Dr. Timothy J. Polnaszek

Dr. Timothy J. Polnaszek
Assistant Professor, Biology,

Meet Dr. Timothy Polnaszek

OF NOTE: Once “taught an old bee new tricks” — he ran an experiment where a bee learned how to open a tiny lid to get a tasty prize underneath.

KNOWN FOR: Sharing fascinating facts about animal life and behavior.

When not in the classroom, can often be found: With the ultimate frisbee club.

Popular quote:  “There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.” – Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species

Examples of the classes taught by Dr. Timothy Polnaszek:
  • General Biology
  • Ecology
  • B.S. North Dakota State University
  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota
  • Postdoctoral research University of Arizona
  • Polnaszek T.J., Rubi T.L., & Stephens, D.W. 2017. When it’s good to signal badness: using objective measures of discriminability to test the value of being distinctive. Animal Behaviour, 129, 113-125.
  • Polnaszek, T.J., Papaj, D.R., & Dornhaus, A. 2017. Reactivity and innovation in bumblebees. Presentation, Animal Behavior Society Meeting, University of Toronto-Scarborough.
  • Polnaszek T.J. & Stephens, D.W. 2015. Why are signals reliable? Honesty depends on cost, sometimes. Animal Behavior, 110, e1.
  • Polnaszek, T.J. 2014. Exploring signal reliability and receiver tolerance using experimental signaling games. Presentation, Allee Competition, Animal Behavior Society Meeting, Princeton University.
  • Polnaszek T.J. & Stephens, D.W. 2014. Receiver tolerance for imperfect signal reliability: results from experimental signaling games. Animal Behaviour, 94, 1-8.
  • Polnaszek T.J. & Stephens, D.W. 2014. Why not lie? Costs enforce honesty in an experimental signaling game. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 281.
  • Hellgren, E. & Polnaszek, T.J. 2011. Survival, habitat selection, and body condition of the Woodchuck (Marmota monax) across an urban-rural gradient. The American Midland Naturalist, 165, 150-161.
  • Animal behavior
  • Comparative cognition
  • Ecology
  • Evolution

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