Scott V. Edwards

Scott V. Edwards

Professor and Curator
I am a scientist with broad interests in the evolution of life on earth and the processes that have generated biodiversity.  I mostly use birds as models to study patterns of speciation, biogeography, evolution of the genome, and the process of adaptation. This work has exposed my lab and me to a wide range of questions, from the evolution of immune genes and disease resistance to how best to reconstruct the tree of life.

During Spring 2017 I will be on sabbatical, spent in part at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Read here about what I'll be up to. And please join us in Gothenburg! Here is a summary of our activities.


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Some Recent Publications (see Publications page for free downloads):

Edwards, S. V. 2009. Is a new and general theory of molecular systematics  emerging? Evolution 63: 1-19.

Balakrishnan, C.N., Lee J. Y. and Edwards, S. V. 2010. Phylogeography and phylogenetics in the nuclear age. Pp. 65-88 In: In Search of the Causes of Evolution: From Field Observations to Mechanisms. (Eds., Peter and Rosemary Grant), Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.

Liu, L., L. Yu , S. V. Edwards. 2010. A maximum pseudo-likelihood approach for estimating species trees under the coalescent model. BMC Evolutionary Biology 10:302. doi:10.1186/1471-2148-10-302.

Vo, A.-T., M. S. Bank, J. P. Shine, and S. V. Edwards. 2011. Temporal increase in organic mercury in an endangered pelagic seabird assessed via century-old museum specimens. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. (USA) 108: 7466-7471.

Bonneaud, C. S. L. Balenger, A. F. Russell, J. Zhang, G. E. Hill, and S. V. Edwards. 2011. Rapid evolution of disease resistance is accompanied by functional changes in gene expression in a wild bird Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. (USA) 108: 7866-7871.

Edwards, S. V. 2013. Next-generation QTL mapping: crowdsourcing SNPs, without pedigrees. Molecular Ecology 22:3885-3887.

Baldwin, M. W., Y. Toda, T. Nakagita, M. J. O'Connell, K. C. Klasing, T. Misaka, S. V. Edwards, and S. D. Liberles. 2014. Evolution of sweet taste perception in hummingbirds by transformation of the ancestral umami receptor. Science 345:929-933.

Lowe, C., Clarke, J. Baker, A. J., Haussler, D., Edwards, S. V. 2014. Feather development genes and associated regulatory innovation predate the origin of Dinosauria. Molecular Biology and Evolution 32:23-28.

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Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Harvard University
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

MCZ Labs, Room 306
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