Douglas J. Emlen

Douglas J. Emlen Laurie Lane Studios

Douglas J. Emlen is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering from the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House, multiple research awards from the National Science Foundation, including their five-year CAREER award, and a Young Investigator Prize and the E. O. Wilson Naturalist Award from the American Society of Naturalists. His research has been featured in outlets including the New York Times and National Public Radio’s Fresh Air. He is a professor at the University of Montana.



  • The Healthiest Beetles Grow the Biggest Horns

    Douglas Emlen describes his research investigating the evolutionary processes at work in the amply-horned Japanese rhinoceros beetle—and reports that the difference between a big horn and a small horn may come down to nutrition and fitness.

  • Douglas Emlen on writing Animal Weapons

    Douglas Emlen discusses 'Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle.'



Animal Weapons

Douglas J. Emlen; Illustrated by David J. Tuss

The story behind the stunning, extreme weapons we see in the animal world—teeth and horns and claws—and what they can tell us about the way humans develop and use arms and other weaponsIn...

Available 11/11/2014Pre-Order