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Jennifer Harman, Editor

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New Content ItemJennifer is an Editor on the BMC Series based in the London office. Before joining BMC Ecology and Evolution, Jennifer completed her PhD within the Department of Medicine at the University of Cambridge. After graduating, Jennifer became a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Royal Veterinary College in London. Throughout her research career, she studied the role of epigenetic and inflammatory mechanisms underlying cell behaviour changes associated with vascular disease. Jennifer actively supports the publication of open and reproducible research.

Senior Editorial Board Members

David Ferrier

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New Content ItemEvolutionary developmental biology and morphology

David Ferrier is a Reader in Biology and Deputy Director of the Scottish Oceans Institute, University of St Andrews, UK. His work focuses on animal evolutionary developmental biology and comparative genomics and uses a variety of invertebrates to better understand the links between genome evolution and development.

David obtained his DPhil from the University of Cambridge in 1996, did postdocs at the Universitat de Barcelona and University of Reading, then became a Departmental Lecturer at the University of Oxford. He moved to the University of St Andrews as an RCUK Fellow in Marine Biology in 2007.

David has been on the editorial board at BMC Evolutionary Biology since 2009, becoming a Section Editor in 2016.

David Liberles

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GenoNew Content Itemme evolution and evolutionary systems biology

David Liberles is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology, Center for Computational Genetics and Genomics, and Institute for Genomics and Evolutionary Medicine at Temple University, working in the areas of computational comparative genomics and molecular (protein) evolution.

He received his Ph.D. in chemistry at California Institute of Technology, postdoctoral training in bioinformatics and evolutionary genomics at University of Florida, and followed this with faculty and group leader positions at Stockholm University (Sweden), University of Bergen (Norway), and University of Wyoming, before moving to Temple University in 2014.

His research has focused on understanding the evolutionary processes that lead to the functional divergence of the protein coding complement of genomes between closely related species, using a phylogenetic framework.

David has been an editorial board member at BMC Evolutionary Biology since 2008.

Arne Traulsen

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New Content ItemTheories and models

Arne Traulsen is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön, Germany, and head of the Department for Evolutionary Theory. In addition, he has an honorary professorship in Mathematical Biology at the University of Lübeck.

Arne studied Geophysics and Physics in  Kiel, Leipzig and Gothenburg. He received a PhD in Theoretical Physics from Kiel University in 2005 and spend the two subsequent years as a PostDoc with Martin Nowak at Harvard. After moving back to Germany, he became an Emmy Noether group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön in 2007, received a tenured position in 2010 and was appointed as a director in 2014.

His research interests are broad, he has been working in evolutionary game theory, on stochastic evolutionary dynamics, the somatic evolution of cancer, structured populations, and other topics in evolutionary theory.

He became a Section Editor for BMC Evolutionary Biology in 2017.

Arndt von Haeseler

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GenomNew Content Iteme evolution and evolutionary systems biology

Arndt von Haeseler is a full Professor for Bioinformatics at the University of Vienna and at the Medical University of Vienna. His work focusses on methods to understand and model evolutionary processes and to infer evolutionary relationships. Arndt received his PhD in mathematics at the University of Bielefeld, he did his postdoc with Mike Waterman at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles), followed by several faculty positions in Munich, Leipzig and Düsseldorf (Germany).

In 2005 he moved to Vienna where Arndt is now the head of the Center for Integrative Bioinformatics Vienna ( at the Max F Perutz Laboratories.  His  group in Vienna continues to work on theoretical aspects of molecular evolution and is also interested in computational tools to analyse high throughput sequencing data.

Arndt has been an editorial board member at BMC Evolutionary Biology since 2010.

Luke Jacobus

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New Content ItemConservation ecology and biodiversity research

Luke Jacobus is an Associate Professor of Biology at Indiana University Purdue University Columbus. Luke investigates various topics in environmental science, especially those related to freshwater insects and ecological sustainability. Freshwater insects have proven valuable for the analysis of environmental change in space & time, the application of phylogenetic models to problems in environmental toxicology, and the development of new identification systems, such as DNA barcoding. 

Much of Luke’s research has focused on the insect order Ephemeroptera, or mayflies. Aspects of this research include, but are not limited to, taxonomy and identification, biodiversity, phylogeny, rearing and stage associations, descriptive biology and ecology, field studies, conservation, species inventories and regional faunistics. 

Luke interacts with various international stakeholders in the academic, government and private realms.

Christy Anna Hipsley

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Evolutionary morphology and vertebrate paleontology

Christy Hipsley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Her research focuses on deep-time patterns of evolution in vertebrates, using state-of-the-art bioimaging combined with phylogenetics. She is particularly interested in the evolutionary dynamics of morphological transformations – profound changes in body plans that accompany major shifts in diversification and life history. 

Christy received her PhD from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 2012 while spending the majority of her doctoral studies at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin. She continued as a Museum postdoc under Professor Johannes Müller, and relocated to Australia from 2015-2020 as an Australian Research Council fellow at the University of Melbourne. Throughout her career, Christy’s work has relied heavily on museum collections, where she has described new species of lizards and frogs, Australia’s first recorded extinct marine invertebrate, and the first developmental series of an extinct marsupial, the Tasmanian tiger. 

