Stephen C. Stearns

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Stephen C. Stearns
BornDecember 12, 1946 (1946-12-12) (age 72)
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materYale University, University of Wisconsin, University of British Columbia
Known forLife history evolution, evolutionary medicine
Spouse(s)Beverly Peterson Stearns
ChildrenJustin K. Stearns, Jason Stearns
Scientific career
FieldsEvolutionary biology, Life history theory, Evolutionary medicine
InstitutionsDepartment of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University
ThesisA comparison of the evolution and expression of life history traits in stable and fluctuating environments: Gambusia affinis in Hawaii (1975)
Notable studentsJacob Koella, Dieter Ebert, Tad Kawecki, Martin Ackermann

Stephen C. Stearns (born December 12, 1946, in Kapaau, Hawaii and raised in Hawi, Hawaii)[1] is an American biologist, and 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.[2]

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Selected publications[edit]

  • The Evolution of Sex and its Consequences (Birkhaeuser 1987) ISBN 978-3-0348-6273-8
  • The Evolution of Life Histories (Oxford University Press 1992) ISBN 978-0-19-857741-6
  • Evolution in Health and Disease (Oxford University Press 1999, 2nd Ed with Jacob Koella 2007) ISBN 978-0-19-920746-6[12]
  • Watching, from the Edge of Extinction (first author Beverly Peterson Stearns, Yale University Press 1999) ISBN 978-0-300-07606-6[13][14]
  • Evolution, an Introduction (with Rolf Hoekstra, Oxford University Press 2000, 2nd Ed 2005) ISBN 978-0-19-925563-4[15]
  • Evolutionary Medicine (with Ruslan Medzhitov, Sinauer 2016) ISBN 978-1-60535-260-2


  1. ^ Stephen, Bijan. "Stearner Stuff". The New Journal. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  2. ^ "Noted zoologist Stephen Stearns is new Bass Professor", Yale Bulletin and Calendar, 29 (1), September 1, 2000.
  3. ^ 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. ^ "The TBA Council". Tropical Biology Association. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  6. ^ "About the Journal". Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health. Oxford Academic. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
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  8. ^ "Distinguished Fellows". European Society for Evolutionary Biology. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  9. ^ 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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  11. ^ "News: Noted zoologist Stephen Stearns is new Bass Professor". Yale Bulletin and Calendar. 29 (1). September 1, 2000. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
  12. ^ Behnke, J. M. (January 7, 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 2628889.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ 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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