Last updated on: 7/6/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

Andrea S. Camperio Ciani, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor of Psychobiology at the University of Padova
Position:
Pro to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
Reasoning:

“A growing number of studies suggest that various genetic factors underlie human sexual behaviors… The role of genetic factors influencing homosexuality has been debated from an evolutionary perspective because the presence of these factors contradicts the Darwinian assumption that natural selection should progressively eliminate factors that reduce individual fecundity [reproductive capacity] and fitness. Along this line, there is unanimous agreement that homosexuals reproduce significantly less than heterosexuals. Notwithstanding, various avenues of research suggest genetic factors are partly associated with male homosexuality in our species.”

Cowritten with Lilybeth Fontanesi, Francesca Iemmola, Elga Giannella, Claudia Ferron, and Luigi Lombardi, “Factors Associated with Higher Fecundity in Female Maternal Relatives of Homosexual Men,” Journal of Sexual Medicine website, May 22, 2012

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to human sexuality. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to human sexuality.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor of Psychobiology, Faculty of Psychology, University of Padova (Italy), 2002-present
  • Associate Professor of Ethology and Evolutionary Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, University of Padova, 1992-present
  • Director, Evolutionary Forensic Psychology Laboratory, University of Padova, 2008-present
  • Director, PACE (Psychology Applied to Environmental Studies and Cooperation) Laboratory, University of Padova, 2002-present
  • President, Aps GEA Onlus (International Association for the Study and Conservation of Ecosystems), 1998-present
  • Principal Investigator, long term primate ecology research project on Macaca sylvanus, Middle Atlas, Morocco, 1982-present
  • Member, API Associazione Primatologica Italiana (Board Member, 1984-1994)
  • Member, IPS (International Primatological Society)
  • Member, HBES (Human Behavior and Evolution Society)
  • Professor of Eco-Ethology and Evolution of Behavior at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Padova, 2004-2007
  • Founder and Director, Center for Primatology at the San Raffaele Scientific Institute and Hospital, Milan, 1989-1992
Education:
  • PhD, Physical Anthropology, University of Rome (Italy), 1986
  • MSc, magna cum laude, Natural Sciences, University of Florence (Italy), 1982
Other:
  • Speaks Italian, English, French, Spanish and Bahasa Indonesia
  • Born in Florence, Italy on Feb. 9, 1958