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Alison Cuff, Editor

New Content ItemAlison’s scientific background is in biomedical sciences and bioinformatics. She read for a degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Durham, UK. Having become interested in the then new field of bioinformatics, she then decided to do a Masters in Information Technology at Teesside University, UK. She went on to study at the University of Reading, UK completing a bioinformatics-based PhD on investigating the effects of mutations on the structure of p53, before working for a time in academia, including 8 years as the curator of the CATH protein classification database. After eventually deciding to pursue a career in scientific publishing, she joined BioMed Central in 2014, initially as a Database Editor for the ISRCTN clinical trial registry.  Alison joined the BMC series in 2016 and became the Editor for BMC Evolutionary Biology in 2017.  Alison also writes on the BioMed Central blog network and is an Editor for the On Medicine blog.

Section Editors

Maria Anisimova

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New Content ItemGenome evolution and evolutionary systems biology

Since 2014 Maria Anisimova is Head of Applied Computational Genomics at the Institute of Applied Simulations (LSFM of Zurich University of Applied Sciences – ZHAW), as well as group leader at the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB). In 2003 she received her Ph.D. in Statistical Genomics at University College London, followed by postdoctoral research at LIRMM and Université Montpellier II, France (2003-2004) and at the ETH Zürich (2007-2013).

Her research focuses on theoretical and computational aspects of modelling the process of genome evolution and adaptive change. With growing size and complexity of molecular data, it is important  to keep pace providing accurate, scalable and practical computational solutions that enable a wide range of scientists to analyse patterns of evolution and natural selection in large genomic and omics data.

Maria has been a Section Editor at BMC Evolutionary Biology since 2013.

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.

Laura Kubatko

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Theories and models

Dr. Laura New Content ItemKubatko is Professor of Statistics and Professor of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at the The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

Dr. Kubatko holds BA degrees in Mathematics and Biology from Hiram College (Ohio, USA), and an MS in Statistics and PhD in Biostatistics (both from The Ohio State University). From 1999-2006, Dr. Kubatko was Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of New Mexico (USA) before moving to her present position.

Her research interests are broadly in statistical genetics, with a focus on the development of statistical and computational methods for inferring phylogenies from molecular data. Her recent work is focused on bridging the gap between traditional phylogenetic techniques and methodology used in population genetics analyses, primarily through the application of coalescent theory to species-level phylogenetic inference.

Laura joined the Editorial Board of BMC Evolutionary Biology as Section Editor in September 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.

Editorial Board Members
Experimental Evolution

Danny Rozen, Leiden University, Netherlands
Ville-Petri Friman, University of York, UK

Genome Evolution and Evolutionary Systems Biology
David Alvarez-Ponce, University of Nevada, Reno, USA
Joseph Bielawski, Dalhousie University, Canada
Didier Casane, University of Paris, France
Belinda Chang, University of Toronto, Canada
Etienne G.J. Danchin,  INRA, France
James Degnan, University of New Mexico, USA
Christophe Dessimoz, UCL/ University of Lausanne
Ingo Ebersberger, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
David Fernández-Baca, Iowa State University, USA
J Peter Gogarten, University of Connecticut, USA
Uri Gophna, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Ryan Gutenkunst, University of Arizona, USA
Marc-Thorsten Hüett,  Jacobs University, Germany
Mary O'Connell, University of Leeds, UK
Pierre Pontarotti, Aix Marseille Universite, France
Francisco Rodriguez-Valera, Universidad Miguel Hernandez, Spain
Laura Rose, University of Duesseldorf, Germany
Chuya Shinzato, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Peter Stadler,University of Leipzig, Germany
Eske Willerslev, University of Copenhagenm Denmark
Jun Yu, Beijing Institute of Genomics, China

Phylogenetics and Phylogeography
Christopher Boyko, American Museum of Natural History, USA
Andrea Chiocchio, Tuscia University - Department of Ecological and Biological Sciences, Italy
Ignacio González Bravo, CNRS Montpellier
Emmanuel J. P. Douzery, Université de Montpellier, France
David Duchene, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Andrzej Falniowski, Institute of Zoology and Biomedical Research, Jagiellonian University, Poland
Peter Foster, Natural History Museum, London
Li-zhi Gao, Kunming Institute of Botany, China
Song Ge, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Duarte Gonçalves, Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research, University of Porto, Portugal
D. James Harris, CIBIO/UP, Portugal
Rodney Honeycutt, Pepperdine University, USA
Cyprian Katong, University of Zambia, Zambia
Gael Kergoat, INRA, France
De-Zhu Li, Kunming Institute of Botany, China
Diego San Mauro, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
Axel Meyer, University of Konstanz, Germany
Hisayoshi Nozaki, University of Tokyo
David Plachetzki, University of New Hampshire, USA
Daria Sanna, Università di Sassari, Italy
Aaron Smith, Purdue University, USA
Alfried Vogler, Imperial College London
Matthias Wolf, University of Wuerzburg, Germany
Rafael Zardoya, Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Spain
Diego Pol, CONICET - MEF, Argentina
Toshihiro Yamada, Kanazawa University, Japan

