John Maynard Smith Prize
Every year the European Society for Evolutionary Biology distinguishes an outstanding young evolutionary biologist with the John Maynard Smith Prize.
The prize is named after John Maynard Smith (1920 - 2004), eminent evolutionary biologist, and author of many books on evolution, both for scientists and the general public.
He was professor at the University of Sussex, UK, Fellow of the Royal Society, winner of the Darwin Medal, laureate of the Crafoord Prize of the Swedish Academy of Sciences, and
President of ESEB. See the interview by Robert Wright for an account of his life long
fascination with evolution, and here for a biography.
The next call for nominations will be announced approximately in Fall 2014 on the ESEB web site.
The prize winner is expected to attend the next ESEB congress in Lausanne, Switzerland (10 - 14 August, 2015), where he or she will deliver the John Maynard Smith Prize 2015 Lecture.
The Society will cover registration, accommodation, and travel expenses (economy fare). The JMS Prize comes with a monetary prize of 2500 € and the possibility of a Junior Fellowship
of generally 3 months at the Institute of Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg) in Berlin, Germany.
Further Junior Fellowships may be awarded to other JMS Prize nominees. For more information on the Wissenschaftskolleg,
see Institute of Advanced Study or contact Paul Schmid-Hempel, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
Current and previous winners of the JMS Prize are listed below.
Laurie Stevison is an evolutionary geneticist interested
in speciation, recombination rate evolution and hybridization. She researched hybridization in macaques for her masterís degree at Rice University with Michael Kohn. During her doctoral research,
she studied how chromosomal inversions reduce recombination between species of Drosophila, increasing interspecies nucleotide divergence and facilitating speciation.
After completing her PhD at Duke University with Mohamed Noor, she joined the lab of Jeff Wall at UCSF where she now studies comparative recombination rate variation in great apes.
Laurie's prize will be celebrated at the XV ESEB Congress in Lausanne, Switzerland, where she will give the John Maynard Smith Prize 2014 Lecture.
- 2013: Rich FitzJohn - What drives biological diversification? Detecting the traits under species selection (Abstract); Line Ugelvig - Junior fellowship
- 2012: Tanja Stadler - Looking at the present to learn about the past (Abstract); Daniel Matute - Junior fellowship
- 2011: Rowan Barrett - The genetics of adaptation to changing environments (Abstract); Emma Hine - Junior fellowship
- 2009: Tanja Schwander - Evolution of genetic caste determination in social insects (Abstract and WiKo Report); Ben Sadd - Junior fellowship (WiKo Report)
- 2007: Andy Gardner - The evolution of spite (Abstract)
- 2005: Daven Presgraves - Speciation genes & selfish genes in Drosophila. (Abstract)
- 2003: Patricia Beldade - The genetic basis of phenotypic variation: evolution and development of butterfly wing patterns. (Abstract)
- 2001: Alexander Badyaev - Paradox of rapid evolution of sexual size dimorphism: the role of ontogeny and maternal effects. (Abstract)
- 1999: Nicolas Galtier - Non stationary models of nucleotide substitution and the evolution of base composition. (Abstract)
- 1997: Marie-Charlotte Anstett - Facilitation and constraints in the evolution of mutualism? (Abstract)
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