Christy became a senior Editorial Board Member of BMC Evolutionary Biology in 2022. 

Senior Editorial Board Members
David Ferrier, University of St. Andrews, UK
Christy Hipsley, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Luke Jacobus, Indiana University, USA
David Liberles, Temple University, USA
Carmel McDougall, The University of St Andrews, UK
Arne Traulsen, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Germany
Arndt von Haeseler, Center for Integrative Bioinformatics Vienna, Austria

Editorial Board Members
Amir Abbasi, National Center for Bioinformatics, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan
Chris Adami, Michigan State University, USA
Maja Adamska, Australian National University, Australia
Christian Albrecht, Justus LIebig University Giessen, Germany
Bader H. Alhajeri, Kuwait University, Kuwait
Carlos Alonso-Alvarez, National Museum of Natural Sciences, Spain
David Alvarez-Ponce, University of Nevada, Reno, USA
Ben Ashby, University of Bath, United Kingdom
Didier Aurelle, Aix Marseille Université, France
J. Antonio Baeza, Clemson University, USA
David Basanta, Moffitt Cancer Center, USA
Betty Benrey, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland
Franziska Beran, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany
Joseph Bielawski, Dalhousie University, Canada
Corentin Bochaton, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Germany
Astrid Böhne, Center for Molecular Biodiversity Research, Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig, Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity, Germany
Erich Bornberg-Bauer, University of Muenster, Germany
Christopher Boyko, American Museum of Natural History, USA
Ignacio González Bravo, CNRS Montpellier, France
Anna Brüniche-Olsen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Gary Bucciarelli, UCLA, USA
Damien Caillaud, University of California Davis, USA
Arley Camargo, Universidad de la República, Uruguay
Colin Campbell, University of Mount Union, USA
Giorgio Carnevale, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy
Alvar Carranza, University of the Republic, Uruguay
Didier Casane, University of Paris, France
Bénédicte Charrier, CNRS, France
Pierre-Olivier Cheptou, CEFE/CNRS, France
Andrea Chiocchio, Tuscia University - Department of Ecological and Biological Sciences, Italy
Sofia Consuegra, University of Swansea, UK
Keith Crandall, George Washington University, USA
Etienne G.J. Danchin, INRA, France
Henrik Hjarvard de Fine Licht, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
James Degnan, University of New Mexico, USA
Christophe Dessimoz, UCL/ University of Lausanne
Arjan De Visser, Wageningen University, Netherlands
David Duchene, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Andréaz Dupoué, Sorbonne Université - CNRS UMR7618, France
Ingo Ebersberger, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
Garth D. Ehrlich, Drexel University, Germany
Sarah Emel, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA
Andrzej Falniowski, Institute of Zoology and Biomedical Research, Jagiellonian University, Poland
Jeffrey Feder, Notre Dame, USA
John Finnerty, Boston University, USA
Peter Foster, Natural History Museum, London
Paolo Franchini, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Bastian Fromm, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, The Arctic University Museum of Norway, Norway
Carmelo Fruciano, National Research Council (CNR) - IRBIM, Italy
Georg Fuellen, Universitätsmedizin Rostock, Germany
Giuseppe Fusco, University of Padova, Italy
Julian Garcia, Monash University, Australia
Eve Gazave, CNRS - Institut Jacques Monod, France
Song Ge, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Marco Gebiola, University of California, Riverside, USA
Pierre Gladieux, INRAE, France
J Peter Gogarten, University of Connecticut, USA
Duarte Gonçalves, Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research, University of Porto, Portugal
Stephen Goodwin, University of Oxford, UK
Emilio Guerrieri, Istituto per la Protezione Sostenibile delle Piante, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (IPSP-CNR), Italy
Baocheng Guo, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Ryan Gutenkunst, University of Arizona, USA
Reinmar Hager, University of Manchester, UK
Ryan Harrigan, Center for Tropical Research, UCLA, USA
Jonathan Henry, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
Attila Hettyey, Plant Protection Institute, Centre for Agricultural Research, Hungary
Federico Hoffmann, Mississippi State University, USA
Marc-Thorsten Hüett, Jacobs University, Germany
Alice Hughes, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, China
Maider Iglesias, Doñana Biological Station, Spain
Daisuke Kageyama, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, Japan
Cyprian Katong, University of Zambia, Zambia
Gael Kergoat, INRA, France
Alexey Kotov, A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
Alexander Kupfer, State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart, Germany
Shigehiro Kuraku, Laboratory for Phyloinformatics RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (BDR), Japan
Jun-Yi Leu, Institute of Molecular Biology, Academia Sinica
Sally Leys, University of Alberta, Canada
Ben-Yang Liao, National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan R.O.C.
Deguang Liu, Northwest A&F University, China
Anne Lize, National Museum of Natural History, France
Jeffrey Marcus, University of Manitoba, Canada
Ferdinand Marletaz, University College London, United Kingdom
Pedro Martinez, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
Mariana Mateos, Texas A & M University, USA
Andreas Mayer, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria
Antônio Ralph Medeiros-Sousa, School of Public Health - University of São Paulo, Brazil
Madhava Meegaskumbura, Guangxi University, China
Keegan Melstrom, Rose State College, USA
Achim Meyer, Leibniz-Zentrum für Marine Tropenforschung (ZMT), Germany
David Murrell, UCL, UK
Lisa Nagy, University of Arizona, USA
Hisayoshi Nozaki, University of Tokyo
Luisa Orsini, University of Birmingham, UK
Aristeidis Parmakelis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Dept of Biology, Greece
Francisco Perfectti, University of Granada, Spain
Ana Pinheiro, CIBIO/InBio-UP, Portugal
David Plachetzki, University of New Hampshire, USA
David Posada, University of Vigo, Spain
Robert Pyron, George Washington University, USA
Steven Ramm, Universität Bielefeld, Germany
Alessandro Rapini, Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana, Brazil
Francisco Rodriguez-Valera, Universidad Miguel Hernandez, Spain
Andrea Romano, University of Milan, Italy
Laura Rose, University of Duesseldorf, Germany
Danny Rozen, Leiden University, Netherlands
Alexa Sadier, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Diego San Mauro, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
Daria Sanna, Università di Sassari, Italy
Helmut Schaschl, University of Vienna, Austria
Bertrand Schatz, CNRS, France
Bernardus (Bart) Schimmel, University of Bern; Institute of Plant Sciences, Switzerland
Andrea Sciarretta, University of Molise, Italy
Jeremy Searle, Cornell University, USA
Alexandre Sebbenn, São Paulo Forest Institute, Brazil
Sebastian Shimeld, Oxford University, UK
Chuya Shinzato, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Benshui Shu, Zhongkai University of Agriculture and Engineering, China
Luiz Silva, ETH Zurich, Switzerland 
Aaron Smith, Purdue University, USA
António Soares, University of the Azores, Portugal
Ralf Sommer, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology
Teiji Sota, Kyoto University, Japan
Andrew Spiers, Abertay University, UK
Peter Stadler,University of Leipzig, Germany
Matthias Stöck, IGB Berlin, Germany
Ashley Teufel, Santa Fe Institute, USA
Timo Thünken, University of Bern, Switzerland
Chao Tong, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Emmanuel Toussaint, Natural History Museum of Geneva, Switzerland
Mario Ventura, University of Bari, Italy
Jakob Vinther, University of Bristol, UK
Emma Vitikainen, University of Helsinki, Finland
Alfried Vogler, Imperial College London
Qiao Wang, Massey University, New Zealand
Chen-Zhu Wang, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Chun-Jing Wang, Qinghai University, China
Andreas Wanninger, University of Vienna, Austria
Matthias Wolf, University of Wuerzburg, Germany
Stephen Wooding, University of California, Merced, USA
Hua Wu, Central China Normal University, China
Alejandro Zaldívar-Riverón, Instituto de Biología, UNiversidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
Rafael Zardoya, Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Spain
Eugenia Zarza, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Mexico
Eduardo Zattara, INIBIOMA (CONICET-Universidad Nacional del Comahue), Argentina
Ming Zhang, University of Georgia, USA
Jia-Yong Zhang, College of Chemistry and Life Science, Zhejiang Normal University, China
Fangqing Zhao, Beijing Institutes of Life Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Rongjia Zhou, Wuhan University, China

