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In 2001, Scott Gilbert introduced the concept of Ecological developmental biology as the effect of the environment influencing the establishment of a phenotype. The field has taken its time to grow and define what really undermines Ecological development and now nearly two decades later, a new niche of Eco-evo-devo has expanded its reach and continues to grow, getting ecologists, developmental and evolutionary biologists to think of the environmental impact on growth and sustenance of life.

In such exciting times, to recognise this new growing field of research, BMC Developmental biology, BMC EcologyBMC Evolutionary biology, and EvoDevo jointly present the collection on ecological and evolutionary developmental biology (Eco-evo-devo for short). 

This series is a collection of primary research articles and any methods that researchers wish to establish to this exciting and growing field. 

The collection is open for submissions. Please submit directly to the relevant journal, stating in your cover letter that it is for the “Ecological and evolutionary developmental biology” collection. Alternatively you can email your pre-submission queries to the Editors (ecology and evolutionary biology queries should be sent to; developmental biology queries should be sent to; evodevo queries should be sent to

The special issue is open for submissions.
To submit to BMC Developmental Biology, click here.
To submit to BMC Ecology and Evolution*, click here.
To submit to EvoDevo, click here.

*BMC Ecology and BMC Evolutionary biology are merging into a single journal that will be called BMC Ecology and Evolution. 

Guest Editors (EvoDevo): Gaspar Jekely and Yi-Hsien Su

  1. Pigmentation patterning systems are of great interest to understand how changes in developmental mechanisms can lead to a wide variety of patterns. These patterns are often conspicuous, but their origins remai...

    Authors: Marleen Klann, Manon Mercader, Lilian Carlu, Kina Hayashi, James Davis Reimer and Vincent Laudet

    Citation: EvoDevo 2021 12:8

    Content type: Review

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  2. Sexual-size dimorphism (SSD) is replete among animals, but while the selective pressures that drive the evolution of SSD have been well studied, the developmental mechanisms upon which these pressures act are ...

    Authors: Jeanne M. C. McDonald, Pegah Nabili, Lily Thorsen, Sohee Jeon and Alexander W. Shingleton

    Citation: EvoDevo 2021 12:6

    Content type: Research

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  3. In holometabolous insects, environmental factors experienced in pre-imaginal life stages affect the life-history traits within that stage and can also influence subsequent life stages. Here, I assessed toleran...

    Authors: Steve B. S. Baleba

    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2021 21:78

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Asexually reproducing populations of single cells evolve through mutation, natural selection, and genetic drift. Environmental conditions in which the evolution takes place define the emergent fitness landscap...

    Authors: Bhaskar Kumawat and Ramray Bhat

    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2021 21:52

    Content type: Research article

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  5. K-mer spectra of DNA sequences contain important information about sequence composition and sequence evolution. We want to reveal the evolution rules of genome sequences by studying the k-mer spectra of genome...

    Authors: Zhenhua Yang, Hong Li, Yun Jia, Yan Zheng, Hu Meng, Tonglaga Bao, Xiaolong Li and Liaofu Luo

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2020 20:157

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Organismal fitness can be determined at early life-stages, but phenotypic variation at early life-stages is rarely considered in studies on evolutionary diversification. The trophic apparatus has been shown to...

    Authors: Samantha V. Beck, Katja Räsänen, Camille A. Leblanc, Skúli Skúlason, Zophonías O. Jónsson and Bjarni K. Kristjánsson

    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2020 20:21

    Content type: Research article

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  7. The thermal plasticity of life-history traits receives wide attention in the recent biological literature. Of all the temperature-dependent traits studied, developmental rates of ectotherms are especially ofte...

    Authors: Dmitry Kutcherov

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:50

    Content type: Research article

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