Dr. Constance BertkaDr. Constance Bertka

Science and Society Resources

Potomac, MD, United States


Constance (Connie) M. Bertka, received her Ph.D. in Geology from Arizona State University and an M.T.S., Master of Theological Studies, from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC.  In addition to her research in planetary sciences, Dr. Bertka has had a long-term scholarly and pragmatic interest in the relationships between science and religion and their influence on public understanding of science. Previously she directed the Program of Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Prior to that she was a Senior Research Associate at the Carnegie Institution of Washington’s Geophysical Laboratory where she also served as Program Director of the Deep Carbon Observatory. She is currently an independent scholar and consultant with Science and Society Resources LLC. Dr. Bertka Co-Chairs the Broader Social Impacts Committee of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History’s Human Origins Program and teaches on contemporary issues in science and religion at Wesley Theological Seminary.

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Exploring the Origin, Extent, and Future of Life: Philosophical, Ethical and Theological Perspectives

Cambridge University Press 2009
Editors:C.M. Bertka

Astrobiology in Societal Context

Cambridge University Press 2009
Editors:C.M. Bertka
Volume:Exploring the Origin, Extent, and Future of Life

Christianity’s Response to the Discovery of Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life: Insights from Science and Religion and the Sociology of Religion

Springer 2013
Editors:D.A. Vakoch
Volume:Astrobiology, History, and Society

Acknowledging students’concerns about evolution: a proactive teaching strategy

Co-authors: Pobiner B., Beardsley P., Watson W.A.
Volume:Evolution: Education and Outreach (12:3)