Professor Heather Heying

Evolutionary biologist, educator and author

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Bio

Heather Heying is a scientist, educator, and author. An evolutionary biologist who has conducted research on the evolution of social systems and sexual selection, from frogs to humans, she earned her PhD in Biology from the University of Michigan, where she earned the university’s top honor for her dissertation. She has a B.A. in Anthropology. 

Heather has been a visiting Fellow at Princeton University, and before that, was a tenured professor at The Evergreen State College. She resigned in 2017 in the wake of violent campus protests. She architected curriculum that prioritized the scientific method, and exploration of both ecosystems and ideas; and has since been invited to speak about higher ed, the evolution of sex and consciousness, and the culture wars, in venues including the U.S. Department of Justice, the Krishnamurti Institute, Joe Rogan, and Oxford University. 

Her first book, Antipode, is based on her life in Madagascar while studying the sex lives of poison frogs. Her second book, co-authored with husband Bret Weinstein, is A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century. A New York Times best-seller, the book provides an evolutionary toolkit for living a good and honorable life as a modern ape. She also writes Natural Selections on Substack, and co-hosts with Bret a popular weekly livestream on the DarkHorse podcast.