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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Richard D. Alexander  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1929 in White Heath, Illinois

-- Richard D. Alexander on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

*Alexander was born in White Heath, Illinois

Biographical and Professional Information

Richard Alexander is a Retired Professor of Biology, a Farmer and a Writer. He currently resides in Michigan.Alexander was a Rockefeller Foundation research associate at Ohio State University and was an instructor, assistant professor , associate professor, profesor of biology and curator of insects at Museum of Zoology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He has published about 140 articles and books, and two phonograph records of insect sounds, between 1954 and the present.Alexander edited ''The Biology of the Naked Mole Rat'' with other authors.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Natural Selection and Social Behavior: Recent Research and New Theory
ISBN: 091346208X

Chiron Press. 1981

Richard D. Alexander, Donald W. Tinkle

Darwinism and Human Affairs
ISBN: 0295959010

Univ of Washington Pr. 1982

Examines the relationship between evolution and the structure, variations, and significance of human behavior, including law, justice, sociality, and culture

Teaching Yourself to Train Your Horse: Simplicity, Consistency, and Common Sense from Foal to Comfortable Riding Horse
ISBN: 0971231400

Woodlane Farm Books. 2010

Are you looking for a way to help train your horse? Want a quiet willing horse that likes you and does what you want? With this book it will enable you to take practical tactics out to the arena. This book will help you with positive imprinting, the of use soft touches from the start, loose lead training, gentle sacking out, and allow you to maximize rewards and minimize punishments. With 337 color illustrations of training horses along with 199 illustrations of starting a horse for the first time one is bound to learn a lot! All the horses found in this book were bred, trained and raised on Woodlane Farm by the author, Dr. Richard Alexander. The author has been breeding cutting and reining bred horses all of which carry the bloodlines from the author's founding mare for over 35 years. He's incorporated having a stallion in the true herd situation and studied their behavior. Dr. Alexander is a retired professor from the University of Michigan, he taught over 55 years of human and animal behavior with many honorable notaries. For more information on Woodlane Farm, books, the author or the Woodlane horses check out the website!

The Biology of Moral Systems (Evolutionary Foundations of Human Behavior Series)
ISBN: 0202011739

Aldine Transaction. 1987

Despite wide acceptance that the attributes of living creatures have appeared through a cumulative evolutionary process guided chiefly by natural selection, many human activities have seemed analytically inaccessible through such an approach. Prominent evolutionary biologists, for example, have described morality as contrary to the direction of biological evolution, and moral philosophers rarely regard evolution as relevant to their discussions. The Biology of Moral Systems adopts the position that moral questions arise out of conflicts of interest, and that moral systems are ways of using confluences of interest at lower levels of social organization to deal with conflicts of interest at higher levels. Moral systems are described as systems of indirect reciprocity: humans gain and lose socially and reproductively not only by direct transactions, but also by the reputations they gain from the everyday flow of social interactions. The author develops a general theory of human interests, using senescence and effort theory from biology, to help analyze the patterning of human lifetimes. He argues that the ultimate interests of humans are reproductive, and that the concept of morality has arisen within groups because of its contribution to unity in the context, ultimately, of success in intergroup competition. He contends that morality is not easily relatable to universals, and he carries this argument into a discussion of what he calls the greatest of all moral problems, the nuclear arms race. "Crammed with sage observations on moral dilemmas and many reasons why an understanding of evolution based on natural selection will advance thinking in finding practical solutions to our most difficult social problems." Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences Richard D. Alexander is Donald Ward Tinkle Professor of Evolutionary Biology, Department of Biology, and Curator of Insects, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan. A recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Alexander is the author of Darwinism and Human Affairs.

Club 48: A personal account of Blackburn College and the men of Butler Basement 1946-48
ISBN: 0971231419

Woodlane Farm Books. 2001

Playin' Cowboy
ISBN: 0971231443

Woodlane Farm Books. 2010

This book is a lifetime accumulation of stories, essays, verses, songs, and drawings by the author of Teaching Yourself to Train Your Horse. Included is a wide diversity of horse-human enterprises: reining, cattle cutting, racing, pleasure, and speedhorse, competitions buying, selling, hauling, training, horsemanship, handling cattle, recreational riding, horse social behavior and tales about horse farming in mid-western United states in the early twentieth century. There are serious and sad stories that may elicit a tear, light-hearted ones likely to make the reader chuckle, and accounts of famous horses and horse events, including a heralded eighteen fifty five race in Texas between a Quarter horse and a Thoroughbred, and a heroic seventeen eighty one ride in Virginia by an early American patriot.

