Our special issue on Developmental Bias in Evolution is officially published online

We are delighted to announce that the full volume of the special issue “Developmental Bias in Evolution,” edited by Armin P Moczek, is now out in the journal Evolution & Development. This special issue follows our third workshop at Santa Fe in 2018.


In November 2018 the Santa Fe Institute hosted a two‐day workshop titled Developmental Bias and Evolution, funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. Involving 34 participants and 22 talks, the workshop covered a wide range of approaches toward the study of bias exerted by developmental systems in the production of phenotypic variation, the impact such bias might have on evolutionary dynamics, and the methods that exist to assess the nature and consequences of this impact. Talks included historical retrospectives, philosophical examinations, and a great diversity of empirical treatments of the subject. Significant discussion and debate followed each presentation, and creative tensions emerged around key issues that characterize the diversity of perceptions of what, exactly, constitutes bias in developmental systems, when or how such bias may be evolutionarily relevant, and at the most basic level, whether the concept of developmental bias is itself useful in fueling a productive research program. This special issue is meant to capture this diversity of viewpoints, and to provide a collection of perspectives that will inform and motivate the next round of research, and the next generation of researchers.  — Moczek’s editorial, p.3


You can access the full issue here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/1525142x/2020/22/1-2