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Key Distinguished Lecturer 2019

Sarah (Sally) Otto is the Killam Professor, University of British Columbia. Otto is known for her theoretical studies investigating how biological systems evolve, using models to investigate the selective forces acting on genetic systems (recombination, ploidy level, gene duplications) and mating systems (sexual vs asexual reproduction, sexual selection, floral reproductive strategies).  Complementing this approach, Dr. Otto's group tracks yeast as they evolve to test evolutionary theories.  Dr. Otto helped found the Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution and has served as President of the Society for the Study of Evolution, and Council member of the American Genetic Association, among other Councils and Editorial Boards. Awards include a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Sewall Wright Award.
 


This lecture series was initially funded by a bequest to the AGA from Dr. Wilhemine Key for support of genetics initiatives for human welfare and improvement. Dr. Key earned her PhD from the University of Chicago in 1901, and taught at Lombard College, where Sewell Wright was her student. She later carried out pedigree studies of pioneer families that had emigrated from Germany to Pennsylvania in the late 18th century.

Previous Key Lecturers: [Bold names: An article based on the lecture is available from the Journal of Heredity online archives.  Access is free for AGA members.]

2018 Ole Seehausen
2017 Loeske Kruuk
2016 Victoria Sork
2015 Mark Kirkpatrick
2014 David Reznick
2013 Sergey Gavrilets
2012 Brian Charlesworth
2011 Robert K. Wayne

2010 Oliver Ryder
2009 Annie Schmidt
2008 Mariana Wolfner
2007 Sally Otto
2006 Allen Orr
2005 June Nasrallah
2004 Walter Gehring
2003 James F. Crow
2002 Barbara Schaal
2001 Masatoshi Nei

2000 Terry Burke
1999 Walter Fitch
1998 Jeffrey Palmer
1997 John Avise
1996 Hampton Carson
1995 Fotis Kafatos
1994 Michael Clegg
1993 Charles S. Levings III
1992 Theodore R. F. Wright
1991 Margaret G. Kidwell

1990 William Provine
1989 Norman Giles
1988 Allan Wilson
1987 Robert W. Allard

1986 Bruce Wallace
1985 Francisco J. Ayala
1984 Harry Harris
1983 Ray D. Owen
1982 James V. Neel
1981 Clement L. Markert

1980 Edward O. Wilson
1979 Victor A. McKusick
1978 D. K. Balyaev
1977 Margery Shaw
1975 Jack R. Harlan
1974 Walter E. Heston
1972 James F. Crow
1971 Harold H. Smith

1970 Marvin S. Legator
1969 John H. Heller
1968 Arno G. Motulsky
1967 Samuel H. Boyer

1966 Leslie C. Dunn
1965 Rollin D. Hotchkiss
1962 Sheldon C. Reed

 

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