Evolutionary Developmental Biology and Morphology
Maja Adamska, Australian National University, Australia
Alexa Bely, University of Maryland, USA
Paul M Brakefield, University of Cambridge
Giuseppe Fusco, University of Padova, Italy
Jonathan Henry, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
Christy Hipsley, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Sally Leys, University of Alberta, Canada
Lisa Nagy, University of Arizona, USA
Aristeidis Parmakelis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Dept of Biology, Greece
Sebastian Shimeld, Oxford University, UK
Ralf Sommer, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology
Andreas Wanninger, University of Vienna, Austria
Rafael Zardoya, Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Spain
Rongjia Zhou, Wuhan University, China
Jeffrey Marcus, University of Manitoba, Canada
Pedro Martinez, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
Eduardo Zattara, INIBIOMA (CONICET-Universidad Nacional del Comahue), Argentina

Speciation and Evolutionary Genetics   
Didier Aurelle, Aix Marseille Université, France
Jeffrey Feder, Notre Dame, USA
Song Ge, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Stephen Wooding, University of California, Merced, USA
Baocheng Guo, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Mario Ventura, University of Bari, Italy
Fangqing Zhao, Beijing Institutes of Life Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Helmut Schaschl, University of Vienna,  Austria
Henrik Hjarvard  de Fine Licht, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Garth D. Ehrlich, Drexel University, Germany
Jun-Yi Leu, Institute of Molecular Biology, Academia Sinica
Matthias Stöck  IGB Berlin, Germany

Evolutionary Ecology and Behavior
Lutz Fromhage, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Stephen Goodwin, University of Oxford, UK
Simon Harvey, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
Steven Ramm, Universität Bielefeld, Germany
Mariana Mateos, Texas A & M University, USA
Pierre-Olivier  Cheptou, CEFE/CNRS, France
Sofia Consuegra, University of Swansea, UK
Reinmar Hager, University of Manchester, UK
Ryan Harrigan, Center for Tropical Research, UCLA, USA
Filipe Pereira, Lund University, Sweden
Andrew Spiers, Abertay University, UK
Qiao Wang, Massey University, New Zealand
J. Antonio Baeza, Clemson University, USA          

Bader H. Alhajeri, Kuwait University, Kuwait
Diego Fontaneto, National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Water Research Institute (IRSA), Italy
Alexander Kupfer, State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart, Germany

Behavioral and Physiological Ecology    
Simon Garnier, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA
Oliver Krüger, University of Bielefeld, Germany
Deguang Liu, Northwest A&F University, China, People's Republic
Anne Lize, National Museum of Natural History, France
Tom Pike, University of Lincoln, UK
Heiko Schmaljohann, Institute of Avian Research, Germany
Neil D. Tsutsui, UC-Berkeley, USA            

Conservation Ecology and Biodiversity Research
Christian Ammer, University of Gottingen, Germany
Carsten Dormann, University of Freiburg, Germany
Bertrand Schatz, CNRS, France
Chun-Jing Wang, Qinghai University, China, People's Republic

Landscape Ecology and Ecosystems        
Ali El-Keblawy, Sharjah University, United Arab Emirates
Bettine van Vuuren,  University of Johannesburg, South Africa    

Population ecology
António Soares, University of the Azores, Portugal

Theories and models
Chris Adami, Michigan State University, USA
David Basanta, Moffitt Cancer Center, USA
David Posada, University of Vigo, Spain
David Murrell, UCL, UK
Cang Hui, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
Jonas Knape, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Editorial Advisors
Chris Adami, California Institute of Technology, USA
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
Alan Cooper, University of Adelaide, Australia
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
Mark Holder, University of Kansas, USA
Peter W Holland, University of Oxford, UK
Greg Hurst, University of Liverpool, UK
Laurence Hurst, University of Bath, UK
Robert K Jansen, University of Texas at Austin, USA
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
Jeffrey D Palmer, Indiana University, USA
Andrew Pomiankowski, University College London, UK
Mark Ragan, University of Queensland, Australia
Paul B Rainey, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Yves Rumpler, Université Louis Pasteur, France
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
Claus Wedekind, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Susan Wessler, University of Georgia, USA

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2019 Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact
    3.058 - 2-year Impact Factor
    3.252 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.198 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
    1.531 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)