Bernard Crespi
Bernard Crespi
Simon Fraser University
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Bernard Crespi, an evolutionary biologist with interests in social evolution, speciation, and evolutionary medicine, is professor of evolution, genetics, and human health and the Canada Research Chair in Evolutionary Genetics and Psychology at Simon Fraser University. The purpose of his research is to use integrated genetic, ecological and phylogenetic approaches to study social evolution across all levels in the hierarchy of life, from genes to cells, organisms, social systems, and the brain. He is investigating questions in evolutionary biology, including the evolution of social behavior, of human health and disease, of placentation and maternal-fetal conflict, and of trophic interactions, as well as the roles of genetics, ecology, and geography in speciation and adaptive radiation. He and colleagues are studying the evolutionary biology of human health and disease by analyzing the evolutionary-genetic bases of major human diseases that are mediated in part by genomic conflicts: placental disorders, cancer, autism, and schizophrenia. He has written articles on the evolution of maladaptation, positive feedbacks in evolution, and the causes of mental illness, that are especially germane to the topic of this meeting.  

He earned his BA from the University of Chicago and PhD from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor for his PhD, followed by postdoctoral work at Cornell and Oxford. 

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