Jerry Coyne is a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago and a member of both the Committee on Genetics and the Committee on Evolutionary Biology. Coyne received a B.S. in Biology from the College of William and Mary. Working in the laboratory of Richard Lewontin, he earned his Ph.D. in evolutionary biology at Harvard University. After a postdoctoral fellowship in Timothy Prout's laboratory at The University of California, Davis, he took his first academic position as assistant professor in the Department of Zoology at The University of Maryland. Coyne's work is focused on understanding the origin of species: the evolutionary process that produces discrete groups in nature. Coyne has written over 110 refereed scientific papers and 80 other articles, book reviews, and columns. In addition, he co-authored a scholarly book concerning his field of interest entitled Speciation.