Bobbi S. Low

Bobbi Low

Title: Professor Emerita
Company: University of Michigan School of Environment and Sustainability
Location: Gregory, Michigan, United States

Bobbi S. Low, Professor Emerita at the University of Michigan School of Environment and Sustainability, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in biology.

Fostering a love for biology since her youth, Dr. Low cared for pets ranging from dogs to grey rat snakes, lizards, hawks and collared peccary, among others. She pursued an education at the University of Louisville, from which she earned a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, in 1960 and at the University of Texas, from which she obtained a Master of Arts in 1962 and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1965. Between 1965 and 1967, Dr. Low completed postdoctoral coursework at the University of British Columbia in Canada. Upon spearheading her professional career, she served as a research scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Alice Springs, Australia from 1967 to 1972.

For more than 45 years, Dr. Low dedicated her career trajectory to the University of Michigan in numerous educational capacities. Joining the institution in 1972, she taught within the School of Natural Resources as an assistant professor until 1975 and as an associate professor from 1975 to 1992. Notably, she became a professor of the School of Environment and Sustainability, serving for more than 25 years until her formal retirement. In 2018, she became distinguished as professor emerita. Throughout her tenure, Dr. Low has served on more than 150 masters and doctoral student committees, of which she chaired or co-chaired 99 master’s, 22 PhD’s and 10 undergraduate honor theses.

Honored for her academic contributions on numerous occasions, Dr. Low most recently earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Human Behavior and Evolution Society in 2019. Additionally, she received a University of Michigan Outstanding Doctoral Mentorship Award in 2007 and a Outstanding Teaching Award from the state of Michigan in 1989. She attributes much of her success to the influences of W. Frank Blair, Richard D. Alexander and Linnaeus. A prolific researcher and writer, Dr. Low is the author of the 2015 work, “Why Sex Matters: A Darwinian Look at Human Behavior.” She has also co-authored, “An Introduction to Methods and Models in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology” and “Institutions, Ecosystems, and Sustainability.” 

Presently, Dr. Low maintains her affiliation with the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, of which she was president from 2002 to 2005, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society of Naturalists, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, the Norwegian National Science Foundation, Sigma Xi and Phi Kappa Phi. Since 2013, she has been a board member for Human Relations Area Files in New Haven, Connecticut, as well as on the selection committee for Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellows since 1995. Looking ahead, she plans to continue working on issues on inequality and life history evolution, as she is currently on salmonidae fish. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and weightlifting. As a testament to her legacy, Dr. Low was profiled in the 17th edition of Who’s Who of American Women.

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