Editorial Advisors
Nick H Barton, University of Edinburgh, UK
Jacobus J Boomsma, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Adalgisa Caccone, Yale University, USA
Mark W Chase, Royal Botanic Gardens, UK
Santiago Elena, CSIC, Spain
Olivier Gascuel, LIRMM-CNRS, France 
H Charles J Godfray, University of Oxford, UK
Michael Gray, Dalhousie University, Canada
Rolf F Hoekstra, Wageningen University, Netherlands
Peter W Holland, University of Oxford, UK
Greg Hurst, University of Liverpool, UK
Laurence Hurst, University of Bath, UK
Laurent Keller, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Sandra Knapp, The Natural History Museum, UK
Jacob Koella, Imperial College London, UK
Martin Kreitman, University of Chicago, USA
Richard Lenski, Michigan State University, USA
Sarah Mathews, Harvard University, USA
Nancy A Moran, University of Arizona, USA
Claus Nielsen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Mohamed Noor, Duke University, USA
Ian P Owens, Imperial College London, UK
Andrew Pomiankowski, University College London, UK
Mark Ragan, University of Queensland, Australia
David L Stern, Princeton University, USA
Joan E Strassmann, Rice University, USA
W Kelley Thomas, University of New Hampshire, USA
Monique Turmel, Universite Laval, Canada
Andreas Wagner, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Yucheng Wang, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Claus Wedekind, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Susan Wessler, University of Georgia, USA

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