The Princeton Guide to Evolution, published in December 2013, is edited by a distinguished team of evolutionary biologists including Hopi Hoekstra and editor-in-chief Jonathan Losos. This new reference work covers the major subjects and key concepts in evolutionary biology, from genes to mass extinctions and contains over 100 articles.
Hrdy Visiting Fellow in Conservation Biology Michael Russello has found that tortoise populations on a Galapagos island frequented by class="mariners" contain hybrids representing two species now extinct on their home islands.
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has released a new short film, The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree, featuring Jonathan Losos. Shot on location in the Caribbean, Losos demonstrates the traits that enable dozens of anole species to adapt to different vertical niches in the forest. The film is part of the Bio-interactive series of resources for science teachers and students.
The National Science Foundation announced that L. Mahadevan as Associate Director of a new, multi-institutional science and technology center called the Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines based at MIT.
L. Mahadevan helped develop a computational model that provides a mechanistic understanding of the formation of villi, the folded elaborations of the lining of the gut, essential for providing sufficient surface area for nutrient absorption. The paper describing the work was published in Science.
Emily Jacobs-Palmer (Hoekstra lab) wins Hamilton Prize for best student presentation at the 2013 Evolution Meetings held recently in Snowbird, UT for her work on the genetics of sperm morphology in deer mice.
Pam Diggle's intensive two-week course in plant morphology at the Arnold Arboretum offered graduate students greater understanding of the genesis of a plant's entire shape and structure. This annual offering complements botanical investigators' current focus on DNA and genetics as determinants of growth and appearance. The Harvard Gazette.
Arkhat Abzhanov named the 2013-14 Grass Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. His research project is entitled "Evolution of the Animal Face: From Principles to Mechanisms." Radcliffe Institute fellows are accomplished individuals in an array of fields who pursue independent projects within a rich, multidisciplinary environment.