Professor Wallace Arthur


Email: Prof. Wallace Arthur

Research areas

Evolutionary biology, especially the evolution of development ('evo-devo'). Within this area: the origins of animal body plans; the evolutionary role of developmental bias; and the evolution of animal segmentation.

Journal Editorship

Evolution & Development, Blackwell Publishing.

Selected Publications
  • Arthur, W. 2011.  Evolution: A Developmental Approach.  Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford.
  • Vedel, V., Apostolou, Z., Arthur, W., Akam, M. & Brena, C. 2010.  An early temperature-sensitive period for the plasticity of segment number in the centipede Strigamia maritima.  Evol. & Dev. 12: 347-352. 
  • Vedel, V., Brena, C. & Arthur, W. 2009.  Demonstration of a heritable component of the variation in segment number in the centipede Strigamia maritima.  Evol. & Dev. 11: 434-440.
  • Arthur, W. 2008.  Conflicting theories on the nature of mega-evolution.  In:  Evolving Pathways, eds.  A. Minelli & G. Fusco.  Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Vedel, V., Chipman, A.D., Akam, M & Arthur, W. 2008.  Temperature-dependent plasticity of segment number in an arthropod species:  the centipede Strigamia maritima.  Evol. & Dev. 10: 487-492. 
  • Arthur, W. 2006. D’Arcy Thompson and the theory of transformations. Nat. Rev. Genet. 7, 401-406.
  • Arthur, W. & Chipman, A.D. 2005. The centipede Strigamia maritima: what it can tell us about the development and evolution of segmentation. BioEssays, 27, 653-660.
  • Chipman, A.D. Arhur, W. & Akam, M. 2004. A double segment periodicity underlies segment generation in centipede development. Curr. Biol. 14, 1250-1255.
  • Arthur, W. 2002. The emerging conceptual framework of evolutionary developmental biology. Nature, 415, 757-764.
  • Kettle, C. & Arthur, W. 2000. Latitudinal cline in segment number in an arthropod species, Strigamia maritima. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B. 267, 1393-1397.