Joe Felsenstein is Professor of the Department of Genome Sciences and in the Department of Biology, and adjunct Professor in the Department of Statistics and in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle. Past President of the Society for the Study of Evolution. Recipient of the Weldon Memorial Prize, the Darwin-Wallace Medal of the Linnean Society of London, the John J. Carty Award for the Advancement of Science from the National Academy of Sciences and of the 2013 International Prize for Biology of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences. He is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. On the Editorial Board of five journals.
He describes himself as "world-renowned for my outstanding modesty".