John Avise

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John C Avise
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Born 1948
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Citizenship American
Fields Genetics, Evolutionary Biology, Phylogeography
Institutions University of California, Irvine
Alma mater University of Michigan
Doctoral advisor Francisco J. Ayala

John Charles Avise (born 1948) is an American evolutionary geneticist, conservationist, ecologist and natural historian. He is a Distinguished Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine, and was previously a professor in the Department of Genetics at the University of Georgia.

Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and is a winner of the Brewster Medal from the American Ornithologists' Union. Avise was the first to use the term phylogeography[1] and is widely credited with early development of the discipline. The primary research focus of his laboratory shifted in the late 1990s to study the genetic parentage and mating systems of fishes and other creatures.[2] He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994.[3]


  1. ^ Avise, J. C., J. Arnold, R. M. Ball, Jr., E. Bermingham, T. Lamb, J. E. Neigel, C. A. Reed, and N. C. Saunders (1987). "Intraspecific phylogeography: the mitochondrial DNA bridge between population genetics and systematics". Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 18: 489–522. doi:10.1146/ 
  2. ^ Avise, John C. (2009-08-25). "John C. Avise". Current Biology 19 (16): R673–R674. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2009.06.035. ISSN 0960-9822. PMID 19711500. 
  3. ^ "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter A" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 


Journal articles

Loughry, W.J.; Prodöhl, Paulo A.; McDonough, Colleen M.; Avise, John C. (May–June 1998). "Polyembryony in Armadillos" (PDF). American Scientist 86 (3): 274–279. doi:10.1511/1998.3.274. 

  • Avise, John C. (2010), Inside the Human Genome: A Case for Non-Intelligent Design, Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-539343-0.
  • Avise, John C. (2008-10-23). Clonality: The Genetics, Ecology, and Evolution of Sexual Abstinence in Vertebrate Animals. OUP USA. ISBN 0-19-536967-X. 
  • Avise, John C. (2007-08-14). On Evolution. The Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 0-8018-8689-9. 
  • Avise, John C. (2006-05-04). Evolutionary Pathways in Nature: A Phylogenetic Approach (1 ed.). Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-67417-4. 
  • Avise, John C. (2004-05-01). Molecular Markers, Natural History and Evolution (2nd Revised ed.). Sinauer Associates Inc.,U.S. ISBN 0-87893-041-8. 
  • Avise, John C. (November 2002). Genetics in the Wild (illustrated ed.). Smithsonian Books. ISBN 1-58834-069-4. 
  • Avise, John C. (November 2001). Captivating Life: A Naturalist in the Age of Genetics (illustrated ed.). Smithsonian Books. ISBN 1-56098-957-2. 
  • Avise, John C. (2001-05-02). The Genetic Gods: Evolution and Belief in Human Affairs. Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-674-00533-3. 
  • Avise, John C. (2000-01-03). Phylogeography: The History and Formation of Species. Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-674-66638-0. 
  • Hamrick, James L; Avise, John C (1998-01-01). Conservation Genetics: case histories from nature. CBS Pub. & Dist., New Delhi. ISBN 81-239-0605-6.