Marlene Zuk (born May 20, 1956) is an American evolutionary biologist and behavioral ecologist . She worked as a professor of biology at the University of California, Riverside(UCR) Until she Transferred to the University of Minnesota in 2012. Her studies involvement sexual selection and parasites. 
Zuk was born in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania  and she is a native to Los Angeles .  living in the city, she became interested in insects at a young age. At the University of California, Santa Barbara , Zuk started majoring in English, but decided to switch to Biology.  After earning re Bachelor’s degree, she wrote and taught for three years. 
In 1982, she and WD Hamilton Proposed the “good genes” hypothesis or sexual selection .  Zuk started Attending the University of Michigan in 1986 and received his Ph.D. re  She COMPLETED re Postdoctoral research at the University of New Mexico .  She joined the UCR faculty in 1989.  In April 2012, Zuk and re husband John Rotenberry Transferred to the University of Minnesota , where ze beide work at the College of Biological Sciences . 
Zuk’s research of interest deals with the evolution of sexual behavior (met name in relatie to parasites), some choice, and insect song.  A recurring theme in Zuk’s writing and lectures are feminism and women in science .  Zuk is critical of the Paleolithic diet . 
Her publications include: 
- Sexual Selections: what we kan kan and not learn about sex from animals , (2002). University of California Press, Berkeley.
- Riddled with Life: Friendly Worms, Ladybug Sex, and the Parasites That Make Us Who We Are (2007). Harcourt, Inc., New York.
- “Can bugs verbeteren your sex life?” (August 1, 2011). Wall Street Journal .
- Sex on Six Legs: Lessons on Life, Love and Language from the Insect World (2011). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York.
- “Bring on the aerial ant sex” (2012). Los Angeles Times , April 29.
- “Anthropomorphism: A Peculiar Institution” (2012). The Scientist 26: 66-67.
- Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We Live (2013). WW Norton & Company, New York.
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- ^ Jump up to:a b “Professor Marlene Zuk” . College of Biological Sciences . University of Michigan . Retrieved March 16, 2013 .
- ^ Jump up to:a b Pittalwala, Iqbal (April 5, 2007). “UCR Newsroom: Can Disease Be Our Friend?” . UCR Newsroom . Retrieved March 16, 2013 .
- ^ Jump up to:a b c Leigh Blake (May 30, 2012). “CBS hires bug sexpert Marlene Zuk” . Minnesota Daily . Retrieved March 16, 2013 .
- ^ Jump up to:a b c “Dr. Marlene Zuk” . X-STEM – Extreme STEM Symposium . USA Science & Engineering Festival . Retrieved March 16, 2013 .
- Jump up^ Combes, Claude (October 1, 2005). The Art of Being a Parasite . University of Chicago Press. p. 179. ISBN 978-0-226-11438-5 . Retrieved May 24, 2013 .
- Jump up^ “UCR Department of Biology” . Retrieved March 16, 2013 .
- Jump up^ “Scientist says paleo diet is not always based on way evolution really works” . news.com.au . May 14, 2015 . Retrieved July 26, 2015.