I just looked at my Google Scholar page this afternoon. I find it useful to see who has been citing our research. (And, I admit, it is kind of fun to see those h-indices tick up. I will also admit that I liked baseball statistics when I was a kid. Just yesterday, I was recounting to friends the bold move by the Detroit Tigers in the 1968 World Series to play one of their good-hitting outfielders at shortstop to get an extra bat into the lineup.)
So today, Google Scholar listed several new co-authors that I should add to my roster … and impressive ones at that. How’s that?
Google Scholar picked up on a forthcoming edited volume, The Princeton Guide to Evolution, which will be coming out soon. Jonathan B. Losos is the editor-in-chief, with eight more of us also serving as editors: David A. Baum, Douglas J. Futuyma, Hopi E. Hoekstra, Richard E. Lenski, Allen J. Moore, Catherine L. Peichel, Dolph Schluter, and Michael C. Whitlock.
Easy work? Hardly! I edited the final section on “Evolution and Modern Society.” That may sound a bit fluffy, but I was, and am, really excited by it. In this section alone, there are 15 articles organized around four themes: (i) evolution and disease, (ii) evolution and technology, (iii) evolution and what it means to be human, and (iv) evolution in the public sphere.
I lined up great people to write on interesting and important topics —
- Paul Turner on “Evolutionary Medicine”
- Dieter Ebert on “Evolution of Parasite Virulence”
- Dan Andersson on “Evolution of Antibiotic Resistance”
- Paul Keim and Talima Pearson on “Evolution and Microbial Forensics” (including how evolution was used to investigate the anthrax postal attacks right after 9/11)
- Amy Cavanaugh and Cameron Currie on “Domestication and the Evolution of Agriculture” (including how ants discovered farming long before we humans did)
- Brad Shaffer on “Evolution and Conservation”
- Erik Quandt and Andy Ellington on “Directed Evolution”
- Rob Pennock on “Evolution and Computing” (including how evolution was used to design antennae that have been launched into space)
- Mark Pagel on “Linguistics and the Evolution of Human Language”
- Elizabeth Hannon and Tim Lewens on “Cultural Evolution”
- Alan Templeton on “Evolution and Notions of Human Race”
- Alan Templeton, again, on “The Future of Human Evolution” (no, humans have not stopped evolving)
- Francisco Ayala on “Evolution and Religion”
- Genie Scott on “Creationism and Intelligent Design” (including how the different flavors of creationism have evolved over time)
- And, last but not least, Carl Zimmer on “Evolution and the Media” (including blogs, of course)
Oh, and I wrote an Introduction to the section that pulls the four themes together and explains how they all intersected in one epic Doonesbury comic strip. But you’ll have to buy, or borrow, the book to see how I pulled everything together. (No, I don’t get any royalties, but I got a small honorarium.)