Flexibility of insect behavior particularly as influenced by experience and physiological state

Papaj's research focuses on the flexibility of insect behavior, particularly as influenced by experience and physiological state. He has worked on learning and foraging behavior in herbivorous and parasitic insects (butterflies, tephritid flies, mantids and parasitoid wasps) and more recently in insect pollinators (butterflies and bumble bees). Papaj received his BSc from Cornell University in 1978, and his PhD from Duke University in 1984. He held postdoctoral positions at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Cornell University, and Wageningen University in The Netherlands. Papaj joined the faculty at the University of Arizona in 1991, where he has remained and is now full professor. Awards include a Fulbright scholarship and a residency at the Bellagio Center of the Rockefeller Foundation. Papaj has won numerous awards for teaching in Introductory Biology, Animal Behavior and Behavioral Ecology.