Gordon M. Burghardt

Alumni Distinguished Service Professor of Psychology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Phone: 865-974-3300
E-mail: gburghar@utk.edu

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Gordon M. Burghardt works in several areas of psychology and biology. His main interests are the development and evolution of behavior. He is an expert on the ethology of reptiles and bears, play behavior, ritual and religion, ethical treatment of animals, and zoo animal welfare.

Topics of expertise: Animal behavior, reptiles, play, animal ethics, comparative psychology, evolution and religion, ethology, early experience

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