Richard O. Prum

Position/Organization: William Robertson Coe Professor of Ornithology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the Peabody Museum of Natural History,Yale University

Prum is an evolutionary ornithologist with interests in phylogenetics, behavior, feathers, structural color, evolution and development, sexual selection, and historical biogeography. He has focused recently on theoretical and molecular studies of the development and evolution of feathers, on developing and applying new tools for the study of the physics and evolution of structural coloration, and on continued efforts in the phylogenetic ethology of polygynous birds. He has done field work throughout the Neotropics and in Madagascar, and have studied fossil theropods in China. He is curator of ornithology at Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History, and head curator of vertebrate zoology.