Pere Alberch (1954–1998)

  • Arantza Etxeberria
  • Laura Nuño de la RosaEmail author
Living reference work entry


Pere Alberch Vié (1954–1998) was an experimental embryologist, theoretical biologist, and evolutionary biologist of Catalan origins who studied and developed part of his career in the USA. With a focus on herpetology, his empirical studies combined conceptual research, theoretical models, and experiments in order to integrate development and evolution. The 1980s were the most productive and innovative period of his career, when he was assistant professor and curator at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University. In the 1990s, he continued his work as Director of the Museum of Natural History in Madrid, Spain. His contributions on topics such as heterochrony, developmental constraints, evolvability, possible variation, construction rules, the morphospace, or the “logic of monsters” have largely been conducive to shape the core concepts of evo-devo.


Evo-devo Form Monsters Developmental constraints Morphospace Morphogenetic process Evolvability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IAS-Research Center for Life, Mind, and Society, Department of Logic and Philosophy of ScienceUniversity of the Basque Country UPV/EHUDonostia-San SebastiánSpain

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  • Daniel Nicholson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Sociology, Philosophy and AnthropologyUniversity of ExeterExeterUK

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