John Charles Simon graduated with a BS from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources. He spent the majority of his 30-year career working throughout the mainland United States, Hawaii, and Guam studying the movements, demography, communication, and reproductive behavior of hundreds of animal species, many designated as threatened or endangered.
In 1996, he became fascinated with laughter as a form of nonverbal communication, and subsequently devoted more than five years to researching and writing his book, Why We Laugh: A New Understanding. In addition to his articles on animal behavior and ecology, John has published on laughter and humor theory in the Israeli Journal of Humor Research and the European Journal of Humour Research and presented at conferences of the International Society for Humor Studies.
He now speaks, writes, and consults on a range of topics, including laughter, humor, their origins and evolution, and the central role each plays in our lives.