Donald Dearborn – Evolution
Evolution, Behavior, and Conservation Biology
Professor Dearborn’s research asks why animals do the things they do, and 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. Professor Dearborn uses a mix of lab methods (mainly genetics tools) and field methods. For more information, see www.bates.edu/~ddearbor
Juola FA, Dearborn DC. 2011. Sequence-based evidence for major histocompatibility complex-disassortative mating in a colonial seabird. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences in press.
Dearborn DC, Kark S. 2010. Motivations for conserving urban biodiversity. Conservation Biology 24:432-440.
Dearborn DC, MacDade LS, Robinson S, Fink ADD, Fink ML. 2009. Offspring development mode and the evolution of brood parasitism. Behavioral Ecology 20:517-524.
Selected Mentored Theses
Wellens, Kaitlin 2011. Colony Formation and Nest Preference in Galapagos Blue-footed Boobies (Sula nebouxii)
Will, Alexis 2005 (Bucknell University). The Effect of Climate Conditions on Reproduction in the Thick-Billed Murre Uria lomvia
Buchanan, Jacob 2003 (Bucknell University). The Relationship between Nest Predation and Parental Behavior of the Black-capped Vireo, Vireo atricapillus