Alfred Russel Wallace Award Lecture:
The Wallace Award was established by the IBS in 2004 to recognize a lifetime of outstanding contributions by an eminent scholar in any subdiscipline of biogeography.
Daniel Simberloff received his A.B. at Harvard College in 1964 (with magna cum laude) and his Ph.D. in Biology at Harvard University in 1969, and is currently a Professor at the University of Tennessee (1997-present). His work on island biogeography, reserve design, null models, plant-insect interactions, character displacement, biological invasions, etc., is cited in every single textbook on our shelves and his early experimental papers with E.O.Wilson are textbook classics.
Througout his career, Simberloff has never shied away from controversies in ecology and biogeography, publicly challenging the most important paradigm in ecology, biogeography and the growing field of conservation biology with his 1976 Science paper, which cautioned against making broad generalizations without sufficient data. A former student of E.O. Wilson, and having had Robert MacArthur on his committee, Simberloff is arguably a perfect hybrid of the two – exceptionally quantitative and rigorous, while displaying a love of organisms and a passion for the preservation of biodiversity. Simberloff’s lifelong contributions to the field have forever changed the face of biogeography, making the field as a whole, a much more rigorous science for his efforts.
Dr. Simberloff's lecture, Character displacement and release in the small Indian mongoose and the stone marten, is co-authored with Arijana Barun and Shai Meiri.
MacArthur & Wilson Award:
Daniel L. Rabosky
The MacArthur & Wilson Award recognizes an outstanding early-career scientist that has made innovative, substantive, broad and important contributions to the discipline of biogeography and is named in honor of Robert H. MacArthur and Edward O. Wilson.
Daniel Rabosky received his PhD from Cornell University in 2009, completed a post-doctoral position at the University of California Berkeley, and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan. Interested in evolutionary diversification, ranging from the role of ecological interactions in the speciation process to factors that determine the fates of clades over epochal timescales, Daniel was nominated by IBS members for his work involving both comparative analyses of diversification as well as the development of analytical tools for hypothesis testing. His work is published in the highest-profile scientific journals, such as Systematic Biology, PNAS, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Nature, and Science. A fuller account of his work will be featured in a future edition of Frontiers, following the presentation of this award at the upcoming biennial conference.
Dr. Rabosky's lecture is titled Speciation, extinction, and the geography of species richness