Jerry Allen Coyne (born December 30, 1949) is an American biologist known for his work on speciation and his commentary on intelligent design. A prolific scientist and author, he has published numerous papers elucidating the theory of evolution. He is currently a professor emeritus at the University of Chicago in the Department of Ecology and Evolution. His concentration is speciation and ecological and evolutionary genetics, particularly as they involve the fruit fly, Drosophila.
|Born||December 30, 1949|
|Alma mater||College of William & Mary, Harvard University (Ph.D)|
|Known for||Speciation and evolutionary genetics, particularly as they involve the fruit fly, Drosophila, and the books:|
|Fields||Ecology and Evolution|
|Institutions||University of Chicago, University of Maryland|
|Doctoral advisor||Richard Lewontin|
|Notable students||H. Allen Orr, Mohamed Noor|
|Influences||Bruce Grant, Richard Lewontin|
He is the author of the text Speciation and the bestselling non-fiction book Why Evolution Is True. Coyne maintains a website and writes for his blog, also called Why Evolution Is True. He is a hard determinist.
Coyne gained attention outside of the scientific community when he publicly criticized religion and is often cited with atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris. He is the author of the book Faith vs Fact: Why Science and Religion are Incompatible. Coyne officially retired in 2015.
Coyne graduated with a B.S. in biology from the College of William & Mary in 1971. His graduate work at Rockefeller University under Theodosius Dobzhansky was interrupted when he was drafted. He then earned a Ph.D. in biology at Harvard University in 1978, studying under Richard Lewontin, and went on to do a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Davis with Timothy Prout. He was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1989, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007, and received the "Emperor Has No Clothes" award from the Freedom from Religion Foundation in 2011.
Coyne has served as President (2011) and Vice President (1996) of the Society for the Study of Evolution, and as Associate Editor of Evolution (1985–1988; 1994–2000) and of The American Naturalist (1990–1993). He has taught evolutionary biology, speciation, genetic analysis, social issues and scientific knowledge, scientific speaking and writing. He considers evolutionary biology to be "... more like the fine arts of science, in that it's aesthetically quite satisfying, but it also happens to be true, which is an extra bonus."
His work is widely published in scientific journals as well as in such mainstream venues as The New York Times, the Times Literary Supplement, and The New Republic. His research interests include population and evolutionary genetics, speciation, ecological and quantitative genetics, chromosome evolution, and sperm competition.
Coyne is a critic of creationism, theistic evolution, and intelligent design, which he calls "the latest pseudoscientific incarnation of religious creationism, cleverly crafted by a new group of enthusiasts to circumvent recent legal restrictions".
He is concerned about a disconnect between what the public believes about evolution and what scientists believe about evolution. He states the value of studying evolution is in the true story of our origins and its value in restoring wonder in people.
In a 1996 critique of the theory of intelligent-design creationism, Coyne wrote his first large New Republic article on Of Pandas and People (a book review), which started a long history of writing on evolution and creationism.
- Fossil record
- Molecular biology
- Presence of vestigial organs
- Sequence similarity between species that are also observed as a time-dependent change in junk DNA
Transitional fossils provide rich evidence for evolution. Charles Darwin predicted such fossils in 1859, and those later identified as such include:
- Tiktaalik (transition between fish and amphibians)
- Ichthyostega (transition between amphibians and reptiles)
- Mammal-like reptiles (not classified one or the other)
- Archaeopteryx (transition between reptiles and birds)
- Ambulocetus (transition between land mammals and whales)
- Early human fossils with ape-like skulls
- Series of terrestrial fossils between land animals and whales
Born to Jewish parents, Coyne considers himself a secular Jew, and an outspoken anti-theist. He supports the theses of metaphysical naturalism and the conflict thesis. He claims that religion and science are fundamentally incompatible, that only rational evaluation of evidence is capable of reliably discovering the world and the way it works, and that scientists who hold religious views are only reflective of the idea, "that people can hold two conflicting notions in their heads at the same time" (cognitive dissonance). He has argued that the incompatibility of science and faith is based on irreconcilable differences in methodology, philosophy, and outcomes when they try to discern truths about the universe.
