Peter H. Klopfer

Professor Emeritus of Biology

050 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-0338
(919) 684-3991
mother-infant attachments in mammals and imprinting in birds development and control of aggressive behavior, and its neurobiological mechanisms. causes of species diversity. hibernation in lemurs


  • Ph.D., Yale University 1958

  • B.A., University of California - Los Angeles 1952

Klopfer, P. H., A. Krystal, C. Williams, and A. Yoder. “Neuroethology: Do hibernating primates sleep? (Accepted)Nova Acta Leopoldina 111, no. 380 (2013): 15–27.

Krystal, Andrew D., Bobby Schopler, Susanne Kobbe, Cathy Williams, Hajanirina Rakatondrainibe, Anne D. Yoder, and Peter Klopfer. “The relationship of sleep with temperature and metabolic rate in a hibernating primate.Plos One 8, no. 9 (2013): e69914. Full Text Open Access Copy

Klopfer, P. H. “Lessons From an Unusual Critter: What Can Unusual Animals Teach Us?Ethology 118, no. 11 (November 1, 2012): 1029–35. Full Text

Klopfer, Peter H. “Life in science: seeds of doubt.Science (New York, N.Y.) 324, no. 5924 (April 2009): 177. Full Text

Klopfer, Peter H. “Kids, TV viewing, and aggressive behavior.Science (New York, N.Y.) 297, no. 5578 (July 2002): 49–50. Full Text

Klopfer, P. H. “Elimination of scholarships.Science (New York, N.Y.) 262, no. 5142 (December 1993): 1954. Full Text

Klopfer, P. H., C. A. Brandt, J. Parrish, and E. Honoré. “Seasonal influences upon imprinting.Behavioural Processes 12, no. 2 (February 1986): 203. Full Text

Klopfer, P. H. “Research sites.Science (New York, N.Y.) 224, no. 4652 (June 1984): 934. Full Text


Blanco, Marina B., Peter H. Klopfer, and Andrew D. Krystal. “To arouse or not to arouse: physiological responses from active thermogenesis versus thermoconforming in hibernating dwarf lemurs.” In American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 165:30–30. WILEY, 2018.

Blanco, Marina B., and Peter H. Klopfer. “Timing of hibernation bouts in eastern dwarf lemurs.” In American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 150:82–82. WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2013.