Principal Investigator – Prof. Karen Warkentin

Karen Warkentin
(Photo by G. Friesen)

I 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. I did my PhD with Mike Ryan at the University of Texas, MSc with Richard Wassersug at Dalhousie University, and BSc at the University of Guelph. I grew up in small towns in Canada and in Kenya and have been watching animal behavior since childhood. Red-eyed treefrog embryos inspire and enable much of my empirical research. I am a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, where I have conducted fieldwork since 1998. I am also a core member of BU’s Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program, where I teach about human diversity in evolutionary and developmental contexts.

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Mail: Dept. of Biology, Boston University, 5 Cummington Mall, Boston, MA 02215

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