Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

2014-15 Tuition

$20,800

Application deadlines

Fall, Dec. 1; no spring admission

Requirements summary

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • three recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • GRE subject test in biology (optional)

 

Degrees

  • M.S.
  • Ph.D.

Subjects

  • Ecology (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Evolutionary Biology (M.S., Ph.D.)

Major concentrations

  • animal ecology
  • applied ecology
  • biogeochemistry
  • community and ecosystem ecology
  • ecological genetics
  • limnology
  • oceanography
  • paleobiology
  • physiological ecology
  • plant ecology
  • population biology
  • population ecology
  • systematics
  • theoretical ecology
  • vertebrate zoology

The program is intended to provide students with broad exposure to concepts and research approaches within ecology and evolution (primarily through seminars and formal course work), as well as in-depth study in one or more subdisciplines (normally guided by the student's Special Committee). The specific course of study is tailored to the needs of the individual student. Excellent laboratory and nearby field facilities are available, as are numerous collections and libraries. All students are required to obtain teaching experience by serving as teaching assistants for at least two semesters.

Inquiries from prospective graduate students are welcomed and should be addressed to the graduate field office or to any member of the faculty.

Application:
Applicants are required to submit scores on the GRE general test.  The GRE biology subject test is optional.
 
*The field does not usually admit students for a terminal M.S. degree.

Kraig Adler -- Concentrations: systematics; vertebrate zoology; animal ecology; Research interests: photoreception, orientation, navigation, and circadian rhythms of vertebrates
Anurag Agrawal -- Concentrations: community and ecosystem ecology; plant ecology; population ecology; population biology; ecological genetics; Research interests: plant-animal interactions, evolutionary and community ecology of plant-insect interactions
Charles Aquadro -- Concentrations: systematics; population biology; ecological genetics; Research interests: population genetics
Barbara Bedford -- Concentrations: community and ecosystem ecology; plant ecology; population ecology; biogeochemistry; applied ecology; Research interests: plant ecology and biogeochemistry of wetlands; conservation biology of wetland plants
William Bemis -- Concentrations: systematics; vertebrate zoology; paleobiology; Research interests: evolutionary biology of fossil and living fishes
Brian Chabot -- Concentrations: plant ecology; Research interests: plant ecophysiology
John Cisne -- Concentrations: paleobiology; oceanography; Research interests: arthropod biology and paleobiology; marine ecology and paleoecology
Andrew Clark -- Concentrations: theoretical ecology; population biology; ecological genetics; Research interests: molecular population genetics; theoretical and statistical population genetics; evolutionary genomics; genetics of complex traits
Evan Cooch -- Concentrations: community and ecosystem ecology; population ecology; theoretical ecology; population biology; ecological genetics; animal ecology; applied ecology; Research interests: response of populations and ecological communities to environmental change, and the evolutionary and ecological consequences of these responses; development and application of novel and robust analytical and modeling techniques
Bryan Danforth -- Concentrations: systematics; paleobiology; animal ecology; Research interests: phylogeny; systematics; evolutionary biology; insects; bee biology
Andre Dhondt -- Concentrations: population ecology; population biology; ecological genetics; animal ecology; Research interests: animal population biology; ornithology; behavioral ecology; disease ecology
Jeffrey Doyle -- Concentrations: systematics; Research interests: plant systematics; polyploidy; comparative genomics
Laurie Drinkwater -- Concentrations: community and ecosystem ecology; biogeochemistry; applied ecology; Research interests: agroecosystem biogeochemistry; plant-microbial interactions; agroecology; Global N cycle
Stephen Ellner -- Concentrations: theoretical ecology; population biology; applied ecology; Research interests: theoretical population biology and evolutionary ecology; ecological modeling
Timothy Fahey -- Concentrations: community and ecosystem ecology; biogeochemistry; Research interests: dynamics of forest ecosystems
John Fitzpatrick -- Concentrations: population ecology; vertebrate zoology; animal ecology; applied ecology; Research interests: animal and applied ecology; vertebrate zoology; systematics
Monica Geber -- Concentrations: plant ecology; population ecology; theoretical ecology; population biology; ecological genetics; Research interests: plant population ecology
Christine Goodale -- Concentrations: community and ecosystem ecology; biogeochemistry; Research interests: forest biogeochemistry; land-use change; carbon and nitrogen cycling at various scales
Charles Greene -- Concentrations: community and ecosystem ecology; limnology; animal ecology; oceanography; Research interests: biological oceanography
Harry Greene -- Concentrations: community and ecosystem ecology; systematics; vertebrate zoology; animal ecology; Research interests: animal ecology; community and ecosystem ecology; vertebrate zoology
Nelson Hairston -- Concentrations: community and ecosystem ecology; limnology; population ecology; population biology; animal ecology; Research interests: limnology; population ecology and selection forces influencing zooplankton
Matthew Hare -- Concentrations: population biology; ecological genetics; Research interests: population genetics; phylogeography; invasion biology; host-parasite co-evolution
Laura Harrington -- Concentrations: community and ecosystem ecology; population ecology; population biology; animal ecology; applied ecology; Research interests: mosquito biology and behavior; disease ecology and evolution; epidemiology
Richard Harrison -- Concentrations: systematics; population biology; ecological genetics; Research interests: evolution; population genetics; molecular evolution
Catherine Harvell -- Concentrations: population ecology; population biology; ecological genetics; Research interests: invertebrate zoology
Ian Hewson -- Concentrations: community and ecosystem ecology; biogeochemistry; oceanography; Research interests: pelagic marine ecology; microbial and viral ecology; ecological genomics and community transcriptomics; ocean biogeochemistry
Robert Howarth -- Concentrations: community and ecosystem ecology; limnology; biogeochemistry; applied ecology; oceanography; Research interests: aquatic ecosystem biology, watershed science; and environmental management
Andre Kessler -- Concentrations: community and ecosystem ecology; plant ecology; applied ecology; physiological ecology; Research interests: molecular and chemical ecology; plant-insect interactions; multitrophic interactions; insect herbivore-induced plant responses to herbivory; mechanisms and ecological consequences
Brian Lazzaro -- Concentrations: population biology; ecological genetics; Research interests: evolutionary genetic of post-pathogen interactions in insects
Simon Levin -- Concentrations: community and ecosystem ecology; population ecology; theoretical ecology; population biology; ecological genetics; animal ecology; applied ecology; Research interests: population biology; mathematical biology; applied mathematics
Gene Likens -- Concentrations: community and ecosystem ecology; limnology; biogeochemistry; applied ecology; Research interests: limnology; aquatic ecology; analysis of ecosystems
John Losey -- Concentrations: plant ecology; population biology; animal ecology; applied ecology; Research interests: applied entomology; biocontrol; insect behavior; insect and ecology; integrated pest management
Irby Lovette -- Concentrations: systematics; vertebrate zoology; population biology; ecological genetics; Research interests: ecological genetics; population biology; systematics
Amy McCune -- Concentrations: systematics; vertebrate zoology; paleobiology; Research interests: ichthyology; evolutionary biology and systematics
James Morin -- Concentrations: population ecology; systematics; animal ecology; oceanography; Research interests: oceanography; population ecology; animal ecology; systematics
Karl Niklas -- Concentrations: plant ecology; paleobiology; Research interests: plant evolution and morphology
Alison Power -- Concentrations: community and ecosystem ecology; population ecology; applied ecology; Research interests: agricultural ecology; ecology of cropping systems and epidemiology of insect-vectored diseases
Robert Raguso -- Concentrations: community and ecosystem ecology; plant ecology; animal ecology; physiological ecology; Research interests: chemical ecology; plant reproductive ecology; the evolution of mutualism and deception; pollination ecology; evolution of communication
Robert Reed -- Concentrations: ecological genetics; Research interests: evolutionary developmental biology; functional genomics; gene regulation; adaptation; color pattern evolution
Jeremy Searle -- Concentrations: systematics; vertebrate zoology; ecological genetics; Research interests: evolutionary biology of small mammals, including studies of speciation, phylogeography and archaeogenetics
Kerry Shaw -- Concentrations: systematics; population biology; ecological genetics; Research interests: evolutionary biology; sexual selection; speciation; evolutionary genetics and genomics
Christine Shoemaker -- Concentrations: community and ecosystem ecology; population biology; applied ecology; Research interests: application of computational mathematics; optimization to ecological management
Jed Sparks -- Concentrations: community and ecosystem ecology; plant ecology; biogeochemistry; physiological ecology; Research interests: biogeochemistry, community, and ecosystem ecology; physiological ecology; plant ecology
Jennifer Thaler -- Concentrations: population ecology; applied ecology; Research interests: insect-plant interactions, chemical ecology, tritrophic interactions
Saskya Van Nouhuys -- Concentrations: community and ecosystem ecology; population biology; Research interests: insect community and metapopulation ecology; behavioral ecology; spatial ecology; parasitoid biology
Todd Walter -- Concentrations: biogeochemistry; applied ecology; Research interests: Ecohydrology, terrestrial biogeochemistry, environmental biophysics, pollutant fate-transport, water-climate change, modeling
David Winkler -- Concentrations: population ecology; theoretical ecology; vertebrate zoology; population biology; animal ecology; Research interests: ornithology; evolution of life histories, especially parental care
Mariana Wolfner -- Concentrations: population biology; ecological genetics; Research interests: function and evolution of reproductive genes, with major focus on seminal proteins and egg-activation in insects
Kelly Zamudio -- Concentrations: systematics; vertebrate zoology; population biology; ecological genetics; Research interests: population biology; ecological genetics; vertebrate biology and herpetology

