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Joan E. Roughgarden

By: Albert Serrano | Date Added:

Joan E. Roughgarden is an evolutionary ecologist whose work over the last 30 years on evolutionary adaptations to changing environments and community ecology theory has been at the forefront of the field. She uses mathematical and computational techniques as well as field studies of Caribbean Anolis lizards and barnacles to address issues ranging from the evolution of sex to territorial negotiation to ecosystem reserve design. After building a successful career as Jonathan, Roughgarden decided in 1998 to transition into a transgendered woman. Since then, she has become increasingly interested in biological diversity in gender and sexuality, and has recently written a book on the subject entitled “Evolution's Rainbow: Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People.” In the book, she puts forth the controversial proposal that Darwin's theory of sexual selection is hopelessly outdated and can only offer insight into a few unrepresentative cases. Instead, she argues that it should be replaced by a theory of "social selection", in which gender roles and sexuality can be seen as adaptations that facilitate cooperation in complex societies. She has a Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University and teaches at the Department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University. She has a Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University and teaches at the Department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University. SOURCE http://courses.washington.edu/uncommon/pages/Roughgarden.html

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