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Jeremy Hyman

Jeremy Hyman

Professor, Professor and Assistant Department Head

College of Arts and Sciences

Biology

Contact Information

Email: jhyman@wcu.edu
Phone: 828.227.3657
Office: NS 115 Natural Science Building

Biography

Jeremy Hyman, PhD, is a Professor and Assistant Department Chair of Biology. Before joining WCU, Dr. Hyman earned a BA in Biology at the University of Chicago (1993) and a PhD in Biology at UNC-Chapel Hill (2001). He worked as a post-doc at Duke University, where he conducted research and taught introductory biology. Dr. Hyman joined WCU in 2006.

Education

  • Ph D, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • BA, University of Chicago

Teaching Interests

Dr. Hyman’s primary teaching responsibilities are BIOL 241 (Introduction to Ecology and Evolution), BIOL 471 (Animal Behavior) and BIOL 472 (Ornithology). In all classes, he emphasizes the basic theoretical background of Evolutionary Biology, as well as emphasizing how to be a scientist, how to ask and answer questions in a scientific manner, and how we accumulate new knowledge about the world.

Research Interests

Dr. Hyman’s research focuses on Animal Behavior, particularly in birds. He studies “personality”, or individual variation in behaviors like territorial aggression (aggression in fights with members of their own species), trying to understand why some individuals are highly aggressive and others are not. He is also interested in how variation in aggression correlates with variation in other behaviors such as anti-predator behavior, how variation in personality can influence communication, and how changes in habitat, such as urbanization, can influence the behavior of animals.

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