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'Sex On Six Legs': When Insects Go Wild
Fresh Air, Monday, August 15, 2011 at 0am
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Marlene Zuk (born 20 May 1956) is an American evolutionary biologist and behavioral ecologist. She worked as professor of biology at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) until she transferred to the University of Minnesota in 2012. Her studies involve sexual selection and parasites.

Zuk was born in Philadelphia. She is a native to Los Angeles. She became interested in insects at a young age from living in the city. At the University of California, Santa Barbara, Zuk started majoring in English, but decided to switch to Biology. After earning her Bachelor's degree, she wrote and taught for three years. In 1982, she and W. D. Hamilton proposed a hypothesis on sexual selection known as the good genes hypothesis. Zuk went to the University of Michigan in 1986 to earn her Ph.D. She completed her postdoctoral research at the University of New Mexico. She joined the UCR faculty in 1989. In April 2012, Zuk and her husband John Rotenberry transferred to the University of Minnesota, both working in the College of Biological Sciences.

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