Darwin Keynote

Robert MacArthur

Robert MacArthur was an extremely influential ecologist during the 1960s. His emphasis on hypothesis driven research transformed ecology from a primarily descriptive field into a theory driven experimentally based discipline.

Tuesday 25 March 2014
Seminar begins at 4pm in S012
(cookies at 3:30)

Homeostasis, Adaptation and the Problem of Biological Design.
Dr. J. Scott Turner
Department of Environmental and Forest Biology
State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Dr. Turner's research is broadly concerned with how organisms interact with their environments. He has broad interests that have led him to investigate the clever ways that animals and plants adaptively manage the flows of matter and energy between themselves and their environments. Pursuing that interest has led him to some heterodox conclusions about the nature of adaptation, how evolution works, and the emergence of intentionality and design. This has led to the publication of two books, The Extended Organism, and The Tinkerer's Accomplice.

For more information, visit Dr. Turner's website at http://www.esf.edu/faculty/turner/

Past Speakers

2011, Dr. H. Carl Gerhardt

2010, Dr. Rick Douglas

2009, Dr. Jonathan Newman