Kevin Padian (born 1951) is a Professor of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, Curator of Paleontology, University of California Museum of Paleontology and President of the National Center for Science Education. Padian's area of interest is in vertebrate evolution, especially the origins of flight and the evolution of birds from theropod dinosaurs. He served as an expert witness for the plaintiffs in the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District trial, and his testimony was repeatedly cited in the court's decision.
Padian received a bachelor's degree in Natural Science and a Master of Arts degree in Teaching from Colgate University, and a Ph.D. from Yale University, where he focused on the evolution of flight in pterosaurs. In addition to his work at Berkeley, Padian taught science in high school and was principal author of the California Science Framework K 12 and received the 2003 Carl Sagan Award for the popularization of science.
Padian has authored over 100 scientific articles.
In 2007, Padian was made a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School DistrictEdit
- Expert Report from Kevin Padian, Paleontologist
- Deposition of Kevin Padian
- Trial transcripts (Day 9, October 14, 2005):