The 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. 



2019 Dobzhansky Prize Winner: Dr. Matthew Pennell

Congratulations to the 2019 Dobzhansky Prize Winner, Dr. Matthew Pennell. Dr. Pennell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Zoology at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the Canada Research Chair in Biodiversity Theory and Informatics. His research uses theory, statistical methods, and computational tools to investigate how ecological and evolutionary processes operating across deep time shape patterns of biodiversity. Prior to his appointment as assistant professor, Dr. Pennell was an Izaak Killam Memorial and NSERC postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Zoology at UBC. He also worked as a Graduate Fellow at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in Durham, NC. He received his PhD in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at the University of Idaho and his bachelor’s degree from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC. He received a Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Naturalists in 2016. Dr. Pennell’s research has been published in the journals Evolution, Nature, Systematic Biology, The American Naturalist, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, New Phytologist, PLoS Genetics, and Journal of Ecology, among others.


Past Dobzhansky Prize winners:

        1990   Erik Greene       2000   Thomas Lenormand       2010   Fyodor Kondrashov   
1981   Douglas R. Cavener       1991   Jonathan Losos       2001   Alexander Badyaev       2011   Joel McGlothlin  
1982  Elizabeth Anne Zimmer       1992   Barry Sinervo       2002   Howard Rundle        2012   Daniel Rabosky  
1983 Anthony J. Zera     1993   H. Allen Orr       2003   Daven Presgraves       2013   Rowan D. H. Barrett  
1984   Robb F. Leary     1994   David Haig       2004   Aneil Agrawal       2014   Daniel Matute  
1985 Joshua J. Schwartz      1995   David Begun       2005   Daniel Bolnick       2015    Katie Wagner
        1996   Rufus A. Johnstone       2006   Russel Bonduriansky        2016    Mary Caswell Stoddard
1987   Ary A. Hoffmann       1997   Massimo Pigliucci        2007   Franziska Michor       2017  Molly Schumer
1988  Steven A. Frank       1998   Christian P. Klingenberg       2008   Patrik Nosil       2018   Amanda Kyle Gibson
1989 Bernard J. Crespi     1999   Jason B. Wolf       2009   Judith Mank               


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