Order of Multitudes

Richard Prum

Richard Prum is the William Robertson Coe Professor of Ornithology of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Head Curator of Vertebrate Zoology (Ornithology) at Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University. His research interests span diverse topics, including avian phylogenetics, behavioral evolution, feather evolution and development, sexual selection and mate choice, sexual conflict, and the evolution of avian plumage coloration. He has conducted fieldwork throughout the Neotropics and Madagascar and has studied fossil theropods in China. His recent research focuses on theoretical and molecular studies of the development and evolution of feathers. He is developing and applying new tools for the study of the physics and evolution of structural coloration. He is currently the director of the Franke Program in Science and the Humanities, an initiative at Yale that aims to foster communication, mutual understanding, collaborative research, and teaching among diverse scientific and humanistic disciplines.