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Rabosky wins Dobzhansky Prize from SSE


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Incoming assistant professor Dan Rabosky was awarded the 2012 Theodosius Dobzhansky Prize by the Society for the Study of Evolution. The annual award recognizes the accomplishments and future promise of an outstanding young evolutionary biologist. Rabosky received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2009 and joins the University of Michigan Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in September 2012. Rabosky has an extensive and diverse research program focused on evolutionary radiations. He has developed statistical methods and conceptual frameworks for interpreting patterns of species diversification and trait evolution using molecular phylogenies. He has also investigated the evolutionary factors that influence species richness and explored the interface between evolutionary diversification and ecological community structure. Rabosky has published over 30 scientific and popular articles. The prize was established in memory of Professor Dobzhansky by his friends and colleagues, and reflects his lifelong commitment to fostering the research careers of young scientists. The Dobzhansky Prize is accompanied by a check for U.S. $5,000, and will be awarded at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution, 2013, in Snowbird, Utah where Rabosky will give a presentation about his research.