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Alice Alldredge

Dr. Marvalee H. Wake

Chair of the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley

  • President of the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) 
  • President of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB)    
  • Past President of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH)  
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Biological Science (AIBS) 
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science 
  • Fellow and an Honorary Trustee (for life) of the California Academy of Sciences
  • Guggenheim Fellow 1988-89

Dr. Wake’s research emphasizes morphology, development, and reproductive biology in vertebrates with the goal of understanding evolutionary patterns and processes. The comparative method is applied to ontogenetic and adult studies of various organ systems and their integration in fishes, amphibians, and reptiles. Patterns of early development are used to understand and assess homology and homoplasy. Dr. Wake is interested in many problems in evolutionary, developmental and functional morphology and in issues of biodiversity.