The Encyclopedia of Life announces 2012 Rubenstein Fellows

January 18, 2012

Washington, D.C. - January 18, 2012 - The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL, is pleased to announce the new class of 2012 EOL Rubenstein Fellows. These 16 scientists will use EOL as a platform for sharing their biodiversity research with their colleagues and the general public.

EOL Rubenstein Fellows awards are made possible through a generous donation by David M. Rubenstein to the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. The EOL Rubenstein Fellows program supports the work of a diverse group of scientists who are committed to online collaboration and outreach. Fellows receive partial funding for up to one year to translate biodiversity research, databases, and media into rich, online resources through the Encyclopedia of Life. More than 60 fellowships are expected to be awarded over the four years of the program, which began in 2010.

"The 2012 EOL Rubenstein Fellows come from various disciplinary, professional, and cultural backgrounds and are engaged in a broad range of cutting-edge scientific research activities," said Dr. Erick Mata, EOL Executive Director. "This outstanding group will help deepen our understanding of biodiversity and reach new audiences around the world."

EOL Rubenstein Fellows are selected on the basis of stellar achievement, promise for continued accomplishment, and the relevance of their work. This year's recipients specialize in a variety of taxonomic areas, ranging from the evolutionary ecology of invasive plants to ambrosia beetles to Indo-Pacific sponges.

One of the hallmarks of the EOL Rubenstein Fellows program is the diversity of its participants. Successful candidates were chosen from 86 students, postdoctoral and mid-career scientists, and 9 of the 16 are based in countries outside of the United States, including Australia, China, the Czech Republic, and India.
For a full list of EOL Rubenstein Fellows, their specialties, and their institutional affiliations, please visit our 2012 EOL Rubenstein Fellows page at The staff of EOL thanks its expert advisors and review committee for their support during the selection process.

About the Encyclopedia of Life: The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) operates as an ongoing collaboration of individuals and organizations who share the vision to provide global access to knowledge about life on Earth. EOL is supported by founding sponsors the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Additional support comes from EOL member institutions and donations from around the world. Please visit for more information.

About the EOL Rubenstein Fellows Program: Funded by a generous gift by David M. Rubenstein to the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, the EOL Rubenstein Fellows Program provides partial stipend or salary support (up to 50% in one year) for scientists to serve information about the organisms they study through the Encyclopedia of Life. Please visit for more information.

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