The Human Behavior and Evolution Society Early Career Award and Lifetime Career Award recognizes individuals for their contributions to the field. In addition, each year the editors of Evolution and Human Behavior, the official journal of the society, award the Margo Wilson Award for best paper published in Evolution and Human Behavior.

Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution

The Early Career Award recognizes excellent young scientists who have made distinguished theoretical and/or empirical contributions to the study of evolution and human behavior.

2019 Brendan Zietsch
School of Psychology
The University of Queensland

2018 Josh Tybur
Department of Experimental and Applied Psychology
University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
2017 Coren Apicella
Department of Psychology
University of Pennsylvania, USA
2016 Marco Del Giudice
Department of Psychology
University of New Mexico, USA
barclay2015 Pat Barclay
Department of Psychology
University of Guelph, Canada
griskevicius2014 Vladas Griskevicius
Carson School of Management
University of Minnesota
puts2013 David A. Puts
Department of Anthropology
Pennsylvania State University, USA
debruine2012 Lisa DeBruine
Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology
University of Glasgow, UK
gurven2010 Michael Gurven
Department of Anthropology
University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
henrich2009 Joseph Henrich
Department of Psychology
University of British Columbia, Canada
kurzban2008 Rob Kurzban
Department of Psychology
University of Pennsylvania

The nomination letter should include the following information:

  • What are the general themes of the nominee’s major lines of research?
  • What are the important research findings discovered by the nominee?
  • To what extent have the nominee’s contributions generated research in the field?

Nominations for the HBES Early Career Award should include a statement about the worthiness of the nominee, curriculum vita of the nominee, a recent complete bibliography, and no more than five reprints representative of the nominee’s contributions.

Please note: The award is subject to the following limitation: The nominee must be no more than ten years post-Ph.D.

Nominations should be submitted ONLINE by 1 July 2020

Lifetime Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution

The HBES Lifetime Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution is awarded to HBES members who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to basic research in evolution and human behavior.

2019 Bobbi Low
School of Natural Resources and Environment
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

David Buss2018 David Buss
Department of Psychology
University of Texas, Austin, USA
boydricherson2017 Robert Boyd & Peter Richerson
School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Arizona State University, USA
Department of Environmental Science and Policy
University of California Davis, USA
ToobyCosmides2016 Leda Cosmides & John Tooby
Center for Evolutionary Psychology
University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
nesse2015 Randy Nesse
Center for Evolution and Medicine
Arizona State University, USA
2014 (no award made)
hrdy2013 Sarah Hrdy
Department of Anthropology
University of California, Davis, USA
lancaster2012 Jane Lancaster
Department of Anthropology
University of New Mexico, USA
irons2011 William Irons
Department of Anthropology
Northwestern University, USA
chagnon2010 Napoleon Chagnon
Department of Anthropology
University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
daly_wilson2009 Martin Daly and Margo Wilson
Department of Psychology
McMaster University, Canada
alexander2008 Richard Alexander
Museum of Zoology
University of Michigan, USA

Nominations are open for the HBES Lifetime Career award. If you wish to nominate someone, please follow these guidelines. Nominations for these awards should include a letter of nomination, a curriculum vita, a recent complete bibliography, up to five representative reprints and the names and addresses of several scientists familiar with the nominee’s work.

  • What has been the significant and enduring influence of the nominee’s research?
  • What historical contribution has the nominee’s research made to the field?
  • Compare the nominee with others in her/his field.
  • What influence has the nominee had on students and others in the same field of study?
  • Where possible, please identify the nominee’s students by name.

Nominations should be submitted ONLINE by 1 July 2020.

Margo Wilson Award

An annual award made by the editors of Evolution and Human Behavior for best paper published in the journal in the previous year.

2019 Kyweluk, M. A., Georgiev, A. V., Borja, J. B., Gettler, L. T., & Kuzawa, C. W. (2018). Menarcheal timing is accelerated by favorable nutrition but unrelated to developmental cues of mortality or familial instability in Cebu, Philippines. Evolution and Human Behavior, 39(1), 76-81.

2018 Coren Apicella, Alyssa C. Crittenden, & Victoria A. Tobolsky (2017). Hunter-gatherer males are more risk-seeking than females, even in late childhood. Evolution and Human Behavior, 38(5), 592-603.

2017 Adar B. Eisenbruch, Rachel L. Grillot, Dario Maestripieri & James R. Roney (2016). Evidence of partner choice heuristics in a one-shot bargaining game. Evolution and Human Behavior, 37(6), 429-439.

2016 Rachel Kendal, Lydia M. Hopper, Andrew Whiten, Sarah F. Brosnan, Susan P. Lambeth, Steven J. Schapiro & Will Hoppitt (2015). Chimpanzees copy dominant and knowledgeable individuals: implications for cultural diversity. Evolution and Human Behavior, 36(1), 65-72.

2015a Casey J. Roulette, Hayley Mann, Brian M. Kemp, Mark Remiker, Jennifer W. Roulette, Barry S. Hewlett, Mirdad Kazanji, Sébastien Breurec, Didier Monchy, Roger J. Sullivan & Edward H. Hagen (2014). Tobacco use vs. helminths in Congo basin hunter-gatherers: self-medication in humans? Evolution and Human Behavior, 35(5), 397-407.

2015b James Holland Jones & Rebecca Bliege Bird (2014). The marginal valuation of fertility. Evolution and Human Behavior, 35(1), 65-71.

2014 Jeffrey Winking & Nicholas Mizer (2013). Natural-field dictator game shows no altruistic giving. Evolution and Human Behavior, 34(4), 288–293.

2013 Maciej Chudek, Sarah Heller, Susan Birch & Joseph Henrich (2012). Prestige-biased cultural learning: bystander’s differential attention to potential models influences children’s learning. Evolution and Human Behavior,  33, 46–56.

2012 Alex Mesoudi (2011). An experimental comparison of human social learning strategies: Payoff-biased social learning is adaptive but under-used. Evolution and Human Behavior, 32, 334–342.

2011 David A. Puts (2010). Beauty and the beast: mechanisms of sexual selection in humans. Evolution and Human Behavior, 31, 157–175.

2010 Andreas Wilke & Clark Barrett (2009). The hot hand phenomenon as a cognitive adaptation to clumped resources. Evolution and Human Behavior, 30, 161-169.