From Alan Jackman
This interview is with Robert Murphey, Professor Emeritus of Psychology He was appointed in 1965 as a clinical psychologist with a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. However, his research interests related to genetic and environmental correlates of animal social behavior soon became a dominant focus. His papers on animal behavior related to the effects of human contact and domestication are highly cited. Many of his studies focus on the impact of genetic and environmental factors on the behavior of domestic ruminants (e.g., mechanisms of kin recognition, the importance of gene similarities and familiarity in social aggregations, communal nursing of calves, and the adaptations of cattle and water buffalo to challenging environments. He is interviewed by his friend and colleague, Debra Long, Professor Emerita of Psychology.