Godfrey Hewitt Mobility Award

Picture Godfrey M. HewittGodfrey M. Hewitt (1940-2013) was President of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) from 1999-2001. He was exceptionally influential in evolutionary biology both through his research and through his mentoring of young scientists. He was also a great believer in seeing organisms in their environment first-hand and in exchanges of ideas between labs. Therefore, ESEB has decided to offer, annually, mobility grants for young scientists in his name.

More information about Godfrey M. Hewitt is available at the University of East Anglia, at Wikipedia, and at the Evolution Tree - The Academic Genealogy of Evolutionary Biology.

Call for Applications


The award is open to PhD students or postdoctoral scientists who are, at the closing date for applications, both within 6 years of the start date of their PhD and ESEB members. The maximum single award will be 2000 Euros. It must be used to support fieldwork or a period of research at a lab that you have not previously visited. There is no restriction on the country of residence or nationality of the applicant but preference will be given to applicants who are unlikely to be able to fund the proposed work by other routes. Preference will also be given to self-contained or ‘seed-corn’ projects, rather than fundamental elements of already-funded PhD or postdoctoral projects, and to projects with a definable output that is achievable within the scope of the GHM award.
A report will be required after one year, by which time the funds must have been used.

The next call for applications will be announced approximately in fall 2015 on the ESEB web site.

Current and previous grantees of the Godfrey Hewitt Mobility Award are listed below.

Accepted Proposals 2015

Evolution of temperature-dependent sex determination in reptiles
Applicant: Thomas Merkling, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Funding provided: € 900

Effects of genetics and environment on among‐individual variation in mitochondrial density and functioning in a natural bird population
Applicant: Jennifer Morinay, University Lyon 1 - CNRS, Villeurbanne, France
Funding provided: € 1750

Genomic imprinting of soldier-activity loci in polyembryonic parasitoid wasps
Applicant: Petri Rautiala, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland
Funding provided: € 1100

Grubs of doubt: The impact of stem-borers on Mercurialis annua life-history traits
Applicant: Luka Rubinjoni, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia
Funding provided: € 1750

Are males and females equally honest? Insights on the determinants of sexual ornaments in a sexually monomorphic bird species: the king penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus)
Applicant: Quentin Schull, University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
Funding provided: € 1750

Showing off in birds: is cooperativeness a mating signal? Experimental study manipulating the audience in the Sociable weavers, Philetairus socius
Applicant: Arnaud Tognetti, Institute for Advanced Study, Toulouse, France
Funding provided: € 1950

Meiotic Drive Frequency in Morrocan Drosophila
Applicant: Rudi Verspoor, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
Funding provided: € 1600

Accepted Proposals 2014

Evolution of interactions between two spider mites species
Applicant: Salomé Clemente, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
Funding provided: € 800

The role of genetic structure and ecologically relevant genetic variation for the adaptive potential of Salix herbacea L.
Applicant: Andrés J. Cortés, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
Funding provided: € 1500
→ Summary: I was participating in a transplant of Salix herbacea between alpine microhabitats (snowbeds and ridges) in the Swiss Alps. I was able to travel there for the second year thanks to a Godfrey Hewitt Mobility Award. This work was done in collaboration with other PhD students and researchers based in Davos and Konstanz and the experiment was financed by a Swiss Sinergia grant. Interestingly, we detected plasticity rather than adaptive differentiation and this fits well with the high levels of gene flow throughout the entire population that we have previously reported (see "Small-scale patterns in snowmelt timing affect gene flow and the distribution of genetic diversity in the alpine dwarf shrub Salix herbacea"). As we did not find any adaptive differentiation we did not pursue further genetic studies of this material, rather we concentrated on a more range wide sampling in order to establish genotype-phenotype associations and to identify genetic regions under selection.

Evolution in real time: The invasion of Drosophila suzukii
Applicant: Antoine Fraimout, Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France
Funding provided: € 1500

Spatiotemporal variation in assortative mating in Darwin's Finches
Applicant: Kiyoko Gotanda, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Funding provided: € 2000

Parasites of Artemia: recognizing the players in a complex system
Applicant: Eva Lievens, University Montpellier 2 & Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (CNRS), France
Funding provided: € 1547

The evolution of self-organized dominance hierarchies
Applicant: Andrés Quiñones, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands
Funding provided: € 1700

Investigating the influence of environmental change on species extinction
Applicant: Jessica Thomas, Bangor University, UK / University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Funding provided: € 1700



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