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Dr. Michael F. Benard
George B. Mayer Assistant Professor
126 Millis Science Center
Department of Biology
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-7080

Phone: (216) 368-1080

email: michael.benard --{{at}}-- case.edu

1999 B.S., Biology, Cornell University
2005 Ph.D., Population Biology, University of California, Davis

2005-2008 Michigan Society of Fellows & Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan
2008-present Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University
2011-present George B. Mayer Assistant Professor in Urban and Environmental Studies

How processes that occur on local scales (e.g. local recruitment or evolutionary response to natural selection) interact with one another through dispersal across a regional scale has important implications for the persistence of species, evolutionary diversification, and the structuring of ecological communities. In my research I examine these interactions from three perspectives: First, how do different evolutionary strategies (e.g. adaptive phenotypic plasticity or local adaptation) affect the ability of species to persist in different environments? Second, do adaptations in one life stage (e.g. predator-induced defenses in amphibian larvae) affect individual fitness in later life stages? Third, does genetically-based and environmentally-induced phenotypic variation among environments affect population dynamics?