Don Dearborn is an evolutionary biologist in the Biology Department at Bates College. Working at research sites on remote islands and in Central America, the Middle East, and New Zealand, he has explored how evolution shapes host-parasite interactions and animal behavior. His research on wild animal populations sometimes conveniently intersects with his love of trail running, whitewater kayaking, and mountain biking. A native of North Carolina, he lives in Lewiston, Maine, with his wife and daughter.

NOTE: As of summer 2022, I am serving as Associate Dean of Faculty and am not currently teaching or mentoring research students.




  • Postdoctoral Associate, University of Texas, Mike Ryan & Ulrich Mueller
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Ohio State University, Patty Parker
  • PhD Biology, University of Missouri (1997), John Faaborg
  • BS Biology, University of North Carolina (1990), Haven Wiley