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Dr. Michael Sitvarin

Assistant professor

Office: Lakeview Discovery and Science Center 135F
College of Arts & Sciences


I am broadly interested in behavioral ecology; I want to understand how animals perceive and react to the world around them, interact with other individuals, and the ecological consequences that arise from these interactions. My work has focused mainly on predator-prey relationships, as I am perpetually fascinated by the ways organisms detect, pursue, evade, and capture one another. Spiders have served as a useful model for understanding predator-prey interactions and their impacts on the environment. I have studied a variety of invertebrates throughout my career, and I'm excited to continue learning about these amazing creatures for years to come! You can visit my personal website to learn more:


Ph D, Zoology, Miami University, 2014