Donald Dearborn – Evolution

Dr. Donald Dearborn

  • Donald C. Dearborn

  • 207-786-6107
  • Biology
  • Professor
  • Carnegie Science Hall, Room 315

On sabbatical leave AY 2015/16

Evolution, Behavior, and Conservation Biology


Professor Dearborn is interested in two broad questions: (1) why do animals (or other organisms) do the things they do?  and (2) how we can do a better job of mitigating our impacts on the natural world? Recurring research themes include mate choice, parental investment strategies, population structure, and host-parasite evolution. Most of this work is with seabirds and songbirds, using a mix of field methods and genetics tools.   Along those lines, his current lineup of courses at Bates includes: Avian Biology, Advanced Genetics, and Advanced Topics in Evolution.  For more information, see