Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology

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The Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology (EEMB), studies how living organisms interact with their environments and with each other, shaping and being shaped by the world around them. Their research interests span biological scales from the physiology and morphology of the individual, to the behavior of groups, to the functioning of ecosystems. They examine how organisms function in their present environments, how they have been shaped by their evolutionary past, and how they may adapt to a changing world. For example, they study whether and how species may be able to adapt to a changing climate, seek ways to identify and control invasive and harmful species, and identify patterns in biodiversity and its loss.

The department offers several specialized majors leading to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. Research opportunities in the laboratory and the field are available with faculty, post-doctoral researchers and graduate students. Students have the opportunity to conduct independent research, and participate in a wide variety of internships ranging from restoration ecology to veterinary and human medicine. Degrees in the biological sciences are excellent preparation for graduate and professional school or for careers in teaching, private industry, environmental sciences, and the health sciences.