Jennifer Verdolin
Jennifer Verdolin
Assistant Professor of the Practice, Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
(520) 621-7270
PhD, Ecology and Evolution, Stony Brook University 2008

Dr. Jennifer Verdolin is a passionate animal behavior scientist, author, speaker, and conservationist. She has a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from Stony Brook University and completed her post-doctoral training at Duke University. Her research interest focus on social behavior, specifically social networks, and its application to conservation. She is also active in science communication. Her writing and research on animal and human behavior have appeared in The Washington Post, Slate, and National Geographic among other places. She has been a guest on NPR’s The State of Things, the Ralph Nadar Radio Hour, and was a featured radio personality on the D.L. Hughley Show for several years. She is the author of two books, Wild Connection: What animal courtship and mating tell us about human relationships and Raised by Animals: The surprising new science of animal family dynamics. For more visit her website www.jenniferverdolin.com or connect with Jennifer on Twitter @RealDrJen Instagram @RealDrJen and on her Facebook page Wild Connection

Selected Citations: 

Nunn, C.L., Jordán, F., McCabe, C., Verdolin, J.L., Fewell, J. 2015. Parasitism and group size: It is more than just a numbers game. Phil Trans Roy Soc B 370: 20140111.
Verdolin, J.L., Traud, A.L. & Dunn, R. 2014. Key players and hierarchical organization of prairie dog social networks. Ecological Complexity 19, 140-147.
Verdolin, J.L. & Harper, J. 2013. Are shy individuals less behaviorally variable? Insights from a captive lemur population. Primates Advance Access Published May 14, 2013 doi:10.1007/s10329-013-0360-8.

Research Themes: 
Environmental Arts and Humanities
Creative writing
Natural Environment and Biodiversity
Animal behavior
Community education
Conservation biology
Ecological behavior
Evolution
Mammalogy
Species adaptation
Species Interactions
Urban ecology
Wildlife biology
Science Engagement
Communications
Journalism

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