Evolutionists at work

There are lots of evolutionists posting on the #Istudyevolution Twitter site. Here’s some pictures of evolutionists I know—friends and colleagues I speak to:

Neil is in the next building:

Everyone calls her “Sally”, she’s multifarious and fiercely smart:

Graham took my graduate speciation course, and now he’s a fancy-shmancy professor and a big contributer to the study of human migration via genetics:

Mohamed: my second student and now a professor at Duke and former chair of biology

And Daniel was a “grandstudent”—a student of Mohamed who also studies speciation:

Hopi’s a Harvard professor, but we wrote two papers together before she moved to Cambridge from San Diego:

Leonie studies speciation in plants, and was here for CoyneFest:

Jon Losos, who I saw a few weeks ago. He’s just left Harvard to run an institute in St. Louis:

I don’t really know Sally, but we’ve featured her on this site twice (here and here), and I like to see young people studying flies!

I know Jake because he married my former technician, Susannah:

And I added one too, from a while back when we collected flies in the mist forest of São Tomé. Of course I misspelled “hybrid zone”!

With all those enthusiastic people turning out great work, I have no worries about the future of the field. (Well, except for those who try to claim it’s woefully deficient because epigenetics!)


  1. glen1davidson
    Posted February 12, 2018 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    I have fully and completely internalized my inner fish.

    It is my outer fish that disturbs me.

    Glen Davidson

    • rickflick
      Posted February 12, 2018 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

      Wow! Really? Send pictures(good ones, of course).

  2. Liz
    Posted February 12, 2018 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Studying evolutionary trajectories sounds absolutely fascinating.

  3. Frank
    Posted February 12, 2018 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    I get nothing but blank frames. Anyone else having the same problem? I’m using the latest version of Safari. The other tweet pics in today’s update displayed perfectly.

  4. Posted February 12, 2018 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    PCC(e), yours was the only one of those tw*ts that showed up as an empty box and the dire warning “This media may contain sensitive material”! With great trepidation I clicked it anyway and it turns out to be a picture of you engaged in fly trafficking. Perhaps someone at Tw**ter has an inordinate fondness of flies.

    • Posted February 12, 2018 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

      For some reason (i.e., someone complained about me beefing about religion), some people get that warning with every picture I tweet. It’s annoying but you can still see them by clicking.

      • darrelle
        Posted February 13, 2018 at 10:32 am | Permalink

        So you are officially a Disturber Of The Peace? Congratulations!

  5. Paul S
    Posted February 12, 2018 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    Pea green with envy. I love science, alas a distant unfulfilled desire.

  6. Posted February 12, 2018 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    I had the pleasure of taking an online Genetic and Evolution course from Dr. Noor. Loved every second of it and learned tons.

    • Posted February 12, 2018 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

      Yes, that course has an excellent reputation; Mohamed’s a great teacher.

  7. Marilee Lovit
    Posted February 12, 2018 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    I loved Noor’s intro genetics and evolution class too. Now I have at least a small grasp of some of the terms and concepts that come up, like hitch-hikers and selective sweeps! I am particularly interested in plant evolution and speciation.

  8. Petra Sierwald
    Posted February 12, 2018 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    About 30 ant, mollusk, beetle, spider, and millipede enthusiast, emerti, curators, students, and dedicated volunteers (e.g., imaging spider genitalia) celebrated Darwin’s birthday today at a joyful lunch at my favorite museum.

  9. Richard
    Posted February 13, 2018 at 2:37 am | Permalink

    But none of these photos show them sacrificing babies or celebrating black masses. Are you sure they are evilutionists?

  10. Jonathan Wallace
    Posted February 13, 2018 at 5:23 am | Permalink

    Could “huybrid zone” be described as a mutation? 🙂

  11. Posted February 13, 2018 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    Sardines and cold spaghetti? How was *that* menu chosen? 😉

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