Edward O. Wilson

(Véronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

Biologist Edward O. Wilson is an emeritus University Research Professor at Harvard. Through his lifelong research on the behavior of ants, he has transformed the disciplines of ecology and evolution, developing new theories and pioneering the field of sociobiology.

Wilson, who is 82, was in St. Louis this week to deliver the keynote address at a University of Missouri-St. Louis interdisciplinary conference.

He told St. Louis Public Radio's Véronique LaCapra that his long and successful career started with a childhood fascination with bugs.