Dr. Michael Pfrender

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Dr. Michael Pfrender

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
University of Notre Dame

Michael Pfrender is Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame. Pfrender’s research is in the area of evolutionary and ecological genomics. In particular, Pfrender is interested in how organisms respond to environmental changes.

Pfrender studies how organisms respond to environmental stressors, many of which are the result of rapidly changing climate. As an evolutionary biologist, he explores questions about how species, and entire communities of organisms, adapt and persist in the face of changing abiotic conditions, such as changing salinity and water temperatures, as well as biotic factors such as new species interactions as species ranges change. Pfrender contributes to understanding the impacts of alterations in natural ecosystems in order to predict future consequences and preserve biodiversity.

Pfrender is the director of the Genomics & Bioinformatics Core Facility at the University of Notre Dame. His research has appeared in many scientific journals such as Science, Conservation Biology, and Molecular Ecology, including two publications selected by Faculty 1000 as” must read”. He has presented his work all over the world.