expertise
    Genetics and Genomics
    Neuroscience
    Evolutionary Biology
    Ecology
    Research focus
    chronobiology
    marine biology
    photobiology
    behavior
    reproductive timing
    seasons
    lunar rhythms
    tool establishment for "non-conventional animal models”
    Experimental organism
    P. dumerilii
    C. marinus
    zebrafish
    medakafish
  31. Jessica Thompson

    Yale University, United States

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    zooarchaeology
    human evolution
    human origins
    taphonomy
    paleontology
  32. Kevin Verstrepen

    VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology, Belgium

    Expertise
    Evolutionary Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    yeast
    aroma
    fermentation
    genomics
    molecular evolution
    Experimental organism
    S. cerevisiae
  33. Min Zhu

    Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    paleobiology
    vertebrate paleontology
    evolutionary biology
    systematics
    morphology
    paleobiogeography
    ichthyology
    Experimental organism
    E. primordialis
    G. oneiros
    Q. rostrata