Today we celebrate Alfred Russel Wallace’s 200th Anniversary. Although for many he’s been in the shadow of Darwin, Wallace’s work has been central in the development of modern ecology and evolution, embedding the spatial and temporal location and setup of evolving populations into evolutionary theory from its very beginning, founding the multidisciplinary discipline of biogeography. He also was an undaunted explorer with the scientific intellect of a true genius, for whom a life of great adventure (and catastrophic misfortune) went hand in hand with seminal scientific discoveries. He deserves both a central position in the scientific hall of fame, as well as a multi-season series mixing action and intrigue on a streaming platform depicting his long and adventurous life.

You can read our npj Biodiveristy editorial at

Also, you can find more information on Wallace at, and some examples of his legacy at a Nature Ecology and Evolution portfolio collection.