Musings, book reviews & journalism

  • Read, A.F. & Kerr, P.J. (2017). Protection at a Price (on-line title: Do pathogens gain virulence as hosts become resistant?) The Scientist. Oct. Live article | PDF | Infographic
  • Read, A.F. (2017). The selfish germ. PLoS Biology 15: e2003250. PDF | Live article
  • Read, A. F. (2017). It’s a great thing to be lazy and ignorant. Commencement speech, PSU Graduate School Ceremony, May 7 Bryce Jordan Center. Official record | Better format
  • Read, A.F. (2016). Op Ed: Science, politics can team up to solve antibiotic resistance. Philadelphia Inquirer (Aug 4) PDF Live article


  • Read, A.F., & Woods, R.J. (2014). Clinical brief: Antibiotic resistance management. Evolution, Medicine and Public Health. doi: 10.1093/emph/eou024. PDF
  • Read, A.F. 2012. Book review. Matthews, G. (2012). Integrated Vector Management: Controlling Vectors of Malaria and Other Insect Vector Borne Diseases. Wiley-Blackwell. In: Quarterly Review of Biology 88:151.
  • Read, A.F. 2012. Biological battle.  Centre Daily Times. April 29, 2012. PDF
  • Read, A.F. 2012. Vicki Barclay: Enduring evolution. Biology News (PSU Dept Biology Alumni magazine). Winter 2012. PDF
  • Read, A.F. 2011. Taming Evolution. How best to manage the “natural” selection created by medical practice? Science Journal  (PSU’s Eberly College Alumni magazine) Fall 2011. PDF
  • Read, A.F. 2011. Evidence-based resistance management? Plasmodium (Newsletter of the National Institute of Malaria Research, New Delhi) 5(1): 3-4. PDF


  • Read, A.F. 2009. Book review. Harré, R. (2009). Pavlov’s Dogs and Schrödinger’s Cat: Scenes from the Living Laboratory. Oxford University Press, Oxford. In: Nature 458: 1113-1114. PDF
  • Read, A.F. 2009. Book review. Werth, B. (2009). Banquest at Delmonico’s. Great Minds, the Gilded Age, and the Triumph of Evolution in America. Random House, New York. In: Nature 457: 663-664. PDF
  • Read, A.F. 2008. Book review. Conn. P.M. & Parker, J.V. (2008). The Animal Research War. Palgrave MacMillan, London. In: Nature 453: 592-593. PDF
  • Read, A.F. 2008. Book review. Zuk, M. (2007). Riddled with Life: Friendly Worms, Ladybug Sex, and the Parasites That Make Us Who We Are. Harcourt, Orlando. In: Bioscience. 58:362-363. PDF


  • Read A.F., Gandon S., Nee, S. de Roode, J.C. and Mackinnon, M.J. (2005) Evolution of MDV virulence: an evolutionary biologist perspective. In: V. Nair (ed.) Recent Advances in Marek’s Disease Research: Proceedings of the 7th International MD Symposium, St Catherine’s College, Oxford, 10 -14th July (pp. 69-73). Institute for Animal Health, Compton, UK
  • Read, A.F. 2005. Book review: Esch, G.W. 2004. Parasites, People, and Places. Essays on Field Parasitology. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. In: Trends in Ecology and Evolution . 20:111-112. PDF
  • Read, A.F. 2004. Book review: Majerus, M.E.N. (2003). Sex Wars: Genes Bacteria and Biased Sex Ratios. Princeton University Press, Princeton. In: Bioscience 54: 362-363. PDF
  • Read, A.F. 2003. Book Review: Grafen, A., & Hails, R. (2002). Modern Statistics in the Life Sciences. Oxford University Press and Crawley, M.J. 2002. Statistical Computing. An Introduction to Data Analysis Using S-Plus. John Wiley. In: Trends in Ecology and Evolution18: 11-12 (2003). PDF
  • Read, A.F. 2003 Various articles in The Irish Times while a BA Media Fellow are available here (scroll down a bit).
  • Wedekind, C. 2001. Biographical Biology. Review of “Darwin & Co. Eine Geschichte der Biologie in Portraits (in German).” Volumes I and II, edited by I. Jahn and M. Schmitt. Nature 413: 568-569. PDF
  • Skorping, A. & Read, A.F. 2000. What determines the longevity of mammalian nematodes? Bulletin of the Scandanavian Society for Parasitology 10: 55-60.

Last century

  • Read, A.F. 2000. Book Review: Vetvicka, V. & Sima, P. 1998. Evolutionary Mechanisms of Defense Reactions. Birkhaüser Verlag. In: Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 13: 151-152. PDF
  • West, S.A., Lively, C.M., & Read, A.F. 1999. Sex may take more than one. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 12:1053-1055. PDF
  • Read, A.F. 1999. Book Review: W.D. Hamilton and J.C. Howard (ed.s). 1997. Infection, Polymorphism and Evolution. Chapman & Hall and the Royal Society. In: Quarterly Review of Biology. 74:224. PDF
  • Read, A.F. 1999. Book Review: Matthews, B.E. 1998. An Introduction to Parasitology. Cambridge University Press. In: Times Higher Education Supplement., Feb 26 (1999).
  • Read, A.F., Shutler, D. 1998. Darwinian medicine? Lessons from avian blood parasites. Bulletin of the Scandanavian Society for Parasitology. 8: 30-32.
  • Read, A.F. 1998. Book Review: Poulin, R. 1998. Evolutionary Ecology of Parasites. From Individuals to Communities. Chapman & Hall. In: Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 13: 516-517. PDF
  • Read, A.F. 1997. Book Review: Clayton, D.H., & Moore, J. (ed.s) 1997. Host-Parasite Evolution: General Principles and Avian Models. Oxford University Press. In: Trends in Ecology and Evolution 13: 293-294 (1998). PDF
  • Read, A.F. 1997. Book Review: Roizman, B. (ed.) 1995. Infectious Diseases in an Age of Change. The Impact of Human Ecology and Behaviour of Disease Transmission. National Academy of Sciences, Washington. In: American Journal of Epidemiology. 145: 861-862.(1997).
  • Read, A.F. 1997. Book Review: Isham, V. & Medley, G. (ed.s) 1996. Models for Infectious Human Diseases. Their Structure and Relation to Data. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. In: Parasitology Today 13: 158-159 (1997). PDF
  • Harvey, P.H., Read, A.F., & Nee, S. 1995. Further remarks on the role of phylogeny in comparative ecology. Journal of Ecology. 83: 733-734. PDF
  • Harvey, P.H., Read, A.F., & Nee, S. 1995. Why ecologists are phylogenetically challenged. Journal of Ecology. 83: 535-536. PDF
  • Read, A.F. 1994. Book Review: Crawley, M. J. (ed.) 1992. Natural Enemies. The Population Biology of Predators, Parasites and Diseases. Blackwell Scientific, Oxford. In: Quarterly Review of Biology. 69: 256-257 (1994). PDF
  • Read, A.F. 1994. Book Review: Brooks, D.R. & McLennan, D.A. 1993. Parascript. Parasites and the Language of Evolution. Smithsonian Institution Press, Wasington. In: Parasitology Today. 10: 203-204. (1994) PDF
  • Read, A.F., & Nee, S. 1993. Haldane’s coincidence: a reply to Brookfield. Evolution. 47: 1888-1889. PDF

The Read Group began in Edinburgh in 1993. If you really are looking for publications before then, email Andrew.