Given Harper is a professor of biology and an avian ecologist at
Illinois Wesleyan University. He conducts research with IWU students
and Angelo Capparella on contaminants in wildlife and on breeding and
wintering raptor populations in Illinois. He is also conducting a
research project on eggshell structure and hatching times in
brown-headed cowbirds. Given and his wife, Jean, enjoy watching the
wildlife in their yard that are attracted to native plant species and to
their backyard pond.