Scott Edwards

Scott V. Edwards

Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology,
Curator of Ornithology,
Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology
in the Museum of Comparative Zoology

Phone: 617-384-8082
Office: 306 MCZ , 26 Oxford St

Lab Website:

We study the evolutionary biology of birds and relatives, combining field, museum and genomics approaches to understand the basis of avian diversity, evolution and behavior. Our guiding approaches include population genetics, which provides a quantitative framework for studying speciation, geographic variation and genome evolution; systematics, which acknowledges that the focal species of any study has relatives that are behaviorally and ecologically no less interesting; and natural history, which gives meaning to the genes and genomic patterns we study.

Recent Publications

Miguel Alcaide and S. V. Edwards. 2011. Molecular evolution of the Toll-like receptor multigene family in birds. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 28: 1703-1715.

Vo, A.-T. E., 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: 7866-78.

Alfoldi, J….Edwards, S.V…..Lindblad-Toh, K. 2011. The genome of Anolis carolinensis, the green anole lizard, and a comparative analysis with birds and mammals. Nature DOI: 10.1038/nature10390.

Janes, D.E., C. Chapus, Y. Gondo, D.F. Clayton, S. Sinha, C.A. Blatti, C.L. Organ, M.K. Fujita, C.N. Balakrishnan, and S.V. Edwards. 2011. Reptiles and mammals have differentially retained long conserved non-coding sequences from the amniote ancestor. Genome Biology and Evolution 3:102–113.

Janes, D. E., C. L. Organ, M. K. Fujita, A. M. Shedlock, and S. V. Edwards. 2010. Genome Evolution in Reptilia, the Sister Group of Mammals. Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics 11: 239-26.

Edwards, S. V. 2009. Is a new and general theory of molecular systematics emerging? Evolution 63: 1-19.

Edwards, S. V. 2009. Natural selection and phylogenetic analysis. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. (USA) 106: 8799-8800.



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Courses Taught

OEB 125. Molecular Ecology and Evolution
OEB 190. Biology and Diversity of Birds
OEB 275r. Frontiers of Evolutionary Biology (course head)


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