January 11, 2019
Prof. Steven M. Stanley, Ph.D Paleontologist and Research Professor of University of Hawaii at Manoa, was just recently selected as Top Research Professor of the Year for 2019 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the industry.
While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations and contributions to their communities. All honorees are invited to attend the IAOTP’s annual award gala at the end of this year for a night to honor their achievements.
With over 4 decades of professional experience as a seasoned and trusted American paleontologist and evolutionary biologist, Dr. Stanley has certainly proven himself as an accomplished professional and expert in the field. He has demonstrated success not only as a Research Professor for the University of Hawaii, but has demonstrated success in all past positions he has ever held. He is best known for his empirical research documenting the evolutionary process of punctuated equilibrium in the fossil record. His impressive repertoire of prior roles have included Professor for Johns Hopkins University, Chairman for the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences for Johns Hopkins University, & MS Program in Environmental Sciences and Policy for Johns Hopkins University. In 1972 Dr. Stanley developed the Predation Hypothesis to explain the evolution of novelties in the Cambrian explosion. Stanley proposed that predation stimulated prey animals to evolve defenses such as shells, rapid swimming, and burrowing. These strategies also opened new avenues of evolution through functional shifts. Hard shells allowed for filter feeding, and deep burrowing allowed animals to gain new access to food resources.
Dr. Stanley graduated Suma Cum Laude from Princeton University in 1963 with an AB, and earned his Ph.D from Yale University in 1968. The President of IAOTP, Stephanie Cirami stated that “Choosing Dr. Stanley for this award was an easy decision for our panel to make. He is brilliant, his list of accomplishments and accolades are beyond impressive, he is active in numerous organizations and affiliations, he was exactly what we were looking for. We know we will be seeing more outstanding things from this man and hope to spend time with him at the gala.”
Throughout his illustrious career, Dr. Stanley has been active in his community and recognized worldwide for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the science industry. He has received many awards, accolades and has been featured in numerous publications multiple years in a row such as 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.. For 2019, Dr. Stanley is being considered to be featured in TIP (Top Industry Professionals) Magazine,for the Lifetime Achievement Award and was selected as Top Research Professor of the Year by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP). He was featured in the Wall Street Journal and will be displayed on a billboard in Times Square. His most important medal was in 2013, he received the Penrose Medal “for eminence in pure research” from the Geological Society of America. In 2008 Dr. Stanley was the recipient for the Twenhofel Medal by the Society for Sedimentary Geology. In 2007, he received a medal from the Paleontological Society which is awarded to a person whose eminence is based on advancement of knowledge in paleontology. In 2006, he received the Mary Clark Thompson Medal from the National Academy of Sciences. In 2004 he received the James H. Shea Award by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. In 1997 he received the Bownocker Medal from Ohio State University and in 1986 he received the Outstanding Technology Paper Award by the Washington Geological Society. In 1977 Dr. Stanley received the Charles Schuchert Award for the Paleontological Society and in 1973 the Allan C. Davis Medal given by Maryland Academy of Sciences. Dr. Stanley is a Past President of the American Geosciences Institute; Former Councilor for the Geological Society of America; Former Executive Committee for the American Geoscience Institute; and Former President at the Paleontological Society.
Aside from his successful career as a Professor, Dr. Stanley is also a sought after lecturer, published Author, Contributor to hundreds of book chapters, Articles and Professional Journals and has sat on numerous boards. He currently is an Editorial Board Member of Paleobiology; Editorial Board Member of the American Journal of Science, Former Executive Member of the Steering Committee for the National Research Council and Former Vice Chairman for the Board of Earth Sciences for the National Research Council. Dr. Stanley is the Co-Authored “Earth System History,” “Children of the Ice Age: How a Global Catastrophe Allowed Humans to Evolve”, “Exploring Earth and Life Through Time”, “Extinction”, just to name a few.
Looking back, Dr. Stanley attributes his success to his experience, education, mentors he has had along the way and staying passionate in all his endeavors. Dr. Stanley says he has been blessed, he loves doing what he is doing, and feels this is just the beginning. When he is not working Dr. Stanley enjoys writing and being an amateur landscape architect, building walks and patios and planting trees and shrubs. For the future, Dr. Stanley hopes that his scientific research and contributions will continue to make a difference with people and in the world.
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