Mark Blumberg

University of Iowa — Iowa City, IA

Mark Blumberg is a behavioral neuroscientist and the F. Wendell Miller Professor at the University of Iowa. He received his bachelor's degree from Brandeis University in 1983, majoring in Physics and Philosophy. That year, he began graduate school at the University of Chicago, where he received his doctorate in Biopsychology in 1988. After leaving Chicago, he began four years as a postdoctoral associate at Indiana University in Bloomington. In 1992, he moved to Iowa City to take a position at the University of Iowa.

Blumberg has published over 80 scientific articles and chapters on a wide variety of topics, including sleep, animal behavior, animal mind, temperature regulation, and communication. He has received nearly two million dollars in federal grant support, including a Career Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health. In 1997, he received an Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association (APA) and, in 2009, he received a Regents Award for Faculty Excellence from the University of Iowa. Currently, he serves as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Behavioral Neuroscience.

In addition to Freaks of Nature: What Anomalies Tell Us about Development and Evolution, Blumberg has published two other books of general science: Basic Instinct: The Genesis of Behavior, and Body Heat: Temperature and LIfe on Earth. He also co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Developmental Behavioral Neuroscience

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Topic(s): Biology, Cognitive Science, Education, Psychology

Sub-topic(s): Evolution, Science education, Evolutionary psychology