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Paul H. Harvey CBE FRS (born 19 January 1947) is a British evolutionary biologist. He is Professor of Zoology and was head of the zoology department at the University of Oxford from 1998 to 2011 and Secretary of the Zoological Society of London from 2000 to 2011, holding these posts in conjunction with a professorial fellowship at Jesus College, Oxford.[4]

Paul Harvey

Paul H. Harvey

(1947-01-19) 19 January 1947 (age 72)[1]
Alma materUniversity of York (BA, DPhil)
Scientific career
FieldsEvolutionary biology
InstitutionsUniversity of Oxford
ThesisStudies on the polymorphism of cepaea nemoralis (1971)
Doctoral studentsfifty in total[citation needed]
Other notable students


Harvey was educated at the University of York where he was awarded Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

Research and careerEdit

Harvey has led the development of robust statistical methods to decipher evolutionary relationships. His work has applied a rigorous basis to the comparative method in evolutionary biology — employed since the days of Charles Darwin — and as such, he has shaped modern thinking in the field.[2] The comparative method of evolutionary biology is used to correlate characteristics between species. Paul pioneered techniques to use the data and knowledge available in modern science, whilst avoiding artefacts, in untangling the evolutionary relationships between organisms. These problem-solving tools for evolutionary studies have become widely used.[2]

Selected publicationsEdit

  • Garland Jr, Theodore; Harvey, P.H.; Ives, A.R. (1992). "Procedures for the analysis of comparative data using phylogenetically independent contrasts" (PDF). Systematic Biology. 41: 18–32. doi:10.2307/2992503.
  • Harvey, P.H. Martin, R.D., & Clutton-Brock, T.H. (1987) Life Histories in Comparative Perspective. In Primate Societies. Smuts, B.B., Cheney, D.L., Seyfarth, R.M., Wrangham, R.W., Struhsaker, T.T. (eds). Chicago & London:University of Chicago Press. pp. 181–196 ISBN 0-226-76715-9
  • Harvey, P.H. & Pagel, M.D. (1991) The Comparative Method in Evolutionary Biology. Oxford Monographs in Ecology and Evolution edited by Harvey, P.H. and May, R.M.. Oxford University Press.
  • Pybus, O.G.; Rambaut, A; Holmes, E.C.; Harvey, P.H. (2002). "New inferences from tree shape: numbers of missing taxa and population growth rates". Syst. Biol. 51 (6): 881–888. doi:10.1080/10635150290102582. PMID 12554454.
  • Pybus, O.G.; Charleston, M.A.; Gupta, S.; Rambaut, A; Holmes, E.C.; Harvey, P.H. (2001). "The epidemic behaviour of the Hepatitis C virus". Science. 292 (5525): 2323–2325. doi:10.1126/science.1058321. PMID 11423661.
  • Freckleton, R.P.; Harvey, P.H. (2006). "Detecting Non-Brownian Trait Evolution in Adaptive Radiations". PLoS Biology. 4 (11): e373. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0040373. PMC 1634878. PMID 17090217.
  • Kelly, C.K.; Bowler, M.G.; Pybus, O.; Harvey, P.H. (2008). "Phylogeny, niches and relative abundance in natural communities". Ecology. 89 (4): 962–970. doi:10.1890/07-0322.1. PMID 18481521.. Also see Leibold, Mathew A. (2008). "Ecology: Return of the niche". Nature. 454 (7200): 39–41. doi:10.1038/454039a. PMID 18596794. and Sugden, A. M. (2008). "ECOLOGY: Deterministic Competition". Science. 320 (5878): 851a–851a. doi:10.1126/science.320.5878.851a.
  • Charlesworth, B.; Harvey, P. (2005). "John Maynard Smith. 6 January 1920 - 19 April 2004: Elected F.R.S. 1977". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 51 (3): 253–265. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2005.0016.

Awards and honoursEdit

Harvey was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1992 in recognition of his status as a leading evolutionary biologist of his era. Harvey was awarded the Scientific Medal and the Frink Award from the Zoological Society of London, the J. Murray Luck Award from the National Academy of Sciences, and the University of Helsinki Medal. He is an ISI highly cited researcher.

From 2000 to 2011, he served as Secretary of the Zoological Society of London (constitutionally the Chief Executive responsible for London and Whipsnade Zoos, the Institute of Zoology, and the Conservation Programmes)

He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours.[5]


  1. ^ "HARVEY, Prof. Paul H.". Who's Who. 2015 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (subscription or UK public library membership required) (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c Anon (2000). "Professor Paul Harvey CBE FRS". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 8 October 2015. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the website where:

    "All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License." --"Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies". Archived from the original on 11 November 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

  3. ^ Holmes, Eddie (2017). "Edward C. Holmes - Curriculum Vitae". University of Sydney.
  4. ^ "Professor Paul Harvey". Jesus College, Oxford. 23 May 2008. Archived from the original on 1 June 2008. Retrieved 7 July 2008.
  5. ^ "No. 58729". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 2008. p. 7.
Preceded by
R. McNeill Alexander
Secretary of the
Zoological Society of London