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Michele Dudash

Michele Dudash


Department Head/Professor

Office Building

Edgar S. McFadden Biostress Lab



Mailing Address

McFadden Biostress Laboratory 138C
Natural Resource Management-Box 2140B
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


As a first generation college graduate, I come from a large boisterous family from the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. I have always loved all kinds of biology and did not want to work with ailing humans or pets. I found my niche when starting graduate school at U of Illinois at Chicago and went to U of Michigan’s field station for summer field courses and research experiences that resulted in me learning about bumblebee foraging behavior and white pine seed dispersal. This experience laid the groundwork for my academic career path.

If you would like my CV or more information, please feel free to contact me at my sdstate email address noted above. Thank you!


BA Millersville State University
PhD University of Illinois at Chicago
PostDoc University of Toronto

Professional Memberships

American Society of Naturalists
Botanical Society of America
Ecological Society of America
Society for the Study of Evolution

Work Experience

Emeritus Professor, Department of Biology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 2017 – present

Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor, Department of Botany/Department of Plant
Biology/Department of Biology, University of Maryland, College Park, 1989-2016.

Program Director, National Science Foundation DEB Evolutionary Process Cluster, Aug. 2013-Aug. 2014.

Visiting Scientist, CSIRO Plant Industry, Canberra, Australia Nov. - Dec. 2007.

Full Professor, Botanisk Institutt, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway. Leave of absence without pay from UMD, 2000-2001.

Visiting Scientist, Sabbatical, Institute of Cell, Animal, and Population Biology, University of Edinburgh, Scotland1997-1998.

Area(s) of Research

Evolutionary Ecology, Evolution of plant mating systems, Plant pollinator interactions, Demography of populations, and the role Inbreeding, Inbreeding Depression and Phenotypic Plasticity play in the evolution of plant populations. My research also contributes to baseline data that is utilized to help form successful conservation and restoration management plans for threatened taxa and habitats.



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