The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department recognizes that Black Lives Matter. As scientists, we reject the notion that science is separate from societal issues and inherently non-racist. We are committed to ending anti-Black racism and police violence against Black communities. We pledge to abolish white supremacy in all its forms and to elevate Black excellence in our department, the School of Biological Sciences, UC Irvine, and beyond.

Life Interconnected

Advancing ecological and evolutionary science through innovative research, training, and partnerships to ensure a sustainable future for our planet.

Research that Matters

Innovative research addresses global grand challenges in climate change, conservation, and emerging diseases.

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Training the Next Generation

BS, MS, and PhD programs train the next generation of scholars with the scientific and professional skills to tackle pressing problems.

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Partnerships

Collaborations with agencies, non-profits, industry, and other academic disciplines keep research and training on the cutting edge.

Committed to Inclusion

A supportive departmental culture enables excellence through diversity, equity, and openness.

Biology for a Better World

Welcome to the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) addresses biological questions across levels of organization from genes and organisms to ecosystems and the globe.
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Faculty

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World-class faculty lead research programs and train students while meeting the needs of California residents and advancing scientific discovery.

Undergraduates

The undergraduate curriculum emphasizes breadth and depth in ecology and evolution while providing opportunities for research experience and career development.

Graduates

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Masters and PhD programs offer preparation for diverse career paths in an inclusive community with excellent mentoring and graduate support.

Research in EEB

Faculty and trainees have access to world-class research facilities from the latest genetic sequencing technologies to an unparalleled network of field sites distributed across California’s diverse ecosystems.

Spotlight

Earth Week 2021: UCI, Wellness, and EEB’s Contributions

Environmental sustainability and community engagement are some of the main reasons that I came to UCI. The beautiful campus, commitment to the environment, and dorm compost bins only added to that. Yet, I was not fully aware of how committed UCI is to sustainability, at least not until Earth Week 2021. Events surrounding Earth Day made it clear that UCI is a leader in sustainability and invested in student wellness. Clearly, there is a passion for these issues on campus. For that, I cannot thank UCI enough.

Naturescape & Wellbeing at UCI: An Exploration of Open Spaces and their Influence on Health & Wellbeing, held 12-1pm, April 21, 2021

This event described UCI’s environmental vision and plans for a greener campus. A “Planet, Place, Person” stance emphasized wellness and the importance of taking care of the Earth first, so that it takes care of us. This echoes UCI BioSci’s Mind, Body, World theme–the context in which the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology does research.

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May 6, 2021

Environmental sustainability and community engagement are some of the main reasons that I came to UCI. The beautiful campus, commitment to the environment, and dorm compost bins only added to that. Yet, I was not...

April 30, 2021

Dear Colleagues, It is my great pleasure to offer congratulations to Developmental and Cell Biology Professor Aimee Edinger on being named the UC Irvine Dr. De Gallow Professor of the Year. This prestigious honor was bestowed...

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