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Philip J. Regal

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Philip J. Regal is is a biologist and paleontologist. Regal is currently Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at the University of Minnesota.

He holds graduate faculty memberships in Conservation Biology, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior; Liberal Studies; Development Studies and Social Change; and Microbial Ecology. He also teaches courses on the confluence of science and ideology (including strains of reductionism), and on ecology and the history of ideas in the Department of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies.

He completed his Ph.D. in Zoology in 1968 at UCLA. Thereafter he was a postdoctoral trainee in Mental Health, National Institute of Mental Health, at the Brain Research Center at UCLA and Department of Neurosciences Laboratory at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography.

His research interests include principles and examples of biological adaptation; the Bonobo (pan paniscus); genetic engineering, transgenic organisms, risk assessment and biosafety; the mind and brain as an adaptive system; the shaping of the modern mind and institutions (discussed in his 1990 book The Anatomy of Judgment); and chronobiology (with ongoing research at the Halberg Center for Chronobiology). He is perhaps best known for articulating the last gasp of the "scale-to-feather" version of feather origins, in a lucid but error-filled analysis presented in 1975.

Dr. Regal has served on international and national committees including the UNESCO Committee on Man and the Biosphere, the Carnegie/AAAS “Project 2061: Education for a Changing Future,� the National Science Foundation Biological Centers Program Committee, the Sloan Foundation Molecular Evolution Program Committee, and the Office of Technology Assessment Study of Non-indigenous Species in the U.S. He serves on the Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution Editorial Board. In 1993 he was elected to the Humanist Institute (New York) and in 1996 to the Cosmos Club, Washington, D.C. He also serves on the Board of Directors of CENSHARE (Center to Study Human-Animal Relationships and Environment) and is an Advisory Board Member of the Program in Human Rights and Medicine at the University of Minnesota.

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