Jack Bradbury is the Robert G. Engel Professor of Ornithology, Director of the Library of Natural Sounds, and a member of the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell. He began his studies as an undergraduate at Reed College and received his PhD in Animal Behavior from Rockefeller University in 1968. He has served on the faculties of Cornell and Rockefeller Universities and most recently completed a 24-year stint as a faculty member at the University of California, San Diego. He returned to Cornell and his current post in 1999.
Dr. Bradbury's research has focused on the evolution of animal mating systems and animal communication. He has worked on a wide variety of organisms (bats, gazelles and mollusks, and grouse, birds of paradise, and parrots ). His field research has taken him to the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, California's Eastern Sierras, Gabon, Kenya and New Guinea. He and his wife, Dr. Sandra Vehrencamp, recently published a major textbook on animal communication principles. Dr. Bradbury has served on review panels for NSF and the French CNRS; as Associate Dean of Natural Sciences at the University of California, San Diego; and as president of the International Society of Behavioral Ecology.