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Dr. Marvalee H. Wake
Chair of the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley
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.