Our Bloggers

Below is a listing of our EvoS Bloggers! Click on any photo to go to that author’s blog page, and click here to go to our Index of Blogs. Also, see our sister site This View of Life for more blogs on evolution!

Photo of blog author Kaitlyn Andersen Kaitlyn Andersen (Evolution Through the Eyes of Generation Y) is a senior at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She is currently studying Psychology and plans to go on to graduate school to pursue Mental Health Counseling. She is very active in her community. She has organized a blood drive, been a co-captain of a Relay for Life team and volunteered in an elementary school classroom all in the past year.
William Borchert (Darwinius Cantabrigiensis) is a cardiovascular epidemiologist who has trained in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan. He is an alumnus of the evolutionary studies program.
Rosemarie Sokol Chang (Evolution Matters) is an evolutionist trained as a psychological scientist. She is the editor of EvoS: The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium; the creator of the EvoS Consortium website and the EvoS Blogs; and co-founder of the Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology. She also has been involved in the NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society since its inception. She recently edited and contributed to the book Relating to Environments: A New Look at Umwelt. Evolution Matters is a recurring blog focused on concepts and evidence of evolution by natural selection.
Glenn Geher (Building Darwin’s Bridges) is professor and chair of psychology at the State University of New York at New Paltz. In addition to teaching courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and conducting research in various areas related to evolutionary psychology, Glenn directs the campus’ EvoS program, one of the most successful, noteworthy, and vibrant features of a campus that prides itself (rightfully) on academic vibrance. In Building Darwin’s Bridges, Glenn addresses the details of New Paltz’s EvoS program as well as issues tied to the future of evolutionary studies in the rocky and often unpredictable landscape of higher education.
Hey! I’m Megan Geher (Changes Over Time), daughter of Glenn Geher (past president of NEEPS) and Kathleen Geher. I have only done 1 real poster (mostly due to the fact I am 11.5). The poster was titled “An Analysis of Flight Distance Across Species,” which I did for extra credit in 5th grade. I have been to NEEPS and HBES – at both I actually listened to some talks. I have a little brother named Andrew and have a sweet-as-can-be dog named Cujo. I am in 6th grade. Some of my achievements are high honor roll 3 times at the New Paltz Middle School and speaking on 88.7FM about budget cuts. I will earn my green belt tomorrow. My blog explains examples of changes over time, a.k.a. evolution. I hope you enjoy my blog that is all about evolution from an 11 year old’s perspective.
Daniel Glass (Evolved This Way) is a clinical psychology Ph.D. student at Suffolk University with an M.A. from SUNY New Paltz and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, both in Psychology.  Evolved This Way explores the burgeoning field of “evolutionary clinical psychology,” which uses the perspective of biological evolution to understand, classify, and treat mental disorders and other clinical phenomena.
Amanda Glaze (Southern [r]Evolution) Holds a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction-Science Education and a second degree in Biological Sciences from The University of Alabama. She is Assistant Professor of Middle Grades and Secondary Science Education at Georgia Southern University (USA). Her research centers on the acceptance and rejection of evolution in the Southeastern United States, and the broader impact of the conflict between religion and evolution on science literacy. She has been featured on Science Friday (ThePot-Stirrer and TeachTheE), ErrantScience.com, and RealScientists.org.
Dr. Joseph Graves, Jr. (Making Sense in Biology) received his Ph.D. in Environmental, Evolutionary and Systematic Biology from Wayne State University in 1988. His research concerns the evolutionary genetics of postponed aging and biological concepts of race in humans, with over sixty papers and book chapters published, and he hasappeared in six documentary films and numerous television interviews on these general topics. He has been a Principal Investigator on grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and the Arizona Disease Research Commission.
Christopher Dana Lynn (Trancing, Tattoos, Religion & Sex) is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Alabama, where he co-directs the Evolutionary Studies program.  Chris teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in biological anthropology, human sexuality, evolution, biocultural medical anthropology, and neuroanthropology. Chris runs a human behavioral ecology research group where the objectives include studying fun gimmicky things like trance, religious behavior, tattooing, and sex as a way of introducing students to the rigors of evolutionary science.
