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. George H Perry

    Pennsylvania State University, United States

    George Perry received his PhD in 2008 from Arizona State University, and did postdoctoral work at the University of Chicago. In 2011, he began a faculty position at Penn State University, where he is now Associate Professor of Anthropology and Biology, Chair of the Bioinformatics and Genomics Graduate Degree Program, and member of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences. His research interests focus on human evolution, evolutionary ecology, and evolutionary medicine, and how human behavior and biology have affected non-human evolutionary biology. Research methods and theory from anthropology, evolutionary biology, parasitology, and population, comparative, functional, and paleo (ancient DNA) genomics are integrated in this work. He has received the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation, among others.

    Expertise
    Evolutionary Biology
    Ecology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    human evolution
    evolutionary ecology
    evolutionary biology
    population genomics
    comparative genomics
    functional genomics
    paleogenomics
    Experimental organism
    human
    primates
    parasites
    Competing interests statement
    George Perry has received research support from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Wenner-Gren Foundation, and L.S.B. Leakey Foundation. He is currently an Associate Editor of Evolutionary Anthropology.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. Graham Coop

    University of California, Davis, United States

    Expertise
    Genetics and Genomics
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    population genetics
  4. Vaughn S Cooper

    University of Pittsburgh, United States

    Expertise
    Evolutionary Biology
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Genetics and Genomics
    Ecology
    Research focus
    evolution of bacteria
    antimicrobial resistance
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. David Donoso

    Escuela Politécnica Nacional, Ecuador

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    biodiversity
    ecosystem ecology
    community ecology
    global warming
    soil organisms
    tropical forests
  11. 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
  12. Nels C Elde

    University of Utah, United States

    Expertise
    Evolutionary Biology
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Immunology and Inflammation
    Research focus
    host-microbe interactions
    evolutionary genetics
    virus evolution
    experimental evolution
    innate immunity
    Experimental organism
    primates
    poxviruses
    zebrafish
  13. Rosalyn Gloag

    University of Sidney, Australia

    Expertise
    Evolutionary Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Ecology
    Research focus
    invasive species
    population genetics
    brood parasitism
    social parasitism
    eusociality
    Experimental organism
    birds
    bees
  14. Ammie K Kalan

    Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    acoustic monitoring
    animal communication
    animal behaviour
    conservation
    primatology
  15. 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
  16. Genevieve Konopka

    The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, United States

    Expertise
    Neuroscience
    Genetics and Genomics
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    neurogenomics
    comparative genomics
    neurodevelopment
    cognition
    language
    autism
    schizophrenia
    Experimental organism
    human
    mouse
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. John A Long

    Flinders University, Australia

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

    Cornell University, United States

    Expertise
    Evolutionary Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    evolutionary biology
    population genetics
  24. Sara Mitri

    University of Lausanne, Switzerland

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    microbial communities
    cooperation
    competition
    co-evolution
    computational modelling
    ecosystems
    synthetic ecology
  25. Alan Moses

    University of Toronto, Canada

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    data analysis
    bioinformatics
    molecular evolution
    intrinsically disordered proteins
    signaling pathways
    regulatory networks
    Experimental organism
    S. cerevisiae
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. Karen Sears

    University of California, Los Angeles, United States

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

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, United States

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    quantitative biology
    mathematical biology
    evolutionary biology
    synthetic biology
    molecular genetics
    evolution of cooperation
    computer simulations
    Experimental organism
    S. cerevisiae
  35. 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
  36. Jessica Thompson

    Yale University, United States

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    zooarchaeology
    human evolution
    human origins
    taphonomy
    paleontology
  37. 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
  38. 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