Napier Memorial Medal

The next deadline for applicants is 31st March 2024.

Following a bequest to the Society, PSGB instituted the Napier Memorial Medal in 1991, in memory of its founding President, Professor John Napier. The medal is offered every two years to a new primatologist to provide encouragement through the public recognition of their work. 

The next Napier Medal will be awarded in 2024. To be eligible for consideration candidates must be a British subject or a foreign national who has completed a PhD at a UK institution of higher education and have submitted their PhD between 31st March 2022 and 31st March 2024

The next round of nominations will begin in 2024.  Candidates should normally be nominated by their PhD supervisor (whether they a member or not) but alternatively the nomination can come from any member of the Society.  Nominations should be sent to the convenor of the Research Subcommittee, Dr Stefano Kaburu ([email protected]) and should comprise:

* the candidate's CV (including a full list of publications)

* a PDF of the approved doctoral thesis

* two letters of reference (one from the external examiner of the PhD; the other can
be the supervisor or nominator)

Napier Memorial Medal Recipients:

1991 Christopher Pryce - Endocrine and social correlates of maternal behaviour in callitrichids
1993 Marta Lahr - The origins of modem humans: A test of the multiregional hypothesis
1995 Carlos Drews - Psychological warfare and the management of relationships between male baboons
1997 Nicola Koyama - Reconciliation behaviour in wild Japanese macaques
1999 Mark Collard - Morphological evolution of the hominoids and papionins: implications for palaeoanthropological cladistics
2001 Russell Hill - Ecological and demographic determinants of time budgets in baboons: implications for cross-population models of baboon socioecology
2003 Susanne Shultz - Of monkeys and eagles: predator-prey interactions in the Taï National Park, Côte d'Ivoire
2005 Corri Waitt - Facial attractiveness among rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta): manipulating and measuring preferences for conspecifics' facial characteristics.
2007 Annika Paukner - Secondary representational abilities in nonhuman primates (Macaca nemestrina, Cebus apella).
2009 Erik Willems - From space to species - integrating remotely sensed information on primary productivity into investigations and systems models of vervet monkey (Cercopithecus aethiops) socio-ecology.
2011 Lauren Brent - Investigating the causes and consequences of sociality in adult female rhesus macaques using a social network approach.
2013 Stephen Montgomery - The primate brain: evolutionary history and genetics
2015 Sally Street - Phylogenetic comparative investigations of sexual selection and cognitive evolution in primates
2018 Ciara Stafford - Impacts of Indigenous Communities on the Biodiversity of Neotropical Rainforests
2020 Robin Morrison - Western gorilla space use and inter-group dynamics.
2022  Felipe Ennes Silva - Bald-headed uakari taxonomy and conservation, Brazil

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