Douglas J. Futuyma

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Douglas J. Futuyma

Douglas Joel Futuyma (* 1942 in New York , NY , USA ) is an American biologist .


Futuyma acquired in 1969 at the University of Michigan the academic degree Ph.D. He researched the interaction between herbivorous insects and the plants themselves and their importance for evolution ( coevolution ), speciation and population genetics . He is a professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook , where he has taught since 1969 and became a Distinguished Professor in 2001. From 2002 he was a professor at the University of Michigan before returning to Stony Brook in 2004.

From him comes a widespread textbook on evolutionary biology ( Evolutionary Biology , as well as the book Evolution with a more introductory character).

Futuyma is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1985), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1996), and the National Academy of Sciences (2006). In 1992 he was a Guggenheim Fellow and in 1999 a Fulbright Fellow as a visiting scholar at the University of Melbourne. In 1997 he received the Sewall Wright Award from the American Society of Naturalists and in 2012 the Leidy Award from the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University. In 1987 he was President of the Society for the Study of Evolution and in 9194 the American Society of Naturalists, and in 2008 he was President of the American Institute of Biological Sciences.

He has also come out publicly as an opponent of creationism in the USA . He is openly homosexual and published an essay in 1984 in which he criticized the sociobiological explanation of homosexuality with reference to the lack of evidence for its inheritance.


  • Evolutionary Biology. Sinauer Associates, Sunderland MA 1979, 3rd edition 1998 ISBN 0-87893-199-6 .
    • German translation: Evolutionary Biology , Birkhäuser 1990
  • Evolution , Sinauer Associates, 3rd edition 2013
  • Science on Trial. The case for evolution. Pantheon Books, New York NY 1983, ISBN 0-394-52371-7 .
  • with Montgomery Slatkin : Coevolution . Sunderland, Mass: Sinauer Associates 1983

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Individual evidence

  1. Futuyma, SJ Risch Sexual orientation, sociobiology, and evolution , Journal of Homosexuality, Volume 9, 1984, pp. 157-168