COSAM News Articles 2023 January Shane Campbell-Staton from Princeton University receives Guyer and Hermann Lecture award

Shane Campbell-Staton from Princeton University receives Guyer and Hermann Lecture award

Published: 01/31/2023

By: Maria Gebhardt

Shane Campbell-Staton, assistant professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University, is the recipient of the Guyer and Hermann Lecture from the Department of Biological Sciences at Auburn University.

Dr. Campbell-Staton’s research focuses on evolution in the Anthropocene or current geological age. His research group uses a wide range of approaches to study the impact of humans on evolutionary processes. His seminar was entitled The evolutionary impacts of our human footprint: Mechanisms of rapid adaptation in the wild.

The award is in honor of two faculty from Auburn’s Department of Biological Sciences. Craig Guyer, faculty from 1987 through 2016, dedicated his career to research in the areas of herpetology, natural history, tropical ecology, biogeography, and conservation integrating aspects of physiology, behavior, ecology, genetics, and phylogeny. Sharon Hermann, faculty from 2002 through 2019, dedicated her career to research of the relationship among habitat structure, species composition, and community dynamics and ecological responses of disturbances.

Prior to joining the faculty at Princeton, Campbell-Staton was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Animal Biology at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He received his doctorate degree from Harvard University in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology in 2015. He graduated with his bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester in ecology and evolutionary biology in 2008.

He is also the host of the Biology of Superheroes Podcast where he explores the interesting and intriguing worlds of masked heroes. The podcast series has more than 20 episodes and more than 300K downloads.

Campbell-Staton also has an exciting new six-part series, Human Footprint with Shane Campbell-Staton, launching on PBS on Wednesdays starting July 5.

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