Fossils and Genes: Exploring the Evolution of Life

Hosted by the Center for Astrobiology at the University of Colorado-Boulder

Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Chemistry Building Room 140
University of Colorado-Boulder campus
(admission to symposium is free)

co-sponsors: The Planetary Society
Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics

Symposium format: Each speaker will give a 40-45 minute presentation. After the presentations have been given, a question and answer period will follow.

Moderator: Dr. Bruce Jakosky - Center for Astrobiology, University of Colorado-Boulder

Speakers and presentations in following order:

Douglas Futuyma (Department of Ecology and Evolution, State University of New York)
The Most Important Theory in Biology - Abstract

Warren Allmon (Paleontological Research Institution and Cornell University)
Evolution, Intelligent Design, and the Uneven Search for a Consistent World View - Abstract


Douglas Futuyma
Douglas Futuyma is a Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University. He received his B.S. from Cornell University (1963) and his Ph. D. from the University of Michigan (1969). His research concerns the evolution of interactions between herbivorous insects and their host plants, and speciation in insects. He is the author of the textbooks Evolutionary Biology (3 editions) and Evolution (2005) and of Science on Trial: The Case for Evolution (1982, 1995), which concerned the conflict between science and creationism. He is the editor of Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, and has been the editor of Evolution and president of the Society for the Study of Evolution and the American Society of Naturalists, from which he received the Sewall Wright Award. He has often contributed to courses in tropical biology offered in Costa Rica by the Organization for Tropical Studies. He is an avid naturalist.

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Warren D. Allmon
Warren D. Allmon is the Director of the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) in Ithaca, NY and Adjunct Associate Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University. He earned his A.B. in Earth Sciences from Dartmouth College in 1982, and his Ph.D. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from Harvard University in 1988. For four years he was Assistant Professor of Geology at the University of South Florida, Tampa, and became PRI's fourth Director in 1992. Since 1992, he has been instrumental in rejuvenating PRI’s internationally-known fossil collections; starting its local, regional, and national programs in Earth science education; and in planning and fundraising for the Museum of the Earth, PRI’s $11 million education and exhibit facility which opened in September 2003. In November 2004, Allmon helped secure a formal agreement of affiliation between PRI and Cornell, ending more than 70 years of official separation.

Allmon’s major research interest is macroevolution and paleoecology, especially the ecology of the origin and maintenance of biological diversity and the application of the geological record to the study of these problems, particularly using Cenozoic marine gastropods (snails of the last 65 million years). He is the world’s leading expert on the family Turritellidae.

Allmon is the author of more than 175 technical and popular publications. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and the recipient of the 2004 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Understanding of Geoscience from the American Geological Institute.

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CU Center for Astrobiology