Program in Evolution, Ecology and Behavior (EEB)

Evolution is the keystone discipline for the life sciences. The Program in Evolution, Ecology and Behavior (EEB) is designed to train researchers, educators, managers and regulators in the study of evolution, ecology and behavior.  The subject matter of EEB is broad-ranging and encompasses those aspects of the life and environmental sciences that characterize how organisms interact with each other and their environment and how those interactions change over time.  They are essential to the study of applied and basic topics such as studies of human origins (paleoanthropology), biodiversity over space (community ecology) and time (paleobiology), the function and evolution of body plans and life histories (evolutionary ecology), the origins of social systems (socioecology), the effects of climate change and biotic invasions on ecosystems, conservation, bioremediation, and epidemiology.  The need for research and researchers in these areas will continue to grow as society comes to terms with the increasing consequences of anthropogenic alteration of the earth’s climate and its ecosystems. 

Students interested in Evolution, Ecology and Behavior can enroll in one of three graduate programs, leading to a Ph.D. degree, Master of Science degree and a Certificate. The Ph.D. and Masters programs are interdisciplinary degree programs that are administered directly by the College of Arts and Sciences. They are not part of a traditional department. The certificate is designed for students who are pursuing a graduate degree in a traditional departmental setting and who wish formal recognition of additional supplementary preparation in Evolution, Ecology and Behavior.

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In addition to being members of EEB, our faculty all belong to traditional departments, forming a consortium from a broad spectrum of fields at UB, including Anthropology, Biological Sciences, Geology, Psychology and Geography. Our goal is to promote interdisciplinary research and education in the study of evolution, ecology and behavior. We are working toward this goal in several different ways. First, we offer several upper division courses, including a regular colloquium devoted to current research in evolutionary biology. Second, we promote graduate student research through interdisciplinary supervision of graduate research projects. Third, we invite distinguished speakers to a monthly seminar series. More details of these various activities can be found by following the menu above.

The Director of the EEB Program is Dr. Katharina Dittmar (Department of Biological Sciences). Interested people are encouraged to contact her with comments or questions:

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