James L. Gould

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James L. Gould
Born July 31, 1945
Nationality American
Fields Ethology, Evolutionary biology
Institutions Princeton University
Alma mater California Institute of Technology;, Rockefeller University
Known for Proving bees communicate via dances
Influences Konrad Lorenz; Seymour Benzer

James L. Gould (born July 31, 1945) is an American ethologist, evolutionary biologist, and popular science writer. He has served as a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Princeton University since receiving his Ph.D in 1975[1] However, he is primarily known for the experiment he designed while an undergraduate at Caltech which proved that bees use complex dances to communicate the location of food.[2] In addition to several technical works and textbooks, he co-wrote with his wife the popular science book The Honey Bee.[3]

Gould went on to do work that further specialized in communication in Southern Right Whales. He also published studies that made serious contributions to the ethological understanding of animal navigation and sexual selection.

During his long lasting career at Princeton, Gould has been dedicated to teaching as well as research. Notably, he has been teaching introductory biology and animal behavior courses for several decades. He has also taught field courses in marine biology. His dedication and enthusiasm for teaching have made his courses very popular.


  1. ^ "Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). 
  2. ^ Gould JL (1975). "Honey bee recruitment: the dance-language controversy" (PDF). Science. 189 (4204): 685–693. doi:10.1126/science.1154023. 
  3. ^ "The Buzz on James Gould". Archived from the original on 2012-01-07.