Scott V. Edwards

Scott V. Edwards

Professor and Curator

B.A. Harvard University 1986

PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1992

Alfred P. Sloane Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Evolution, University of Florida, Gainesville, 1992-94

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 was on sabbatical, spent in part at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Read here about what I was up to.  Here is a summary of our activities.


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Plum Island 2016

Lab birding trip, Plum Island, MA 2016

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
Fax: 617.495.5667
p: 617.384.8082

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