Distinguished Fellows

The Dis­tin­guished Fel­low­ship is the highest hon­our the soci­ety can con­fer to indi­vidu­als for their out­stand­ing ser­vice to the soci­ety and/or their excep­tion­al con­tri­bu­tion to the mis­sion of ESEB.

Roger But­lin
Dis­tin­guished Fel­low of ESEB awar­ded in 2019

Roger But­lin is Pro­fess­or of Evol­u­tion­ary Bio­logy at the Uni­ver­sity of Shef­field, and a guest Pro­fess­or at the Uni­ver­sity of Gothen­burg. His con­tri­bu­tions to our under­stand­ing of the spe­ci­ation pro­cess were recog­nised in his elec­tion to the Pres­id­ency of ESEB between 2013–2015. Over many years, Roger has been act­ive in pro­mot­ing and serving ESEB. He organ­ised the ESEB Con­gress in Leeds (2003), and has ini­ti­ated and served on sev­er­al ESEB committees.

Read more about his research at Roger Butlin’s web­site at Shef­field University.

Isa­belle Olivieri
Dis­tin­guished Fel­low of ESEB awar­ded in 2017

Isa­belle Olivieri (1957 – 2016), was an excep­tion­al evol­u­tion­ary bio­lo­gist spe­cial­ized in genet­ics and pop­u­la­tion bio­logy. She held a full pro­fess­or­ship at the Uni­ver­sity of Mont­pel­li­er, France. Her com­pre­hens­ive work on meta­pop­u­la­tions, dis­pers­al, demo­graphy, and the impact of nat­ur­al selec­tion is unique and rep­res­ents an excel­lent example of the import­ance of link­ing eco­lo­gic­al and evol­u­tion­ary pro­cesses. Isa­belle Olivieri has trained count­less stu­dents in evol­u­tion­ary bio­logy in France and through­out Europe. Not sur­pris­ingly, she is one of the few evol­u­tion­ary bio­lo­gists who was elec­ted as a mem­ber of EMBO. Isa­belle Olivieri has been a very influ­en­tial mem­ber of ESEB, well-known for her clear opin­ions. She was Pres­id­ent from 2007 until 2009, hence officer from 2005–2011, and she acted as ESEB Vice-Pres­id­ent from 1995 – 1997. From 2009 – 2013, Isa­belle Olivieri was a mem­ber of the ESEB out­reach com­mit­tee, and she joined the ESEB fin­ance com­mit­tee from 1991 – 1993 and again from 1995 – 1997. She con­trib­uted to the first ESEB con­gress in Mont­pel­li­er in 1993 and she was one of the people ini­ti­at­ing the first Joint con­gress togeth­er with ASN, CSEE, SBB, and SSE in Ott­awa, Canada, in 2012.

More about Isa­belle Olivieri is avail­able at the Uni­ver­sity of Mont­pel­li­er. Obit­u­ar­ies have been pub­lished in Evol­u­tion­ary Applic­a­tions and the Journ­al of Evol­u­tion­ary Biology

Rolf F. Hoek­stra
Dis­tin­guished Fel­low of ESEB awar­ded in 2013

Rolf Hoek­stra, emer­it­us pro­fess­or of genet­ics at the Uni­ver­sity of Wagen­in­gen, is a dis­tin­guished the­or­et­ic­al evol­u­tion­ary bio­lo­gist. He was Edit­or-in-Chief of the Journ­al of Evol­u­tion­ary Bio­logy between 1996 and 1999, and ESEB’s Pres­id­ent between 2003 and 2005.

Steph­en C. Ste­arns
Dis­tin­guished Fel­low of ESEB awar­ded in 2007

Steph­en Ste­arns is Pro­fess­or at the Depart­ment of Eco­logy and Evol­u­tion­ary Bio­logy at Yale Uni­ver­sity. He was one of the founders of ESEB, the found­ing Edit­or of the Journ­al of Evol­u­tion­ary Bio­logy, and ESEB’s Pres­id­ent between 1997 and 1999. Fur­ther­more, he served the Coun­cil between 2001 and 2005. See also “How the European Soci­ety for Evol­u­tion­ary Bio­logy and the Journ­al of Evol­u­tion­ary Bio­logy were foun­ded”.

Read more about his research at Ste­arns’ web­site at Yale University.

John Maynard Smith
Dis­tin­guished Fel­low of ESEB awar­ded in 1997

John Maynard Smith FRS (1920 – 2004), one of the most influ­en­tial evol­u­tion­ary bio­lo­gists in the last dec­ades, was Pres­id­ent of ESEB between 1991 and 1993. He was Pro­fess­or of Bio­logy at the Uni­ver­sity of Sus­sex, UK and author of sev­er­al books on evol­u­tion, both for sci­ent­ists and the gen­er­al pub­lic. Maynard Smith received many dis­tinc­tions, includ­ing the 1999 Cra­foord Prize awar­ded by the Swedish Academy of Sci­ences, the 2001 Kyoto Prize, and the Dar­win medal of the Roy­al Society.

Read more about John Maynard Smith at Wiki­pe­dia.

Dis­tin­guished fel­lows are appoin­ted by the mem­ber­ship on recom­mend­a­tion of the coun­cil. Each ESEB mem­ber may put a motion to the coun­cil to appoint a spe­cif­ic per­son as dis­tin­guished fel­low. Nom­in­a­tions for dis­tin­guished fel­lows should include a brief descrip­tion of the candidate’s con­tri­bu­tions or achieve­ments, maybe accom­pan­ied by a short bio­graphy, and should be sent to the ESEB office (Email: office@eseb.org; Sub­ject: Dis­tin­guished Fel­low Nomination).

Nom­in­a­tions will be eval­u­ated by the Coun­cil at the next Coun­cil meet­ing. In line with the ESEB con­sti­tu­tion, every two-year peri­od just one per­son may be appoin­ted dis­tin­guished fellow.