150 Years Since On the Origin of Species
A Darwin Bicentennial Birthday Celebration Lecture Series


Monday, May 4
Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics and the Howard Hughes Medical Institution, University of Wisconsin
Oregon Humanities Center 2008-9 Robert D. Clark Lecturer

Sean B. Carroll

Remarkable Creatures

  Sean B. Carroll is Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics and an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Wisconsin. His research has centered on the genes that control animal body patterns and play major roles in the evolution of animal diversity. Major discoveries from his laboratory have been featured in TIME, US News & World Report, The New York Times, Discover, and Natural History.

Sean is the author of The Making of the Fittest (2006, W.W. Norton) and of Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo (2005, W.W. Norton). He is also co-author with Jen Grenier and Scott Weatherbee of the textbook From DNA to Diversity: Molecular Genetics and the Evolution of Animal Design (2nd ed, 2005; Blackwell Scientific) and with Anthony Griffiths, Richard Lewontin, and Susan Wessler of the textbook Introduction to Genetic Analysis (9e, 2007, W.H. Freeman and Co.). He is also the author or co-author of more than 100 scientific papers.

Sean is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (elected 2007) and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has received the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, the Shaw Scientist Award of the Milwaukee Foundation, and numerous honorary lectureships. Sean was named one of America's most promising leaders under 40 by TIME Magazine in 1994.

He earned his B.A. in Biology at Washington University in St. Louis, his Ph.D. in Immunology at Tufts Medical School, and carried out his postdoctoral research with Dr. Matthew Scott at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

“Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species”

Just two centuries ago, much of our world was an unexplored wilderness. Award-winning biologist Sean Carroll takes us on the dramatic expeditions of several pioneering naturalists who unearthed the history of life on our planet and in the process profoundly changed our perception of the living world and our place within it.