Research that Matters

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB)

Within the UCI BioSci foundational theme of MIND | BODY | WORLD, EEB focuses on the WORLD and how the MIND and BODY are embedded in this context. Our department studies the molecular basis of how organisms adapt to the natural world over evolutionary time, and how the resultant biological diversity in organismal function affects present-day ecological processes. Accordingly, faculty in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology study questions pertinent at a variety of levels of biological organization, from molecular aspects of evolution to organismal physiology and the ecology of terrestrial, freshwater and ocean ecosystems.

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James W. Hicks

Professor and Chair

Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

A Message From the Department Chair

Welcome to the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The Department is home to 38 faculty and about 60 graduate students. Research in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology uses a range of methodologies spanning field studies, experimental approaches, and theoretical and computer modelling. Students and faculty have easy access to field sites that include marine, desert, and California chaparral communities. The faculty have diverse interests like the evolutionary biology of aging, muscle and nutritional physiology, aquatic and microbial ecology, comparative genomics, and global change biology to name just a few.
Faculty in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology have extensive collaborations with other faculty within the Department, faculty in other Departments like Neurobiology, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Earth Systems Science, Chemistry, Pharmacological Sciences, and Mathematics, as well as with faculty at other institutions. Find out more about the Department by exploring our web site and visiting the pages of individual faculty where they describe their research interests in detail.