Hermon Bumpus Professor Emeritus of Biology, Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology (Research)


I am a behavioral ecologist and study host-parasitoid interactions, foraging behavior and how it relates to life history strategies that affect lifetime fitness, mechanisms of mate choice, and cognitive aspects of innate and learned traits. I review much of this work in three books that span large parts of my research career. I commenced my career at the University of Maryland and came to Brown in 1979 as the Hermon Carey Bumpus Professor of Biology, officially retiring in 2005, but remaining active in my research field, mentoring undergraduate research and offering a reduced number of courses. I chaired the current Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology for most of my tenure at Brown.

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