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Key Distinguished Lecturer 2021

Lisette Waits is a Distinguished Professor and Department Head in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences in the College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho.  She has a BS in Genetics from University of Georgia and a PhD in Genetics from University of Utah where she studied the phylogenetics and population genetics of grizzly bears.  Her research program is centered within the fields of conservation genetics and molecular ecology with particular focus on noninvasive genetic monitoring of wildlife and landscape genetics.  Her research team has used genetic and genomic methods to study over 30 different species in North America, Central America, South America, Europe and Asia, and she has published over 240 papers.  She has had the great joy of training 40 graduate students and 8 postdocs.  She currently serves as an associate editor for Bioscience, Molecular Ecology and Molecular Ecology Resources and on the advisory board of Environmental DNA.  She is an elected fellow of The Wildlife Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  She has served on four US endangered species recovery teams providing genetic expertise and assisting with population monitoring.  She currently serves on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Conservation Genetics North American Working Group and the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums Molecular Data for Population Advisory Group.  She is also the President of the National Association of University Fish and Wildlife Programs.


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.]

2020 Allen Moore
2019 Sarah (Sally) Otto
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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