The purpose of the American Society of Naturalists is to advance and diffuse knowledge of organic evolution and other broad biological principles so as to enhance the conceptual unification of the biological sciences. The E. O. Wilson Naturalist Award was established in recognition of the lifetime of outstanding contributions of Professor E. O. Wilson in the areas of ecology and evolutionary biology, including the study of social insects, biodiversity and biophilia.
Reznick, who earned his Ph.D. in biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980, came to UC Riverside in 1984 and specializes in evolutionary biology. His previous awards include Distinguished Professor at the University of Miami (1999), UC Riverside Faculty Research Lecturer (1999) and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (2000).
"This award is an unexpected and welcomed honor," said Reznick. "It is important to me to receive recognition from colleagues who are so able to judge accomplishments in their own discipline. I am particularly grateful to those who took the time to nominate me since I know there are many who deserve recognition and it is only through their efforts that I was chosen for the award."
Reznick studies the process of evolution by natural selection from an experimental perspective and testing evolutionary theory in natural populations. His research focuses especially on guppies from the Caribbean Island of Trinidad. He has addressed the evolution of features of the life history ranging from size at birth to age and size at
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