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Funded by the Stengl-Wyer Endowment, the Stengl Wyer Postdoctoral Scholars Program provides up to three years of independent support for talented postdoctoral researchers in the broad area of the diversity of life and/or organisms in their natural environments. Scholars can study any groups of organisms, at levels from genes to populations to communities to ecosystems, and can use any combination of approaches. The award competition is conducted annually. The form and timing of competitions may change in subsequent years.

Learn more about the Scholars Program here.



Guillaume Dury is an evolutionary biologist who did his M.Sc. research at McGill University and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute on building a molecular phylogeny of neotropical leaf beetles and their evolutionary history of maternal care and host plant use. For his Ph.D. research at Indiana University Bloomington, he studied the evolutionary consequences of maternal effects using a mix of field and lab experiments and modelling. As a Stengl-Wyer Scholar he will work with Brian Sedio using a combination of transcriptomics, phylogenomics, and metabolomics to study whether evolving new defensive compounds allowed tropical trees to better escape pathogens and herbivores, and in turn led to more diversification.




Christopher Hemingson is an evolutionary ecologist who studies the visual world that surrounds us. Specifically, he is fascinated with coral reef ecosystems and seeks to understand how they evolved to be the incredibly diverse and colorful systems we recognise today. He conducted his doctoral research at James Cook University in Australia working on the Great Barrier Reef. As a Stengl-Wyer Scholar, Christopher will work with Simon J. Brandl, who is based at the Marine Science Institute, to understand how reefs came to be such colorful ecosystems and how this is threatened by global environmental change.





Chatura Vaidya is an ecologist broadly interested in the ecological and eco-evolutionary impacts of global environmental change on plant-insect interactions, with a particular focus on plant-pollinator interactions. Chatura is finishing her PhD (Dec 2022) at the University of Michigan, where she is studying how habitat modification, driven by agriculture and urbanization, affects plant-pollinator interactions, specifically on plant and pollinator reproductive success. As a Stengl-Wyer scholar, she will work with Shalene Jha and Amelia Wolf to investigate how multiple global environmental change factors, interactively affect plant traits, and how this in turn influences pollinator health and plant reproduction.