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

Dr. Cascade Sorte: Invasive Species, International Collaboration, and the 2021 George Mercer Award

As climate change continues to affect our world, a team of researchers brought together by UCI professor Cascade Sorte is making a positive difference through collaboration and les châteaux de la France. Dr. Cascade Sorte, a faculty member in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, is a recent co-recipient of the Ecological Society of America’s 2021 George Mercer Award, which is given annually for an outstanding ecological research paper published by researchers early in their career. Sorte’s award recognizes a groundbreaking collaborative research article she published in 2019 on the impacts of invasive species.

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May 17, 2021

As climate change continues to affect our world, a team of researchers brought together by UCI professor Cascade Sorte is making a positive difference through collaboration and les châteaux de la France. Dr. Cascade Sorte,...

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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