As well as evolution-related topics, his blog Why Evolution Is True, which has over 50,000 subscribers as of January 14, 2018, discusses subjects spanning science, medical ethics, atheism, determinism, philosophy and free speech. He has frequently participated in public forums and cross-fire debates with theists.
all scientific progress requires a climate of strong skepticism.— J.A. Coyne, The New Republic
He offers criticism of creationists who appear closed minded by adhering to a literal Biblical view. He questions the creationist concept of animals diverging only within kinds, which is in itself an admission of transitional intermediates between very different groups (i.e., whales and their terrestrial relatives) found throughout the fossil record.
we have many examples of transitional fossils between what anyone would consider different kinds: fish and amphibians (like Tiktaalik, which Nye mentioned), between amphibians and reptiles, between reptiles and mammals, between reptiles and birds, between land animals and whales, and of course, between early and modern humans, with early fossils showing intermediacy between the features of apelike ancestors and modern humans.— J.A. Coyne, The New Republic
Coyne believes that both sides of such debates between evolutionists and young earth creationists could benefit from a better understanding of the fossil record and for modern tools such as Isochron dating. He considers that the inability of creationists to address these subjects fully suggests that "religion can poison one's mind so deeply that it becomes immunized to the real truth about the cosmos."
He is also a critic of the Neurodiversity movement, claiming that in its extreme, neurodiversity wishes to deny medical treatment for any person with a mental condition, particularly autism, even if the person wants a medical treatment.
Politics and free speech
Coyne considers himself to be a "traditional Liberal" and has a long history of activism. He was arrested, when he was in college, for delivering a letter to the South African embassy against Apartheid. He also protested regularly against the Vietnam war. Coyne does not approve of the way some contemporary Liberals are "trying to shut people up." He believes in free speech for all and does not like seeing universities cancel speakers, such as Steve Bannon, because of protests. "I can't think of a single person I would urge the University to disinvite. Not a single person-not a white racist, not an anti-immigration person. Free speech has to defend the most odious people."
Coyne believes in social justice but feels that identity politics have turned into identity tactics. He believes in the 1960s movements for black civil rights and women's rights, since they represent victimhood that "... was not something to be proud of, but something to be fought against. Now it's something to be proud of, I think, because it enables you to get attention and to be able to say others in the hierarchy can't speak, that they don't have opinions worth considering."
Coyne believed in the idea of determinism after reading a paper by Anthony Cashmore on determinism and the criminal justice system. He states that recognising there is no free will makes one more empathetic and less judgmental: "A lot of politics—particularly Republican politics—is based on the supposition that people are responsible for their own lives. So, for example, people who are on welfare, or homeless people, are treated as if they could have done otherwise. They could have gotten a job, they could have gotten married and had a father for their kids. But they couldn't, because they're victims of circumstance."
Since retiring, according to the Chicago Maroon article on February 14, 2018, he still goes to his lab everyday and publishes more now than he did in his academic career. Within the lab are many inscriptions, that Coyne encouraged, on a cabinet signed by postdocs and researchers who came to work on a holiday or a special occasion.
Noteworthy scientific papers
Coyne's peer-reviewed scientific publications include numerous papers in Nature
- Coyne, Jerry A. (25 April 1985). "The genetic basis of Haldane's rule". Nature. 314 (6013): 736–7388. doi:10.1038/314736a0. PMID 3921852.
- Coyne, Jerry A. (29 September 1988). "A couple of cross-pollinators". Nature. 335 (6189): 467. doi:10.1038/335467a0.
- Coyne, Jerry A. (20 April 1989). "Protean evolution". Nature. 338 (6905): 672. doi:10.1038/338672a0. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
- Coyne, Jerry A. (28 September 1989). "The European identity". Nature. 341 (6240): 363. doi:10.1038/341363a0.
- Coyne, Jerry A. (1 March 1990). "Endless forms most beautiful". Nature. 344 (6261): 30. doi:10.1038/344030a0. PMID 18278018.
- Coyne, Jerry A. (6 February 1992). "Genetics and speciation". Nature. 355 (6360): 511–515. doi:10.1038/355511a0. PMID 1741030.
