COSAM News Articles 2019 March COSAM Evolutionary Biologist Selected as Gutenberg Chair at Université de Strasbourg

COSAM Evolutionary Biologist Selected as Gutenberg Chair at Université de Strasbourg

Published: 03/26/2019

By: Maria Gebhardt

Dr. F. Stephen Dobson, a 2019 Gutenberg Chair, speaking at the event in France.

Dr. F. Stephen Dobson, a 2019 Gutenberg Chair, speaking at the event in France.

Dr. F. Stephen Dobson, alumni professor in the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) Department of Biological Sciences, received a prestigious honor as a 2019 Gutenberg Chair at the Université de Strasbourg (University of Strasbourg) in France.

“It is a genuine honor to have a COSAM faculty recognized as a Gutenberg Chair,” shared Dean Nicholas J. Giordano. “This award showcases Steve Dobson’s contributions as an influential scientist and will allow him to further advance his research for future generations to build upon.” 

The Gutenberg Chair highlights international research collaborations and recipients are chosen by the Gutenberg Circle, a panel of prominent scholars. Only eight people were recognized as Gutenberg Chairs in 2019. Awardees who receive this honor are presented with 60,000 euros (more than $68,000) of which 50,000 euros are ear-marked for research.

 

 

The audience at the Université de Strasbourg.

The audience at the Université de Strasbourg.

“This international honor speaks volumes about the quality of education students receive at Auburn University,” explained Department of Biological Sciences Chair Scott Santos. “Students have the opportunity to learn from a professor who has been recognized on an international platform for fostering collaboration for his scientific research.”

 

Music was provided by the Orchestre de Chambre de l’Université de Strasbourg.

Music was provided by the Orchestre de Chambre de l’Université de Strasbourg.

As an alumni professor, Dr. Dobson teaches undergraduate and graduate biology courses at Auburn University, including ecology, mammalogy, and data analysis and computation for life sciences. As an evolutionary biologist, his research interests include behavioral, historical, and population ecology; population genetics; mammalogy; seabird behavior and ecology. Dr. Dobson has more than 140 peer-reviewed research articles. He served on the editorial boards of Animal Behaviour, Ecology and Ecological Monographs. Dr. Dobson co-published a book in 2018, Why Penguins Communicate: the Evolution of Visual and Vocal Signals.  His current research at the University of Strasbourg focuses on the evolution of stress and ageing in social environments.

 

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