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Welcoming Kevin Lala to the KLI

E-Mail: knl1[at]


We look forward to having Kevin Lala in our midst again.

Kevin is Professor of Behavioural and Evolutionary Biology at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), and also serves as an External Faculty of the KLI. He has held positions at UCL, UC Berkeley and Cambridge Universities. He studies animal behaviour and evolution, with a specific focus on niche construction, the extended evolutionary synthesis, and the evolution of cognition.

In their latest book, Evolution Evolving: The Developmental Origins of Adaptive Diversity (Princeton University Press, 2024), Kevin and his co-authors makes the scientific case for an Extended Evolutionary Synthesis, which is centred around the idea that knowledge of how organisms develop, grow, and interact with their environments helps researchers to account for both adaptation and the diversity of life. While the book is aimed at a specialist audience, it is written in a way that makes it accessible to general readers as well.

Here's wishing Kevin a lovely stay at the KLI!