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Professor Emeritus
Arts & Sciences
Public Relations:Josh Brown (802)656-3039
Specialty:ravens, thermoregulation of insects, running
Biography:UVM professor emeritus of biology and wildlife biologist Bernd Heinrich is the nation's leading expert on thermoregulation of insects. He has published scientific books - including the National Book Award nominee and natural history classic, "Bumblebee Economics" - as well as popular books on natural history that have attracted a widespread following. Heinrich's latest book, "Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival," (Ecco/HarperCollins) was featured in a full-page article in the science section of the New York Times on Jan. 7, the date the book was published; it continues to reap critical praise. His previous books, including "Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds," also merited kudos by national media. The New York Times Book Review, for example, lauded the German native and record-breaking ultra-distance runner as possessing "a rare ability to embed dense scientific explications within graceful, light-footed nature writing. Heinrich, who maintains an aviary at his Richmond, Vermont home and provides the detailed drawings and photographs for his publications, has been a Guggenheim Fellow, Harvard Fellow and recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Fellowship Award. He contributes articles in national publications including Science, Scientific American, Smithsonian, Natural History and the New York Times.