Kenneth Filchak

Teaching Professor, Biological Sciences

Teaching Professor, Biological Sciences
148 Jordan Hall of Science
Notre Dame, IN 46556
+1 574-631-6614


My research interests are quite broad, generally focused on evolutionary biology, ecology, behavior, and organismal biology. Most of my published research has been in the area of ecological genetics and speciation using the Rhagoletis pomonella model system. My organismal interests include most areas of the tree of life with recent attention on advances in bacteriology and the microbiome. Some earlier work includes vertebrate paleontology, classical mammalogy, and sexual selection. Further, the history of science has always been an acute area of interest to me. Recently, I published a brief article on Father Julius Nieuwland C.S.C., the founder of modern synthetic rubber. Finally the practices and science of effective pedagogy are always of great professional interest.

  • Rev. Edmund P. Joyce C.S.C. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching 2019
  • Teaching Professor, University of Notre Dame 2017
  • Director of Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Program 2013-2017
  • Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching 2012
  • Associate Teaching Professor, University of Notre Dame 2009-2017
  • Assistant Teaching Professor, University of Notre Dame 2003-2009
  • Post Doc, University of Notre Dame, Insect Host-Plant Interactions 2001-2003
  • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame 2001
  • B.S. Zoology., Michigan State University 1994

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