The Cover Illustration was inspired by the nineteen ninety five winning run of Randy Paul of Cave Creek, Arizona, in the Freestyle Class of the National Reining Horse Association Futurity in Oklahoma City.

Thumping on Trees
ISBN: 0971231451

Woodlane Farm Books. 2010

The stories in this book are true. They are told here, exactly as they are remembered, from two-thirds of a century ago, along the Sangamon River in Piatt County, Illnois. When the boy in the stories grew up, he became a father, then a grandfather. He told the stories first to his children, then, later, to his grandchildren. "Henry liked walking in the woods because he saw raccoons and possums and skunks and foxes and frogs and snakes and crickets and beetles and butterflies and owls and hawks and crows and red-headed woodpeckers. Sometimes he found Indian arrowheads, pretty feathers, brightly colored leaves, and other nice things that he kept for a while-or forever." These are the great stories found in the book, 'Thumping on Trees,' 'The Crow That Played Hide and Seek,' and 'Going Barefoot,' that are wonderful for the whole family to share! Check out other books by the author "Playin' Cowboy: The Coontail Blue and Other Horse Tales," "Teaching Yourself to Train Your Horse," and "The Red Fox and Johnny Valentine's Blue-Speckled Hound."

Pop's Story: A Midwestern Farm Boy's Memories of Times With His Father
ISBN: 0971231435

Woodlane Farm Books. 2010

The 1975 version of this book was titled simply POP. Fifteen copies were Xeroxed and bound, and distributed among immediate family members. Included in it were 111 stories and 20 drawings. This expanded 2005 version adds four stories and seven drawings, and also includes 34 photographs, taken mostly between 1929 and 1953. Some stories have been expanded, others modified slightly one poem was removed for modification, and use in a different publication. The current volume has been created because several members of my extended family have requested copies of POP. Pop was Archie Dale Alexander, an Illinois farmer, and my father. He was born November 23, 1902, on a farm north of White Heath, Illinois, in Piatt County, Sangamon Township. My mother, Katharine Heath Alexander, was born and raised in the same township, only a mile and half away, just south of White Heath. After school they took up farming, moving in February of 1929 to the farm north of White Heath where I was born 9 months later, and remaining there until Pop died on June 10, 1953. Twenty-two years after Pop's death Mom asked me to write these stories, mainly for her grandchildren, none of whom was born soon enough to know Pop, Her request seemed to be just the right stimulus to release the flood of memories that follows.

The Red Fox and Johnny Valentine's Blue-Speckled Hound
ISBN: 0971231427

Woodlane Farm Books. 2010

A great story of a boy named Johnny Valentine with his unusual hound pup and a special friend named Tennessee. The hero of the story is a certain red fox, who creates his own personal territory along the riverin Big Hollow. There he marauds among the local farms, creeping and drifting along under cover of darkness to steal chickens, avoid the boys of the neighborhood, acquire a mate, and outrace and outsmart the hounds that the local farmers sometimes set upon his trail. Surprising things happen to the fox and the hound, and to Johny Valentine and Tennessee. Yet they arise out of everyday episodes in the life of a farm country fox, and the lives of the hounds and people that pursue him and become familiar with his beauty and agility, his phantom-like wiliness, and his unpredictability. The author lived his own version of a child's adventurous life with foxes, while also soaking up the fox stories of older neighbors and relatives. The first 50 years of his adult life were spent as an academic biologist, trying to understand the behavior of animals and humans. Check out many other books by the author like, "Thumping on Trees," "Playin' Cowboy," and "Teaching Yourself to Train Your Horse."



Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Alexander still lectures at universities on the subjects of Human Behavior and Evlolution and HorseSocial Behavior. He still farms and raises livestock, so he can't travel for lecturing without much notice.