Bill Schutt

Bill Schutt received his Ph. D. in zoology from Cornell University in 1995. He is currently a professor of Biology at LIU-Post and a Research Associate at the American Museum of Natural History (Mammalogy Department). Much of Bill’s previous research centered on the evolution, anatomy, and behavior of bats, and his graduate students continue to work on bat-related projects. Bill also serves on the board of directors of the North American Society for Bat Research. Bill’s expertise with vampire bats led to the topic of his critically acclaimed first book, Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures (Harmony, 2008), which was featured on NPR’s Science Friday and in The New York Times.


Bill is most interested in writing about scientific topics that are generally shunned or misunderstood, often because they’re considered too lurid or gruesome. His belief is that by illuminating those topics that scare us and repel us (and keeping our sense of humor as we do so), we gain a crucial awareness of ourselves, human history, and our place in the natural world. That said, Bill is currently working on EAT ME, a wide-ranging look at cannibalism for Algonquin Books. Bill also enjoys making entertaining and informative presentations on a variety of topics and he has done so all over the world for groups of all ages. He lives on the East End of Long Island with his wife (a professional fundraiser for the Peconic Land Trust) and son (a Biology major at SUNY Geneseo, Bill’s Master’s Degree alma mater). For more information on Bill Schutt, please visit his website

Published work

Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures (Harmony, 2008)

Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History (Algonquin, 2017)