The Program in Ecology, Evolution, & 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.
Because of the breadth of fields covered by this program, there are no fixed courses required of all students. The goal is to allow maximum flexibility while providing close supervision.
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
The number of courses and the particular courses taken depend on the individual's previous training and knowledge. Courses and laboratory and field experiences are supplemented by seminars on current topics in ecology and evolutionary biology.