Andrew Forbes

Dr. Andrew Forbes, Assistant Professor, Biology


Assistant Professor


(319) 335-3006


434A Biology Building
Iowa City, IA. 52242


About Andrew Forbes

College: Liberal Arts and Sciences

Department: Biology

Research Interests: Patterns of insect diversity, insect behavior and the role of ecology in insect speciation,

TILE course: Origins of Life in the Universe


Ph.D., University of Notre Dame.

B.A., Biology, Colgate.

Andrew Forbes has been a faculty member in the University of Iowa Department of Biology since 2010. He has a BA in Biology from Colgate University and a PhD from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Forbes studies the diversity and evolution of insects, with an emphasis on the role of ecology in the origin of insect species. His research has been featured in the journals Science, Evolution, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, and Evolutionary Ecology, among others . Dr. Forbes has taught several courses at the University of Iowa, including small seminars, lab courses, and large lecture courses. His major contribution to TILE has been Understanding Evolution, a course for non-science majors which he developed alongside Dr. Bryant McAllister in the Spring of 2011. This course emphasizes major concepts in the science of evolutionary biology via a series of hands-on learning modules, class discussions, and group-problem solving. After three years, enrollment in Understanding Evolution has tripled, now approaching the classroom capacity of 81. In 2013-2014, Dr. Forbes is participating in the development and implementation of a new TILE course titled Origins of Life in the Universe. This course is intended to convey to University of Iowa undergraduates how science has enabled us to answer fundamental questions about the universe, the Earth, and life itself. Origins (the brainchild of Dr. Cornelia Lang in Physics and Astronomy) will be taught by a team of seven different professors from five different departments (Physics and Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geoscience, and Anthropology).