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 a book on scientific writing (The Scientists Guide to Writing; Princeton University Press, April 2016).  More about that on its own page.

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 and ResearchGate.

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