Biographical Sketch of Dr. Charles Gald Sibley
|CHARLES G. SIBLEY, |
born August 7, 1917, Fresno, California,
died April 12, 1998, Santa Rosa, California.
A.B. 1940; Ph.D. 1948 in Zoology, University of California, Berkeley.
Minor fields: Paleontology, Botany.
- 1940-1941: Graduate School, University of California, Berkeley.
- 1941-1942: Field Biologist, Bubonic Plague Suppressive Measures, U.S. Public Health Service.
- 1942-1945: U.S. Navy, Ensign to Lieut. Communications and Medical Service Corps.
- 1946-1948. Graduate School, University of California, Berkeley.
- 1948-1949: Instructor in Zoology and Curator of Birds, University of Kansas.
- 1949-1953: Assistant Professor of Zoology, San Jose State College, California.
- 1953-1965: Associate Professor and Professor of Zoology; Curator of Birds; Cornell University.
- 1965-1986: Professor of Biology and William Robertson Coe Prof. of Ornithology, Dept of Biology; and Curator of Birds, Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University.
- 1970-1976: Director, Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University.
- 1986: Professor of Biology, Emeritus, Yale University.
- 1986-1992: Dean's Professor of Science and Prof. of Biology, San Francisco State University.
- 1993- Adjunct Prof. of Biology, Sonoma State University (by invitation).
- United States: all regions and states.
- Mexico: six trips (1939, 1941 (2), 1946, 1948, 1950.
- Honduras: 1973.
- Costa Rica: 1972.
- South America: 1956, six countries.
- Europe: 1954, 1958, 1959-60 (sabbatic year), 1966, 1970, 1982, 1984, 1985 - mostly short visits;
- Africa: 1964, 1974, six countries, short visits.
- Australia: 1963, 1968, 1974, 1983, short visits.
- New Guinea: 1945, 1968, 1969.
- New Zealand: 1964, 1983, 1990.
- New Hebrides, Solomon Islands, Bismarck Archipelago, Philippines: 1944-1945, 19 months.
- Japan: Dec. 1992.
- Fossil birds, 1939-1942.
- Geographic variation, speciation, and interspecific hybridization in wild bird populations, 1941-1957.
- Biochemical and molecular studies of proteins and DNAs of birds and mammals -- phylogeny reconstruction, classification, rates of genomic evolution, etc. 1957-present.
Affiliations and Other Activities:
Member of ca. 15 scientific societies, U.S. and foreign:
- Fellow, Honorary, or Corresponding Fellow of seven; officer or council member of five - 1946-present.
- Guggenheim Fellow, 1959-1960. Oxford University.
- Treasurer, American Ornithologists' Union, 1953-1962.
- Secretary-General, 13th International Ornithological Congress, 1958-1962.
- Brewster Memorial Medal of the American Ornithologists' Union, 1971.
- Editorial Board, Evolution, (past).
- Editorial Board, Journal of Molecular Evolution, 1983-present.
- Editorial Board, Molecular Biology and Evolution, 1986-present.
- Editorial Board, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 1991 -present.
- President, American Ornithologists' Union, 1986-1988.
- President, 20th International Ornithological Congress, 1986-1990. New Zealand.
- Member, National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A., elected 1986.
- Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal, National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A., 1988
- Alessandro Ghighi Medal, National Institute of Wildlife Biology, Italy. 1991.
Publications: 1939-present - 132 titles, of which 77 pertain to molecular systematics and evolution.
- "Phylogeny and Classification of Birds"; (with Jon Ahlquist). Yale Univ. Press. 1990
- "Distribution and Taxonomy of Birds of the World" (with Burt Monroe). Yale Univ. Press. 1990
- "A World Checklist of Birds" (with Burt Monroe). Yale Univ. Press. 1993
- "Birds of the World by Dr. Charles Sibley." Thayer Birding Software. 1995