Prof. Marlene Zuk of the Universtiy of Minnesota is an exceptionally talented and influential biologist studying behavioral ecology and sexual selection. In graduate school she co-authored a paper with Bill Hamilton that gave rise to the Hamilton-Zuk hypothesis on parasite load and sexual selection. Since then she has gone on to study red jungle fowl and crickets, asking questions about sexual selection and host-parasite interactions. She has authored 4 popular science books, including her latest from last year, Paleofantasy.
(photo by Blake Leigh)