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Department of Biological Sciences


Ecology & Evolution

Our faculty focus on understanding how diverse biological and ecological systems function in the broader context of the organism and its environment, as well as how environments interact with the organisms they support.

Research Activities and Graduate Faculty List

Our research systems include vertebrate and invertebrate animals, plants and microbial organisms. Our interests span across ecology, evolutionary biology, behavior, physiology and neurobiology, developmental biology and bioinformatics. Our facilities feature fully equipped laboratories and productive field sites. The composite intellectual framework is that a biological system, whether genetic, molecular, developmental, physiological, ecological or evolutionary, can best be understood by accounting for interactions with other systems.

Students are woven into this intellectual framework through collaborations among overlapping groups of faculty. These groups share a common goal of decoding the complexity underlying biological systems.