Harmon P. Weeks, Jr. received a BSF in 1967 in Forestry/Wildlife Management at the University of Georgia and then achieved a MS in Ecology in 1969 at the same institution. He received a PhD in Wildlife Science in 1974 from Purdue University. He was on the faculty of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies for a year before being invited to return to a faculty position at Purdue.
Harmon’s research at Purdue has and will continue to educate incoming students. His primary focus was in two rather disparate directions – avian breeding biology and mammalian mineral nutrition. Other interests did include in how anthropogenically modified landscapes impact avian communities and their reproductive success. This featured emphasis on birds of seral woodlands and the structure-nesting eastern phoebe, which has been the focus of a 35-year research program.
Intrigued early in his career by sodium-seeking behavior in wild herbivores, he has investigated many aspects of this and how supplementary sodium impacts behavior, physiology, and productivity.