Richard D. Alexander

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Richard Alexander

Professor Emeritus
Curator Emeritus

University of Michigan
2095 Museums Building
1109 Geddes Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1048

Phone: 734.764.0471
Fax: 734.763.4080
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Museum of Zoology
  • Fields of Study
    • Animal and Human Behavior, Systematics, Behavior, and Life Histories of Orthoptera and Cicadidae
  • About

    Research interests

    Dr. Alexander studies the biology and systematics of crickets, katydids, and cicadas. He also formulates and tests hypotheses from evolutionary theory to help explain animal and human behavior. His insect studies have centered on acoustical communication, sexual behavior, speciation, and life history analysis. His human studies have been designed to test whether the most difficult questions that can be formulated are approachable from an evolutionary perspective. He has also studied the social behavior of naked mole rats and horses.

    Academic background

    Dr. Alexander received the Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in 1956 and was a Rockefeller Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a recipient of the AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize and the NAS Alfred Giraud Elliot Medal. In 1988 he was the U-M Russel Lecturer.