Me holding a wild turkey during my dissertation research.

Welcome!  I am a biologist, writer, and photographer living in the Bay Area, California. I am broadly interested in evolution, ecology, and natural history. Most of my research has focused on the behavioral ecology of birds. I also love science communication and advocating for open space, conservation, and social equity in the outdoors.

I set up this site as a home for my academic side, although I am working to transition it to more generally represent me now. Here you’ll find more information on my research, as well as tips and resources for things like finding field assistant positions or applying to graduate school. I’ll also post periodic updates on the blog, so check it out!

Contact info available from the Contact Info tab on the menu bar above.

A little more about me:

Owner, Alan Krakauer Photography.  Award winning nature photography. If you are looking for my photography site, please visit


and the companion store.

Recent Positions Include: Lecturer and Affiliate, Department of Evolution and Ecology, University of California Davis. Also lecturing at UC Berkeley, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Davis Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology.

Research Associate: Center for Population Biology, University of California Davis

Ph.D (2005), Department of Integrative Biology (in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology), University of California Berkeley. Advisors: Dr. Walt Koenig and Dr. Eileen Lacey.

B.S. (1996) Department of Biology, Cornell University.


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