Francisco J. Ayala Curriculum Vitae

Department of Ecology and Evolution
University of California
Irvine, CA 92697-2525
Tel: 949-824-8293/Fax: 949-824-2474
e-mail: fjayala@uci.edu

Francisco J. Ayala is the Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences and Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Irvine. He is a member of the U.S. President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. He has been President and Chairman of the Board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Born in Madrid, Spain, he has lived in the United States since 1961, and became a U.S. citizen in 1971. He is author of more than 700 articles and 15 books. The books include Genetics and The Origin of Species (1997), Tempo and Mode in Evolution (1995), Modern Genetics (2nd ed., 1984), Population and Evolutionary Genetics: A Primer (1982), Evolving: The Theory and Processes of Organic Evolution (1979), Evolution (1977), Molecular Evolution (1976), and Studies in the Philosophy of Biology (1974). He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society; fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and of the California Academy of Sciences. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a Fulbright Fellow (twice). Ayala has received the Gold Honorary Gregor Mendel Medal from the Czech Academy of Sciences, the Gold Medal of the National Academy of Sciences of Italy, the President's Award of the American Institute of Biological Sciences, the Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award from the AAAS, the 150th Anniversary Leadership Medal from the AAAS, the Medal of the College of France, the UCI Medal from the University of California, the 1998 Distinguished Scientist Award from SACNAS, and the William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement from Sigma Xi in 2000. He has received honorary degrees from the Universities of Athens (Greece), Bologna (Italy), Barcelona, Las Islas Baleares, Leon, Madrid, Valencia, and Vigo (Spain). He is a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Royal Academy of Sciences of Spain, the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (Rome), the Mexican Academy of Sciences, and the Latin American Institute for Advanced Studies. He has been President of the Society for the Study of Evolution, a member of the Council of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the National Advisory Council of the Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH), the National Advisory Council for the Human Genome Project, the Executive Committee of the Science Advisory Board of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Commission on Life Sciences, and the Board on Basic Biology (Chairman, 1985-1992) of the National Research Council. He served as expert witness in the Arkansas trial on the teaching of evolution (December 1981). He is a frequent lecturer in universities and other institutions in the United States and elsewhere, including Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Holland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Panama, Peru, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Venezuela, and Yugoslavia. His scientific research focuses on population and evolutionary genetics, including the origin of species, genetic diversity of populations, the origin of malaria, the population structure of parasitic protozoa, and the molecular clock of evolution. He also writes about the interface between religion and science, and on philosophical issues concerning epistemology, ethics, and the philosophy of biology. CURRICULUM VITAE Born: Madrid, Spain Citizenship: United States Education B.S., University of Madrid, Spain, 1955 M.A., Columbia University, New York, 1963 Ph.D., Columbia University, New York, 1964 Professional Employment 1989- Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences and Director of the Bren Fellows Program, University of California, Irvine. 1989- Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of California, Irvine. 1987- Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine. 1974-1987 Professor of Genetics, University of California, Davis. 1977-1981 Associate Dean for Environmental Studies, University of California, Davis. 1977-1981 Chairman of the Division of Environmental Studies, University of California, Davis. 1977-1981 Director of the Institute of Ecology, University of California, Davis. 1971-1974 Associate Professor of Genetics, University of California, Davis. 1967-1971 Assistant Professor, Rockefeller University, New York City. 1965-1967 Assistant Professor, Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island. 1964-1965 Research Associate, Rockefeller University, New York City. Awards and Honors 2000 Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Bologna, Italy. 2000 Honorary Gold Medal of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (Italian National Academy of Sciences, Rome). 2000 William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement, Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Society). 2000 Honorary Member, Sociedad Mexicana de Reumatología. 1999 Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Valencia, Spain. 1998 Foreign Member, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome. 1998 Distinguished Scientist Award, Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). 