Applying Evolutionary Biology to Address Global Challenges

Continuously updated - last update Sep. 13 2014 (Copenhagen)

The age of the Anthropocene--the scientific name given to our current geologic age--is dominated by human impacts on our environment. A warming climate. Increased resistance of pathogens and pests. A swelling population. Coping with these modern global challenges requires application of what one might call a more-ancient principle: evolution.

So reads the introduction of the NSF press release accompanying the Science Express release of a Science review entitled "Applying Evolutionary Biology to Address Global Challenges". After 3.5 half years working with Scott Carroll and a team of seven co-authors this review of progress and gaps in applying evolutionary biology to some of the most pertinent global challenges is finally out.

The review includes, among other things, commentary on how achievement of the Aichi 2020 biodiversity targets and the forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals relies on actions firmly grounded in evolutionary biology.

I will update this page continuously to gather all the media threads and followups that may emerge. The paper will come out in print in November and be associated with an additional one page summary and figure. To request an author copy please follow this link to my list of publications.

The header of the Science Express release with the team of nine authors highlighted.

The header of the Science Express release with the team of nine authors highlighted.