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Heather Heying
American evolutionary biologist

Heather Heying

Heather Heying
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Intro American evolutionary biologist
Is Zoologist
From United States of America
Field Biology
Gender female
Birth 26 April 1969, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Age 53 years
Star sign Taurus
Father: Douglas Heying
Spouse: Bret Weinstein
Relatives: Eric Weinstein
University of Michigan Doctor of Philosophy
Heather Heying
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Heather Heying (born April 26, 1969) is an American evolutionary biologist.

Education and career

Heying is a Santa Cruz, California native. She received her bachelor's degree in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1992. In 2001, she earned her Ph.D. degree from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Heying was a professor of evolutionary biology at the Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington, from September 2002 to September 2017. She has researched amphibians, mostly focused on the mating behavior of the poisonous frogs that are endemic to Madagascar and especially the species Mantella laevigata.

Heying resigned along with her husband Bret Weinstein from Evergreen in September 2017 after receiving a $500K settlement from the school. The couple filed a $3.85 million tort claim in July alleging the college failed to "protect its employees from repeated provocative and corrosive verbal and written hostility based on race, as well as threats of physical violence," according to the claim.

Personal life

Heying is married to Bret Weinstein, who is also an evolutionary biologist. The couple met in Santa Cruz but later moved to Olympia, Washington where both began working and teaching at Evergreen State College.

Heying is active on the social media; on Twitter she has over 125,000 followers.



Antipode: Seasons With The Extraordinary Wildlife and Culture of Madagascar (2002).

Scientific articles

  • Social and reproductive behaviour in the Madagascan poison frog, Mantella laevigata, with comparisons to the dendrobatids. Animal Behaviour (2001).
  • The evolution of parental care and egg size: A comparative analysis in frogs. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2006).
  • Social and environmental influences on egg size evolution in frogs. Journal of Zoology (2007).
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