Don Dearborn is an evolutionary biologist and former chair of the Biology Department at Bates College. Working at research sites on remote islands and in Central America, the Middle East, and New Zealand, he explores how evolution shapes host-parasite interactions and animal behavior. His research on wild animal populations sometimes conveniently intersects with his love of whitewater kayaking, trail running, and mountain biking. A native of North Carolina, he lives in Lewiston, Maine, with his wife and daughter.

whale mandiblesResearch at remote field sites can lead to unexpected opportunities such as leading a group of students in transporting a whale skeleton.  
Photo courtesy of Peter Cunningham. Read more from the CBC. 

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Professor, Biology Department, Bates College

Associate Editor, The Auk: Ornithological Advances

Affiliated Scientist, Cardiff University, Wales


Interim Director, Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island  

Visiting Scholar, Kenyon College

Visiting Scientist, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent)

Chair, Biology Department, Bates College

Associate Professor & Herbert L. Spencer Chair, Bucknell University

Sabbatical Visitor, University of Auckland

Sabbatical Visitor, Smithsonian Institution

Lady Davis Fellow, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Assistant Professor, Bucknell University

Visiting Assistant Professor, Southwestern University



Postdoctoral Associate, University of Texas, Mike Ryan & Ulrich Mueller

Postdoctoral Fellow, Ohio State University, Patty Parker

PhD Biology, University of Missouri (1997), John Faaborg

BS Biology, University of North Carolina (1990), Haven Wiley