PBEE Postdoc wins 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.

The winner for 2017 is Amanda Kyle Gibson, a postdoctoral fellow with Levi Morran* at Emory University as part of NIH’s Fellowships in Research and Science Teaching program. Her current work explores the evolution of parasite virulence and the genetic and environmental drivers of disease spread.

Amanda’s prize will be celebrated at the upcoming ESEB congress in Groningen, The Netherlands, where she will give the 2017 John Maynard Smith Prize Lecture.

*Dr. Morran is a PBEE faculty member.

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