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Welcome to the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior Program at Michigan State University!


All EEBB students & post docs MUST complete training each year in Responsible Conduct of Research. Each department within EEBB has its own set of RCR training requirements, so the only thing each EEBB student needs to do for compliance is whatever is required in his/her home department. To be considered for any form of financial support from EEBB, records in your department should confirm that you have satisfied departmental RCR requirements for the academic year.

For information on data disposition see Ian Dworkin's presentation "Data archiving and reproducible research for ecology and evolution."


Upcoming Seminars

Line Drawing of Microbes

  • Thursday, December 3, 3:30 PM -- Emily Bernhardt -- "Mountaintop mining and Appalachian rivers: Consequences for hydrology, biogeochemistry and biodiversity"

  • Friday, December 4, 10:45 AM -- Emily Bernhardt -- "Saltwater intrusion and ecosystem change: The leading edge of climate change on the Carolina Coast"

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Check out the MSU Museum's "Darwin Discovery Day"

News Items

March 10, 2015 -- Congratulations to Steve Hamilton, who will receive the 2015 Environmental Stewardship Award from the Society of Freshwater Science in May. More on the KBS website. Steve is also highlighted as the MSU Pride Point on today's edition of MSU Today!

February 20, 2014 -- Discovery by Dr. Zachary Huang (Entomology) is published in the current issue of Biology Letters. Read more at: Single gene separates queen from workers

October 24, 2013 -- Congratulations to Ashlee Rowe and Matthew Rowe for their paper this week in Science: Voltage-gated sodium channel in grasshopper mice defends against bark scorpion toxin. In predatory grasshopper mice, the ion channel (Nav1.8) responsible for transmitting painful stimuli to the brain binds the toxin of their prey, the bark scorpion, to block venom-induced pain signals and induce analgesia.

November 01, 2012 -- Congratulations to Mridul Thomas, Colin Kremer, Chris Klausmeier & Elena Litchman for their paper this week in Science on responses of phytoplankton to changing ocean temperatures and their implications for biodiversity in tropical oceans.

January 27, 2012 -- EEBB grad student Justin Meyer's research on coevolving viruses and bacteria appears in today's issue of Science. You can also listen to Justin discuss his work in a Science Podcast or read about it in the New York Times.

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MSU has an outstanding program in all of these core areas, with students and faculty pursuing research and other scholarly activities both locally and around the nation and globe. The images that you see above and as you move through this site are only a small sample of the diverse organisms that we study, the research sites where we conduct our research, and the many people who are part of the EEBB Program.

The EEBB Program at MSU has an unusual organization that facilitates interdisciplinary interactions among our students and faculty, while allowing participants to engage in the program's activities at different levels depending on individual interests and availability. Both students and faculty have their primary appointments administered by a home department. Our students pursue either a dual-degree Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology & Behavior and the home department or, alternatively, a Master's degree in the home department with a specialization in EEBB. Our students take required courses in ecology, evolutionary biology, and relevant quantitative methods as well as any additional coursework required by their home departments. Students and faculty alike participate in the weekly seminar series that features outstanding scientists and scholars from other institutions, as well as occasional student and faculty speakers from our own program.

If you are a prospective or current student, we hope that you will find the EEBB Program at MSU an exciting opportunity to carry out your graduate studies and research. We look forward to hearing from you, and would welcome your application for admission to the program. Please do keep in mind that all our students must have a home department, so you should begin your formal application process there after you have studied what the EEBB Program has to offer. You can then apply jointly to a selected home department and the EEBB Program or, alternatively, you may apply for admission to EEBB after you have entered a home department.

Kay E. Holekamp, Director
Ecology, Evolutionary Biology & Behavior Program