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.
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.
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.
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
World-class faculty lead research programs and train students while meeting the needs of California residents and advancing scientific discovery.
The undergraduate curriculum emphasizes breadth and depth in ecology and evolution while providing opportunities for research experience and career development.
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.
Adriana Briscoe, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, is featured on NOVA and PBS as she discusses how the scientific secrets of butterflies are inspiring technological innovations.
UCI’s Kathleen Treseder wins climate change award from British Ecological Society Prize recognizes contributions to understanding the role of fungi in ecosystems September 1, 2022 Kathleen Treseder, the Howard A. Schneiderman Endowed Chair and Professor in UCI’s Department...
UCI biologists track DNA “parasites” in the hunt for disease treatments Study uncovers key insights into little-understood phenomenon August 23, 2022 “In this new investigation, we found that these side effects varied in strength and harmfulness,” says study...
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Ranked #1 in the Nation for public universities.
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