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Thomas Karger Award in Evolutionary Neuroscience

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Acknowledging the Excellence in Evolutionary Neuroscience

The Thomas Karger Award in Evolutionary Neuroscience is an award organized by the J. B. Johnston Club for Evolutionary Neuroscience and sponsored by Brain, Behavior and Evolution and Karger. The award is in honor of Dr. Thomas Karger, and it is awarded to a young investigator who, at the time of his or her application, is a candidate for the Ph.D., or is within a year of having received the Ph.D. The award carries:

A monetary prize and a year's complimentary membership to the J.B. Johnson Club.

Complimentary registration to both days of the meetings.

The opportunity to present your work and get recognized by your peers around the world at the annual meeting of the J. B. Johnston Club for Evolutionary Neuroscience.

A complimentary individual subscription to Brain, Behaviour and Evolution (year of the award).


Interested in applying? Find more details and the selection criteria on the J. B. Johnston Club's page.

The winners are encouraged to submit a manuscript on the topic of their winning proposal to Brain, Behavior and Evolution. This is voluntary and publication of the work is pending a successful peer review process.


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Thomas Karger Award Winners


Winner 2023

Marissa Applegate

Food-caching birds as a model for systems neuroscience: behavioral, anatomical, and physiological foundations

Applegate, M. (2023)
PhD dissertation, Columbia University.

Winner 2022

Sara Jiménez

Research topic: The pallial region in the amniotic-anamniotic transition

Winner 2021

Winner 2020

Skipped due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Winner 2019

Z. Yan Wang

Molecular neuroendocrinology of maternal behaviors and death in the California two-spot octopus, Octopus bimaculoides

Wang, Z. (2018)
PhD dissertation, The University of Chicago, 134p.

Winner 2018

Steven Briscoe

Field Homology: Still a Meaningless Concept

Briscoe S.D.
Brain Behav Evol 2019;93:1–3 (DOI:10.1159/000500770)

Winner 2017

Winner 2016

Eva K. Sawyer

Conserved Patterns of Trigeminal Somatosensory System Organization in Mammals

Sawyer E.K.
Brain Behav Evol 2017;89:65-67 (DOI:10.1159/000460812)

Winner 2015

Eva K. Fisher

Flexibility and Constraint in the Evolution of Gene Expression and Behavior

Fischer E.K.
Brain Behav Evol 2016;87:1-3 (DOI:10.1159/000442436)

Winner 2014

Robert K. Naumann

Winner 2013

Duncan B. Leitch

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