Graduate School Professors (emeritus)

Paul Feeny -- Concentrations: plant ecology; population ecology; systematics; population biology; animal ecology; physiological ecology; Research interests: chemical ecology of insect-plant relationships
Peter Marks -- Concentrations: plant ecology; Research interests: field and historical plant ecology
William Provine -- Concentrations: systematics; theoretical ecology; population biology; ecological genetics; Research interests: history of biology, especially evolutionary theory

Doctoral Proficiencies:

A candidate for a doctoral degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is expected to demonstrate a broad based knowledge in chosen discipline (Ecology, Evolutionary or Organismal Biology, or some combination), mastery of knowledge in the chosen sub-discipline (e.g., Ecosystem Biology, Community & Population Ecology, Evolutionary Genetics, Macroevolution, Systematics, Molecular Evolution, or some combination) and create new knowledge, making an original and substantial contribution to the sub-discipline in a timely fashion.

Learn more about the graduate field of ecology and evolutionary biology learning assessment plan for PhDs.

Research Masters Proficiencies:

A candidate for a research Masters degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is expected to demonstrate a general knowledge in chosen discipline (Ecology, Evolutionary or Organismal Biology, or some combination), deeper knowledge in the chosen sub-discipline (e.g., Ecosystem Biology, Community & Population Ecology, Evolutionary Genetics, Macroevolution, Systematics, Molecular Evolution, or some combination), and make a strong, publishable contribution to the sub-discipline in a timely fashion.

Learn more about the graduate field of ecology and evoutionary biology learning assessment plan for research master's.