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April 29, 2021 - David B. Wake (1936-2021)It is with sadness that I share the news that our beloved colleague and friend, David Wake, passed away this morning, surrounded by his family. A native of South Dakota, Dave earned his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California where he met his wife, Marvalee. He began his career at the University of Chicago, and then joined the faculty of UC Berkeley in 1968. He was the Director of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology for 27 years (1971-1998). He served as President of the Society for the Study of Evolution, the American Society of Naturalists, and the American Society of Zoologists. Details of Dave's contributions to research can be found on his lab page. Dave was a towering figure in evolutionary biology and herpetology and trained generations of students, including many leaders in the field today. Dave was a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and was recognized by many awards. His deep wisdom, gentle demeanor, and friendship were an inspiration to all. We will miss him deeply. Donations in Dave's memory can be made to the David and Marvalee Wake Fund for student research or the AmphibiaWeb Fund.
Michael Nachman, Director
Jun 14, 2021Understanding the Ancient Origins of Adaptive Radiation
MVZ Graduate Student Emilie Richard’s latest paper in PNAS investigates the origins and stages of vertebrate adaptive radiation, by reconstructing the spatial and temporal histories of genetic variants underlying major phenotypic axes of diversification from the genomes of 202 Caribbean pupfishes. The results provided clear support for two longstanding hypotheses about adaptive radiation and demonstrated how ancient alleles maintained for millennia in distinct environmental refugia can be assembled into new adaptive combinations.