Stephen Stearns

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Stephen Curtis Stearns received his PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia, followed by a Miller Fellow at the University of California Berkeley, and academic appointment as an Assistant Professor of Biology at Reed College in Portland, OR. From there, Steve became Professor of Zoology at the University of Basel, Switzerland, where he spent 17 years. He was recruited by Yale in 2000 and retired in July 2021. His books include Evolutionary Medicine (Sinauer, 2015) with Ruslan Medzhitov, Evolution, An Introduction (Oxford, 2000, 2nd Ed 2005) with Rolf Hoekstra, Watching, From the Edge of Extinction (Yale, 1999) co-authored with his wife Beverly Peterson Stearns and The Evolution of Life Histories (Oxford, 1992), He also edited two volumes: Evolution in Health and Disease (Oxford, 1998, 2nd Ed 2008) and The Evolution of Sex and Its Consequences (Basel: Birkhauser, 1987). Dr. Stearns helped to found and served as president of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology, the Tropical Biology Association, and the International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health. He was founding editor of the Journal of Evolutionary Biology and Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health.