Recent Events and Other Announcements
The R. A. Fisher Prize is awarded annually by the Society for the Study of Evolution for an outstanding Ph.D. dissertation paper published in the journal Evolution during a given calendar year. This year’s Fisher Prize is awarded to Dr. David McCandlish for his paper: “Visualizing fitness landscapes.”
David received his Ph.D. this year under co-advisers Paul Magwene and Dan McShea. He has just begun a post-doctoral positionat the University of Pennsylvania.
Biology’s First Law: The Tendency for Diversity and Complexity to Increase in Evolutionary Systems is a new book which argues that there exists an innate evolutionary tendency toward diversity and complexity. The argument they give uses simple, uncontested Darwinian criteria yet reveals important and revolutionary consequences for biology at every hierarchical level.
Edited by Alex Rosenberg and including two papers by Robert Brandon! This anthology covers all major currently contested areas of philosophy of biology. It provides meaningful commentary and introductions to each section. It will prove to be a useful tool for any philosophy of biology class.