MacArthur Fellows Program

Günter Wagner

Developmental Biologist | Class of 1992

Developmental Biologist
New Haven, Connecticut
38 at time of award
Published July 1, 1992

About Günter's Work

Günter Wagner is a biologist who attempts to integrate developmental biology and morphology with population and quantitative genetics in order to illuminate morphological evolution.

Wagner skillfully synthesizes the continental European and Anglo-American traditions in evolutionary biology.  An experimentalist and theoretician, he is noted for his ability to integrate population genetics with macroevolutionary theory.  Wagner’s interests include patterns of variation, theory of complex adaptive systems, evolutionary innovations and the biological basis of homology, and investigation of the evolution of the developmental system through comparative molecular and morphological analyses.  He is the author of Modularity in Development and Evolution (2004), and has served on the editorial board (1987-92) and as special feature editor (1989-92) for the Journal of Evolutionary Biology.


Wagner was a professor at the University of Vienna (1985-90), and held various visiting professorships at Northwestern University (1987-88), the University of Basel, Switzerland (1991), and the University of Leiden, the Netherlands (1995).  Since 1991, he has been a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University, where he served as chair (1997-2001).

Wagner received a B.S. (1973) from the Technical College for Chemical Engineering, Vienna, Austria, and a Ph.D. (1979) from the University of Vienna.

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