F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor, University of Iowa

Mark Blumberg is a developmental behavioral neuroscientist and the F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor at the University of Iowa. Blumberg has published over 100 scientific articles and chapters on a wide variety of topics, including animal behavior, temperature regulation, instinct, and communication. His current research focuses on the development and functions of sleep and the contributions of sleep to sensorimotor development.

In addition, to Freaks of Nature: What Anomalies Tell Us about Development and Evolution (Oxford University Press, 2009), Blumberg has published two other books of general science: Basic Instinct: The Genesis of Behavior (Basic Books, 2005), and Body Heat: Temperature and LIfe on Earth (Harvard University Press, 2002). He also co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Developmental Behavioral Neuroscience (Oxford University Press, 2010) and recently completed a six-year term as Editor-in-Chief of the APA journal Behavioral Neuroscience.


  • –present
    F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor, University of Iowa


  • 1988 
    University of Chicago, Ph.D.
  • 1983 
    Brandeis University, A.B.