Dr. Stephen P. Hubbell is a Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Before joining the University of California, Los Angeles, Dr. Hubbell was Professor of Botany at the University of Georgia and a Butler Fellow and Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. Prior to joining the Princeton faculty in 1988, he served as a faculty member at the University of Michigan and University of Iowa and as a staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. In 1992 he was on leave from Princeton as a senior research fellow of the Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Hubbell was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1984 and was a Pew Scholar in Conservation and the Environment from 1990-1992. In 1992 he received the Distinguished National Service Award from the Society for Conservation Biology. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2016, Hubbell won the International Prize for Biology from Japa. He is the 32nd laureate since the prize was founded by the Emperor of Japan.
Dr. Hubbell's principal research concerns the ecology and management of tropical rain forests. His work focuses on long-term dynamics of tropical rain forests in the new and old world tropics, as well as the implications of global change for the conservation and management of forests. He received a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1969, and a B.A. magna cum laude in Biology from Carleton College in 1963.