- Coyne, Jerry A. (28 May 1992). "Much ado about species". Nature. 357 (6376): 289–290. doi:10.1038/357289a0.
- Coyne, Jerry A. (22 July 1993). "Recognizing species". Nature. 364 (6435): 298. doi:10.1038/364298a0.
- Coyne, Jerry A. (19 May 1994). "Rules for Haldane's rule". Nature. 369 (6477): 189–190. doi:10.1038/369189a0. PMID 8183338.
- Coyne, Jerry A. (31 August 1995). "Speciation in monkeyflowers". Nature. 376 (6543): 726–727. doi:10.1038/376726a0.
- Coyne, Jerry A. (19 September 1996). "God in the details". Nature. 383 (6597): 227–228. doi:10.1038/383227a0.
- Coyne, Jerry A. (29 April 1999). "The self-centred meme". Nature. 398 (6730): 767–768. doi:10.1038/19677.
- Coyne, Jerry A.; Catherine S. C. Price; Kelly A. Dyer (29 July 1999). "Sperm competition between Drosophila males involves both displacement and incapacitation". Nature. 400 (6743): 449–452. doi:10.1038/22755. PMID 10440373.
- Coyne, Jerry A. (2001). "Creationism by Stealth". Nature. 410 (6830): 745–746. doi:10.1038/35071144.
- Coyne, Jerry A.; Anna Llopart; Susannah Elwyn (26 September 2002). "Fruitflies (Communication arising): Pigmentation and mate choice in Drosophila". Nature. 419 (6905): 360. doi:10.1038/419360a. PMID 12353025.
- Coyne, Jerry A. (18 May 2005). "When science meets religion in the classroom". Nature. 435 (7040): 275. doi:10.1038/435275a. PMID 15902230.
- Coyne, Jerry A.; Matthew Cobb (27 August 2008). "Atheism could be science's contribution to religion". Nature. 454 (7208): 1049. doi:10.1038/4541049d. PMID 18756233.
- Coyne JA, Shapin S, Colwell R, Nowak M, Ravetz J, et al. (24 September 2008). "Which science book should the next US president read?". Nature. 455 (7212): 464–467. doi:10.1038/455464b.
- Coyne JA, Poeppel D, Brown M, Solomon S, Wang MW, et al. (29 July 2009). "A break from the bench". Nature. 460 (7255): 574–577. doi:10.1038/460574a. and Science as well as recent publications from other journals.
- Moehring, A. J.; Llopart, A.; Elwyn, S.; Coyne, J. A.; Mackay, T. F. C. (2006). "Genetic basis of prezygotic reproductive isolation between Drosophila santomea and D. yakuba due to mating preference". Genetics. 173 (1): 215–223. doi:10.1534/genetics.105.052993. PMC 1461457. PMID 16510787.
- Coyne, J. A.; Elwyn, S. (2006). "Does the desaturase-2 locus in Drosophila melanogaster cause adaptation and sexual isolation?". Evolution. 60 (2): 279–291. doi:10.1554/05-008.1.
- Coyne, J. A.; Elwyn, S. (2006). "Desaturase-2, environmental adaptation, and sexual isolation in Drosophila melanogaster". Evolution. 60 (3): 626–627. doi:10.1111/j.0014-3820.2006.tb01143.x.
- Watson, E.; Rodewald, E.; Coyne, J. A. (2007). "The courtship song of Drosophila santomea and a comparison to its sister species D. yakuba". Eur. J. Entomol. 104: 145–148. doi:10.14411/eje.2007.020.
- Noor, M. A. F.; Coyne, J. A. (2007). "Speciation in the new millennium: What's left to know? Israel J. Ecol". Evolution. 52 (3–4): 431–441. doi:10.1560/ijee_52_3-4_431.
- Hoekstra, H. E.; Coyne, J. A. (2007). "The locus of evolution: evo devo and the genetics of adaptation". Evolution. 61 (5): 995–1016. doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2007.00105.x. PMID 17492956.
