Tom Getty’s web site revised 08/22/17

I am a professor at

Michigan State University,

on the faculty of

the Department of

Integrative Biology

(formerly Zoology)

and  the

Kellogg Biological Station.



                                                        In Fall 2013 I took on the role of

                                                        Chair of MSU Zoology - its last Chair.

                                                        In 2015 we transformed the department

                                                        and I became the first chair of

                                                        MSU’s Department of Integrative Biology

My research is in the field of behavioral ecology

- the study of the ecology and evolution of behavior.

In recent years most of the hard empirical work in my lab has been done by my grad students and postdocs, while I continue to chip away at some theoretical issues and devote increasing time to various sorts of service. 

I am actively involved in undergraduate teaching (BS182H) and graduate student training through MSU’s Ecology, Evolutionary Biology & Behavior Program, and the BEACON STC project on Evolution in Action.  Work with K-12 science teachers is supported by an NSF DRK12 grant led by my good colleague in the MSU College of Eduction Andy Anderson.

Tom  on the Getty Faux Prairie.                

Coming and going at the cottage ...


Glenn’s quick sketch

Lizzy’s papercut

Thomas Getty                                                                                      


Michigan State University 
Kellogg Biological Station

Department of

          Integrative Biology

Chair, MSU Department of Integrative Biology


NSF GK-12,



University of Michigan