Winona H. Welch Professor of Biology and Co-Director of the Environmental Fellows Program
Ecology, Behavioral ecology, Evolution
Jim Benedix gives students the freedom to choose their own research, which has led to some very interesting work that he otherwise wouldn't have done. Recent research has led to a shift in his work from basic research to applied research – getting at an actual issue. He will spend a 2015-16 sabbatical in Maine researching forest ecology (climate change in forests) and squirrel behavior. His special interests also include negative effects of herbicides on tadpoles; evolution of parachuting behavior of frogs; communication between 3-4 different species of male frogs; and speciation in crickets (sound communication and odor communication).