When Insects Get Intimate
February 1, 2017
Inspiring fear and fascination alike in humans, insects are capable of incredibly complex behavior like personality, and language. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, behavioral ecologist Marlene Zuk examines the bedroom lives of bugs, showing how six-legged sex lives can be just as interesting as our own.
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Marlene Zuk is an evolutionary biologist, writer, and professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota. Her lab focuses on emerging questions in behavioral ecology and evolutionary biology, using invertebrate systems to study the evolution of mating behavior and secondary sexual characters in natural populations.
- Check out the Zuk Lab, focused on emerging questions in behavioral ecology and evolutionary biology.
- Watch a TED Talk about what we learn from insects’ sex lives.
- Marlene Zuk’s book, Sex on Six Legs, examines the bedroom lives of creepy crawlies but also calls into question some of our own long held assumptions about learning, the nature of personality, and what our own large brains might be for.
- Read about the speaker’s current research on crickets, and how these insects have evolved a strategy to avoid becoming a maggot's lunch.
- See Isabella Rossellini’s web series “Mammas” that explores the concept of maternal instinct in the animal world.
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