- Coyne, J. A. 2008. Short guide: sympatric speciation" Curr. Biol 17:r787-r788.
- Drosophila 12 genomes consortium. (many authors, including myself). 2008.
- Evolution of genes and genomes on the Drosophila phylogeny" Nature 450:203-218.
- Coyne, J. A.; Kay, E. H.; Pruett-Jones, S. (2008). "The genetic basis of sexual dimorphism in birds". Evolution. 62 (1): 214–219. doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2007.00254.x. PMID 18005159.
- Matute, D. R.; Novak, C. J.; Coyne, J. A. (2009). "Temperature-based extrinsic reproductive isolation in two species of Drosophila". Evolution. 63 (3): 595–612. doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2008.00588.x. PMID 19087181.
- Matute, D. R.; Butler, I. A.; Coyne, J. A. (2009). "Little or no effect of the tan locus on pigmentation levels in viable female hybrids between Drosophila santomea and D. melanogaster". Cell. 139 (6): 1181–1188. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2009.10.033. PMC 2798109. PMID 20005810.
- Matute, D. R.; Coyne, J. A. (2010). "Intrinsic reproductive isolation between two species of Drosophila". Evolution. 64 (4): 903–920. doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2009.00879.x. PMID 19891626.
- Matute, D. R.; Butler, I. A.; Turissini, D. A.; Coyne, J. A. (2010). "A test of the snowball theory for the rate of evolution of hybrid incompatibilities". Science. 329 (5998): 1518–1521. CiteSeerX 10.1.1.363.4994. doi:10.1126/science.1193440. PMID 20847270. (Subject of News & Views in Nature doi:10.1038/news.2010.476)
- Coyne, J. A. (2010). "The evolutionary calculus of depression". Psychiatric Times. 27: 32–33.
- Coyne, J. A. (2012). "Science, religion, and society: the problem of evolution in America". Evolution. 66 (8): 2654–2663. doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2012.01664.x. PMID 22834762.
- Butlin, R. K.; Saura, M.; Charrier, G.; Jackson, B.; André, C.; Caballero, A.; Coyne, J. A.; Gallindo, J.; Grahame, J. W.; Hollander, J.; Kemppainen, P.; Martínez-Fernández, M.; Panova, M.; Quesada, H.; Johannesson, K.; Rolán-Alvarez, E. (2013). "Parallel evolution of local adaptation and reproductive isolation in the face of gene flow". Evolution. 68 (4): 935–949. doi:10.1111/evo.12329. PMC 4261988. PMID 24299519.
Coyne is a prolific author and commentator, with many hundreds of technical presentations, invited commentaries, and miscellaneous publications. Selection of recent miscellaneous commentaries and publications
- Coyne, J. A. 2010. Science and religion aren't friends (op-ed). USA Today, Oct. 10, p. 11A. Also at https://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/2010-10-11-column11_ST_N.htm
- Coyne, J. A. 2010. Getting better all the time. Review of What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly. Sunday New York Times Book Review, Nov. 7, 2010, p. 38. https://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/07/books/review/Coyne-t.html?_r=1&ref=books
- La militanza di Jerry Coyne per la teorie di Darwin, Interview in Il Manifesto (written questions on evolution). 11 Feb. 2011 pp. 11–12.
- Coyne, J. A. 2011. Martin Rees and the Templeton travesty. The Guardian, April 6, 2011 https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2011/apr/06/prize-mug-martin-rees-templeton
- Coyne, J. A. 2011. "Faith no more" (mini-essay about religious disbelief). New Statesman, July 25, 2011. http://www.newstatesman.com/religion/2011/07/god-evidence-believe-world
- Coyne, J. A. 2011. You can be good without God. Invited op-ed, USA Today, August 2, 2011, p. 10A. https://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/2011-07-31-atheism-morality-evolution-religion_n.htm Reprinted (in German) in Tagesspiegel, Sept. 23, 2011. http://www.tagesspiegel.de/wissen/die-wurzel-des-guten/4654438.html
- Coyne, J.A.; et al. (2011). "Speciation in a small space". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 108 (32): 12975–12976. doi:10.1073/pnas.1110061108. PMC 3156209. PMID 21813764.
