The Theodosius Dobzhansky Prize

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The Theodosius Dobzhansky Prize is awarded annually by the Society for the Study of Evolution to recognize the accomplishments and future promise of an outstanding young evolutionary biologist.   The prize was established in memory of Professor Dobzhansky by his friends and colleagues, and reflects his lifelong commitment to fostering the research careers of young scientists.

This year’s winner of the Dobzhansky Prize is Dr. Mary Caswell Stoddard. Dr. Stoddard graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors’ of Science in Biology from Yale in 2008, and subsequently completed her PhD in Zoology as a Marshall Scholar at the University of Cambridge in 2015. From 2012-2015, she was a Junior Fellow at Harvard University. She will start as an Assistant Professor at Princeton in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in July 2016.  Dr. Stoddard’s research explores how animals perceive information in the environment and process this information as well as how these factors influence performance. More specifically, Dr. Stoddard works on the evolutionary ecology of mimicry, the evolution of coloration in birds, and evolution of avian eggs; the research is a model of integrative science, drawing on computer vision, comparative genomics and bioengineering as well as behavioral and evolutionary ecology. Dr. Stoddard’s work is at the forefront of technological innovationand brings important new quantitative approaches to both microevolutionary and macroevolutionary behavioral studies. The highly interdisciplinary nature of Dr. Stoddard’s work is indicated by the publication of 20+ papers to date in diverse journals, including Evolution as well asNature Communications, American Naturalist, Proceedings of the Royal Society, and Behavioral Ecology. 

 

Past Dobzhansky Prize winners:

1981   Douglas R. Cavener       1990   Erik Greene       2000   Thomas Lenormand       2010   Fyodor Kondrashov   
1982   Elizabeth Anne Zimmer       1991   Jonathan Losos       2001   Alexander Badyaev       2011   Joel McGlothlin  
1983   Anthony J. Zera        1992   Barry Sinervo       2002   Howard Rundle        2012   Daniel Rabosky  
1984   Robb F. Leary        1993   H. Allen Orr       2003   Daven Presgraves       2013   Rowan D. H. Barrett  
1985   Joshua J. Schwartz       1994   David Haig       2004   Aneil Agrawal       2014   Daniel Matute  
1987   Ary A. Hoffman       1995   David Begun       2005   Daniel Bolnick       2015    Katie Wagner
1988   Steven A. Frank       1996   Rufus A. Johnstone       2006   Russel Bonduriansky        2016    Mary Caswell Stoddard
1987   Ary A. Hoffman       1997   Massimo Pigliucci        2007   Franziska Michor              
1989   Bernard J. Crespi        1998   Christian P. Klingenberg       2008   Patrik Nosil              
            1999   Jason B. Wolf       2009   Judith Mank               



Nomination/Application for the 2017 Theodosius Dobzhansky Prize

The Theodosius Dobzhansky Prize is awarded annually by the Society for the Study of Evolution to recognize the accomplishments and future promise of an outstanding young evolutionary biologist.  The prize was established in memory of Professor Dobzhansky by his friends and colleagues, and reflects his lifelong commitment to fostering the research careers of young scientists.

            Eligibility – The candidate must have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) awarded no earlier than May 2013 and no later than 1st February 2017, and must be actively involved in research in the field of evolutionary biology.  There are no other restrictions.  Applicants do not have to be members of the Society for the Study of Evolution, but such membership is encouraged.

            Nomination/Application - Candidates may apply directly or may be nominated.  Established researchers are encouraged to nominate outstanding young scientists who may be unaware of the existence and prestige of this prize.  Each candidacy must be supported by the following materials detailing the candidate's career to date: (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a summary of research accomplishments of up to 3 pages, (3) a statement of up to 4 pages of research plans for the next 5 years (note length limitation), (4) pdf copies of three recent publications, (5) names and addresses of the three referees (including the nominating scientist where applicable) who have sent supporting letters.  N.B.: The three letters of reference are sent separately, but no application will be considered without these letters.  

            The application/nomination materials must be sent as PDF e-mail attachments, preferably united in a single file.  The deadline for receipt of all materials, including letters of reference, is 15 February 2017.  All materials should be sent to the SSE Secretary (Cynthia Weinig) at cweinig@uwyo.edu.

            Award - The Dobzhansky Prize is accompanied by a check for U.S. $5000, and will be awarded at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution, 2017, in Portland. The recipient is expected to be present to receive the award and to give an oral presentation about his/her research.  To facilitate attendance, the SSE provides funds to cover the costs of conference registration, accommodation during the conference, and expenses for travel to and from the conference.  The recipient will be notified of the award by late March 2017.