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Mark W. Westneat  Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago, 1027 E. 57th Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60637  (773) 702-2412   mwestneat@uchicago.edu


Career Positions

Current: Professor, Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, and Committee on Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago

2011 - 2013: Chair, Department of Zoology, Field Museum of Natural History

2007 - 2013: Robert A. Pritzker Director, Biodiversity Synthesis Center            Field Museum of Natural History

1991 - 2013: Assistant - Associate - Full Curator of Zoology, Field Museum of Natural History


Honors/Scholarships/Appointments

2010: Board of Directors: Phyloinformatics Research Foundation.

2008: Science Policy Advisory Committee for the Campaign to Elect Barack Obama President of the United States.

2008: Chair, Division of Vertebrate Morphology, Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology.

2007: Group Leader, Encyclopedia of Life Project.

2000: Society of Systematic Biologists Executive Council.

1997: Chair, Science Advisory Council (Faculty Senate of Field Museum).

1990: D. Dwight Davis Award for Best Paper in Vertebrate Morphology: Division of Vertebrate Morphology, Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology.

1989: Cocos Foundation Training Grant in Biology, Duke University.

1988: Raney Award in Ichthyology, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.

1987: Stoye Award for Best Student Paper in Genetics, Development, and Morphology: American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.


 Current and Recent Grants

2013: National Science Foundation IOS. Proprioception by fish pectoral fins: Is fin sensation tuned to fin mechanics and pattern of movement? M. E. Hale (PI) and M. Westneat (co-PI).   2013-2017.

2012: National Science Foundation CSBR. Collaborative Research: Georeferencing U.S. Fish Collections, a community-based model for georeferencing natural history collections. H. Bart (PI), 12 institutions and co-PIs, M. Westneat (co-PI). 2012-2015.

2010: National Science Foundation iPlant Collaborative. FMNH subcontract: Software Development for Phylogeny Visualization. M. Westneat (PI), Karen Cranston, K. Urie. 2010-2012.

2010: MacArthur Foundation HASTAC Digital Media and Learning Award: Conservation Connection: from the West Side to the West Pacific. Joshua Drew (PI) B. Sanzenbacher, A. Aronowsky, M. Westneat (co-PI).  2010-2011.

2009: National Science Foundation. DEB-0844745. Phylogenetic Relationships and Evolution of Skull Mechanisms in Perciform Coral Reef Fishes. M. Westneat (PI). 2009-2013.

2008:  Harris Family Foundation. Support for the Biodiversity Synthesis Center and The Encyclopedia of Life.  Mark W. Westneat (PI). 2008-2013.

2008:  J. B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation. Support for the Biodiversity Synthesis Center and The Encyclopedia of Life. Mark W. Westneat (PI). 2008-2013.

2007:  John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The Encyclopedia of Life. Five-year budget: $20,000,000. Christian Samper (Smithsonian), PI; James Edwards (Smithsonian), Tom Garnett (Biodiversity Heritage Library), David Patterson (MBL Woods Hole), Marie Studer (Harvard University), Mark Westneat (Field Museum), co-PIs. Field Museum component: Biodiversity Synthesis Center, 5 years. 2007-2013.


Publications: please see Publications page