Michele Dudash
Professor Emerita

Research Interests

My research interests are motivated by my curiosity of what factors contribute to population's persistence or demise over time. The research in my lab encompasses the evolution and maintenance of mating and breeding systems, plant-pollinator interactions, the dynamic interplay between  invasive and native species, the context in which a plant-animal interaction can be mutualistic vs. parasitic,  the importance of long distance gene flow and investigating how connectivity between overwintering grounds and breeding grounds influences individual reproductive success for migratory song bird species. In this framework, the basic research conducted in my lab has direct implications for conservation and restoration strategies of threatened and endangered species. I am interested in sponsoring graduate students in all aspects of evolutionary ecology. The questions addressed in my research program often require field experiments, complimented by greenhouse and laboratory studies.


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 1987. Plant population biology; inbreeding depression; mating system evolution.
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto, 1987-1989
Full Professor, Department of Botany, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

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Latest Publications via PubMed

Stewart AB,Diller C,Dudash MR,Fenster CB
New Phytol. 2022 Aug;235(4):1629-1640. doi: 10.1111/nph.18050. Epub 2022 Mar 7
Stanley CQ,Dudash MR,Ryder TB,Gregory Shriver W,Marra PP
Proc Biol Sci. 2021 Jul 28;288(1955):20211220. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2021.1220. Epub 2021 Jul 21
Zhou J,Reynolds RJ,Zimmer EA,Dudash MR,Fenster CB
Evolution. 2020 Jul;74(7):1321-1334. doi: 10.1111/evo.13965. Epub 2020 Jun 11
Fenster CB,Ballou JD,Dudash MR,Eldridge MDB,Frankham R,Lacy RC,Ralls K,Sunnucks P
Yale J Biol Med. 2018 Dec;91(4):491-501. . Epub 2018 Dec 21
Zhou J,Zimmer EA,Fenster CB,Dudash MR
Am J Bot. 2018 Oct;105(10):1643-1652. doi: 10.1002/ajb2.1158. Epub 2018 Oct 1
Zhou J,Dudash MR,Zimmer EA,Fenster CB
Ann Bot. 2018 Sep 24;122(4):593-603. doi: 10.1093/aob/mcy091. Epub
Stewart AB,Dudash MR
Ann Bot. 2017 Jan;119(1):73-79. doi: 10.1093/aob/mcw212. Epub 2016 Nov 17
Zhou J,Dudash MR,Fenster CB,Zimmer EA
Appl Plant Sci. 2016 Dec;4(12):. doi: 10.3732/apps.1600117. Epub 2016 Dec 8