1998 150th Anniversary Leadership Medal, American Association for the Advancement of Science. 1998 Professor Honoris Causa, Universidad de las Islas Baleares, Spain. 1997 Member, World Institute of Science. 1997 Honored for "significant contribution in the field of science" by Chicano Federation Of San Diego County, CA (September 6, 1997). 1997 Teófilo Hernando Honorary Medal (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, School of Medicine). 1997 Fellow, California Council on Science and Technology. 1996 Foreign Member, Mexican Academy of Sciences. 1996 Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Vigo, Spain. 1996 Honorary Member, Panamenian Association for the Advancement of Science. 1995 Honorary Member, "Citizen's Senate," City of Barcelona, Spain. 1995 UCI Medal, University of California, Irvine. 1995 President's Award, American Institute of Biological Sciences. 1995 Rioja Distinction Award from the State of Rioja, Spain. 1995 Honorary Member, Latin American Institute for Advanced Studies (Instituto Latino Americano de Estudios Avanzados). 1995 Commendation from the Senate of the State of California for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Evolution. 1994 Foreign Member, Russian Academy of Sciences. 1994 Foreign Member, Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. 1994 Gold Honorary Gregor Mendel Medal for Merits in the Biological Sciences, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. 1993 Honorary Member, International Forum for Biophilosophy, European Community. 1991 Doctor Honoris Causa, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece. 1989 Foreign Member, Royal Academy of Sciences of Spain. 1989 Member, The Human Genome Organisation (HUGO). 1987 Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 1986 Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Barcelona, Spain. 1986 Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Madrid, Spain. 1986 Honorary Member, Golden Key National Honor Society. 1985 W.E. Key Award of the American Genetics Association. Awards and Honors (continued) 1985 Honorary Member, Sociedad Espanola de Genetica. 1984 Member, American Philosophical Society. 1982 Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Leon, Spain. 1981 Honorary Member, Federation of Yugoslavian Genetics Societies. 1981 Fulbright Fellow. 1980 Member, National Academy of Sciences. 1979 Fulbright Fellow. 1979 Medal, College of France. 1979 Fellow, California Academy of Natural Sciences. 1978 Outstanding Article Award for Volume IV of San Jose Studies. 1977-1978 Guggenheim Fellow. 1977 Johns Hopkins University Centennial Scholar. 1977 Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 1975 Member, U.S. Association of the Club of Rome. 1968 Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health (award declined In 1971). 1967 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science. 1964 Member, Sigma Xi. Service to Professional Societies and the Community 2001 Presiding Member, Dissertation Defense of Lucrecia Burges Cruz, University Las Islas Baleares, Spain. 2001- Member, Advisory Board, National Wheelchair Racquetball Association. 2000- Member, Kistler Prize Advisory Panel, Foundation for the Future. 2000-2003 Member, FAO Panel of Eminent Experts on Ethics in Food and Agriculture, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. 2000- Advisory Council, Sustainable Sciences Institute. 1999- Committee on Genetic Therapy, Foundation Marcelino Botín (Spain). 1999- Board of Directors, Philharmonic Society of Orange County (California). 1998- Charter Member, Iberoamerican Molecular Biology Organization. 1998- International Scientific Committee, International Ontology Congress. 1998- International Board of Advisors, International Meetings on Molecular Epidemiology and Evolutionary Genetics in Infectious Diseases (MEEGID). 1998- Board of Scientific Advisors, Scientific Committee, European Centre for Control of Infectious Diseases (ECCID). 1998- Scientific Committee, Museum of Science and Technology (Las Palmas, Canary Islands). 1997- Scientific Advisor, planned PBS series on Science and the Law. 1997- Board of Advisors, Cousteau Society. 1997- Board of Directors, Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, Berkeley, California. 1996-1999 Board of Advisors, John Templeton Foundation. 1996- Vice President, Opera Pacific, Orange County, California. 1995- Advisory Council, San Francisco Unified School District. 1995- Board of Advisors, The Nature of Difference (public television project), Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 1995-2000 Board of Directors, American Red Cross, Orange County Chapter. 1995- Advisory Board, Biological Sciences Curriculum Study Project "A New Model for Introductory Biology at the College Level," funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). 1995- Executive Committee, Opera Pacific, Orange County, California. 1994- Board of Directors, Opera Pacific, Orange County, California. 1994- Finance Committee, Opera Pacific, Orange County, California. 1994-1995 Nominator, MacArthur Fellows. 1993-1996 President-Elect, President, and Chairman of the Board, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). 1993-1996 Committee for the Phi Beta Kappa Science Book Award. 1993-1995 National Lecturer, Sigma Xi. 1992-1994 Chair-Elect and Chair, Section on Biology, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). 