Every year the European Society for Evolutionary Biology distinguishes an outstanding young evolutionary biologist with the John Maynard Smith Prize.
The next call for nominations will be announced approximately in Fall 2015 on the ESEB web site.
Current and previous winners of the JMS Prize are listed below.
Matthew Hartfield is a theoretical evolutionary biologist with an interest in the evolution of mating systems, adaptation, and infectious diseases. He completed his doctoral studies in 2012 under the supervision of Peter Keightley at the University of Edinburgh. Here, he investigated how recombination acting over whole genomes in large populations can explain the evolution of sex.
He was subsequently a CNRS Research Fellow with Samuel Alizon at IRD Montpellier, and is now a Marie Curie Fellow with Aneil Agrawal, Stephen Wright (University Toronto) and Thomas Bataillon (Aarhus University), studying genealogies of facultative sexual organisms.
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Matthew's prize will be celebrated at the XV ESEB Congress in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he will give the John Maynard Smith Prize 2015 Lecture. on "Mathematical adventures in sex and disease evolution".
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.
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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. on "The Time-Scale Of Recombination Rate Evolution In Great Apes".