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Dr Sylvain Gerber

Dr Sylvain Gerber

Research Associate



Office Phone: +44 (0) 1223 333455

Research Interests

As a macroevolutionary biologist, I am interested in large-scale morphological evolution and in the multiple processes that underlie its dynamics. My research activities, at the intersection of evolutionary paleobiology and evolutionary developmental biology (EvoDevo), aim at assessing and better characterizing the roles of development, selection and chance in macroevolution.

Key Publications

Gerber S. 2014. Not all roads can be taken: development induces anisotropic accessibility in morphospace. Evol. Dev. 16, 373–381

Hughes M., S. Gerber & M. A. Wills. 2013. Clades reach highest morphological disparity early in their evolution. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 110, 13875-13879

Gerber S. 2013. On the relationship between the macroevolutionary trajectories of morphological integration and morphological disparity. PLoS One 8, e63913  

Gerber S. & M. J. Hopkins. 2011. Mosaic heterochrony and evolutionary modularity: the trilobite genus Zacanthopsis as a case study. Evolution 65, 3241-3252

Gerber S. 2011. Comparing the differential filling of morphospace and allometric space through time: the morphological and developmental dynamics of early Jurassic ammonoids. Paleobiology 37, 369-382

Gerber S., G. J. Eble & P. Neige. 2011. Developmental aspects of morphological disparity dynamics: a simple analytical exploration. Paleobiology 37, 237-251

Gerber S., G. J. Eble & P. Neige. 2008. Allometric space and allometric disparity: a developmental perspective in the macroevolutionary analysis of morphological disparity. Evolution 62, 1450-1457

Gerber S., P. Neige & G. J. Eble. 2007. Combining ontogenetic and evolutionary scales of morphological disparity: a study of early Jurassic ammonites. Evol. Dev. 9, 472-482