Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior

Living Edition
| Editors: Jennifer Vonk, Todd Shackelford

Sarah Brosnan

  • Catherine F. Talbot
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-47829-6_2000-1

Early Life and Education

Sarah Frances Brosnan was born in La Grange, Illinois, although she grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, and later Baltimore County, Maryland. Throughout her childhood, she was enthralled with exploring the nearby creek and forest. Brosnan always enjoyed sharing her discoveries with others, often bringing critters home for show and tell (much to her parent’s chagrin!). Although she had always been fascinated with biology, David Phoebus, her high school biology teacher, was particularly influential in deepening her interests. He structured his classes around experiential learning, focusing on labs and conducting many classes outside the classroom. He encouraged students to write papers on topics that they found interesting. When Brosnan wrote a paper on Dian Fossey, he handed her a few extra books, granted her an extension, and told her to dig deeper – so she did.

Brosnan had the opportunity to further explore various branches of biology when she attended Baylor...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Catherine F. Talbot
    • 1
  1. 1.California National Primate Research Center, Neuroscience and Behavior UnitUniversity of California, DavisDavisUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Sarah Dunphy-Lelii
    • 1
  1. 1.Bard CollegeAnnandale-On-HudsonUSA