SSE Sponsorship Highlight: Graduate/Postdoc Travel Awards

Oct 03, 2018 - 07:35 PM

SSE was pleased to be able to offer 103 graduate/postdoc travel awards to the Montpellier meeting. We doubled the number of awards this year for the Second Joint Congress, and added three awards that were made possible from donations from members. Thank you! Continue reading to hear from a few of our travel award recipients.

New Faculty Profile: Shane Campbell-Staton

Oct 03, 2018 - 07:24 PM
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The New Faculty Profile series highlights and introduces new Principal Investigators who are SSE members. This month we highlight Dr. Shane Campbell-Staton, an assistant professor jointly appointed to the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department and the Institute for Society and Genetics at the University of California Los Angeles studying how climate shapes demographic history and adaptation over prehistoric and contemporary time periods. Read his full profile here.

New Faculty Profile: Sara Branco

Oct 03, 2018 - 07:21 PM
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The New Faculty Profile series highlights and introduces new Principal Investigators who are SSE members. This month we highlight Dr. Sara Brancoan assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Montana State University studying the ecology and evolution of fungi to further understand the ecological factors that generate and maintain fungal diversity. Read her full profile here.

Science in the 2018 US Elections

Oct 03, 2018 - 06:30 PM

Want candidates to discuss science issues? Curious about what your local candidate's stance is on food sustainability, energy policies, or the environment? Science Debate ( is a non-partisan non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has invited all candidates currently running for House, Senate, and Gubernatorial seats to answer 10 questions on science policy prior to Election Day. You can help by encouraging candidates in your state and district to post their answers, by asking science-related questions at town-halls, or by hosting a Science Debate event with local candidates. Contact Sally Otto at to see how you can help add scientific issues to the discourse during these elections.

New deadlines for the Graduate Research Excellence Grants

Oct 03, 2018 - 06:26 PM

This year, the deadlines for the new Graduate Research Excellence Grants (GREG) have shifted. The R.C. Lewontin Early Awards (for students in the first two years of their PhD) will be announced in November 2018 with proposals due in mid-February. The Rosemary Grant Advanced Awards (for PhD candidates) will be announced in June 2019 with proposals due in September. Learn more about these grants and how to apply here.

Code of Conduct & Safe Evolution

Oct 03, 2018 - 06:25 PM
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Thank you to ESEB and the Evolution Congress organizers and sponsors for establishing a meeting Code of Conduct and a procedure for addressing inappropriate behavior! We are committed to promoting an inclusive and professional climate at our meetings and will continue to do so with our Safe Evolution initiative. We encourage anyone who has experienced or witnessed inappropriate behavior at our meetings to consult these procedures—designed to make reporting straightforward, keep investigations completely confidential, and set appropriate standards for behavior by all participants. Learn more here.

2018 Hamilton Award Winners

Oct 03, 2018 - 06:22 PM

Congratulations to this year’s Hamilton Award winner, Christopher Pull from Royal Holloway University of London! Chris gave an outstanding talk on how ants control infections in colonies. The runners-up are Debora Goedert from Dartmouth College and Karin van der Burg from Cornell University. We were very impressed with all of the talks given by Hamilton Finalists at the Evolution 2018 meeting, and were pleased to be able to offer $500 travel stipends to all of the finalists. Learn more about the Hamilton Awards here.

Call for SSE Blog Editor Fellow Applications

Aug 22, 2018 - 08:22 AM

The Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE) is pleased to announce a call for applicants to the position of Blog Editor Fellow to begin January 1, 2019. The Blog Editor Fellow will create and curate a blog highlighting the effective and essential work SSE members are doing to engage and educate the public and to interface with other SSE members. The Blog Editor Fellow will solicit, manage, and publish at least three articles per month from regular contributors, and will write one editorial per month on a topic of their choosing. The fellowship stipend will be $6,000 USD per year. Applications close October 1, 2018. Continue reading for more information.

SSE-Sponsored Talks at Evolution 2018

Aug 07, 2018 - 08:02 PM

If you are attending the Evolution meeting in Montpellier, be sure not to miss these great talks:

  • SSE Presidential Address, Dr. Hopi Hoekstra. “The genetic basis of behavioral evolution.” August 22, 8:30 AM, Berlioz Room

  • Gould Prize Talk, Dr. Tim Birkhead. “The Most Perfect Thing: the Inside (and Outside) of a Bird's Egg.” August 20, 6:30 PM, Berlioz Room

  • Dobzhansky Award Talk, Dr. Amanda Kyle Gibson. “Bloody-minded parasites: unraveling coevolution in natural and experimental populations.” August 22, 9:30 AM, Berlioz Room.

  • Hamilton Award Symposium, chair: Dr. Joel McGlothlin. August 19, 10:35 AM, 1:55 PM, and 4:05 PM, Berlioz Room

See the full schedule here

    New Faculty Profile: Emily Kane

    Aug 07, 2018 - 03:18 PM
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    This month we highlight Dr. Emily Kane, an Assistant Professor of Biology at Georgia Southern University. She studies ecological and evolutionary biomechanics; specifically, locomotion, feeding, and the links between those systems. Read her full profile here.

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    The Society for the Study of Evolution was founded in March, 1946. The objectives of the Society for the Study of Evolution are the promotion of the study of organic evolution and the integration of the various fields of science concerned with evolution. The Society publishes the scientific journal Evolution and co-publishes Evolution Letters along with the European Society of Evolutionary Biology. SSE also holds annual meetings in which scientific findings on evolutionary biology are presented and discussed.


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