October 27, 2014
Hampden-Sydney College faculty members, Dr. Bill Shear, Trinkle Professor of Biology, and Dr. Alex Werth, Venable Professor of Biology, recently collaborated to write an article which was featured in American Scientist magazine. In their piece, "The Evolutionary Truth About Living Fossils", Shear and Werth relate the unseen evolution of living fossils and discuss the definition and usefulness of this term.
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, has been publishing this bi-monthly and award-winning magazine since 1913. American Scientist is committed to featuring articles on science, engineering, and technology. Each issue is composed by prominent scientists and engineers in fields ranging from molecular biology to computer engineering.
Dr. Shear received his A.B. from the College of Wooster, his M.A. from the University of New Mexico, and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. His teaching interests include general biology, microbiology, entomology, invertebrate zoology, animal behavior, evolutionary theory, and history of life.
Dr. Werth received his B.S. in zoology from Duke University and his A.M. and Ph.D. in organismic and evolutionary biology from Harvard University. He was also a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Department of Wildlife Management, North Slope Borough, Barrow, Alaska, and a Fulbright Scholar, Republic of Maldives. Some of his teaching interests include evolutionary biology and paleontology; marine biology and oceanography; and biomechanics and osteology.
The two have been colleagues for many years and published dozens of academic articles on their own, but this is their first collaboration. Dr. Werth says, "I have wanted to publish an article with Bill for a long time, and I am glad I got to do so before he retires at the end of this year."