1989-1993 Board of Directors, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). 1980- International Committee of "International Congress of Systematic and Evolutionary Biology" (ICSEB). Service to Professional Societies and the Community (continued) 1980-1983 Education Committee, Society for the Study of Evolution. 1980 President, Society for the Study of Evolution. 1979 President-Elect, Society for the Study of Evolution. 1979-1983 Member of the Council, Society for the Study of Evolution. 1978-1981 Financial Committee, Society for the Study of Evolution. 1977-1979 Member of the Council, American Society of Naturalists. 1976-1978 Member of the Council, Society for the Study of Evolution. 1974-1977 Secretary, American Society of Naturalists. 1973 Representative of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences to the XIII International Congress of Genetics. 1971 Representative of the Federation of American Scientists to the Society for the Study of Evolution. 1969 Member of the Council, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). 1967-1971 Founder and Chairman, "Population Geneticists of New York." Service to Federal and Other Agencies 2001 Annual Meeting of the Pacific Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, June 17-20, 2001 (UC Irvine), Honorary Chair. 1998-2000 International Advisory Board, National Research Council (NRC), Charter Member. 1998- Panel on Scientific Boundaries, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Member (Chairman 1998). 1998-2000 Board of Advisors, Fogarty International Center for Advanced Study in the Health Sciences (NIH), Member. 1998-1999 NIGMS-NIAID Initiative on Evolution and Infectious Diseases (NIH), Member. 1997-2000 Committee on International Organizations and Programs (CIOP) of the Office of International Affairs (NRC), Member. 1997- Permanent Council, Forum U.S.-Spain for Economic, Cultural, and Scientific Cooperation, Member. 1997-2000 U.S.-Spain Joint Commission for Scientific and Technological Cooperation (U.S. Department of State), Member. 1996-1998 Council Committee on Science and Creationism, National Academy of Sciences (NAS), Chairman. 1996-2000 Dialogue On Science, Ethics, and Religion (AAAS), Chair, Advisory Committee. 1995-1996 Committee to Evaluate the Graduate and Research Programs of UNAM (National University of Mexico), National Academy of Sciences (NAS), Chairman. 1994-2001 President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), Member. 1993 Demonstration Project to Facilitate the use of Court-Appointed Scientific and Technical Experts by the Federal Courts, Co-Chair (sponsored by AAAS and the American Bar Association National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists). 1994-1996 Board of Directors, AAAS Science Publications, Inc., Member. 1993-1996 Board of Directors, AAAS Science International, Inc., Member. 1993- California Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (CAMP), (NSF), Advisory Board Member. 1993-1999 Advisory and Review Committee for Court-Adjudicated and Court-Ordered Health Care, Member. 1993-1999 Executive Committee for Court-Adjudicated and Court-Ordered Health Care, Member. 1993- Advisory Board, Science and Engineering Television Network, Member. 1992-1994 Committee on the Social and Ethical Impact of Biomedicine on Society, Institute of Medicine (IOM), Member. 1992-1996 Annual Meeting Site Committee (AAAS), Member. 1991-1995 Mexico-U.S. Advisory Committee of the National Research Council (NRC), Member. 1991-1996 Committee on Member Opinion Polls (AAAS), Member. 1991-1996 Committee on the Health of the Scientific Enterprise (AAAS), Chair. 1990- The National Academies' Corporation, Member, Board of Directors. 1990-1993 National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research (NIH), Member. 1990- National Council on Science and Technology Education (AAAS), Ex-Officio Member. 1990-1998 National Council for Science and Education Project 2061 (AAAS), Member. Service to Federal and Other Agencies (continued) 1990-1994 Survey of Mathematics and Science Opportunity Study (NSF), Advisory Board Member. 1990-1992 Standing Committee on Planning and Policy (NSF), EHR Directorate, Member. 1989-1994 Planning and Oversight Group for the Status of the Unborn Program, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Western Center, Participant. 1989- Continuing Series Profiling Scientists, KCET Public Television, Los Angeles, Advisor. 1989-1992 Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources (NSF), Member. 1989-1992 Beckman Center Advisory Board, National Academy of Sciences (NAS), Member. 1988-1992 Christopher Columbus Quincentenary Jubilee Mayor's Executive Committee, Member. 1988-1989 National Academy of Sciences Committee on the Conduct of Science, Chair. 1988 Ad Hoc Program Advisory Committee on Complex Genomes (NIH), Member. 1987 Member of Human Rights Delegation to Somalia, Oct. 25-Nov. 1 (NAS Committee on Human Rights). 1986-1988 Committee to Review the Programs of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the Commission on Life Sciences (CLS), National Research Council (NRC), Member. 1986-1989 Nominating Committee of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Member. 1986-1989 Council of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), Member. 1986-1988 National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Council Committee on International Affairs, Member. 