George E. Heimpel was born in Germany and grew up mainly in California. He received his B.S. at the University of California, Berkeley, M.S. at the University of Delaware, and Ph.D. at the University California, Davis in 1995, where he was advised by Jay Rosenheim. He then spent two years as a USDA post-doctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin in Mike Strand's lab.
He is currently a professor of Entomology at the University of Minnesota. His research emphases lie in the fields of biological control and parasitoid ecology. Most of this work has been done in agricultural settings, and has included investigations of sugar-feeding by parasitoids in the field and implications for conservation biological control, biological control of soybean aphid, and the genetics of sex determination in parasitic hymenoptera. More recent projects have incorporated a conservation focus however, including biological control of an invasive bird-parasitic fly in the Galapagos Islands. Dr. Heimpel teaches Biological Control and Insect Behavior and is the author, with Dr. N.J. Mills, of the book, 'Biological Control: Ecology and Applications', which is forthcoming in early 2017 from Cambridge University Press.