Vassiliki Betty Smocovitis

Professor, History of Science
Departments of Biology and History

Studies the history, philosophy and social study of the twentieth century biological sciences, especially evolutionary biology, systematics, ecology and genetics. She also studies the history of the botanical sciences in America.

Much of my research concentrates on gaining a better understanding of the “evolutionary synthesis” which saw the establishment of the modern synthetic theory of evolution. I am presently completing a book-length project that is a biography of the botanical architect of the evolutionary synthesis G. Ledyard Stebbins as well as a centennial history of the Botanical Society of America.


    • Distinguished Alumni Professor 2009-2011
  • Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar 2008-2009

Contact Information
Phone: (352) 392-9647
Fax: (352) 392-3704
Office: 617 Carr Hall

Mailing address:

Department of Biology
PO Box 118525
Bartram Hall, University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-8525, USA