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:

265 Morrill Hall, MC-116
505 South Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801  USA
phone: 217/ 300-1166; fax: 217/ 244-7246


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



March 18

Ellen Simms
University of California-Berkeley
"Legume-Rhizobium Mutualisms:  Intergenerational Feedbacks and Selection on Cheating"

April 1

Joseph Travis
Florida State University
"When Might the Concept of Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics Actually Be Meaningful?"

April 8


Fred Guichard
McGill University
"Fluctuations and functions of meta-ecosystems"

April 15


Marilyn Roosnick
Penn State
"Ecology of plant and fugal viruses"

April 22


Karen Sirum
Bowling Green State University
"A Scientific Approach to Understanding the Undergraduate Biology Classroom Ecosystem"

April 29


Ted Garland
University of California, Riverside
"Born to Run: The biology and genetics of voluntary exercise as revealed by a long-term, replicated selection experiment"

May 6


Rebecca Smith
  Veterinary Medicine- UIUC
Simple Models in a Complex World:  Using Livestock Disease Data to Understand Pathogen Ecology"


Click here to view the Seminar Series for Spring 2015.