Dr. Peter R. Grant and Dr. Rosemary Grant will present the 2019 Ehrlich-Mooney Lecture in Ecology and Evolution. This annual lecture series was established by the Department of Biology to honor the seminal work of Professors Paul Ehrlich and Harold Mooney in population biology.
Legendary evolutionary biologists Peter and Rosemary Grant will discuss their four decades of work studying Darwin’s finches on the Galápagos Island of Daphne Major, as chronicled in the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time. Their painstaking work over the course of four decades has revealed that evolutionary changes can occur far faster than was ever thought possible and that evolution is a far more dynamic process than Darwin imagined. They have provided the most complete account of how evolution works in nature, elucidating the mechanisms by which genetic diversity is maintained and through which new species originate.
Drs. Peter Grant and Rosemary Grant currently hold the position of Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. They are Fellows of the Royal Society and recipients of the Balzan Award and the Kyoto Prize, two of the most prestigious international prizes in science.