• JOHN ODLING-SMEE

      Articles written in Journal of Genetics

    • Why Gupta et al.’s critique of niche construction theory is off target

      MARCUS W. FELDMAN JOHN ODLING-SMEE KEVIN N. LALAND

      More Details Abstract Fulltext PDF

      Gupta et al., in their article in this issue (‘Niche construction in evolutionary theory: the construction of an academic niche?’. doi:10.1007/s12041-017-0787-6), lament ‘serious problems with the way science is being done’ and suggest that ‘niche construction theory exemplifies this state of affairs.’ However, their aggressively confrontational but superficial critique of niche construction theory (NCT) only contributes to these problems by attacking claims that NCT does not make. This is unfortunate, as their poor scholarship has done a disservice to the evolutionary biology community through propagating misinformation.We correct Gupta et al.’s misunderstandings, stressing that NCT does not suggest that the fact that organisms engage in niche constructionis neglected, nor does it make strong claims on the basis of its formal theory. Moreover, the treatment of niche construction as an evolutionary process has been highly productive, and is both theoretically and empirically well validated.We end by reflecting on the potentially deleterious implications of their publication for evolutionary science.

  • Journal of Genetics | News

    • Editorial Note on Continuous Article Publication

      Posted on July 25, 2019

      Click here for Editorial Note on CAP Mode

© 2017-2019 Indian Academy of Sciences, Bengaluru.