Paul Turke is the world's first Darwinian pediatrician. He's done theoretical work in biology on the evolution of sex, complexity and senescence; he's done fieldwork in anthropology and demography on the Micronesian islands of Ifaluk and Yap; and he's done clinical work in pediatrics for over a decade.
Paul holds a PhD in anthropology from Northwestern University, and an MD from Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine; he did his residency in pediatrics at the University of Michigan. From 1989-1992, he was a member of the University of Michigan's Society of Fellows; and he's held grants and fellowships from the Evolution and Human Behavior Program, the National Science Foundation, and the UN Population Council. He's taught at Northwestern University, the University of California, and the University of Michigan—including a few appearances in the notorious "Evolution and Medicine" series. Paul is a coeditor of the book Human Reproductive Behaviour: A Darwinian Perspective (Cambridge University Press), and has published dozens of scientific articles—on subjects as diverse as the evolution of the thymus, childcare networks on Ifaluk Atoll, and the demographic transition. His new book, "Bringing Up Baby," puts all that together. It uses an evolutionary view of common pediatric problems--from strains and sprains, to anorexia, to depression, to autism--to understand and, ultimately, to help solve them.
Paul lives with his wife, the Darwinian historian Laura Betzig, and their children, on Strawberry Lake. Their son, Max, plays soccer at Carnegie-Mellon; and their daughter, Alexa, develops gene-targeted cancer therapies at Harvard.