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Scott Solomon

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Scott Solomon is an evolutionary biologist and science communicator. He is an Associate Teaching Professor in BioSciences at Rice University and a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution. Before moving to Rice, he taught field biology at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic, Colorado and spent time as a visiting researcher at São Paulo State University in Rio Claro, Brazil.

Scott earned a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from the University of Texas at Austin, where he examined the evolutionary basis of biological diversity in the Amazon Basin. His current research examines the interactions between native and non-native ants, the impacts of extreme flooding on ant communities, ant foraging behavior, and the co-evolution between ants and microbes. Scott is the host of the podcast Wild World with Scott Solomon and two series with The Great Courses called Why Insects Matter: Earth’s Most Essential Species and What Darwin Didn’t Know: The Modern Science of Evolution. He is also the author of Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution (Yale University Press) and a forthcoming book from MIT Press about how living in space will affect the human body and mind.


Scott is a Fellow of The Explorers Club, an Associate Editor of the Journal of Tropical Ecology, and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society, and the Society for the Study of Evolution.


Find out more about Scott Solomon’s work at Rice University here.

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