Director of Hopkins Marine Station
Harold A Miller Professor in Marine Sciences
Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment
Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation
Stephen R Palumbi received is PhD from University of Washington in marine ecology.
His research group engages in the study of the genetics, evolution, conservation, population biology and systematics of a diverse array of marine organisms. Professor Palumbi's own research interests are similarly widespread, and he has published on the genetics and evolution of sea urchins, whales, cone snails, corals, sharks, spiders, shrimps, bryozoans, and butterflyfishes. A primary focus is the use of molecular genetic techniques in conservation, including the identification of whale and dolphin products available in commercial markets. Current conservation work centers on the genetics of marine reserves designed for conservation and fisheries enhancement, with projects in the Philipppines, Bahamas and western US coast. In addition, basic work on the molecular evolution of reproductive isolation and its influence on patterns of speciation uses marine model systems such as sea urchins. This work is expanding our view of the evolution of gamete morphology and the genes involved. Steve's latest book The Evolution Explosion: How humans cause rapid evolutionary change shows how rapid evolution is central to emerging problems in modern society, and has been cited for its easy access for non-scientists. In Fall 2002, Steve appeared in the TV series 'The Future is Wild', a computer-animated exploration of the possible courses of evolution in the next few hundred million years.
In the role of Section Head, Steve Palumbi oversees the Evolutionary Ecology Section in the Ecology Faculty, including advising on the division of the Section into topics and the selection of suitable Faculty Members who actively review the literature in each of the topic areas.
The Faculty comprises Heads of Faculty, Heads of Section, Faculty Members and Associate Faculty Members, as well as an International Advisory Board.
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