Michal Polak received his PhD from Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ) in 1996, co-supervised by Drs. John Alcock and Therese Markow. From 1996 to 1999, he held a post-doctoral fellowship at Syracuse University with Drs. William T. Starmer and Larry Wolf. Michal has been a faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati from 1999 to the present. He was elected to the Fellows of the Graduate School in 2013, and currently serves as Editor for the journal Animal Behaviour.