Dr. Michael Majerus (1954 – 2009)

It is with deep regret that I follow Nick Matzke in announcing that Dr. Michael Majerus, an expert on industrial melanism and champion of the peppered moth as a prominent example of natural selection in the wild, has passed away after a short illness.

Dr. Majerus was a professor at Cambridge, and was a dedicated researcher and teacher. I did not know him personally, but I did have an opportunity to interact with him recently after inviting him to write an article on the peppered moth for Evolution: Education and Outreach. My experience was that he was very patient and cared greatly about getting the details right — indeed, the paper describes some of his own very careful research to counter critiques of the peppered moth example. I invite everyone to see the paper, which is a testament to Dr. Majerus’s dedication to excellent research and teaching.

He will be missed.

1 comment to Dr. Michael Majerus (1954 – 2009)

  • Anna Lindsay

    I am horrified to discover just now that Mike died last year!  He was kind enough to proof-read a children’s book I wrote about ladybirds a few years ago, and I had been just about to email him to ask his advice about a strange bug I saw last night :’-((
    What a dreadful loss!


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