HOPI HOEKSTRA, PhD
Nature's Palette: How Animals Make and Use Color in the Wild
About the Speaker
Hopi Hoekstra is the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology at Harvard University, jointly appointed in the Departments of Molecular & Cellular Biology and Organismic & Evolutionary Biology, and an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She is also the Curator of Mammals in the Museum of Comparative Zoology.
Hoekstra is an evolutionary geneticist who studies wild mouse populations using experiments both the field and the lab. She has been called a “Modern Darwin” by National Geographic as her work employs genetics to understand both how and why organisms evolve via natural selection. Her work spans the fields of ecology, evolution, behavior, genetics, genomics, and development.
Hoekstra has been awarded several prizes for her research, including the Ernst Mayr Prize from the Society for Systematic Biologists, the Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Naturalists, an Arnold and Mabel Beckman Young investigator Award, and most recently the Richard Lounsbery Award from the National Academy of Sciences. She is the former President of the Society for the Study of Evolution. In 2016, she was elected into the National Academy of Sciences, in 2017 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2018 to the American Philosophical Society.
Hoekstra has been recognized for her contributions to teaching by being awarded a Fannie Cox Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Sciences and, most recently, a five-year Harvard College Professorship. She is also passionate about science communication aimed at the broader science community and the public.