Jeff Schloss

Distinguished Professor of Biology
T.B. Walker Chair of Natural and Behavioral Sciences
Director, Center for Faith, Ethics & Life Sciences

Phone: (805) 565-6118
Office Location: WS 128

Office Hours
Wednesday 3:00-5:00pm
Thursday 3:00-5:00pm

Physiological ecology of water relations
Evolution of altruism and moral systems
Theological implications of Darwinism.

Dr. Schloss has been at Westmont since 1981. His special loves are taking students into the field (including the alpine meadows of Yosemite, Michigan northwoods, rainforests of Costa Rica, and barrier islands of New Zealand); doing shoulder to shoulder research with students out of class; exploring the fascinating relationships between biology and Christian faith. Whenever possible, he enjoys dropping in on students at Serena Point. In addition to his work at Westmont, he holds visiting faculty appointments in several programs here and abroad, serves on numerous international editorial & advisory boards related to science and religion, and writes & speaks widely on biology and faith.

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  • B.S. Biology, Wheaton College
  • Ph.D. Ecology/Evolutionary, Washington University
  • Postbaccalaureate Field Study
    • University of Virginia Mountain Lake Biological Station
    • University of Michigan Douglas Lake Biological Station

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Danforth Fellow
  • AAAS Mass-Media Fellow in Science Communication
  • Monroe Outstanding Teacher Award (Three times)
  • Westmont College Faculty Research Award
  • Charter Member, International Society of Science & Religion


  • Field Courses: General Ecology; Physiological Ecology; Tropical Ecology
  • Integrative Courses: Biology & Faith; Biology, Values, & the Developing World; Bioethics Seminar


  • Disciplinary: Ecophysiological adaptations of poikilohyric organims; vasotocin’s mode of action in anuran amphibians; biphysical adaptations of sun/shade lichens to canopy-mediated microclimates
  • Integrative: Evolutionary accounts of human altruism, morality, and religious cognition; theological and philosophical implications of evolutionary theory.

Selected Publications:

“Bioenergetic Constraints, Allometric Trends, and the Evolution of Life History Invariants: Is There Venus on Venus?” Forthcoming in: Fitness of the Cosmos for Life: Biochemistry and Fine Tuning. John Barrow, Simon Conway Morris, Stephen Freeland, and Charles Harper, eds. Cambridge University Press.

“Wars and Rumors of Wars?: Biological Science, Biblical Faith, and an Evolving Creation.” 2006. In press, Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science. Philip Clayton, ed. Oxford University Press. 187-206.

Evolution and Ethics: Human Morality in Biological and Religious Perspective. Eerdmans. 2004. Edited with Philip Clayton. (Templeton Science-Religion Book of Distinction Award, 2005)

Altruism and Altruistic Love: Science, Philosophy, and Religion in Dialogue. Oxford University Press. 2002. Edited with Stephen Post, Lynn Underwood, William Hurlbut.

Selected Recent Invited Presentations:

The Evolution of Religion & the Religion of Evolution. Faraday Institute for Science & Religion, Cambridge University. July 2006.

Intelligent Design: Scientific Debate or Culture War? Metanexus Conference on Science & Religion, University of Pennsylvania. June 2006.

Descriptive, Prescriptive, and Normative Notions of Law in Evolutionary Theory. International Workshop on the Concept of Law in Science & Religion. Hosted by University of Heidelberg. December 2005.

The ‘Matter’ of Love: Evolution, Religion, and the Internalization of Altruism. Program in Evolutionary Dynamics, Harvard University. October 2005.