Ken Yasukawa is Emeritus Professor in the Beloit College Biology Department. He is a behavioral ecologist with research interests in the function and evolution of animal behavior.
Ken has served as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Field Ornithology, editor of Animal Behaviour and The Auk: Ornithological Advances, and President of the Animal Behavior Society.
He has published research in animal mating systems and sexual selection, territoriality, parental care, host-parasite coevolution, and communication. He taught Human Biology, Zoology, Biometrics, Evolution, Animal Behavior, and Population Biology, and topics courses in animal communication and game theory.
During his career at Beloit, Ken enjoyed working with students in the classroom and on research projects. Students have co-authored many of his publications. He received the Underkofler Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 1995 and the Janet Andersen Award for Research with Undergraduates from the Midstates Consortium for Math and Science in 2009,
He also coached the varsity volleyball team for 30 years.