- Coyne, J. A. 2011. Can Darwinism improve Binghamton? (Review of The Neighborhood Project: Using Evolution to Improve My City, One Block at a Time). New York Times Sunday Book Review, Sept. 11, 2011, p. 24. https://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/11/books/review/the-neighborhood-project-by-david-sloan-wilson-book-review.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all
- Matute, D.; Turissini, D.; Coyne, J. A. (2011). "Response to comment on "A test of the snowball theory for the evolution of hybrid incompatibilities". Science. 333 (6049): 1576. doi:10.1126/science.1203149.
- Coyne, J. A. 2012. Why you don't really have free will. USA Today: Jan. 2, 2012. https://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/story/2012-01-01/free-will-science-religion/52317624/1
- Abbot, P. et al. (137 authors). Inclusive fitness theory and eusociality. Nature (Brief communication), 471:E1-E3 (Mar. 24, 2011).
- Coyne, J. A. You don't have free will. Chronicle of Higher Education, Mar. 18, 2012. http://chronicle.com/article/Jerry-A-Coyne/131165/
- Coyne, J. A. 2012. Questions at the frontiers of evolutionary biology. BBC Focus 245:32-33. (August).
- Coyne, J.A. 2012. "El oficio de la ciencia es no ser dogmática". Interview with Jerry Coyne. Órbitas Cientificas 1(10):64-66. http://www.editoraneutrina.com/Editora_Neutrina/Orbitas_Cientificas_files/Edición 10.pdf
- Coyne, J. A. 2013. "Genes first" (Review of The Social Conquest of Earth by E. O. Wilson). Times Literary Supplement 4731 (1 Feb. 2013), p. 32.
- Coyne, J. A. 2013. Rock and roll is dead. Huffington Post (front page), August 28, 2013. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jerry-a-coyne/rock-and-roll-is-dead_b_3832003.html
- Coyne, J. A. 2013. No faith in science. Slate, Nov. 14, 2013. http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2013/11/faith_in_science_and_religion_truth_authority_and_the_orderliness_of_nature.html?wpisrc=burger_bar
Of particular focus are publications related to evolution, the origin of species, evolutionary genetics, and associated theories. This theme appears across Coyne's research and technical writing, especially in Evolution, the International Journal of Organic Evolution.
Publications in Evolution, the International Journal of Organic Evolution
- Coyne, J.A.; Orr, H.A. (1989). "Patterns of speciation in Drosophila" (PDF). Evolution. 43 (2): 362–381. doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.1989.tb04233.x. JSTOR 2409213. PMID 28568554.
- Coyne, A.J. (1994). "Ernst Mayr and the origin of species" (PDF). Evolution. 51 (1): 19–30. doi:10.2307/2409999. JSTOR 2409999.
- Coyne, A.J.; Orr, H.A. (1997). ""Patterns of speciation in Drosophila" Revisited" (PDF). Evolution. 51 (1): 295–303. doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.1997.tb02412.x. JSTOR 2410984. PMID 28568795.
- Coyne, A.J.; Price, T.D. (2000). "Little evidence for sympatric speciation in island birds" (PDF). Evolution. 54 (6): 2166–2171. doi:10.1111/j.0014-3820.2000.tb01260.x.
- Price, C.S.C.; Kim, C.H.; Posluszny, J.; Coyne, J.A. (2000). "Mechanisms of conspecific sperm precedence in Drosophila" (PDF). Evolution. 54 (6): 2028–2037. doi:10.1554/0014-3820(2000)054[2028:mocspi]2.0.co;2.
- Price, C.S.C.; Kim, C.H.; Gronlund, C.J.; Coyne, J.A. (2001). "Cryptic reproductive isolation in the Drosophila simulans species complex" (PDF). Evolution. 55 (1): 81–92. doi:10.1111/j.0014-3820.2001.tb01274.x. PMID 11263748.
- Llopart, A.; Elwyn, S.; Lachaise, D.; Coyne, J.A. (2002). "Genetics of a difference in pigmentation between Drosophila yakuba and D. santomea" (PDF). Evolution. 56 (11): 2262–2277. doi:10.1554/0014-3820(2002)056[2262:goadip]2.0.co;2.
