Edward O. Wiley III

Systematics and Evolution

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My research program is centered around two basic themes, the evolution of fishes and the theory and practice of phylogenetic systematics. At present I am concentrating on the evolution of higher teleost fishes as part of a collaborative All Tree of Life (AToL) project where my team is working on the morphological evolution while other labs are analyzing development and the molecular systematics. I also have interests in speciation and biogeography and how we can integrate phylogeny and biogeography with the latest techniques in biodiversity modeling.

Some Recent Publications

Wiley, E. O. and G. D. Johnson. 2010. A teleost classification based on monophyletic groups. In: Nelson, J. S., H.-P. Schultze and M. V. h. Wilson (eds.): Origin and Phylogenetic Relationships of Teleosts. Verlag Dr. Pfiel, Munich: 123-182.

Wiley, E. O. 2010. Why tree are important. Evol. Edu. Outreach 3(4): 499-505.

Martin, J., D. Blackburn, and E. O. Wiley. Are node-based and stem-based clades equivalent? Insights from graph theory. PLoS Curr. 2010 November 18; 2: RRN1196. doi:10.1371/currents.RRN1196.

Holcroft, N. I. and E. O. Wiley. 2008. Acanthuroid relationships revisited: a new nuclear gene-based analysis that incorporates tetraodontiform representatives. Ichthyol. Res. 55:274–283.

Wiley, E. O. 2008. Homology. Identity and transformation. In: Arratia, G., H.-P. Schultze and M. V. h. Wilson (eds.): Mesozoic fishes 4: Homology and Phylogeny. Verlag Dr. Pfiel, Munich: 9–21.

Miya, M. , N. I. Holcroft, T.P. Satoh, M. Yamaguchi, M. Nishida & E.O. Wiley. 2007. Mitochondrial genome and a nuclear gene indicate a novel phylogenetic position of deep-sea tube-eye fish (Stylephoridae). Ichthyological Research 54:323–332.

Wiley, E. O. 2007. Species concepts and their importance in fisheries management and research. Trans. Amer. Fisheries Soc. 136(4):1126–1135.

Wiley, E. O. 2007. Hennig, (Emil Hans) Willi. New Dictionary of Scientific Biography (Koeretge, N., ed.). Charles Scribner's Sons., NY. (reviewed by Hennig's son, Wolfgang Hennig).

Chen, P. E. O. Wiley, and K. M. McNyset. 2007. Ecological niche modeling as a predictive tool: silver and bighead carps in North America. Biological Invasions 9:43–51.

Chen, P., E. O. Wiley, and K. M. McNyset. 2006. Ecological niche modeling as a predictive tool: Silver and bighead carps in North America. Biological Invasions (2006): 9pp. R. (Electronic)

Pramuk, J. B., M. J. Grose, A. L. Clarke, E. B. Greenbaum, E. Bonaccorso, J. M. Guayasamin, A. H. Smith, B. W. Benz, B. R. Harris, E. Siegfreid, Y. R. Reid, N. I. Holcroft, and E. O. Wiley. 2006. Phylogeny of finescale shiners of the genus Lythrurus (Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae) inferred from four mitochondrial genes. Mol. Phylo. Evol.

Some Other Significant Publications


Wiley, E. O. 1981. Phylogenetics. The Theory and Practice of Phylogenetic Systematics. Wiley-Interscience, New York. 439pp.

Wiley, E. O., D. Siegel-Causey, D. R. Brooks, and V. A. Funk. 1991. The Compleat Cladist, A Primer of Phylogenetic Systematics. Spec. Publ., Museum of Natural History, University of Kansas. 158pp. Trnaslated into Japanese by Maski Myia in 1991.


Wiley, E. O., K. M. McNyset, A. T. Peterson, C. R. Robins, and A. M. Stewart. 2003. Niche modeling and geographic range predictions in the marine environment using a machine-learning algorithm. Oceanography 16(3):120–127.

Wiley, E. O., and R. L. Mayden. 1985. Species and speciation in phylogenetic systematics, with examples from the North American fish fauna. Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 72:596–635.

Wiley, E. O. 1978a. The evolutionary species concept reconsidered. Syst. Zool. 27:17–26.

Wiley, E. O. 1976. The systematics and biogeography of fossil and Recent gars (Acintopterygii: Lepisosteidae). Misc. Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist. Univ. Kansas 64:1–111.

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