Stephen C. Stearns

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Stephen C. Stearns
Born December 12, 1946 (1946-12-12) (age 71)
Citizenship United States
Alma mater Yale University, University of Wisconsin, University of British Columbia
Known for Life history evolution, evolutionary medicine
Spouse(s) Beverly Peterson Stearns
Children Justin K. Stearns, Jason Stearns
Scientific career
Fields Evolutionary biology, Life history evolution, Evolutionary medicine
Institutions Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University
Thesis A comparison of the evolution and expression of life history traits in stable and fluctuating environments: Gambusia affinis in Hawaii (1975)
Notable students Jacob Koella, Dieter Ebert, Tad Kawecki, Martin Ackermann

Stephen C. Stearns (born December 12, 1946, in Kapaau, Hawaii and raised in Hawi, Hawaii)[citation needed], an American biologist, is the Edward P. Bass Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University. He is known for his work in life history theory and evolutionary medicine.[1]

Education and training[edit]

Investment in Infrastructure[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]


  • 2000–present: Edward P. Bass Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University
  • 1983–2000: Professor of Zoology, University of Basel.[7]
  • 1978–1983: Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Reed College
  • 1995: Vice president of the Society for the Study of Evolution
  • 1995–1996: Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Basel
  • 1991–1998: President, Tropical Biology Association.
  • 1994–1998: Chair, European Science Foundation Program in Population Biology.
  • 2002–2005: Chair, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University
  • 1986–1991: Managing Editor, Journal of Evolutionary Biology
  • 2012–2016: Editor in Chief, Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health

Selected publications[edit]



  1. ^ "Noted zoologist Stephen Stearns is new Bass Professor", Yale Bulletin and Calendar, 29 (1), September 1, 2000 .
  2. ^ a b c Stearns, S. C. (2008), "How the European Society for Evolutionary Biology and the Journal of Evolutionary Biology were founded" (PDF), Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 21 (6): 1449–1451, doi:10.1111/j.1420-9101.2008.01626.x, PMID 19018942, archived from the original (PDF) on 21 June 2010 .
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  5. ^ Lim, Tse Yang (Spring 2011), "That wondrous feeling of learning something new: Tse Yang Lim '11 offered these comments about his teacher, Professor Stephen Stearns, at the DeVane Award ceremony in February", Inside the Classroom: Undergraduate Teaching at Yale .
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  7. ^ "News: Noted zoologist Stephen Stearns is new Bass Professor". Yale Bulletin and Calendar. 29 (1). September 1, 2000. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ Behnke, J. M. (7 January 2009). "Review: Evolution in Health and Disease, 2nd edition, edited by S. C. Sterns and J. C. Koella". Parasit Vectors. 2: 4. doi:10.1186/1756-3305-2-4. PMC 2628889Freely accessible. 
  9. ^ Dudgeon, D. (January 2001). "Review: Watching, from the edge of extinction by B. P. Stearns & S. C. Stearns". Porcupine! Newsletter of the Dept. of Ecology & Biodiversity, U. of Hong Kong (22): 28–29. 
  10. ^ Stearns, B. P.; Stearns, S. C. (2010). "Still watching, from the edge of extinction". BioScience. 60 (2): 141–146. doi:10.1525/bio.2010.60.2.8. 
  11. ^ Zimmerman, William F. (June 2007). "Review: Evolution: An Introduction, 2nd edition by Stephen C. Stearns and Rolf Hoekstra". The Quarterly Review of Biology. 82 (2): 149. doi:10.1086/519589. 

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