An internationally recognized scientist, award-winning author, and educator, Sean leads HHMI’s Department of Science Education and oversees the largest portfolio of privately supported science education programs in the United States. He was the architect of HHMI’s science filmmaking initiative and has served as executive producer on several feature films for HHMI’s film production unit, Tangled Bank Studios, and on numerous classroom films for BioInteractive.
A frequent public speaker and prominent science communicator, Sean is the author of several books including Remarkable Creatures, which was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award (nonfiction); Into the Jungle; The Making of the Fittest; Endless Forms Most Beautiful; Brave Genius; The Serengeti Rules; and The Story of Life.
For his educational efforts, Sean has received the Stephen Jay Gould Prize for the advancement of the public understanding of evolution, the Viktor Hamburger Outstanding Educator Award from the Society for Developmental Biology, and the Distinguished Service Award of the National Association of Biology Teachers.
Sean has also received the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Sciences, been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and been named a fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.