Russel Lande

2011 Balzan Prize for Theoretical Biology or Bioinformatics

For pioneering contributions to the development and application of theoretical population biology, including the modern development of the theory of quantitative genetics, and the study of stochastic population dynamics.

Biographical and Bibliographical Data

Russell Scott Lande, born in Mississippi in 1951, is a US citizen and UK resident.

Since 2007 Royal Society Research Professor at Imperial College London at Silwood Park Campus, he also holds a Professor II (20% appointment) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim; he is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

He received his PhD in 1976 from Harvard University and completed his Postdoctoral work from 1976 to 1978 at the University of Wisconsin. 
At the University of Chicago he became in 1978 an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biophysics and Theoretical Biology, in 1982 an Associate Professor in Ecology and Evolution and in 1989 Louis Block Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution. 

From 1990 to 1999 he held the position of Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Oregon and from 1999 to 2007 in the Department of Biology at the University of California, San Diego.

Selected publications:

– Lande, R. 1976. Natural selection and random genetic drift in phenotypic evolution, “Evolution” 30: 314-334
– Lande, R. 1979. Quantitative genetic analysis of multivariate evolution applied to brain: body size allometry, “Evolution” 33: 402-416
– Lande, R. 1980. Sexual dimorphism, sexual selection, and adaptation in polygenic characters, “Evolution” 34: 292-305
– Lande, R. 1981. Models of speciation by sexual selection on polygenic traits, “Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA” 78: 3721-3725
– Lande, R. 1981. The minimum number of genes contributing to quantitative variation between and within populations, “Genetics” 99: 541-553
– Lande, R. 1982. A quantitative genetic theory of life history evolution, “Ecology” 63: 607-615
– Lande, R. and S.J. Arnold. 1983. The measurement of selection on correlated characters, “Evolution” 37: 1210-1226
– Via, S. and R. Lande. 1985. Genotype-environment interaction and the evolution of phenotypic plasticity, “Evolution” 39: 505-522
– Lande, R. and D.W. Schemske. 1985. The evolution of self-fertilization and inbreeding depression in plants. I. Genetic models, “Evolution” 39: 24-40
– Schemske, D.W. and R. Lande. 1985. The evolution of self-fertilization and inbreeding depression in plants. II. Empirical observations, “Evolution” 39: 41-52
– Lande, R. 1987. Extinction thresholds in demographic models of territorial populations, “American Naturalist” 130: 624-635
– Lande, R. 1988. Genetics and demography in biological conservation, “Science” 241: 1455-1460
– Kirkpatrick, M. and R. Lande. 1989. The evolution of maternal characters, “Evolution” 43: 485-503
– Lande, R. and R. Thompson. 1990. Efficiency of marker-assisted selection in the improvement of quantitative traits, “Genetics” 124: 743-756
– Mace, G.M. and R. Lande. 1991. Assessing extinction threats: towards a re-evaluation of IUCN threatened species categories, “Conservation Biology” 5: 148-157
– Lande, R. 1993. Risks of population extinction from demographic and environmental stochasticity and random catastrophes, “American Naturalist” 142: 91 1-927
– Lande, R. 1995. Mutation and conservation, “Conservation Biology” 9: 782-791
– Lande, R. 1996. Statistics and partitioning of species diversity, and similarity among multiple communities, “Oikos” 76: 5-13
– Lande, R., S. Engen and B.-E. Saether. 2003. Stochastic Population Dynamics in Ecology and Conservation. Oxford University Press, Oxford
– Lande, R. 2009. Adaptation to an extraordinary environment by evolution of phenotypic plasticity and genetic assimilation, “Journal of Evolutionary Biology” 22: 1435-1446

(October 2011)

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