Professor Peter Ellison, 2019 HBA Boas Award Winner

April 2, 2019
The Human Biology Association (HBA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Peter Ellison, John Cowles Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, has been awarded the 2019 Franz Boas Lifetime Achievement Award. The Award was established in 1996, and honors members of the Human Biology Association for exemplary contributions to human biology in science, scholarship, and professional service.

Dr. Ellison served two terms as editor-in-chief of the Society’s journal, American Journal of Human Biology. He also is just completing a term as the Editor-in-Chief of our Society’s sister journal, the American Journal Physical Anthropology. He has published or edited several books and about 200 other works, defining then advancing the new field of human reproductive ecology. Across his career, Ellison trained numerous doctoral and post-doctoral students through his Reproductive Ecology Laboratory at Harvard University, leading the development and deployment of innovative non-invasive sample collection and hormonal assessment methods that are now widely applied in the study of human biology. His many nominators for the award, themselves now senior scholars, identified his lifetime of mentoring rising scholars and his commitment to scholarly excellence and service as crucial to their own careers.