- Hudson, R.D.; Coyne, J.A. (2002). "Mathematical consequences of the genealogical species concept" (PDF). Evolution. 56 (8): 1557–1565. doi:10.1111/j.0014-3820.2002.tb01467.x. PMID 12353748.
- Coyne, J.A.; Kim, S.Y.; Chang, A.S.; Lachaise, D.; Elwyn, S. (2002). "Sexual isolation between two siblings with overlapping ranges: Drosophila santomea and D. yakuba" (PDF). Evolution. 56 (12): 2424–2434. doi:10.1554/0014-3820(2002)056[2424:sibtss]2.0.co;2.
- Coyne, J. A.; Elwyn, S.; Rolan-Alvarez, E. (2005). "Sexual isolation between Drosophila yakuba and D. santomea: effects of environment and experimental design" (PDF). Evolution. 59 (12): 2588–2601. doi:10.1111/j.0014-3820.2005.tb00971.x.
- Llopart, A.; Lachaise, D.; Coyne, J. A. (2005). "Multilocus analysis of introgression between two sympatric sister species of Drosophila, D. yakuba and D. santomea" (PDF). Genetics. 171 (1): 197–210. doi:10.1534/genetics.104.033597. PMC 1456511. PMID 15965264.
- Llopart, A.; Lachaise, D.; Coyne, J. A. (2005). "An anomalous hybrid zone in Drosophila" (PDF). Evolution. 59 (12): 2602–2607. doi:10.1111/j.0014-3820.2005.tb00972.x.
- Coyne, J. A.; Elwyn, S. (2006). "Desaturase-2, environmental adaptation, and sexual isolation in Drosophila melanogaster" (PDF). Evolution. 60 (3): 626–627. doi:10.1111/j.0014-3820.2006.tb01143.x.
- Hoekstra, H. E.; Coyne, J. A. (2007). "The locus of evolution: evo devo and the genetics of adaptation" (PDF). Evolution. 61 (5): 995–1016. doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2007.00105.x. PMID 17492956.
Additional Noteworthy Publications
- Coyne, A.J. and H.A. Orr 1998. The evolutionary genetics of speciation. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. B: 287-305.
- Turelli, M.; Barton, N.H.; Coyne, J.A. (2001). "Theory and speciation" (PDF). Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 16 (7): 330–343. doi:10.1016/s0169-5347(01)02177-2. PMID 11403865.
- Greenberg, A.J.; Moran, J.R.; Coyne, J.A.; Wu, C-I. (2003). "Ecological adaptation during incipient speciation revealed by precise gene replacement". Science. 302 (5651): 1754–1757. doi:10.1126/science.1090432. PMID 14657496.
- Moehring, A.J.; Li, J.; Schug, M.D.; Smith, S.; Mackay, T.F.C. (2004). "Quantitative trait loci for sexual isolation between Drosophila and D. mauritiana" (PDF). Genetics. 167 (3): 1265–1274. doi:10.1534/genetics.103.024364. PMC 1470931. PMID 15280240.
- Coyne, J.A.; Elwyn, S.; Kim, S.Y.; Llopart, A. (2004). "Genetic studies of two sister species in the Drosophila melanogaster subgroup, D. yakuba and D. santomea" (PDF). Genet. Res. 84 (1): 11–26. doi:10.1017/s0016672304007013. PMID 15663255.
- Carbone, M. A.; Llopart, A.; DeAngelis, M; Coyne, J. A.; Mackay, T. F. C. (2005). "Quantitative trait loci affecting the difference in pigmentation between Drosophila yakuba and D. santomea" (PDF). Genetics. 171 (1): 211–225. doi:10.1534/genetics.105.044412. PMC 1456512. PMID 15972457.
- Moehring, A. J.; Llopart, A.; Elwyn, S.; Coyne, J. A.; Mackay, T. F. C. (2006). "The genetic basis of postzygotic reproductive isolation between Drosophila yakuba and D. santomea due to hybrid male sterility" (PDF). Genetics. 173 (1): 225–233. doi:10.1534/genetics.105.052985. PMC 1461443. PMID 16510788.
