Dr. Maurine Neiman is an evolutionary biologist and Professor at the University of Iowa. Her main appointment is in the Department of Biology. Dr. Neiman also is the first-ever so-called "hard" scientist to have a joint appointment in the Department of Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies. For the last year, she is also serving as a Provost Faculty Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Dr. Neiman's research program targets fundamental questions in biology centered on the evolutionary impact of genetic variation and the evolution of sexual reproduction. Her research interests extend to a diverse set of other fields ranging from biological invasions and host-pathogen interactions to cancer biology and science studies. She is especially interested in bringing together diverse concepts, tools, and people to address important biological problems that intersect with societal challenges. Dr. Neiman is also very active in community-focused science education and engagement, including long-term leadership of programs like Iowa City Darwin Day and the Iowa-focused Science Booster Club project that bring accessible science and scientists to the public. Dr. Neiman is an Editor at the Royal Society of London’s Proceedings B, where she developed and leads a new effort to solicit preprints for submission from online repositories.