(Breed, Michael D - 2009) -- BFA Award for Excellence in Leadership and Service uri icon



  • A member of the CU faculty since 1977, Professor Breed is recognized by his colleagues for his long history of extraordinary contributions to the university. He is widely known for his seemingly infinite energy, invaluable leadership skills, and gracious demeanor. His career has been marked by many achievements, including serving for more than 20 years as chair of the ecology and evolutionary biology department, as a member of the prestigious Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Committee, and as interim director of the Miramontes Arts and Sciences Program, a community for CU-Boulder students seeking to join a diverse group of scholars dedicated to academic excellence. His research has ranged from studies on the ecology and feeding behavior of tropical ants and the mating frequency of yellow jackets to honey bee defensive behavior and communication among cockroaches.
    Professor Breed’s professional commitments reach well beyond the campus. He is executive editor of the journal Animal Behavior, is a member of the Animal Behavior Society’s executive committee, and co-organizes the Boulder Café Scientifique, an informal discussion group of scientists and community members. In 2006, Breed received the CU Alumni Association’s Robert Stearns Prize and was elected a fellow of the Entomological Society of America for his lifetime contributions to the study of insects.

year awarded

  • 2009