Professor Scott Solomon, PhD

Professor Scott Solomon
  • Rice University
  • University of Texas, Austin
We will consider all the things that Darwin did not know about evolution and what we have learned since.

Dr. Scott Solomon is an Associate Teaching Professor at Rice University, where he teaches ecology, evolutionary biology, and scientific communication. He received his PhD in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from The University of Texas at Austin, where his research explored the evolutionary origins of biodiversity in the Amazon basin. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, he has worked as a visiting researcher with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and with São Paulo State University in Rio Claro, Brazil.

Dr. Solomon’s research examines the interactions between native and nonnative ants, the impacts of extreme flooding on ant communities, and the evolution of ants and their symbiotic microorganisms. His experiences in the field include rafting the Nile, coming face-to-face with wild mountain gorillas, fishing for piranhas and venomous lionfish, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, swimming with hammerhead sharks, being sniffed by hyenas while camping in the Serengeti, and dining on roasted palm weevils and guinea pigs in Peru.

Dr. Solomon’s writing and photography have appeared in such publications as Aeon, Nautilus, Slate, and WIRED. He is also the author of Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution. He regularly lectures on science topics to the general public, including giving presentations at museums, schools, churches, and TEDx events.


3 Courses and Sets

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3 Courses and Sets

  1. What Darwin Didn't Know: The Modern Science of Evolution

    What Darwin Didn't Know: The Modern Science of Evolution

    Scott Solomon
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    Taught by Professor Scott Solomon of Rice University, this course follows the revolution in biology and genetics sparked by Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection. In Darwin’s day, there were many gaps and uncertainties in his theory—most of which were conclusively solved by his successors. Throughout, Dr. Solomon contrasts what Darwin knew with our tremendous increase in knowledge today.
  2. What Darwin Didn't Know & Zoology Set

    What Darwin Didn't Know & Zoology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Discover how much we can learn about ourselves by examining the animal world. Start by discovering how the theory of evolution has evolved with What Darwin Didn't Know: The Modern Science of Evolution. Then, discover the wonders that live on our planet with Zoology: Understanding the Animal World.
  3. (SET) Unlocking the Hidden History of DNA & What Darwin Didn't Know Set

    (SET) Unlocking the Hidden History of DNA & What Darwin Didn't Know

    Scott Solomon
    Starting at $404.90 Starting at $404.90 $469.90 $404.90$469.90
    Discover how cutting-edge science has opened our eyes to previously hidden avenues of thought and study with this two-course set. In Unlocking the Hidden History of DNA, explore lost tales of ancient ancestors, epochal disasters, and cultural milestones in 12 lectures delivered by a best-selling science writer. Then, in What Darwin Didn’t Know: The Modern Science of Evolution, follow the revolution in biology and...