- Moehring, A. J.; Llopart, A.; Elwyn, S.; Coyne, J. A.; Mackay, T. F. C. (2006). "Genetic basis of prezygotic reproductive isolation between Drosophila santomea and D. yakuba due to mating preference" (PDF). Genetics. 173: 215–223. doi:10.1534/genetics.105.052993. PMC 1461457. PMID 16510787.
- Coyne, Jerry A.; H. Allen Orr (2004-06-30). Speciation. Sinauer Associates Inc., Sunderland, Mass. ISBN 978-0-87893-089-0.
- Coyne, Jerry A. (2009-01-22). Why Evolution is True. Viking, New York (USA); Oxford University Press, Oxford (UK). ISBN 978-0-19-923084-6. OCLC 233549529.
- Coyne, Jerry A. (2015-05-19). Faith vs. Fact: Why Science and Religion are Incompatible. Viking (USA); Penguin (UK). ISBN 978-0670026531.
The New Republic
- "The faith that dares not speak its name: The Case Against Intelligent Design.", The New Republic
- "Ann Coulter and Charles Darwin. Coultergeist.", The New Republic
- "Seeing and Believing: The never-ending attempt to reconcile science and religion, and why it is doomed to fail.", The New Republic
- The Great Mutator", The New Republic (Review of Michael Behe's The Edge of Evolution)
- "A Letter to Charles Darwin" OUP Blog (celebrating the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth)
- Coyne writes prolifically on his website at Why Evolution Is True, posting several times on most days. Topics range from debunking creationist theories, promotion of reason and scientific inquiry, commentary on interesting academic papers and scientific research, to fine food and his love of cats. As of June 2018 more than 55,000 readers follow the website.
- On March 4, 2015, it was announced that Coyne was awarded the Richard Dawkins Award.
- On September 30, 2015 (coincidentally International Blasphemy Day), Coyne announced to readers of his website that he was retiring from teaching and academics. As a Professor Emeritus, he continues the 'Why Evolution Is True'-website, writes, lectures and travels.
- "Cat travel week: home again (lab cats)". 2010-09-17. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
- Jerry A. Coyne; H. Allen Orr (1 January 2004). Speciation. Sinauer Associates, Incorporated Publishers. ISBN 978-0-87893-089-0. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
- Jerry A. Coyne (22 January 2009). Why Evolution is True. Oxford University Press. pp. 8–. ISBN 978-0-19-164384-2. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
- Jerry A. Coyne (19 May 2015). Faith versus Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible. Viking Press. p. 311. ISBN 978-0-670-02653-1. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
- "Jerry Coyne". Edge.org. 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-24.
- "Best Sellers Hardcover Nonfiction". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
- Jerry, Coyne. "Why Evolution Is True". Jerry Coyne. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
- "You don't have free will", Vancouver, June 2015
- Harris, Lee. "Meet Jerry Coyne, the University's Most Prolific and Provocative Emeritus Blogger". The Chicago Maroon. The Chicago Maroon. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
- "Freedom of Religion Foundation, Emperor Has No Clothes Award". Retrieved 8 June 2019.
- Coyne, Jerry (February 12, 2009). "Why Evolution Is True". Forbes. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
- Coyne, Jerry (2009-01-21). "DOES THE EMPIRICAL NATURE OF SCIENCE CONTRADICT THE REVELATORY NATURE OF FAITH?". Edge.org. Edge.org. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
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- Q&A with Jerry Coyne (along with Mohamed Noor) Sep 11, 2012 on YouTube, 30 minutes. (
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- Meet the Amazing TAMers: Jerry Coyne Part 1 on YouTube(interview by Joel Guttormson, Outreach and Event Coordinator for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science) Dec 16, 2013, 8 minutes. (
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- Meet the Amazing TAMers: Jerry Coyne Part 2 on YouTube(interview by Joel Guttormson, Outreach and Event Coordinator for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science) Dec 16, 2013, 4 minutes. (
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