Bruce S. Grant
  Bruce Grant
Professor of Biology, Emeritus
College of William and Mary
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795 USA
757/229-0617, Fax 757/221-6483

Year of arrival 1968. Professor Emeritus. B.S., Biology, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, 1964; M.S., Genetics, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, 1966; Ph.D., Genetics, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, 1968. Evolutionary and Ecological Genetics. Genetic and developmental polymorphisms in peppered-moth larvae; the evolution of melanism in peppered moths. 

Recent Publications:

38 publications, 1968-2009
  • Grant, Bruce S. 2009. Industrial melanism. In: Evolution: The First Four Billion Years, edited by Ruse, M. and J. Travis. The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. pp. 652-656.
  • Noor, M.A.F., R.S. Parnell, and B.S. Grant. 2008. A Reversible Color Polyphenism in American Peppered Moth (Biston betularia cognataria) Caterpillars. PLoS ONE 3(9):e3142 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003142
  • Grant, Bruce S. 2005. Industrial Melanism. In: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester [doi:10.1038/npg.els.0004150]
  • Grant, Bruce. 2004. Intentional Deception: Intelligent Design's Wedge of Creationism. Skeptic 11: 84-86.
  • Grant, B. S. 2004. Allelic melanism in American and British peppered moths. Journal of Heredity 95:97-102.
  • Grant, Bruce. 2003. Industrial melanism, vignette 10.3. In: Newman, M.C. and M.A. Unger, Fundamentals of Ecotoxicology 2e. Boca Raton: Lewis Publishers 226-228.
  • Grant, B. S. and L. L. Wiseman. 2002. Recent history of melanism in American peppered moths. Journal of Heredity 93:86-90.
  • Grant, Bruce S. 2002. Sour grapes of wrath. Science 297:940-941.  View summary or full-text.
  • Cook, L. M. & B. S. Grant. 2000. Frequency of insularia during the decline in melanics in the peppered moth Biston betularia in Britain. Heredity 85: 580-585.
  • Grant, Bruce S. and Cyril A. Clarke, 1999.  An examination of intraseasonal variation in the incidence of melanism in peppered moths, Biston betularia (Geometridae).  Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 53: 99-103. 
  • Grant, Bruce S. 1999. Fine tuning the peppered moth paradigm. Evolution 53: 980-984. 
  • Grant, B. S., A. D. Cook, C. A. Clarke, and D. F. Owen. 1998. Geographic and temporal variation in the incidence of melanism in peppered moth populations in America and Britain. Journal of Heredity 89: 465-471. 
  • Grant, B. S., D. F. Owen, and C. A. Clarke. 1996. Parallel rise and fall of melanic peppered moths in America and Britain. Journal of Heredity 87: 351-357. 
  • Grant, Bruce, Denis F. Owen and Cyril A. Clarke. 1995. Decline of melanic moths. Nature 373: 565. 
  • Asami, Takahiro and Bruce Grant. 1995. Melanism has not evolved in Japanese Biston betularia (Geometridae). Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 49: 88-91. 
  • Clarke, Cyril A., Bruce Grant, Frieda M.M. Clarke and Takahiro Asami, 1994. A long term assessment of Biston betularia (L.) in one UK locality (Caldy Common near West Kirby, Wirral), 1959-1993, and glimpses elsewhere. Linnean 10: 18-26. 
  • Clarke, Cyril A., Frieda M.M. Clarke and Bruce Grant, 1993. Biston betularia (Geometridae), the peppered moth, in Wirral, England: an experiment in assembling. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 47: 17-21. 
  • Grant, Bruce and Rory J. Howlett. 1988. Background selection by the peppered moth (Biston betularia Linn.): individual differences. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 33: 217-232.

Invited and Contributed Papers:

A total of 29 papers presented since 1968. 

Major Offices in Societies; Editorships:

  • American Genetic Association: Editorial Board (Associate Editor, Journal of Heredity) 1984-1989
  • AGA Council Member, 1992-1994. 



Last updated February 2, 2009
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