Scott V. Edwards

Scott V. Edwards

Sabbatical, Spring Term 2017
Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology,
Curator of Ornithology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology
Scott V. Edwards

We study the evolutionary biology of birds and relatives, combining field, museum and genomics approaches to understand the basis of avian diversity, evolution and behavior. Our guiding approaches include population genetics, which provides a quantitative framework for studying speciation, geographic variation and genome evolution; systematics, which acknowledges that the focal species of any study has relatives that are behaviorally and ecologically no less interesting; and natural history, which gives meaning to the genes and genomic patterns we study.

Recent Publications

Balenger SL, Bonneaud C, Sefick SA, Edwards SV, Hill GE. 2015. Plumage color and pathogen-induced gene expression in a wild bird. Behavioral Ecology. 26(4) :1100-1110.

Lowe CB, Clarke JA, Baker AJ, Haussler D, Edwards SV. 2015. Feather Development Genes and Associated Regulatory Innovation Predate the Origin of Dinosauria. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 32 (1) :23-28.

Campbell-Staton SC, Cheviron ZA, Bare AC, Losos JB, Edwards SV. 2014. Physiological and genomic underpinnings of cold tolerance variation in the green anole, Anolis carolinensis. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 54 :E31-E31.

Backstroem N, Shipilina D, Blom MPK, Edwards SV. 2013. Cis-regulatory sequence variation and association with Mycoplasma load in natural populations of the house finch (Carpodacus mexicanus). Ecology and Evolution. 3(3) :655-666.

Backstroem N, Zhang Q, Edwards SV. 2013. Evidence from a House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) Spleen Transcriptome for Adaptive Evolution and Biased Gene Conversion in Passerine Birds. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 30(5) :1046-1050.

Courses Taught

OEB 125 Molecular Ecology and Evolution
OEB 190 Biology and Diversity of Birds
OEB 362 Research in Molecular Evolution


Contact Information

Museum of Comparative Zoology Labs, Rm. 306
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Office phone: 617-384-8082

Faculty Support: Nikki Hughes
Phone: 617-496-9054



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