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Mark Pagel

Professor of Evolutionary Biology & Director of the Evolution Laboratory, University of Reading

From the University of Glasgow Gifford Lectures page:

Mark Pagel is a Fellow of the Royal Society and Professor of Evolutionary Biology at Reading University in the UK.

He is best known for his work on building statistical models to examine the evolutionary processes imprinted in animal and human behavior, from genomics to the emergence of complex systemsto language and culture.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning Oxford Encyclopedia of Evolution and co-author of The Comparative Method in Evolutionary Biology which is regarded as a classic in the field. He is widely published in Nature and Science. His book Wired for Culture: Origins of the Human Social Mind was one of the Guardian newspaper’s 'best science books of 2012'.