Laurie Stevison, PhD, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the IHG, was recently awarded the John Maynard Smith prize for outstanding young evolutionary biologist from the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB). Stevison will give the JMS 2014 prize lecture at the ESEB Congress 2015 in Lausanne, Switzerland and has been offered a junior fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg Institute in Berlin.
Stevison is an evolutionary geneticist interested in speciation, recombination rate evolution and hybridization. She completed a master’s degree from Rice University working with Michael Kohn on hybridization in macaques. Most recently, she received her PhD from Duke University in 2011, where she studied recombination and speciation in Drosophila with Mohamed Noor.
Stevison is currently an NIH Ruth Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow with IHG Faculty mentor Jeff Wall. She is working on several collaborative research projects, including comparative genomics of recombination rate variation in great apes.