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Evolution since Darwin

The First 150 Years

Michael A. Bell, Douglas J. Futuyma, Walter F. Eanes, and Jeffrey S. Levinton

Publication Date - 04 June 2010

ISBN: 9780878934133

688 pages
7 x 9 inches

Discusses the major areas of research in evolutionary biology since Darwin


Evolution since Darwin: The First 150 Years comprises twenty-two chapters and eight shorter commentaries that emerged from a symposium held in November 2009 at Stony Brook University. Thirty-nine authors from twenty-two universities and two museums in five countries wrote on areas of evolutionary biology and related topics on which their research focuses. Their essays cover the history of evolutionary biology, populations, genes and genomes, evolution of form, adaptation and speciation, diversification and phylogeny, paleobiology, human cultural and biological evolution, and applied evolution. The volume is intended to summarize progress in major areas of research in evolutionary biology since Darwin, to review the current state of knowledge and active research in those areas, and to look toward the future of the broader field.

About the Author(s)

The editors are members of the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University. Among them, they have more than 150 years of experience in evolutionary biology. Bell studies the evolution of stickleback fish, ranging from molecules to fossils, and he co-edited The Evolutionary Biology of the Threespine Stickleback. Futuyma is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and author of the textbooks Evolutionary Biology and Evolution. He studies coevolution of insects and plants. Eanes studies the molecular and population genetics of Drosophila and is interested in the interface of metabolism and life history adaptation. Levinton has a long interest in macroevolution, and wrote Genetics, Paleontology, and Macroevolution. He also studies the ecology and evolution of marine and aquatic invertebrates and has authored the textbook Marine Biology: Function, Biodiversity, Ecology and co-edited The Hudson River Estuary.


"Evolution since Darwin presents an excellent survey and synthesis of where evolutionary biology stands in the early 21st century. It will provide students and researchers with much to think about, as we look toward the bicentennial of Origin of Species in 2059. As such, we particularly recommend this book to beginning graduate students who would like a comprehensive overview of modern evolutionary science."--Joel Kingsolver and David Pfennig, Evolution

"Evolution since Darwin is uniformly well written and assiduously edited."--John W. Donahoe, Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior

Table of Contents

    I. Evolution since Darwin

    CHAPTER 1. Douglas J. Futuyma. Evolutionary Biology: 150 Years of Progress
    CHAPTER 2. Peter J. Bowler. Rethinking Darwin†s Position in the History of Science
    Commentary 1. Vassiliki Betty Smocovitis. Where Are We? Historical Reflections on Evolutionary Biology in the Twentieth Century

    II. Populations, Genes, and Genomes

    CHAPTER 3. Roberta L. Millstein. The Concepts of †Population†and †Metapopulation†in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology
    CHAPTER 4. Jianzhi G. Zhang. Evolutionary Genetics: Progresses and Challenges
    CHAPTER 5. John Wakeley. Natural Selection and Coalescent Theory
    CHAPTER 6. Bryan Kolaczkowski and Andrew D. Kern. On the Power of Comparative Genomics: Does Conservation Imply Function?
    Commentary 2. Daniel E. Dykhuizen. The Potential for Microorganisms and Experimental Studies in Evolutionary Biology

    III. The Evolution of Form

    CHAPTER 7. Mark Kirkpatrick. Limits on Rates of Adaptation: Why Is Darwin†s Machine So Slow?
    CHAPTER 8. Günter P. Wagner. Evolvability: The Missing Piece of the Neo-Darwinian Synthesis
    CHAPTER 9. Gregory A. Wray. Embryos and Evolution: 150 Years of Reciprocal Illumination

    IV. Adaptation and Speciation

    CHAPTER 10. Anurag Agrawal, Jeffrey K. Conner, and Sergio Rasmann. Tradeoffs and Negative Correlations in Evolutionary Ecology
    CHAPTER 11. May Berenbaum and Mary A. Schuler. Elucidating Evolutionary Mechanisms in Plantâ€"Insect Interactions: Key Residues as Key Innovations
    CHAPTER 12. Hannah Kokko and Michael D. Jennions. Behavioral Ecology: The Natural History of Evolutionary Theory
    CHAPTER 13. Richard G. Harrison. Understanding the Origin of Species: Where Have We Been, Where Are We Going?
    Commentary 3. Mark A. McPeek. The Role of Ecology in Evolutionary Biology

    V. Diversity and the Tree of Life

    CHAPTER 14. Antonio Lazcano. The Origin and Early Evolution of Life: Did It All Start in Darwin†s Warm Little Pond?
    Commentary 4. Christopher E. Lane. The Genomic Imprint of Endosymbiosis
    CHAPTER 15. Jonathan B. Losos and D. Luke Mahler. Adaptive Radiation: The Interaction of Ecological Opportunity, Adaptation, and Speciation
    CHAPTER 16. David M. Hillis. Phylogenetic Progress and Applications of the Tree of Life
    CHAPTER 17. Peter J. Wagner. Paleontological Perspectives on Morphological Change
    CHAPTER 18. Michael Foote. The Geological History of Biodiversity
    Commentary 5. Joel Cracraft. Thinking about Diversity and Diversification: What If Biotic History Is Not Equilibrial?

    VI. Human Evolution

    CHAPTER 19. Tim D. White. Human Evolution: How has Darwin Done?
    CHAPTER 20. Peter J. Richerson and Robert Boyd. The Darwinian Theory of Human Cultural Evolution and Gene-Culture Coevolution

    VII. Applications of Evolutionary Biology

    CHAPTER 21. Fred Gould. Applying Evolutionary Biology: From Retrospective Analysis to Direct Manipulation
    Commentary 6. Charles C. Davis, Erika J. Edwards, and Michael J. Donoghue. A Clade†s-Eye View of Global Climate Change

    VIII. Prospects

    CHAPTER 22. Hopi E. Hoekstra. Evolutionary Biology: The Next 150 Years

    Commentary 7. Charles Marshall. The Next 150 Years: Toward a Richer Theortical Biology
    Commentary 8. Joshua Rest. The Expansion of Molecular Data in Evolutionary Biology

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