Daniel Tumminelli O’Brien (Everyday Evolution) is the Project Manager of the Harvard Boston Research Initiative at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. He is also a Visiting Assistant Professor at Binghamton University where he has been a key player in the development of the Binghamton Neighborhood Project. Both projects bring together academic and city agencies in the development of innovative solutions for the everyday challenges of urban life. Amidst these efforts, his own research focuses on urban social behavior. As an educator, he has concentrated on pedagogical techniques that bring evolutionary theory to classrooms outside the biological sciences.
Steven Platek (Walking the Walk) is an evolutionary cognitive neuroscientist who is Chief Editor of Frontiers in Neuroscience and Co-Editor of Evolutionary Psychology. He’s published over 60 peer-reviewed articles on topics at the intersection of evolutionary theory and human neuroscience. In addition to teaching and doing research at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, GA he is also a certified CrossFit trainer and runs his own CrossFit Affiliation – CrossFit Gwinnett (www.crossfit-gwinnett.com) where he uses fitness and nutritional advice to teach his athletes about ancestral living and evolutionary theory.
Vania Rolón (Darwin’s Bolivian Finch) is a Master’s student in the Psychology Department at SUNY New Paltz. Born and raised in Cochabamba, Bolivia, much of her fascination with Evolutionary Psychology is the field’s ability to cross the cultural boundary and find universal behaviors. While completing her thesis, she works as a psychological statistics teaching assistant and is part of the Evolutionary Psychology Lab and the Positive Play Lab. Her blog discusses everyday life occurrences such as her experiences as an international student living abroad from an evolutionary perspective.
J. Brett Smith (Better Living Through Darwin) was trained in evolutionary biology and philosophy at the University of Alabama, where he now works as a field biologist with the Geological Survey.  Enchanted by the logic of adaptationism at an early age, he suspected that it could be used not only to understand why organisms are built the way they are, but also improve human health and wellness.  Having read “Why We Get Sick” and “The Paleo Diet” years ago, it wasn’t until recently that he actually got serious about self-experimentation—and now has transformed blood chemistry data to suggest that “paleo” is no paleofantasy.  His goals for this blog include continuing to explore, as well as explain, the ancestral health approach in such simple—but hopefully elegant—language that his rusticated cousins back home in Rock City, Alabama, can understand and implement mismatch theory.  He can be contacted at https://www.facebook.com/jbrettsmith
William Tooke (Darwin Goes to the Movies) is professor of psychology at SUNY Plattsburgh. He received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is interested in dimensions of moral behavior, particularly as they pertain to mate choice and other aspects of mating behavior in humans. His blog Darwin Goes to the Movies applies an evolutionary lens to film and cinema.
Nicole Wedberg (So Darwin Walks Into a Bar…) is a Master’s student in the Psychology Department at SUNY New Paltz. While working on her thesis, she is also heavily involved in the Evolutionary Psychology lab where she assists with several research projects and oversees lab activity. As the Evolutionary Studies Assistant, Nicole is involved with everything evolutionary at New Paltz, and loves every minute of it. Her goal for this blog is to explore human nature while applying Darwinian theory to everyday human experience.
David Sloan Wilson (Evolution for Everyone) applies evolution to all aspects of humanity in addition to the rest of life, in his own research and as director of EvoS, Binghamton University’s evolutionary studies program. His latest book is Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin’s Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives. In addition to this EvoS-related blog, he also blogs for the Huffington Post. Visit his website here.
Bo Winegard (Picking Nature’s Pocket) is a graduate student at Florida State University, studying social psychology under Dr. Roy Baumeister. Currently he is interested in evolutionary theories of depression and anxiety, tribalism, and human mating. His ultimate desideratum is to use a synthesis of evolutionary psychology, social psychology, and sociology to plumb the mysteries of human nature.