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Photo of David J. Anderson David J. Anderson

David Anderson is associate professor in the Department of Biology at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Since 1984 he as conducted field research in the Galapagos Islands on boobies. David has found that boobies provide excellent opportunities for experimental approaches to issues in evolutionary and behavioral ecology because they are fearless of humans. They are also ideal for comparative studies since closely related species have different life histories. At Wake Forest University, David's laboratory's research focuses on the evolutionary and behavioral ecology of birds, particularly the evolution of reproductive life histories. David is also involved in conservation issues in the Galapagos through studies of the demography and genetics of threatened and endangered bird species. After receiving his undergraduate degree at Denison University, David earned an M.S. from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. For more about David's research interests and a list of selected publications, please visit his webpage at Wake Forest University

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