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Laboratory Instructor, Natural Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Pictured is Randall Bendis, laboratory instructor for the Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Technology. | Photo by Annie BrewerContact Information


  • Bachelor of Arts, Biological Sciences with a minor in Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Biological Sciences - Ecology and Evolution, University of Pittsburgh

Courses Taught

  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Introductory Biology Lab I
  • Environmental Science II


Randall John Bendis, Ph.D., is a full-time laboratory instructor for the Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Engineering Technology at Point Park University. Prior to joining Point Park, Bendis was a visiting assistant professor of biology at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. His work is published in several scholarly journals and he has conducted a variety of research, most recently examining the effects of environmental and anthropogenic stressors on amphibian physiology and behavior. Bendis has extensive water quality monitoring experience both in the field as well as in the laboratory. His research interests include ecology and evolution, ecotoxicology, human anatomy and physiology, vertebrate morphology and animal behavior.

Research Interests

  • Ecology and evolution
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Vertebrate Morphology
  • Animal Behavior

Selected Publications

  • "Effect of simultaneous amphibian exposure to pesticides and an emerging fungal pathogen," Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Environmental Science & Technology, 2017.
  • "If you see one, have you seen them all? Community-wide effects of insecticide cross-resistance in zooplankton populations near and far from agriculture," Environmental Pollution, 2016.
  • "Wetland defense: naturally-occurring pesticide resistance in zooplankton populations protects the stability of aquatic communities," Oecologia, 2016.
  • "Effects of pesticide mixtures on host-pathogen dynamics of the amphibian chytrid fungus," PLoS ONE, 2015.
  • "Living on the edge: populations of two zooplankton species living closer to agricultural fields are more resistant to a common insecticide," Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 2014.
  • "Review of: Tropical rain forest ecology, diversity, and conservation," Plant Science Bulletin, 2010.

Selected Presentations 

  • "Wetland defense: the community-wide implications of insecticide resistance in non-target organisms," Dissertation Presentation, University of Pittsburgh, April 2015.
  • "Pesticide effects in aquatic communities," Poster presentation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's 10th Anniversary of the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, September 2014.
  • "Wetland defense: how natural population-level variation in pesticide resistance can effect entire aquatic communities," Ecological Society of America 2014 Annual Meeting in Sacramento, Calif., July 2014.
  • "Wetland defense: the community-wide implications of insecticide resistance," University of Pittsburgh’s McKinley Series, July 2014.
  • "Wetland friends with indirect benefits: the community-wide consequences of pesticide resistance," University of Pittsburgh’s E&E Seminar Series, February 2013.
  • "Friends with indirect benefits: can populations of pesticide resistant non-target organisms buffer a community from pesticide-induced trophic cascades?" University of Pittsburgh’s McKinley Seminar Series, July 2012.

Research Grants Awarded

  • National Science Foundation (2011-2015)
  • University of Pittsburgh's Dean Tuition Scholarship (2015)
  • University of Pittsburgh's Arthur and Barbara Pape Endowment (2014)
  • The Crustacean Society (2013)
  • University of Pittsburgh's C. Murray McKinley Research Fund (2012-2014)
  • Society of Freshwater Science General Endowment Fund (2012)

Outreach/Volunteer Experiences

  • University of Pittsburgh's Evolution K-12 Teachers Workshop (2010-2014)
  • University of Pittsburgh's Ecotoxicology K-12 Teachers Workshop (2010-2014)
  • Linesville State Fish Hatchery Open House (2010-2014)
  • Pittsburgh Zoo's International Conservation Center (Summer 2010)
  • University of Pittsburgh's Undergraduate Tutoring Program (Spring 2007 and 2008)

Awards and Honors

  • Visiting scientist at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2014-2015)
  • Phi Beta Kappa National Collegiate Honor Society (2008)
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta, University of Pittsburgh Pre-Medical Honor Society (2006)