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
    evolutionary biology
    population genomics
    evolutionary ecology
    paleogenomics
    ancient DNA
    human evolution
    Experimental organism
    human
    non-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. Molly Przeworski

    Columbia University, United States

    Molly Przeworski received a BA in Mathematics from Princeton University and a PhD from the Committee on Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago. Her postdoc was in the Statistics Department of the University of Oxford, and was followed by a two-year stint as a research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. Before moving to Columbia University, she was a faculty member at the University of Chicago as well as, briefly, at Brown University. Her research interests are in understanding the genetic and evolutionary processes that give rise to variation within and between species, and focus on non-model vertebrate species, notably humans.

    Expertise
    Evolutionary Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    population genetics
    human genetics
    evolutionary biology
    meiotic recombination
    mutation
    natural selection
    genome-wide association studies
    Experimental organism
    human
    non-model organisms
    Competing interests statement
    Molly Przeworski's research is currently funded by the NIH and the Agouron Foundation. Dr Przeworski is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and as such an editor for PNAS.
  3. Sara L Sawyer

    University of Colorado Boulder, United States

    Sara Sawyer is a recognized expert in the birth of new human viruses deriving from animal reservoirs. Dr Sawyer has received national and international awards including the Richard M. Elliott award in virology, the Alfred P. Sloan fellowship, and the Andy Kaplan Prize in Retrovirology. In 2011 she was awarded a PECASE award from President Obama at the White House. She holds a PhD from Cornell University, a BS in Chemical Engineering, and completed postdoctoral training at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

    Dr Sawyer is an expert in virology, evolution, model organisms, viral reservoirs, infectious disease diagnostics, and testing and monitoring in COVID-19.

    Expertise
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Evolutionary Biology
    Immunology and Inflammation
    Research focus
    virology
    viral host-switching and zoonosis
    host-virus arms races
    innate immunity
    genomics
    HIV
    SARS-CoV-2
    dengue viruses
    arenaviruses
    influenza viruses
    Experimental organism
    human
    viruses
    tissue culture
    Competing interests statement
    Sara Sawyer is a co-founder of Darwin Biosciences, which develops infectious disease diagnostics. She is a consultant for the U.S. government on biomedical issues relevant to national defense. She receives funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, and the Department of Defense.
  4. 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
    plants
    genomics
    evolution
    genetic variation
    evolutionary genomics
    adaptation
    microbiome
    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.
  5. 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
    Genetics and Genomics
    Evolutionary Biology
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Research focus
    genetics
    development
    evolution
    gene expression
    population genetics
    quantitative genetics
    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. David B Allison

    Indiana University, United States

    Expertise
    Medicine
    Genetics and Genomics
    Epidemiology and Global Health
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    experimental design
    statistics
    longevity
    biostatistics
    obesity
    nutrition
    senescence
    research rigour
    science integrity
  2. Nir Ben-Tal

    Tel Aviv University, Israel

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Research focus
    computational structural biology
    structural biology
    structural bioinformatics
    protein universe
    primordial peptides
    membrane proteins
    transporters
    drug discovery
  3. Catherine Carr

    University of Maryland, United States

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

    Université de Lille, France

    Expertise
    Evolutionary Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    evolutionary genomics
    population genetics
    small regulatory RNAs
    mating systems
    transposable elements
    gene regulatory networks
    self-incompatibility
    receptor-ligand interaction
    Experimental organism
    Arabidopsis
  5. Sarah E Cobey

    University of Chicago, United States

    Expertise
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Epidemiology and Global Health
    Medicine
    Research focus
    B cells
    coevolution
    infectious disease dynamics
    influenza
    mathematical modelling
    vaccination
  6. Graham Coop

    University of California, Davis, United States

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

    University of Pittsburgh, United States

    Expertise
    Evolutionary Biology
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    experimental evolution
    antimicrobial resistance
    biofilms
    education
    adaptation
    cancer
    Experimental organism
    Pseudomonas
    E. coli
    Burkholderia
    Acinetobacter
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Claude Desplan

    New York University, United States

    Expertise
    Developmental Biology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    development
    Drosophila
    evo-devo
    vision
    neural development
    photoreceptors
    Experimental organism
    D. melanogaster
    ants
    butterflies
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. David Donoso

    Escuela Politécnica Nacional, Ecuador

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    biodiversity
    ecosystem ecology
    community ecology
    global warming
    soil organisms
    tropical forests
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Tatiana Giraud

    Université Paris-Sud, France

    Expertise
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    fungi
    domestication
    adaptation
    genomics
    plant pathogen
    sex chromosomes
    mating systems
  17. 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
  18. Gaspar Jekely

