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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.

Deputy Section Editors
Phylogenetics and phylogeography
Gert Worheide, Ludwig-Maximilians Universitaet Muenchen, Germany  

Associate Editors
Evolutionary developmental biology and morphology

Maja Adamska, Australian National University
Alexa Bely, University of Maryland, USA
Paul M Brakefield, Institute of Biology, Netherlands
Bénédicte Charrier, CNRS, France 
John Finnerty, Boston University, USA
Giuseppe Fusco, University of Padova, Italy 
Jonathan Henry, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, USA
Abderrahman Khila, Institute of Functional Genomics, CNRS Lyon, France
Sally Leys, University of Alberta, Canada
Jeffrey Marcus, University of Manitoba, Canada
Pedro Martinez, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
Leandro Monteiro, Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense, Brazil
Lisa Nagy, University of Arizona, USA 
Sebastian Shimeld, University of Oxford, UK 
Ralf Sommer, Max-Planck-Institut fur Entwickslungbiologie, Germany
Andreas Wanninger, University of Vienna, Austria
Michel Vervoort, CNRS, France
Rafael Zardoya, Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Spain
Rongjia Zhou, Wuhan University, China

Evolutionary ecology and behaviour
J Antonio Baeza, Clemson University, USA
Dora Biro, University of Oxford, UK
Pierre-Olivia Cheptou, UMR 5175 CEFE, France
Sofia Consuegra, Swansea University, UK
Kevin Foster, University of Oxford, UK
Lutz Fromhage, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Stephen Goodwin, University of Oxford, UK
Reinmar Hager, The University of Manchester, UK
Ryan Harrigan, Center for Tropical Research, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, University of California, USA
Simon Harvey, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
Axel Hochkirch, Trier University, Germany
Thomas Hovestadt, University of Wuerzburg, Germany
Elli Leadbeater, Royal Holloway University of London, UK
Alexei Maklakov, Uppsala University, Sweden
Mariana Mateos, Texas A & M University, USA
Mats Olsson, University of Sydney, Australia
Filipe Pereira, CIIMAR, Portugal
Steven Ramm, Universität Bielefeld, Germany
Andrew Spiers, Aberta University, UK
Timo Thuenken, University of Bonn, Germany
Qiao Wang, Massey University, New Zealand
Geoffrey While, University of Tasmania, Australia
Stuart Wigby, University of Oxford, UK 
Justyna Wolinska, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Germany

Experimental evolution
Lutz Becks, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Germany
Arjan de Visser, Wageningen University, Netherlands
Ville-Petri Friman, University of York, UK
Kayla King, University of Oxford, UK
Daniel Rozen, University of Leiden, Netherlands 
Rafael Sanjuán, University of Valencia, Spain

Genome evolution and evolutionary systems biology
David Alvarez-Ponce, University of Nevada, Reno, USA
Rolf Backofen, University of Freiburg, Germany
Ulfar Bergthorsson, University of New Mexico, USA
Joseph Bielawski, Dalhousie University, Canada
Erich Bornberg-Bauer, University of Muenster, Germany
Belinda Chang, University of Toronto, Canada
Michael Charleston, University of Sydney, Australia
Alan Cooper, University of Adelaide, Australia
Keith Crandall, George Washington University, USA
Tal Dagan, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany
Etienne G.J. Danchin, INRA, France
James Degnan, University of New Mexico, USA
Christophe Dessimoz, University College London, UK
Ingo Ebersberger, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
Mario Fares, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
David Fernández-Baca, Iowa State University, USA
Georg Fuellen, University of Rostock, Germany
Miguel Gallach, Max F. Perutz Laboratories, University of Vienna, Austria
J Peter Gogarten, University of Connecticut, USA
Richard Goldstein, UCL, UK
Uri Gophna, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Stephane Guindon, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Ryan Gutenkunst, University of Arizona, USA
Marc-Thorsten Huett, Jacobs University, Germany 
Aris Katzourakis, Oxford University, UK
Shigehiro Kuraku RIKEN, Center for Developmental Biology, Japan
Mary O'Connell, University of Leeds, UK 
Pierre Pontarotti, Université de Provence, France
Jason Raymond, Arizona State University, USA
Joshua S Rest, Stony Brook University, USA
Francisco Rodriguez-Valera, Universidad Miguel Hernandez, Spain
Laura Rose, University of Duesseldorf, Germany
Joshua Schraiber, Temple University, USA
Jessica Siltberg-Liberles, Florida International University, USA 
Orkun Soyer, University of Warwick, UK
Peter F Stadler, Max-Planck-Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Germany
Jeffrey Townsend, Yale University, USA
Eske Willerslev, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Jun Yu, Beijing Institute of Genomics, China

Phylogenetics and phylogeography
Line Bay, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Australia
Ignacio G. Bravo, Catalan Institute of Oncology, Spain
Henner Brinkmann, Leibniz-Institut DSMZ, Germany 
Gordon Burleigh, University of Florida, USA
Emmanuel Douzery, Université de Montpellier, France
Mark Dowton, Wollongong University, Australia
Peter G. Foster, The Natural History Museum, UK
Paolo Francalacci, Università di Sassari, Italy
Li-zhi Gao, Kunming Institute of Botany, China
Song Ge, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Africa Gomez, University of Hull, UK
Fernando Gonzalez-Candelas, Universidad de Valencia, Spain
Simonetta Gribaldo, Institut Pasteur, France
D. James Harris, CIBIO/UP, Portugal
Michael Hofreiter, MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany
Rodney Honeycutt, Pepperdine University, USA
Bjarte Jordal, University of Bergen, Norway
Gael Kergoat, INRA, France   
De-Zhu Li, Kunming Institute of Botany, China
Axel Meyer, University of Konstanz, Germany
David P Mindell, University of Michigan, USA
Hisayoshi Nozaki, University of Tokyo, Japan
Diego Pol, CONICET - MEF, Argentina
R. Alexander Pyron, George Washington University, USA
Nicolas Salamin, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Daria Sanna, Università di Sassari, Italy
Jeremy B Searle, Cornell University, USA
Daniele Silvestro, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Jakob Vinther, University of Bristol, UK
Alfried Vogler, Imperial College London, UK
Peter J Wagner, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, USA
Niklas Wahlberg, Lund University, Sweden 
Matthias Wolf, University of Wuerzburg, Germany
Toshihiro Yamada, Kanazawa University, Japan
Rafael Zardoya, Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Spain

Speciation and evolutionary genetics
Lutz Bachmann, University of Oslo, Norway
Francois Balloux, Imperial College London, UK
Ana L Caicedo, University of Massachusetts, USA
Henrik Hjarvard de Fine Licht, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Garth D Ehrlich, Drexel University College of Medicine, USA
Jeffrey L Feder, University of Notre Dame, USA
Andrew A Forbes, University of Iowa, USA 
Kevin Fowler, UCL, UK
Song Ge, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Baocheng Guo, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Robert Kraus, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Germany
Jun-Yi Leu, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Markus Pfenninger, Goethe University, Germany
Patrícia Salgueiro, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal
Helmut Schaschl, University of Vienna, Austria
Christian Stauffer, BOKU University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Austria
Matthias Stoeck, Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Germany
Mario Ventura, University of Bari, Italy 
Stephen Wooding, University of California, USA
Chenwu Xu, Yangzhou University, China
Fangqing Zhao, Beijing Institutes of Life Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Theories and models
David Basanta, Moffitt Cancer Center, USA
Jose A. Cuesta, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
Julián Garcia, Monash University, Australia
David Murrell, University College London, UK 
David Posada, Universidad de Vigo, Spain

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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