I’m an evolutionary ecologist and entomologist at the University of New Brunswick. Before joining UNB, I was on the faculty at the University of Iowa.  I did my undergraduate work at the University of Waterloo, a PhD at the University of Pennsylvania (with Bob Ricklefs), and a postdoc at the University of British Columbia (with Dolph Schluter).

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Most of my current research has to do with plant-insect interactions and with the evolution of new biodiversity.  But when I’m not doing research, I think about a lot of quasirandom things.  I blog about some of them here.

I’ve also written two books.  My guidebook for scientific writers is The Scientists Guide to Writing (Princeton University Press, April 2016).  And I’m very excited to announce that my second book (and my first for the general public) is now available for pre-order!  It’s called Charles Darwin’s Barnacle and David Bowie’s Spider: How Scientific Names Celebrate Adventurers, Heroes, and Even a Few Scoundrels (Yale University Press, March 17 2020).  You can read more about it here.

For more about me and what I do, and to meet some of my students and other partners in science, visit my lab web page.  You can also find me on Google Scholar.

Sometimes people ask if I have a Patreon or a Ko-fi.  I don’t.  But if you enjoy what you read here, and want to say thanks, then here are a couple of thing you can do that won’t cost you a cent.

Enjoy Scientist Sees Squirrel!

I acknowledge that I live and work on traditional unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik and Mi’kmaq peoples.


Photo: Me on Heimay, Westman Islands, Iceland.  (For a few thoughts inspired by this trip, see here, here, and here.) Photo © Kristie Heard