Massimo Pigliucci

Massimo Pigliucci

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Dr. Pigliucci is an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he teaches ecology and evolutionary biology. His research is on the evolution of genotype-environment interactions, i.e. on questions of nature vs. nurture.

He received his Doctorate in Genetics at the University of Ferrara in Italy and his PhD in Botany from the University of Connecticut. He is now finishing a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Tennessee. He has published 72 technical papers and two books on evolutionary biology.

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 (for which he writes a regular op-ed column), Skeptic, Skeptical Inquirer (for which he writes a regular column on the scientific method), Philosophy Now, and The Philosopher's Magazine. He has given lectures for many skeptic and freethought groups around the country, and has debated several theists and creationists, including William Craig, William Dembski, Duane Gish, Ken Hovind, and Jonathan Wells. He has been elected as a Consultant for the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal.

Rationally Speaking (Off Site) [ Index ]

This is an archive of a column, now retired in favor of a blog, by Dr. Massimo Pigliucci on science, reason and rationality.

Massimo Pigliucci received his Doctorate in Genetics at the University of Ferrara, Italy. He is now Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Tennessee. He fields of research are in plant ecological and evolutionary genetics, and the experimental and theoretical approaches to the study of plant responses toward environmental change (nature vs. nurture).

In 1999, Pigliucci received the prestigious Chancellor Award for Professional Promise in Research and Creative Achievement from the University of Tennessee. He is also a three-time recipient of the Oak Ridge National Laboratories Science Alliance Faculty Research Award.

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