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JENNIFER L. VERDOLIN is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona and an expert in animal behavior. The author of two books, including Wild Connection: What Animal Courtship and Mating Tell Us About Human Relationships and Raised by Animals: The Surprising New Science of Animal Family Dynamics, she draws on animal behavior to reveal how much we can learn from other species to improve our relationships, families, and lives. Her work has appeared in Scientific American, NPR, Slate, The Washington Post, and National Geographic. Jennifer was a featured guest on the D.L. Hughley Show from 2014-2018 and is a frequent media guest on other radio and podcast shows. She enjoys engaging the public and speaks at places like the 92nd St Y and universities around the country. She also consults for television production companies in the US and abroad.
After graduating from Stony Brook University Verdolin began her career there as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow studying population genetics and behavior of mouse lemurs (2008-2010). She then went on to be a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center at Duke University (2010-2013). After taking a year off to complete her first book, she was a Visiting Lecturer at Duke University (2015). Presently she has an appointment at the University of Arizona and remains an Adjunct Professor at Duke University in the Biology Department. More about her research here.
Verdolin's first love is animals and she got her start at the Center for Great Apes where she volunteered for 6 years. It was there that she was inspired by the lives of individual chimpanzees and orangutans to pursue her career in animal behavior. She is an advocate for animal conservation and protection and her mission is to bridge the gap of understanding between ourselves and other species and reveal all that animals can teach us.