Guest Speaker: Dr Robert Asher – Evolution, Reason, and Religion

Dr Robert Asher

Dr Robert Asher

Dr Robert Asher is a paleontologist specializing in mammals. Raised in western New York State, he is a former Curator of Mammals at the Berlin Natural History Museum and Frick Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History. Currently, he is the Curator of Vertebrates in the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge. Over the past two decades, his research in paleobiology has taken him to Argentina, Britain, Canada, Kenya, Madagascar, Mongolia, South Africa, Spain, the United States and Venezuela. His regularly publishes scientific articles in leading journals including PNAS, Science and Nature.

Dr. Asher is currently studying mammalian paleobiology, in particular the evolution and development of endemic African and South American mammals, and how extinct vertebrates fit alongside living ones on the Tree of Life.

Dr. Asher has recently become interested in the intersection of science and religion, and in 2012 published Evolution and Belief: Confessions of a Religious Paleontologist (Cambridge University Press). He has an ongoing blog on the Huffington Post ( and has on occasion published reviews and essays on the subject in other venues such as The Times, Theology, and The Montreal Review.


“Evolution, Reason, and Religion”

Darwin Lecture Theatre, UCLan, Preston, UK, 6th June, 1700 – 2100 BOOK NOW

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