The Theodosius Dobzhansky Prize

a

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.

The winner of the 2015 award is Dr. Katie Wagner.  Dr. Wagner received her PhD from Cornell in 2011, and is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the Swiss Federal institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, where she is collaborating with Dr. Ole Seehausen; she is also a current Instructor at the University of Bern, Switzerland. She will begin as an assistant professor at the University of Wyoming in the Fall of 2015. The committee was impressed by the breadth of her work, which has illuminated the HOW and WHY of adaptive radiation and given us a greater understanding of evolutionary processes that generate diversity. More specifically, in her research, Dr. Wagner has addressed long-standing questions : what is the role of microhabitat patchiness in divergence? Why are there radiations in some settings (East African lakes) yet not others? At a genomic scale, how do diverse clades of cichlids differ from other less diverse fishes? Her work is integrative, using population genetic, phylogenetic and genomic methods to answer evolutionary questions on multiple scales. She has published a range of papers in top-tier journals such asNature,Nature Reviews Genetics, Evolution, and Molecular 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              
1988   Steven A. Frank       1996   Rufus A. Johnstone       2006   Russel Bonduriansky               
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 2015 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 2011 and no later than 1st February 2015, 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 2015.  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, 2015, in Brazil. 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 2015.