The goal of this volume is to provide a compendium of examples of how evolutionary approaches have illuminated the forces of evolution impacting a broad array of science and society from biodiversity studies, to medicine, to linguistics, to law.  The volume will be an exceptional tool for those teaching biology (whether at the high school or college level), as a centerpiece for undergraduate/graduate seminars, and as a critical resource for faculty to use in educating the general public in the importance of understanding evolutionary mechanisms. The volume will contain at least 50 -1-3 page vignettes (including up to 1 figure and 1 table) summarizing published examples of the role of evolution in shaping biodiversity and the associated techniques used in evolutionary biology.  To generate this large number of quality vignettes, we propose a completely novel approach by enlisting the community of evolutionary biologists (students/faculty) around the world to organize and develop these vignettes, and submit them here via EasyChair for review by an editorial board of world leaders in evolutionary biology.  The quality vignettes will cover the exceptional research over the past 150 years in evolutionary biology.  By incorporating graduate students who are not associated with the primary research topic of the vignette, we hope to obtain excellent general summaries of the published (and therefore already peer-reviewed and impactful) research.  Up to four articles will be selected for cash prizes of $500 with up to 50 receiving publication in a volume published by Oxford University Press.

Submission Guidelines

To submit vignettes for publication in the 2019 volume, please visit the submission page here.

Vignettes must be written in English, contain up to one figure and one table, and submitted in pdf format with high resolution images.  Finalists for publication will be required to submit final versions in as Word documents with independent files for tables and figures in original format.

Board of Receiving Editors

  • Hitoshi Araki, Hokkaido University, Japan

  • Louis Bernatchez, Université Laval, Canada

  • Luc De Meester, KU Leuven, Belgium

  • Ella Vázquez Domínguez, UNAM, Mexico

  • Michael Donoghue, Yale University, USA

  • Daniel Faith, The Australian Museum, Australia

  • Felix Forest, Royal Botanical Gardens, United Kingdom

  • R. Geeta, University of Delhi, India

  • Andrew Hendry, McGill University, Canada

  • Lúcia Lohmann, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

  • Tetsukazu Yahara, Kyushu University, Japan


Keith Crandall, George Washington University,