Issue 1
Monday, 15 February 2016
Charles Darwin University
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Emeritus Professors Peter and Rosemary Grant will take up the role of the 2016 Charles Darwin Scholars
Emeritus Professors Peter and Rosemary Grant will take up the role of the 2016 Charles Darwin Scholars

Darwin scholars a double act

Two evolutionary biology icons who have had life-long careers working together on “Darwin’s Finches” on the Galapagos Islands will take up the role of the 2016 Charles Darwin Scholar at Charles Darwin University.

The husband and wife team of Emeritus Professors Peter and Rosemary Grant from Princeton University will take part in the biennial program that aims to enrich our understanding of and association with the work and legacy of the university’s namesake, Charles Darwin.

The Grants will visit CDU for up to four weeks around the middle of this year and will be based at the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods.

Their work is known internationally for its demonstration of rapid evolution in response to changes in food supply and their elucidation of the mechanisms by which new species arise and genetic diversity is maintained in populations.

The Grants’ contributions to evolutionary biology have garnered many laurels, notable among which was the 1998 E. O. Wilson Naturalist Award and the 2002 Darwin Medal from the Royal Society of London for accomplishments in evolutionary biology.

In 2008 they received the Darwin-Wallace Medal, which is bestowed every 50 years by the Linnean Society of London, and in 2009 they received the annual Kyoto Prize in basic sciences, an international award honouring significant contributions to the scientific, cultural and spiritual betterment of mankind.

The first Charles Darwin Scholar was Professor Janet Browne in 2014.

For more information visit W: cdu.edu.au/about/charles-darwin-scholar.