Massimo Pigliucci, PhD

Dr. Massimo Pigliucci is Professor of Ecology and Evolution at the State University of New York - Stony Brook. His research is on the evolution of genotype-environment interactions; i.e., on nature-nurture problems.

He received his Doctorate in Genetics at the University of Ferrara in Italy and his Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Connecticut. He also holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Pigliucci has published fifty technical papers and two books on evolutionary biology (Phenotypic Evolution: A Reaction Norm Perspective for Sinauer, with Carl Schlichting, and Phenotypic Plasticity: Beyond Nature and Nurture, for Johns Hopkins University Press). He is also the author of Tales of the Rational: Skeptical Essays About Nature and Science (Freethought Press, Atlanta) and Denying Evolution: Creationism, Scientism, and the Nature of Science (Sinauer Associates).

In 2004 Dr. Pigliucci was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the publishers of Science magazine. His nomination honored him for "fundamental studies of genotype by environmental interactions and for public defense of evolutionary biology from pseudoscientific attack."

Dr. Pigliucci has been awarded several times the Oak Ridge National Labs award for excellence in research and has won the prestigious Dobzhansky Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution, of which he is now Vice President.

As a skeptic, he has published in national magazines such as Free Inquiry, Skeptic, Skeptical Inquirer, Philosophy Now and Secular Nation. He has given lectures for many humanist and freethought groups around the country and has debated several theists and creationists, including William Craig, William Dembski, Duane Gish, Ken Hovind, Walter ReMine, and Jonathan Wells.

Dr. Pigliucci produces a blog called Rationally Speaking and is the author of Evolution, Creationism, and the Nature of Science, a Web-based course on the Institute for Humanist Studies' Continuum of Humanist Education.

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