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'Sex on Six Legs' is focus of UC Riverside biologist's book
Date:7/20/2011

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Incest, democracy, tyranny, sexual cannibalism: insects have them all, and more. In "Sex on Six Legs" Marlene Zuk gives insects, the animal kingdom's unseen majority, their full, marvelous due. author Carl Zimmer.

Smart, engaging ... Zuk approaches her subject with such humor and enthusiasm for the intricacies of insect life, even bug-phobes will relish her account. Publishers Weekly.

Biologist Zuk has penned one of the most readable books about insect behavior produced in the past several years ... Quoting everyone from scientists to Milton Berle to Shakespeare, and showing how popular culture often portrays insects wrongly, Zuk has the uncanny ability to take what most of us consider just plain creepy and turn it into the fascinating and the revelatory. Booklist.

About Marlene Zuk

Zuk obtained her Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Michigan, and did postdoctoral work at the University of New Mexico. She joined UCR's Department of Biology in 1989. In 2009, she received an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University, Sweden.

She is the recipient of the Quest Award for contributions to the field of animal behavior. She is a fellow of both the Animal Behavior Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was a National Science Foundation Young Investigator.

Zuk is the author of two popular books, "Riddled with Life: Friendly Worms, Ladybug Sex, and the Parasites that Make Us Who We Are" (Harcourt, 2007); and "Sexual Selections: What We Can and Can't Learn about Sex From Animals" (University of California Press, 2002).

She also writes for the general public on topics related to evolution. Her essays and articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, Natural History magazine, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.


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