Contact Information
Phone: 612.625.5722
Fax: 612.624.6777
Office- 314 Ecology
E-mail: dws@umn.edu

David W. Stephens
Professor, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior

D.Phil., The Queen's College, Oxford University, 1982

Research Interests
Experimental games; foraging behavior; animal impulsivity; integrating adaptation and mechanism in behavioral ecology.

Statement
My research blends mathematical and experimental analyses to address a range of issues in behavioral ecology, especially feeding behavior. My experiments use psychological techniques, and this brings the conceptual approach of behavioral ecology into contact with the more mechanistic approach of psychology. Current interests in my laboratory are 1) combining evolutionary and mechanistic analyses of behavior using animal impulsivity as a worked example; 2) evolutionary models of "cognitive" phenomena, e.g. learning, memory and decision-making; 3) Experimental games, including experimental analysis of putatively cooperative games such as the Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma and related ideas.

Curriculum Vitae

What Dave is probably doing when he’s not doing the whole professor thing.