George Gaylord Simpson Prize

An Annual Award for a Paper on Evolution and the Fossil Record

Yale University graduate students and recent PhD graduates are invited to submit one first-authored paper concerning evolution and the fossil record by March 1, 2024 to Sung Yun in the Director’s Office of the Yale Peabody Museum. So long as the paper explicitly addresses the fossil record, the range of questions addressed is open and could include contributions to the philosophy and history of science, theory and methods of phylogenetic inference, biogeography, paleobiology, paleoecology, taphonomy, biostratigraphy, biogeochemical insights into past life, divergence time estimation, biodiversity studies, developmental biology, functional morphology, or conservation biology. Submissions must be either published or in press in a refereed journal. Graduate students in residence in a department at Yale, or past graduates no more than five years after PhD, are eligible. Former winners are not eligible, but papers can be submitted more than once.

Submissions are now being accepted. Winners will be notified via email by May 8, 2024 and will be featured on the Simpson Prize page. Award checks will be mailed to the address provided in the online submission form below.

Silvina Slagter

Silvina Slagter

Silvina Slagter, Lidya G. Tarhan, Weiduo Hao, Noah J. Planavsky, Kurt O. Konhauser; Experimental evidence supports early silica cementation of the Ediacara Biota. Geology 2020;; 49 (1): 51–55. doi: https://doi.org/10.1130/G47919.1

Year Recipient Name  
2023

Silvina Slagter

 
2022

Sophie Westacott

 

2021

Jack Shaw

 

2020

Michael Hanson

Elizabeth Spriggs

Ross Anderson

 

2019

Jasmina Wiemann

Christopher Whalen

Daniel Smith-Paredes

 

2018

Matteo Fabbri

Victoria McCoy

 

2017

Matt Davis

Nicolas Mongiardino Koch

 

2016

Simon Darroch

Sarah Federman

Allison Hsaing

 

2015

Teresa Feo

Alex Dornburg

 

2014

Rachel Racicot

Stephen Chester

 

2013

Daniel Field

 

2012

Una Farrell

 

2011

Daniel Peppe

April Dinwiddie

 

2010

Eric Sperling

Jakob Vinther

 

2009

Faysal Bibi

 

2008

Jakob Vinther

 

2007

Walton Green

Brian Moore

Erik A. Sperling

 

2006

Julia A. Clarke

Ian Miller

 

2005

Charles D. Bell

 

2004

Takanobu Tsuihiji

 

2003

James B. Rossie

Krister T. Smith

 

2002

Dana Royer

 

2001

Julia Clarke

 

2000

Walter Joyce

 

1998

Daniel Brinkman

 

1992

Simon Conway Morris

 

1985

Christine Janis

 

1984

Karl J. Niklas

 

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A simple description of the research or dissertation for which the prize is being awarded. This description should be no more than 2-3 sentences (limit: 60 words), and should describe in lay language the significance of the work.

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For questions, please contact:

Sung Yun Senior Administrative Assistant,
Director's Office
+1 203 432 3752 sung.yun@yale.edu