John Novak | Colgate University - Faculty Directory Skip Navigation

Colgate Directory


John Novak

Professor of Biology, Emeritus


BS (1965), MA (1967) Kent State University; PhD Washington State University 1972


Animal behavior, entomology, invertebrate animals, ornithology, tropical ecology, vertebrate zoology, environmental studies


Systematics, biology, biography, and evolution of Diptera belonging to the families Tephritidae and Syrphidae; comparative feeding behavior of black-capped chickadees and downy woodpeckers / Botswana, Jamaica, Wales, New Zealand, sub-Antarctic islands


"Incubation Patterns of Blue Tits (Parus caeruleus)" (Population Biology of Passerine Birds); numerous articles in professional journals including American Biology Teacher, American Midland Naturalist, Annals of the Entomological Society of America, Canadian Entomologist, Coleopterist Bulletin, Journal of Kansas Entomological Society, Melanderia, Journal of the North American Benthological Society, Proceedings Entomological Society of Washington and Sea Frontiers; photo credits as calendars, covers, film strips, books, magazines, newspapers including Abenteur Natur, BioScience, Encyclopedia of Insects, Extremely Weird Birds, International Wildlife, Kids Discover Oceans, National Wildlife, Owl Magazine, Ranger Rick, Referee Magazine, Sea Frontiers, Your Big Backyard, The New York Times

Professional Experience

Freelance photographer with animals, animal/earth scenes

Professional Recognition

  • International Who's Who in Education, 1980
  • Who's Who in Frontier Science and Technology, 1984-85
  • Who's Who Environmental Registry, 1992