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Welcome to EEES!

Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems & Society (EEES) is a new vision for scholarship, education, and service. We are a diverse community of scholars who conduct research in the natural sciences and environmental studies, including ecology, evolution, anthropology, environmental economics, geography, and earth sciences. Our program balances the study of traditional paradigms and theory with the practical applications of science and social science that are important components of scholarship in the Anthropocene.

There are two overlapping tracks of scholarship and training in the EEES program. Both contain a core of ecology and ecosystem science, with one track focusing on Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB), and the other focusing on Sustainability, Ecosystems, and Environment (SEE). The latter has the added dimension of environmental social science. Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scientists from EEES will have exceptional training for a growing range of professional positions. This is illustrated by the success of recent graduates of our program.

For prospective students: The EEES program experience emphasizes research but also includes a curriculum that is customized for individual students, a weekly colloquium where students gain skills in presenting research and giving critical input on the research of others, and a weekly journal club where students develop professional skills and gain exposure to relevant scientific literature. Students also have the opportunity to polish their mastery of foundational material, and gain skills as educators, by working closely with faculty as Teaching Assistants in undergraduate courses in their subject area.

Students enter our program with the  support and sponsorship of a faculty member who would be their major advisor. We encourage prospective applicants to browse the EEES faculty and communicate directly with one or more individual faculty members who share your interests and are prospective advisors. We typically review applications in the first half of December for the cohort of new Ph.D. students that will begin the following fall.