The Species and Systematics series will investigate the theory and practice of systematics and taxonomy and explore their importance to biology in a series of comprehensive volumes aimed at students and researchers in biology and in the history and philosophy of biology. The book series will examine the role of the study of biological diversity at all levels of organization and focus on the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of research in biodiversity dynamics. The philosophical consequences of classification, integrative taxonomy and future implications of rapidly expanding data and technologies will be among the themes explored by this series. Approaches to topics in Species and Systematics may include detailed studies of systematic methods, empirical studies of exemplar taxonomic groups, and historical treatises on central concepts in systematics.
What are Species?
Phylogenetic Systematics: Haeckel to Hennig
Brent D. Mishler
June 26, 2019
This book is an extended argument for abandoning the various single concepts and the "species" rank. The author proposes that the rank of "species" be replaced by a pluralistic view. In such taxonomy, the smallest identifiable lineages would be used within various divergent phylogenies in a context...
Julia D. Sigwart
October 17, 2018
Everyone uses species. All human cultures, whether using science or not, name species. Species are the basic units for science, from ecosystems to model organisms. Yet, there are communication gaps between the scientists who name species, called taxonomists or systematists, and those who use...
John S. Wilkins
February 05, 2018
Over time the complex idea of "species" has evolved, yet its meaning is far from resolved. This comprehensive work is a fresh look at an idea central to the field of biology by tracing its history from antiquity to today. Species is a benchmark exploration and clarification of a concept fundamental...
June 30, 2016
Phylogenetic Systematics: Haeckel to Hennig traces the development of phylogenetic systematics against the foil of idealistic morphology through 100 years of German biology. It starts with the iconic Ernst Haeckel—the German Darwin from Jena—and the evolutionary morphology he developed. It ends...
December 09, 2015
A persistent argument among evolutionary biologists and philosophers revolves around the nature of natural selection. Evolution by Natural Selection: Confidence, Evidence and the Gap explores this argument by using a theory of persistence as an intentional foil to examine ways in which similar...