The 446-page publication, Selection and Adaptive Evolution, offers a comprehensive look at the dynamics of selection and its evolutionary consequences.
Dr Pincheira-Donoso, an expert in evolutionary theory and lizard biology who recently joined the School of Life Sciences at the University of Lincoln, said: “I wrote this book in Spanish because I believed there was a gap in scientific literature available for young Latin American biologists willing to get involved in conceptual and question-centered research in these areas of biology. My hope is that this book will contribute to reinforce their interest in the fields of evolution and ecology.”
Adaptive evolution takes place when the most competitive genes and phenotypes in a population, in terms of their advantages for survival and reproduction, are maintained by selection from one generation to the next. Ever since the revolutionary publication of ‘The Origin of the Species’ by Charles Darwin in 1859, where the theory of natural selection was introduced, the scientific study of evolutionary change has been a longstanding challenge.
Currently, fields as diverse as quantitative genetics, ecology, phylogenetics, mathematics and genomics, converge to provide a comprehensive view of the process of adaptive evolution, and the laws of nature.
Dr Pincheira-Donoso’s book, published by Ediciones de la Universidad Catolica de Chile, provides a broad and conceptual synthesis of the scientific tools developed to understand the process of evolution.
Dr Pincheira-Donoso received a BSc in Biology from the University of Concepcion (Chile) and a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Exeter (UK), where he currently holds the post of Leverhulme Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Evolutionary Biology. He is the author of numerous scientific papers and of two previous books on evolution and systematics of lizards.
He said: “I chose to come to the University of Lincoln because the ongoing expansion of the School of Life Sciences offers a unique academic environment for my research and for collaboration with experts in a number of fields that touch my own interests in evolutionary biology.”