Kurt Schwenk is a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut. He is an evolutionary biologist whose research interests focus on the structure, function and evolution of vertebrate animals, particularly reptiles. After obtaining a BA in biology from Oberlin College, Schwenk spent some time as a professional zookeeper at the Bronx Zoo. He then returned to school for his Ph.D. in zoology at the University of California Berkeley. Before joining the faculty at UConn, Schwenk held research and teaching positions at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Harvard University. He has edited a scholarly book on vertebrate feeding, published more than 50 scientific papers and served as a scientific consultant for television. His research has been featured in book, magazine and newspaper articles around the world and in interviews on NPR’s All Things Considered, the BBC, CBC and other radio stations, as well as several television shows. Schwenk is also an aspiring nonfiction writer and has published essays and reviews in Science and Natural History magazines, Creative Nonfiction and the New York Times Book Review. He lives with his wife and son in Storrs, Connecticut.