Michael Pfrender joined the University of Notre Dame in 2009. He has been the Director of the GBCF since 2010. He is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and currently serves as the Associate Chair. His research lab is interested in a broad range of topics in the area of evolutionary and ecological genomics. Projects include investigation of the molecular genetic basis of adaptive traits and phenotypic plasticity, and the relationship between genetic diversity and ecosystem function. Understanding the impacts of alterations in natural ecosystems, and using this knowledge to predict future consequences and preserve biodiversity, is a major challenge for 21st-century Biologists with direct relevance to human health and well-being. Michael received B.S. and M.S degrees from the University of Michigan and completed his Ph.D. degree at the University of Oregon in 1998. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Michael was an Associate Professor at Utah State University.