Scott V. Edwards
Ph.D. 1992 UC Berkeley
Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology,
MCZ Labs Room 306
Scott's interest in ornithology and natural history began as a
child growing up in Riverdale, Bronx, NYC, where he undertook his first
job in environmental science working for an environmental institute called
Wave Hill. He received
his undergraduate degree from Harvard in 1986. As an undergraduate, Scott
took a year off from his studies to learn what it is biologists do - he
spent 6 months volunteering at the Smithsonian's National
Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, then gained his first
field experience assisting with research on the natural history and conservation
of native birds in Hawaii and northern California. He returned to Harvard
to finish his degree, and enrolled in the PhD program in the (then) Zoology
Department (now Integrative
Biology) the University of California, Berkeley. During his first
year as a graduate student, he spent 10 months in New Guinea and Australia
first volunteering in research on ecology of birds-of-paradise and later
striking off on his own to embark on what would become his dissertation
project, a study combining of the genetics and population structure of
a group of cooperatively breeding songbirds called babblers (Pomatostomus)
found throughout Australia and New Guinea. He received his PhD in 1992.
Examples of Recent Publications (see Publications page for free downloads):
Edwards, S. V. 2009. Is a new and general theory of molecular systematics emerging? Evolution 63: 1-19.
Balakrishnan, C.N., Lee J. Y. and Edwards, S. V. 2010. Phylogeography and phylogenetics in the nuclear age. Pp. 65-88 In: In Search of the Causes of Evolution: From Field Observations to Mechanisms. (Eds., Peter and Rosemary Grant), Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.
Liu, L., L. Yu , S. V. Edwards. 2010. A maximum pseudo-likelihood approach for estimating species trees under the coalescent model. BMC Evolutionary Biology 10:302. doi:10.1186/1471-2148-10-302.
Vo, A.-T., 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: 7866-7871.
Edwards, S. V. 2013. Next-generation QTL mapping: crowdsourcing SNPs, without pedigrees. Molecular Ecology 22:3885-3887.
Baldwin, M. W., Y. Toda, T. Nakagita, M. J. O'Connell, K. C. Klasing, T. Misaka, S. V. Edwards, and S. D. Liberles. 2014. Evolution of sweet taste perception in hummingbirds by transformation of the ancestral umami receptor. Science 345:929-933.
Lowe, C., Clarke, J. Baker, A. J., Haussler, D., Edwards, S. V. 2015. Feather development genes and associated regulatory innovation predate the origin of Dinosauria. Molecular Biology and Evolution 32:23-28.