1985-1986 Nominating Committee of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), Chair (Member 1984-1985). 1985-1988 National Council on Science and Technology Education (AAAS), Member. 1985-1991 Board on Biology (NRC), Chair. 1984-1991 Commission on Life Sciences (CLS), National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and National Research (NRC) Council, Member. 1983- The Population Institute: National Committee of Scientists Who Care, Honorary Chair. 1982-1986 National Academy of Sciences (NAS), Chairman of Section of Population Biology, Evolution, and Ecology. 1983-1985 Membership Committee, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Member. 1981-1982 National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Committee on Creationism, Member. 1981-1985 Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, Member, Board of Directors. 1981- Americans for Religious Liberty, Member, National Advisory Board. 1980- Permanent International Committee on the International Congresses of Systematic and Evolutionary Biology (ICSEB), Member. 1980-1981 Science Advisory Board of the Environmental Protection Agency, Member, Executive Committee. 1979-1982 "National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council" of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Member. 1977-1985 Simroe Foundation, Member, Board of Trustees. Service to Federal and Other Agencies (continued) 1977-1981 "Ad Hoc Study Group on Recombinant DNA Policy" of the Environmental Protection Agency, Member. 1975-1978 National Policy Council of the "National Drosophila Species Resource Center" (NSF), Member. Service to Professional Journals 2001 Theology and Science, Editorial Advisory Board. 2000- Infection, Genetics and Evolution,Consulting Editor. 1999- Pasajes, Editorial Board. 1998- Rendiconti Lincei: Scienze Fisiche e Naturali, Editorial Advisory Committee. 1998- EPISTEME, Editorial Board. 1998- Archives of Medical Research, International Editorial Board. 1997- History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, Co-Editor. 1997- Law and the Human Genome Review/Revista de Derecho y Genoma Humano, Editorial Board. 1995- Asclepio, Editorial Board. 1994- Russian Journal of Genetics, Editorial Board. 1994- Zoological Studies, International Editorial Board. 1993-1997 History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, Managing Editor. 1993- Ludus Vitalis, Revista de Filosofía de las Ciencias de la Vida, Editorial Board. 1993-1995 Human Evolution, Editorial Board. 1991-1993 Human Evolution, Editorial Board. 1991- Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Editorial Board. 1991-1999 Insect Molecular Biology, Editorial Board. 1990- Journal of Molecular Evolution, Associate Editor. 1989- Contention, Editorial Board. 1988-1994 BioLogica 1, Editorial Board. 1988- Cambridge Studies in Evolutionary Biology, Editorial Board. 1988-1992 Bulletin de la Societe Zoologique de France, member, Editorial Board. 1988- ISI Atlas of Science: Animal & Plant Sciences, Editorial Advisory Board. 1987- Evolucion Biologica, Editorial Board. 1985- Biology and Philosophy, Associate Editor. 1985-1993 History and Philosophy of Life Sciences, Editorial Board. 1984- Arbor, Editorial Board. 1983- Acta Zoologica Mexicana, International Editorial Board. 1983- Molecular Biology and Evolution, Editorial Board. 1983- Oecologia et Evolution, Editorial Board. 1983- Contextos (Leon, Spain), Editorial Board. 1982-1987 Genetique Selection Evolution, Scientific Council. 1982- Oxford Surveys in Evolutionary Biology, Editorial Board. 1981- Science and Culture, Editorial Board. 1981- Bolletino di Zoology, Editorial Committee. 1979-1982 BioScience, Associate Editor. 1984-1987 Journal of Molecular Evolution, Editorial Board. 1978-1984 Journal of Molecular Evolution, Associate Editor. 1978-1987 Nature and System, Editorial Board. 1978-1990 Brazilian Journal of Genetics, Editorial Board. 1975-1979 Biosciences Communications, Editorial Board. 1974-1978 Paleobiology, Associate Editor. 1973-1975 Evolution, Associate Editor. Professional Societies Member of several, including the following: Society for the Study of Evolution American Society of Naturalists Genetics Society of America Ecological Society of America American Genetics Association American Institute of Biological Science Molecular Biology and Evolution Society, Charter Member Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences European Society of Evolutionary Biology International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology, Charter Member Listed in: American Men and Women of Science Community Leaders of America Contemporary Authors Hispanic Influentials, United Way Hispanic Development Council, Orange County, California (1994) Honorary Educational Advisors Board (The American Biographical Institute) The Hottest 25, Orange County Metropolitan (November 1, 1994) 2,000 Notable American Men (The American Biographical Institute) The International Authors and Writers Who's Who The International Who's Who The International Who's Who of Contemporary Achievement Personalities of America Personalities of the West and Midwest Top 100 Hispanic Business People, Hispanic Business (1994) Who's Who in America Who's Who in American Education Who's Who among Hispanic Americans Who's Who in Science and Engineering Who's Who in Society Who's Who in Theology and Science Who's Who in the West Who's Who in the World