Steven Mitchell Stanley, PhD

Steven Stanley

Title: Paleontologist, Professor
Company: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

Steven Mitchell Stanley, Paleontologist and Professor at University of Hawaii at Manoa, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in paleontology and education.

Growing up, Dr. Stanley loved to collect rocks and minerals from his family’s property. He began a more in-depth study of the geological history of the Chagrin River Valley where he lived when he was in high school, and learned about the mills around his town and the hydrology of rivers and streams. A professor at Princeton University introduced Dr. Stanley to evolution, which led him to take a paleontology course. The fossils he had previously never paid attention to came to life in that class, and he was hooked. Dr. Stanley proceeded to obtain an AB, summa cum laude, from Princeton University in 1963 and a PhD from Yale University in 1968.

Dr. Stanley’s first position in the field was assistant professor at the University of Rochester in 1967. He left in 1969 to join Johns Hopkins University, first as an assistant professor of paleobiology and then as an associate professor, professor, chairman of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, and chairman of the Master of Science program in environmental sciences and policy. Since 2005, Dr. Stanley has served as a research professor at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. His expertise lies in empirical research documenting the evolutionary process of punctuated equilibrium in the fossil record.

The highlight of Dr. Stanley’s career thus far was publishing “Macroevolution: Pattern and Process” in 1979. The book had a big impact on biology, and is still cited about 40 times a year. He is also proud to have co-authored “Earth System History,” “Children of the Ice Age: How a Global Catastrophe Allowed Humans to Evolve,” “Exploring Earth and Life through Time,” “The New Evolutionary Timetable: Fossils, Genes, and the Origin of Species,” and “Principles of Paleontology,” among others. His findings have made him an influential voice in his professional community. To this day, he remains an editorial board member of Paleobiology, the American Journal of Science, and Evolutionary Theory.

In his community, Dr. Stanley is active as a member of the National Research Council’s Board of Earth Sciences, an associate in research at the Smithsonian Institution, and the president of the American Geosciences Institute. He is also a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, and a member of prominent organizations like the Society for Sedimentary Geology, the Paleontological Research Institution, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Geophysical Union. Previously, Dr. Stanley held positions like councilor of The Geological Society of America, executive committee member of the American Geosciences Institute, president and senior councilor of The Paleontological Society, and advisory committee member of the National Science Foundation. For the National Research Council, he has been an executive member of the Steering Committee, the vice chairman of the Board of Earth Sciences, and a member of the Committee on Geosciences, Environment and Resources, the Committee on Solid Earth Sciences, and the Board of Earth Sciences Resources.

As a testament to his success, Dr. Stanley was honored with the Penrose Medal from the Geological Society of America in 2013, the Twenhofel Medal from the Society for Sedimentary Geology in 2008, the Mary Clark Thompson Medal from the National Academy of Sciences in 2006, and the James H. Shea Award from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers in 2004. Other notable accolades include the Bownocker Medal from The Ohio State University, the Outstanding Technology Paper Award from the Washington Geological Society, the Guggenheim Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Charles Schuchert Award from the Paleontological Society, the Allan C. Davis Medal from the Maryland Academy of Sciences, and the Outstanding Paper Award from the Journal of Paleontology. His achievements were featured in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the West, and Who’s Who in the World.

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University of Hawaii at Manoa


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Lifetime Achievement

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