The internet offers no shortage of outlets for the creative minds among us, and scientists are, of course, no exception. Whether one is dancing one’s PhD (pioneered by John Bohannon, yes, that John Bohannon), or filming laboratory videos about the trials tribulations of graduate students, YouTube is filled with educational materials channeled through performance. Ranging from cringe-worthy to spectacular, there’s something particularly joyful about finding one that hits close to home. And so for this Friday, I offer you “Evo-Devo”, a parody of the song “Despacito” from Tim Blais at A Capella Science. Evo-Devo is short for Evolutionary Developmental Biology, something I spent many formative years pursuing, and here the video focuses on how the mechanisms of pattern formation are conserved across species. Let us know in the comments about your own creations, or at least those that celebrate your field of research.

David Crotty

David Crotty

David Crotty is a Senior Consultant at Clarke & Esposito, a boutique management consulting firm focused on strategic issues related to professional and academic publishing and information services. Previously, David was the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He oversaw journal policy across OUP’s journals program, drove technological innovation, and served as an information officer. David acquired and managed a suite of research society-owned journals with OUP, and before that was the Executive Editor for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, where he created and edited new science books and journals, along with serving as a journal Editor-in-Chief. He has served on the Board of Directors for the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing and CHOR, Inc., as well as The AAP-PSP Executive Council. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing.


3 Thoughts on "Evo-Devo, the A Capella Version"

I’m humbled by the range of skills and talent required to produce that one video … wow!

Dang! Amazed to see this celebration / explanation of a field…and wow Sean Carroll is in quite the company. I remember the ‘buzz’ for the 1st edition!

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