Frieda Benun is a Ph.D. candidate in the Biology program at Brooklyn College. Her research focuses on the evolution of reproductive complexity in fishes. She uses both macro- and micro-evolutionary lenses, studying the large-scale evolutionary patterns of parental investment across all fishes with a focus on male pregnancy (!) in local seahorses and pipefish.
Frieda is an alumna of Macaulay Honors College and earned her B.S. in Biology in 2013. Prior to joining the ITF team, she worked as a tour guide and taught classes at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC. As an ITF, Frieda has focused on promoting tools aimed at developing independent research skills. She especially enjoys collaborating with students and faculty in Seminar 3, working to integrate local biodiversity of New York into curricula and students’ projects.