Dr. Timothy J. Polnaszek

Dr. Timothy J. Polnaszek
Dr. Timothy J. Polnaszek
Assistant Professor,
Biology & Biochemistry

Meet Dr. Timothy J. Polnaszek

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.

Sharing fascinating facts about animal life and behavior.

With the ultimate frisbee club.

“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 J. 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

Ready to Apply?

You can learn, seek, and thrive alongside our passionate faculty. The first step is to apply.