Jennifer Verdolin

Assistant Professor of the Practice, Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology, School of Natural Resources and the Environment

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 or connect with Jennifer on Twitter @RealDrJen Instagram @RealDrJen and on her Facebook page Wild Connection


  • PhD, Ecology and Evolution, Stony Brook University 2008