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Annals of Botany Special Lecture

 

"Lost in Phenotypic Space: Why Do Living Organisms Look the Way They Do?"
Massimo Pigliucci
Department of Ecology & Evolution
State University of New York at Stony Brook

Dr. Pigliucci is Professor in the Department of Ecology & Evolution at SUNY-Stony Brook (Long Island, NY). His research is on the evolution of genotype-environment interactions and on the role of constraints in evolutionary biology. He also has an interest in epistemology and philosophy of science.

He received his Doctorate in Genetics at the University of Ferrara in Italy, his PhD in Botany from the University of Connecticut, and a PhD in Philosophy of Science at the University of Tennessee. He has published 68 technical papers and three books on evolutionary biology: Phenotypic Evolution: a Reaction Norm Perspective (with Carl Schlichting, Sinauer, 1998); Phenotypic Plasticity: Beyond Nature and Nurture (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001); and Phenotypic Integration: the Evolution of Complex Phenotypes (co-edited with Katherine Preston for Oxford University Press, 2004). He has also published two books for the general public: Tales of the Rational: Skeptical Essays about Nature and Science (Freethought Press, 2000), and Denying Evolution: Creationism, Scientism, and the Nature of Science (Sinauer, 2002). His forthcoming book (with philosopher Jonathan Kaplan) is Making Sense of Evolution: Toward a Coherent Picture of Evolutionary Theory (Chicago Press).

Dr. Pigliucci has won the Dobzhansky Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution. In 2004 he has been elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science “for fundamental studies of genotype by environmental interactions and for public defense of evolutionary biology from pseudoscientific attack.” He is also an editor for the Quarterly Review of Biology and for Biology & Philosophy.

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