John Alcock came to ASU from the University of Washington in 1972 and retired in 2008. His research interests focus on the mating systems of insects especially those found in the Sonoran Desert. He is especially interested in how males of creatures like tarantula hawk wasps, certain beetles and the digger bee find receptive females. Now that he is retired he continues to study the mating behavior of insects on the family farm in northern Virginia. He has also written a number of books, including a textbook on animal behavior that is now in its 10th edition after having first been published in 1975.
The evolution of insect mating behavior
The interactions between orchids and their pollinators
The evolution of adaptations