Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology

School of Integrative Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology (PEEC)

Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology

Congratulations to PEEC student Kelsey Witt and her advisor Ripan Malhi on the article "Study of ancient dogs in the Americas yields insights into human, dog migration" on the front page of Inside Illinois!


The Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology is an interdisciplinary, campuswide program designed to provide individualized training for graduate students. This program prepares individuals for research and teaching careers in ecology and evolutionary biology and produces scientists who are both technically competent and broadly educated in ecology and evolutionary biology.


A Ph.D. student declares three areas of emphasis:

  • A general area of ecology or evolution
  • A complementary general area (e.g., behavior, systematics, physiology, genetics)
  • A specific area related to the dissertation

See program by-laws, handbook, and FAQs.


Click here to see what some of our students are working on.

Click here to see where some of our alumni are now.


Contact us at:

320 Morrill Hall, MC-118
505 South Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801  USA
phone: 217/ 300-0799; fax: 217/ 244-3499


Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m.
B102 CLSLCharles G. Miller Auditorium



January 21

John Novembre
University of Chicago
"New lenses on human genetic variation: Tools for interpreting population structure"

January 28

Michelle Mack
University of Florida
"Wildfire, plant species composition, and carbon cycling feedbacks to climate in Alaskan boreal forests"

February 4

Bret Payseur
University of Wisconsin, Madison
"Genetics of Speciation in House Mice"

February 11

Barrett Klein
University of Wisconsin, La Crosse

The Vanishing Art of Visualizing Behavior (the power of visuals and their perplexing decline in one arena of science)

February 18

Butch Brodie
University of Virginia
"Channel surfing through the battleground between predatorsand prey: Tetrodotoxin resistance and toxicity in snakes and newts"

February 25

Cynthia Beall
Case Western Reserve University
"Andean, Ethiopian, and Tibetan natives: three ways to live the high altitude life"


Click here to view the Seminar Series for Spring 2015.