Peter and Rosemary Grant to receive BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award

Feb. 6, 2018 9:22 a.m.

Peter Grant, the Class of 1877 Professor of Zoology, Emeritus, and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, emeritus, and B. Rosemary Grant, senior research biologist, emeritus, ecology and evolutionary biology, have been selected to receive the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the category of ecology and conservation biology.

Peter and Rosemary Grant

Peter Grant, the Class of 1877 Professor of Zoology, Emeritus, and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, emeritus, and B. Rosemary Grant, senior research biologist, emeritus, ecology and evolutionary biology.

The Grants were cited for "their profound contributions to our understanding of the mechanisms and processes by which evolution occurs in the wild."  The foundation noted that the husband-and-wife research team "was the first to successfully document how evolution plays out in real time, uncovering mechanisms of utility for developing effective strategies to conserve threatened species."

The Grants will be presented with the award at a ceremony in June in Madrid. 

According to the foundation, the awards are intended to recognize basic research and creative work of excellence, as embedded in theoretical advances, models and fundamental perspectives for an improved understanding of the natural, social and artificial or technological worlds, technological innovations and developments, and the creation of outstanding works or new artistic or interpretative styles in contemporary classical music.