    University of Exeter, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Genetics and Genomics
    Neuroscience
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    nervous system evolution
    marine larvae
    cilia
    sensory systems
    eukaryogenesis
    neuromodulation
    Experimental organism
    P. dumerilii
    C. hemisphaerica
    N. vectensis
    Trichoplax
  19. Ammie K Kalan

    Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    acoustic monitoring
    animal communication
    animal behaviour
    conservation
    primatology
  20. Merijn R Kant

    University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Plant Biology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    plant defense
    biological control
    adaptation
    co-evolution
    pest formation
    effectors
    susceptibility
    resistance
    defense suppression
    Experimental organism
    insects
    mites
    plants
  21. 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
  22. Genevieve Konopka

    The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, United States

    Expertise
    Neuroscience
    Genetics and Genomics
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    comparative genomics
    autism
    schizophrenia
    neurogenomics
    cognition
    language
    molecular neuroscience
    Experimental organism
    human
    mouse
  23. Shigehiro Kuraku

    National Institute of Genetics, 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
  24. Christian R Landry

    Universite Laval, Canada

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Cell Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    systems biology
    evolution
    genomics
    synthetic biology
    microbiology
    Experimental organism
    S. cerevisiae
    D. melanogaster
  25. Dan Larhammar

    Uppsala University, Sweden

    Expertise
    Medicine
    Evolutionary Biology
    Neuroscience
    Cell Biology
    Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    evolution
    gene/genome duplications
    cellular and molecular neuroscience
    G protein-coupled receptors (GPCR)
    neuropeptides
    endocrine peptides
    phototransduction
    ligand-gated ion channels
    Experimental organism
    human
    zebrafish
  26. David Lentink

    University of Groningen, Netherlands

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Physics of Living Systems
    Research focus
    animal locomotion
    comparative biomechanics
    animal navigation
    movement ecology
    evolutionary biology
    biofluids
    biophysics
    bioinspired robotics
    bioinspiration & biomimetics
    Experimental organism
    birds
    insects
    bats
    plant seeds
    fish
  27. 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
  28. Andrei Lupas

    Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    bacterial surface proteins
    bioinformatics
    coiled coils
    protein design
    protein evolution
    protein structure
    transmembrane signal tranduction
  29. Philipp W Messer

    Cornell University, United States

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

    University of Lausanne, Switzerland

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    microbial ecology and evolution
    mathematical modelling
    synthetic ecology
    interspecies interactions
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. C. Brandon Ogbunugafor

    Yale University, United States

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Epidemiology and Global Health
    Physics of Living Systems
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    disease ecology
    microbial evolution
    population genetics
    epidemiology
    evolutionary medicine
    Experimental organism
    E. coli
    human
    P. falciparum
    S. cerevisiae
    viruses
  37. 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
  38. 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
    evolution of opportunistic pathogenicity
    Experimental organism
    S. cerevisiae
    mammals
    Aspergillus
  39. Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra

    University of California, Davis, United States

    Expertise
    Plant Biology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    evolutionary genetics
    domestication
    local adaptation
    transposable elements
  40. Bernhard Schmid

    University of Zurich, Switzerland

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Plant Biology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    plant ecology
    evolutionary ecology
    biodiversity
    ecosystem functioning
    community ecology
    experimental ecology
    Experimental organism
    seed plants
    grassland
    forest
  41. Karen Sears

    University of California, Los Angeles, United States

    Expertise
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    mammalian evolutionary developmental biology
  42. 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
  43. Alex Sigal

    Africa Health Research Institute, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    SARS-CoV-2
    COVID-19
    antibody neutralisation
    viral evolution
    experimental evolution
    cell-to-cell viral spread
  44. Kristin Tessmar-Raible

    University of Vienna, Austria

    Expertise
    Cell Biology
    Developmental Biology
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Neuroscience
    Research focus
    chronobiology
    marine
    photobiology
    rhythms
    clocks
    physiology
    Experimental organism
    platynereis
    clunio
    danio
    medakafish
    oryzias
  45. Jenny Tung

    Duke University, United States

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    social behaviour
    evolutionary ecology
    evolutionary functional genomics
    hybridization
    Experimental organism
    primates
  46. Dario Riccardo Valenzano

    Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Germany

    Expertise
    Evolutionary Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Immunology and Inflammation
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    biology of aging
    microbiome
    killifish
    neutral evolution
    mutation load
    comparative genomics
    immunosenescence
  47. 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
  48. 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