Joel Duff

Joel Duff

University of Akron

Joel Duff is a professor of biology at The University of Akron. He earned his B.S. in biology from Calvin College, and a Ph.D. in botany from the University of Tennessee. He research focuses on understanding biological diversity by examining differences in DNA sequences and genome structure.   He has worked on numerous plant and animals systems and has authored more than 40 research articles in science journals. He is an active writer and speaker, exploring the intersection of science and Christian faith including contributing to the book “Grand Canyon: Monument to an Ancient Earth” and authoring hundreds of articles on his blog, Naturalis Historia (thenaturalhistorican.com). He is an avid nature photographer and enjoys exploring God’s creation with his wife and five children.

Topics include:

  • Age of the earth
  • Christian responses to Neanderthals
  • Mars: What can it tell us about the age of the Earth and evolution?
  • Mechanisms of evolution
  • What is a species?
  • Assessment of young-earth views on geology and biology
  • The human fossil record
  • How does science work?
  • Geological origin of biblical landscapes