Wagner, Gunter 2018 Daniel Giraud Elliott

Wagner, Gunter 2018 Daniel Giraud Elliott

Join us in congratulating Günter Wagner!

Günter Wagner, Yale University, received the 2018 Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal.

Wagner has made a lifetime of fundamental contributions to the integration of developmental and evolutionary biology, most recently and most notably his 2014 book “Homology, Genes, and Evolutionary Innovation,” which addresses a question that has persisted since the time of Charles Darwin, namely the origin of evolutionary novelties, or how new or original traits emerge in organisms.  

In the book – constructed like Darwin’s “Origin of Species” as “one long argument” – Wagner advances a model as to how organisms rapidly evolved novel characteristics or innovations, such as feather or flowers. To accomplish this, Wagner’s book makes two primary claims: First, that novelty is a process that generates newly individuated morphologic characters; and second, that these novel characters are generated by recursively wired gene regulatory subnetworks, which Wagner first described in 2007 as “character identity networks.” 

Already a highly analyzed volume, “Homology, Genes, and Evolutionary Innovation” is predicted to orient research in evolutionary developmental biology for decades to come. 

The Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal recognizes a most meritorious, recently published work in zoology or paleontology. The award is presented with a medal and a $20,000 prize.

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 Watch Günter Wagner of @Yale receive @theNASciences Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal at #NAS155 on April 29! He will receive the 2018 Elliot Medal for his book “Homology, Genes, and Evolutionary Innovation,” which makes fundamental contributions to our understanding of the evolution of complex organisms. The award will be presented during the 155th NAS Annual Meeting on Sunday, April 29. http://bit.ly/155awards

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Congratulations Günter Wagner of @Yale, recipient of @theNASciences Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal! #EvolutionaryBiology http://www.nasonline.org/programs/awards/2018/Wagner.html

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