James Mallet

James MalletJames Mallet
Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology in Residence
Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

James Mallet is an evolutionary biologist who uses South American butterflies to study speciation, hybridization, and the evolution of mimicry. He developed Heliconius and other Lepidoptera as model genetic systems to investigate hybridization and speciation. He co-founded the Heliconius Genome Consortium, which published the first chromosome-mapped butterfly genome in 2012. His multidisciplinary work combining genetics, evolution and ecology has transformed our understanding of the process of speciation and the concept of species.

Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology in Residence, Harvard University, 2017-present
Distinguished Lecturer, Harvard University, 2012-2017
Professor of Biological Diversity, University College London, 1992-2013; Emeritus 2013-present
Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, Mississippi State University, 1988-1992
NERC Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Genetics and Biometry, UCL, 1985-1988

PhD Zoology, University of Texas at Austin, 1984
BA Zoology, University of Oxford, 1976

Selected professional appointments & honours
Helen Putnam Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, 2009-2010
Darwin-Wallace Medal, The Linnean Society of London, 2009
Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, 2008-2009
Visiting Professor, Université de Perpignan, June-October 2007
Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2002}
Vice President for the Rest of the World, Society for the Study of Evolution, 2000
Editorial Board, Royal Society "B" (Biological) journals, 1999-2006
Associate Editor, "Evolution" journal, 1997-2001, Special Editor, 2001-2004

Selected publications
Mallet, J., Besansky, N., & Hahn, M.W. (2016). How reticulated are species? BioEssays 38: 140-149

Heliconius Genome Consortium (80 authors) (2012). Butterfly genome reveals promiscuous exchange of mimicry adaptations among species. Nature 487: 94-98. (JM is corresponding author)
Mallet, J. (2010). Why was Darwin's view of species rejected by 20th Century biologists? Biology and Philosophy 25: 497-527
Mallet, J. (2005). Hybridization as an invasion of the genome. Trends Ecol Evol 20: 229-237

Faculty webpage: mallet.oeb.harvard.edu