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About Marc Bekoff, PhD

Marc Bekoff is professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and is a Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society and a past Guggenheim Fellow. He has been part of the international program, Science and the Spiritual Quest II, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) program on Science, Ethics, and Religion. His main areas of research include animal behavior, cognitive ethology (the study of animal minds), behavioral ecology, and compassionate conservation, and he has also published extensively on human-animal interactions and animal protection. He has published more than 1000 essays (popular, scientific, and book chapters) and 30 books; and has also edited a three volume Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, and a collection of his essays titled Animal Passions and Beastly Virtues: Reflections on Redecorating.


Present Content Contributor, The Animal Studies Repository
Present Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2010 Advisory Board, Greenvegans
2010 Advisory Council, Institute for Humane Education
2010 Advisory Board, Living with Wolves
2009 Scientific Expert Advisory Panel, Voiceless, The Animal Protection Institute
2006 Honorary Board Member, Rational Animal
2000 Co-Founder, Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals: Citizens for Responsible Animal Behavior Studies
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Honors and Awards

  • St. Francis of Assisi Award (Auckland, New Zealand SPCA)
  • Animal Behavior Society Fellow
  • Guggenheim Fellow
  • Exemplar Award (Animal Behavior Society)


1972 PhD, Washington University
1968 MA, Hofstra University
1967 AB, Washington University

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