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I'm a scientist that loves talking about animals, behavior, and conservation. I use what we know about other animals to improve our lives, relationships, families, and careers. 

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Jennifer Verdolin is the author of two popular nonfiction science books, 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 writing has appeared in Scientific American, Slate MagazineThe Washington Post, and National Geographic. The Washington Post said of her work "fascinating observations" while HuffPost called her work “a stunningly informative guide to child rearing.”


Jennifer Verdolin is a frequent guest on radio and podcast shows. She was a featured guest on the D.L. Hughley Show from 2014-2018. She has also been a featured guest on BBC Earth Podcast, National Public Radio, the Ralph Nader Show, among many others. Currently she is a weekly contributor to the David Feldman Show. 

She also uses her expertise to contribute wildlife documentaries. From Animals in Love (Oxford Scientific Films) to Spy in the Wild (John Downer Productions), Jennifer has been a consultant, onscreen contributor, and Associate Producer. Aside from being sought after to contribute to media projects, Jennifer is an engaging speaker, delighting audiences with the often hilarious side of human and animal behavior. Her appearances have included places like the world-renowned 92ndSt Y in New York City.


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Although definitively an animal behavior researcher, Verdolin has a broad background in ecology and evolutionary biology. These principles are fundamental to all of her scientific inquiry. Her research focuses on three major themes:


1.  Investigating the fitness consequences of individual variation in social behavior.


2. Developing and applying novel statistical approaches to addressing current and future problems in behavioral ecology.


3. Utilizing the results of her scholarship toward implementing real-world conservation solutions.

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Dr. Jennifer Verdolin (@realdrjen) is an internationally recognized animal behavior expert, writer, and radio personality. She is the author of Raised by Animals and other books.