The Stebbins Medal

The Stebbins Medal is awarded for an outstanding publication in phylogenetic systematics and evolution. It is presented at a significant international meeting, congress, or symposium. 

This Stebbins Medal has been awarded to the following recipients for the listed works:


Loren H. Rieseberg (Bloomington), Olivier Raymond (Lyon), David M. Rosenthal (Athens), Zhao Lai (Bloomington), Kevin Livingstone (Bloomington), Takuya Nakazato (Bloomington), Jennifer L. Durphy (Bloomington), Andrea E. Schwarzbach (Kent), Lisa A. Donovan (Athens) & Christian Lexer (Bloomington)

Major ecological transitions in wild sunflowers facilitated by hybridization. Science 301: 1211-1216 (2003)


Ulfar Bergthorsson, Aaron O. Richardson, Gregory J. Young, Leslie R. Goertzen & Jeffrey D. Palmer (all Bloomington)

Massive horizontal transfer of mitochondrial genes from diverse land plant donors to the basal angiosperm Amborella. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 101: 17747-17752 (2004)


Douglas E. Soltis (Gainesville), Pamela E. Soltis (Gainesville), Peter K. Endress (Zürich) & Mark W. Chase (Kew)

Phylogeny and evolution of angiosperms (2005)


Changbao Li, Ailing Zhou & Tao Sang (all East Lansing)

Rice domestication by reducing shattering. Science 311: 1936-1939 (2006)


Vicki A. Funk (Washington), Alfonso Susanna (Barcelona), Tod F. Stuessy (Vienna) & Randall J. Bayer (Memphis) (ed.)

Systematics, evolution, and biogeography of Compositae (2009)


Jorge Victor Crisci (La Plata), L. Katinas & P. Posadas

Historical biogeography: An Introduction (2003)


Tiina Sarkinen (London), R. Toby Pennington (Edinburgh), Matt Lavin (Bozemna), Marcelo F. Simon (Brasilia) and Colin E. Hughes (Zurich)

Evolutionary islands in the Andes: persistence and isolation explain high endemism in Andean dry tropical forests. Journal of Biogeography 39: 884–900 (2012)


James B. Pease, David C. Haak, Matthew W. Hahn & Leonie C. Moyle (all Bloomington)

Phylogenomics reveals three sources of adaptive variation during a rapid radiation. PLoS Biology 14(2): e1002379 (2016)


Luke T. Dunning, Jill K. Olofsson, Christian Parisod, Rhimjhin R. Choudhury, Jose J. Moreno-Villena, Yang Yang, Jacqueline Dionora, W. Paul Quick, Minkyu Park, Jeffrey L. Bennetzen, Guillaume Besnard, Patrick Nosil, Colin P. Osborne & Pascal-Antoine Christin.

Lateral transfers of large DNA fragments spread functional genes among grasses. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(10), pp.4416-4425 (2019).