David B. Wake 
   Biographical Sketch


    • Bachelor of Arts Diploma in Biology (Magna Cum Laude) (1958)
      Pacific Lutheran College, Tacoma, Washington
    • Master of Science in Biology (1960)
      University of Southern California
      Major Professor: Jay M. Savage
    • Doctor of Philosophy in Biology (1964)
      University of Southern California
      Major Professor: Jay M. Savage



    • Instructor of Biological Sciences (1963-1964)
      University of Southern California
    • Instructor of Anatomy and Biology (1964-1966)
      University of Chicago, Illinois
    • Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Biology (1966-1969)
      University of Chicago, Illinois
    • Professor of Zoology and Curator of Herpetology (1973-1989)
      University of California, Berkeley
    • Visiting Professor (1982)
      Zoological Institute
      University of Basel, Switzerland
    • Visiting Professor of Biology (1982)
      University of Bremen, Germany
    • Guest Scientist (1988)
      Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama
    • Guest Scientist (1989)
      University of Paris VII, France
    • Professor of Integrative Biology and Curator of Herpetology (1989-present)
      University of California, Berkeley



    • Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, University of Chicago (1967)
    • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Pacific Lutheran University (1977)
    • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow (1981-1982)
    • Fellow, California Academy of Sciences
    • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
    • Fellow, Linnean Society of London
    • Distinguished Lecturer, Herpetologists’ League (1984)
    • Edward R. Steinhaus Memorial Lecturer, University of California, Irvine (1987)
    • Gerry Morgan Bayak Memorial Lecturer, Stanford University (1987)
    • International Institute for Advanced Studies Lecturer, Kyoto, Japan (1991)
    • John L. and Margaret B. Gompertz Professor of Integrative Biology (1991-1997)
    • Chris Reed Memorial Lecturer, Dartmouth College (1994)
    • Fellow’s Lecturer, California Academy of Sciences (1995)
    • Elected to membership, American Philosophical Society (1996)
    • Elected to membership, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1997)
    • Elected to membership, National Academy of Sciences, USA (1998)
    • Joseph Grinnell Medal in Scientific Natural History (1998)
    • Henry S. Fitch Award for Excellence in Herpetology (1999)
    • Eminent Ecologist Lecture Series, University of Pittsburgh & Carnegie Museum of Natural History (2000)
    • Sewall Wright Lecturer, University of Chicago (2000)
    • Invited Lectures at academic institutions in the United States, Austria, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Panama, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, The Netherlands, and the former USSR
    • Berkeley Citation (2005)
    • Joseph Leidy Medal, Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia (2006)



  • Associate Editor, Journal of Morphology (1971-1975)
  • Chairman, Vertebrate Morphology Division, American Society of Zoologists (1972-1974)
  • Panel in Systematic Biology, National Science Foundation (1976-1978)
  • Editor, Evolution (1979-1980)
  • Assistant Corresponding Editor, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society (1980-1990)
  • President, Society for the Study of Evolution (1983)
  • Advisory Editor, The Collins Encyclopedia of Animal Evolution, Equinox, Oxford (1986)
  • Board on Biology, National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council (1986-1992)
  • Member, Comité de Lecture, Annales de Sciences Naturelles (Zoologie), Paris (1986-1997)
  • Co-organizer, Dahlem Workshop on Complex Organismal Functions: Integration and Evolution in Vertebrates, Berlin (1988)
  • President, American Society of Naturalists (1989)
  • National Board, National Museum of Natural History (1990-1997)
  • Founder and first Chair, Task Force on Declining Amphibian Populations, The World Conservation Union (I.U.C.N) (1991-1994)
  • President, American Society of Zoologists (1992)
  • Advisory Board, Systematics Agenda 2000 (1992-1996)
  • Consulting Editor, McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology (1993-1998)
  • National Research Council Committee on Value of Biodiversity (1995-1998)
  • Editorial Board, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA (2000- present)
  • Organizer of various additional national and international symposia, and member of several Editorial Boards, Advisory and Review Panels, and Executive Committees at different times



  • Married to Marvalee Hendricks on June 23, 1962; one son, Thomas Andrew