> Lad Allen
Lad Allen is co-founder of Illustra Media, a motion picture production company based in Southern California. Lad has produced, written, and directed more than 100 films and received numerous international awards. Illustra’s documentary trilogy—Unlocking the Mystery of Life, The Privileged Planet, and Darwin’s Dilemma—has helped popularize the scientific case for intelligent design in the universe. These films have been translated into more than two dozen languages and distributed throughout the world. Illustra’s most recent documentary is Metamorphosis: The Beauty and Design of Butterflies, which was released during the summer of 2011.
> Bernard d'Abrera
Bernard d’Abrera is an Australian entomological taxonomist and philosopher of science. His magnum opus comprises a series of works forming a synoptic reference to the true butterflies, hawk moths and saturniid moths of the world, which is based largely on the collections of the Natural History Museum in London, and other worldwide museums, public and private. The works comprise taxonomic text of over 4 million words, illustrated with over 66,000 colored figures, over approximately 7,500 pages. (See the Hill House Publishers website for a list of titles, regions and families treated.) D’Abrera has described several new genera as well as over 100 new species and subspecies. The D’Abrera’s Tiger, Parantica dabrerai, an Indonesian butterfly species, is named for him, as is Gnathothlibus dabrera, a species of Indonesian moth.
> Michael A. Flannery
Michael A. Flannery is a Discovery Institute Fellow and the author of Alfred Russel Wallace: A Rediscovered Life (2011) and the editor of Alfred Russel Wallace’s Theory of Intelligent Evolution: How Wallace’s World of Life Challenged Darwinism (2008). Flannery developed the content for the educational website www.alfredwallace.org, and he appears in the new documentary Darwin’s Heretic. Flannery is Associate Director for Historical Collections at the Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences and a Professor at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He has published extensively in medical history and bioethics, winning the Edward Kremers Award in 2001 for distinguished writing by an American from the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy and the 2006 Publications Award of the Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences.
> Ann Gauger
Ann Gauger is a Senior Research Scientist at the Biologic Institute. She received a BS in biology from MIT, where she studied bacterial genetics. Her PhD at the University of Washington Zoology department expanded her horizons to include invertebrate zoology, animal physiology, cell biology and development; it was there that she first encountered the riddle of metamorphosis, while working with Drosophila imaginal disks. As a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard she cloned and characterized the Drosophila kinesin light chain gene. Now she has come full circle to focus on the origin, organization and operation of metabolic pathways in bacteria. Her research has been published in Nature, Development, the Journal of Biological Chemistry, and Bio-Complexity.
> David Klinghoffer
David Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute. His most recent book, a collaboration with Senator Joe Lieberman, is The Gift of Rest: Rediscovering the Sabbath Day (Howard Press/Simon & Schuster, 2011). His other books include Why the Jews Rejected Jesus: The Turning Point in Western History (Doubleday, 2005), The Discovery of God: Abraham and the Birth of Monotheism (Doubleday, 2003), and The Lord Will Gather Me In (Free Press/Simon & Schuster, 1999). Klinghoffer has been a literary editor and senior editor of National Review. His articles and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Weekly Standard, and elsewhere.
> Paul Nelson
Paul Nelson is a philosopher of biology who received his PhD in evolutionary theory and the philosophy of science from the University of Chicago (1998). He is currently an adjunct professor in the MA Program in Science & Religion at Biola University, and a Fellow of the Discovery Institute. His research interests include the relationship between developmental biology and the history of life, the theory of intelligent design (ID), and the interaction of science and theology. He has published chapters in many anthologies dealing with evolution and ID, and speaks frequently on these topics at colleges and universities in the United States and abroad.
> Jonathan Witt
Jonathan Witt, PhD, is a Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture and co-author of A Meaningful World: How the Arts and Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature (2006) and Intelligent Design Uncensored (2010). He has written or co-written scripts for three documentaries that have appeared on PBS, including The Privileged Planet: The Search for Purpose in the Universe. He has written on aesthetics for Literature and Theology and The Princeton Theological Review. His essays on Darwinism, intelligent design and worldview have appeared in such places as The Seattle Times, the Kansas City Star, Philosophia Christi, Crisis and Touchstone. His narrative writing has appeared in the journals Windhover and New Texas.