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Benjamin Fitzpatrick


Research Interest

Population genetics, conservation biology


2004- Ph.D., University of California, Davis


Population Genetics, Conservation Biology, Vertebrate Biology

My major interests are in the genetics and biogeography of speciation, symbiosis, and invasion biology. I encourage graduate students to develop their own research questions, which may involve my primary study organisms (salamanders) or not.


  • Fitzpatrick, B. M. and A. L. Allison. 2014. Similarity and differentiation between bacteria associated with skin of salamanders (Plethodon jordani) and free-living assemblages. FEMS Microbiology Ecology In Press DOI: 10.1111/1574-6941.12314
  • Fitzpatrick, B. M. 2014. Symbiote transmission and maintenance of extra-genomic associations. Frontiers in Microbiology 5. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2014.00046
  • Fitzpatrick, BM. 2013. Alternative forms for genomic clines. Ecology and Evolution 3: 1951-1966.
  • Niemiller, M. L., G. O. Graening, D. B. Fenolio, J. C. Godwin, J. R. Cooley, W. D. Pearson, B. M. Fitzpatrick, and T. J. Near. 2013. Doomed before they are described? The need for conservation assessments of cryptic species complexes using an amblyopsid cavefish (Amblyopsidae: Typhlichthys) as a case study. Biodiversity and Conservation 22:1799-1820.
  • Dittrich-Reed, D. R. and B. M. Fitzpatrick. 2013 Transgressive hybrids as hopeful monsters. Evolutionary Biology 40:310-315

Contact Information

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  • Mailing Address: 569 Dabney Hall, 1416 Circle Dr, Knoxville, TN 37996
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