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.
Re-envisioning graduate education from Ridge to Reef
Born from a need to give graduate students a broad skill set and more career-oriented training, UC Irvine’s Ridge to Reef Program (R2R) has been a major success. R2R, funded by a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, creates opportunities for learning that are often missing from a traditional PhD program. R2R aims to provide graduate students with the chance to develop their communication skills, learn how to market themselves, and connect with the world outside of academia.
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Ranked #1 in the Nation for public universities.
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