Advisory Board and Editors Evolutionary Studies

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David E.K. Ferrier

Senior Lecturer in Biology and Deputy director of the Scottish Oceans Institute, at the University of St Andrews.

The focus of our research is the connection between the content and organisation of genomes to the evolution of development (evo-devo). We utilize a variety of organisms in our research (including amphioxus, sea squirts, polychaetes and priapulids), chosen from key points in the phylogeny of the animals to enable reconstruction of the ancestral conditions at major nodes in the animal kingdom; the origin of bilaterians, protostomes, deuterostomes, chordates and vertebrates.

Andrew E. Fidler

Broadly speaking, my research interests lie in the general field of adaptive evolutionary genetics (and epigenetics) of free-living, ‘non-model’ animals. However, the contexts in which these interests are explored vary widely – from the timing of godwit migration through to adaptive molecular evolution of tunicates (sea squirts).

Deb Finn

Stream Ecologist, wandering scholar, currently Prometeo Fellow of the Secretariat for Higher Education, Science, Technology, and Innovation of the Republic of Ecuador. Formerly Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow, University of Birmingham. Board of Directors, Freshwaters Illustrated. Newsletter editor and Hynes Award winner, Society for Freshwater Science.

Dina M Fonseca

Professor of Entomology, Dr. Fonseca teaches courses in Medical and Veterinary Entomology and Population Genetics, researches the ecology and evolution of invasive species and does extension research on ways to control invasive mosquitoes. She has a B.S. in Biology and Geology from the University of Coimbra, Portugal, and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Pennsylvania, USA. Geneticist at the Smithsonian where she is still a Research Associate, then Assistant Curator at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Dr. Fonseca joined Rutgers University in 2007.

M. Pilar Francino

M. P. Francino studied Biology at the National University of Mexico and obtained her Ph.D. at the University of Rochester (New York), working on analyses of rates and patterns of DNA sequence evolution in bacteria and primates. She conducted postdoctoral research in bacterial genetics as an EMBO Fellow at the University of Paris. After that, she served as a Research Scientist at the DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI) for five years, and was Head of the JGI Evolutionary Genomics Program from 2007 to 2009. Since 2009, she is a Senior Scientist at the Genomics and Health Department of FISABIO-Public Health in Valencia, and has been Head of the Department since 2012. Her current research focuses on the metagenomic analysis of human microbiome communities, in particular on understanding the development of the gut microbiota in infants. Work in her group analyzes the taxonomic composition, coding capabilities and gene expression patterns of the gut microbial community at different stages during infancy, as well as the relationships of these features with infant health. In addition, she is also interested in understanding the forces that shape the structure, organization and evolution of genomes. In previous and current work, she has addressed genome and molecular evolution subjects at different scales, ranging from the impact of mutational biases during DNA sequence evolution, to the evolution of new genes and their regulatory regions and the coevolution of different genomic traits.

Dany Garant

Professor of Ecology in the Department of Biology at Université de Sherbrooke. Associate editor of Molecular Ecology and Molecular Ecology Resources.

Mikhail S. Gelfand

Vice-Director for Science at the Kharkevich Institute for Information Transmission Problems. Professor of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, and Higher School of Economics. Member of Academia Europaea. Recipient of the 2007 Baev Prize of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Member of Editorial Boards of PeerJ and Biology Direct.

Joseph J Gillespie

Dr. Gillespie is an evolutionary biologist with broad interests in organismal and molecular evolution. The major focus of his current research is deciphering the mechanisms by which obligate intracellular species of Rickettsiales (Alphaproteobacteria) invade, survive and replicate within eukaryotic cells.

In research funded by the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Gillespie utilizes phylogenetics, comparative genomics and bioinformatics to guide experimental research on various pathogenic species of Rickettsia and their associated arthropod vectors. His early research resulted in the reclassification of Rickettsia species and the identification of many lineage-specific pathogenicity factors. Through years of intense scrutinization of dozens of diverse rickettsial genomes, Dr. Gillespie and colleagues have described a large, dynamic mobilome for Rickettsia species, resulting in the identification of integrative conjugative elements as the vehicles for seeding Rickettsia genomes with many of the factors underlying obligate intracellular biology and pathogenesis. Via an iterative process of genome sequencing, phylogenomics, bioinformatics, and classical molecular biology and microbiology, Dr. Gillespie continues to lead and assist research projects on the characterization of rickettsial gene and protein function.

Christopher J Glasby

Chris Glasby is a specialist in the systematics – taxonomy, phylogeny and biogeography – of polychaete worms (marine bristle worms). He is currently Senior Curator of Annelids at the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and an Honorary Research Associate of Charles Darwin University, Darwin.

Pablo A. Goloboff

Biologist from Buenos Aires (Argentina). Ph.D. from Cornell University (1994). Researcher for the CONICET since 1994. Past President & Fellow Honoris Causa, Willi Hennig Society.

Sara L Goodacre

Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences, University of Nottingham, Council member of the European Council of Arachnology; Ph.D., University of Nottingham (1999); M. A. Natural Sciences (Genetics), Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge (1995; M.A. 1998).

Erica M Goss

Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and Emerging Pathogens Institute, University of Florida. Research focuses on the origins, evolution, population structure, and migration of plant pathogens. Recognized as by the American Phytopathological Society as one of the discipline’s "faces of the future" in 2013.