Burke da Silva, K. 2012. Evolution-centered teaching on biology. Ann. Rev Genomics and Hum. Genet. 13: 63-80. The importance of placing evolution as the organizing focus for biology courses.
Dobzhansky, T. 1964 Biology, molecular and organismic. Amer Zool. 4: 443-452 used the phrase, “Nothing makes sense in Biology except in the light of evolution”, which he revised slightly to the more widely quoted version as the title of his essay in American Biology Teacher 1972 35: 125-129, and available on-line.
Harold, F. M. (2001). The way of the cell: molecules, organisms, and the order of life. Oxford University Press.
Jacob, François. "Evolution and tinkering." (1977): 1161-1166. A highly influential essay on thinking about evolutionary processes. While many of the particular examples seem dated, the overall intellectual framework is important.
Lamichhaney, S. et al. 2015. Evolution of Darwin’s finches and their beaks revealed by genome sequencing. Nature 518: 371-375, with supplemental data. The paper we used for our discussion of the identification of ALX1 as one key gene in beak morphology.
Nurse, P., 2003. The great ideas of biology. Clinical medicine, 3(6), pp.560-568.
Rands et al. 2013. Insights into the evolution of Darwin’s finches from comparative analysis of the Geospiza magnirostris genome sequence. BMC Genetics 14: 95-110. A more advanced and detailed analysis of the genome of one of the finches used in the Lamichhaney et al. 2015. The introduction to the paper is provides a particularly valuable background.
Additional Reading for Boxes:
Bonini, NM and SL Berger, 2017. The sustained impact of model organisms—in genetics and epigenetics. Genetics 205: 1-4