Thursday, May 24, 2007


There's a new Evilutionary Biologist in the blogosphere. We cordially welcome Jonathan Marshall and look forward to his posts at Science, Politics, Religion et al. Dr. Marshall is a faculty member at Southern Utah University and specializes in phylogenetics.

Interestingly, Jon began his blog soon after meeting Carl Zimmer of the Loom (Zimmer gave a couple of invited lectures at SUU this past March). Carl apparently has this effect on evolutionary biologists; after coming into contact with him, they begin blogging. Zimmer posted about this trend earlier this year.


  1. You might suggest that he add some feeds. I tried, but apparently my old eyes couldn't handle his anti-spam characters.

  2. I second that motion. I would also like to say that it would be nice if you allowed comments on the next post (about fish eyes). I was going to nitpick and say that it's not a Hedgehog protein that is overproduced, but two (Sonic Hedgehog and Tiggy Winkle Hedgehog). This was something I found out after looking through that one article trying to figure out just which Hedgehog protein you were talking about.

    I noticed both Zimmer and Myers talked about it as if there was only one too. Did they (and you) do that in order to simplify matters for the masses, or?

  3. Huh that's weird. I never mess with the comments settings; I don't know why comments were disallowed, but I changed it. Anyway, you can now comment on the Cave Fish post.

    It's difficult to strike a perfect balance of information to present in a blog. I try to keep my posts short (<500 words) so that people can get the main point quickly and then move on. The eyeless/Hedgehog expression situation naturally is more complex than I was able to capture in my post, however, I try to leave links for further information if one desires. In this case, the further info link was Jeffery's paper in J. Hered.

  4. Yeah, I see your point. And I guess there aren't that many who would both know that there are several hedgehog genes and also not know, but be curious about, which one(s) are involved in eye formation.