Principal Investigator

Karen Warkentin
(Photo by G. Friesen)

Professor Karen Warkentin joined the BU faculty in 2001, after postdocs with Stan Rand and Mary Jane West-Eberhard at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Andy Sih at University of Kentucky. She did her PhD with Mike Ryan at the University of Texas, MSc with Richard Wassersug at Dalhousie University, and BSc at the University of Guelph. She grew up in small towns in Canada and in Kenya and has been watching animal behavior since childhood. Red-eyed treefrog embryos inspire and enable much of her research. She is a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, where she has conducted fieldwork since 1998. She is also a core member of BU’s Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program, where she teaches about human diversity in evolutionary and developmental contexts.

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