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MSU has an outstanding program in all of these core areas, with students and faculty pursuing research and other scholarly activities both locally and around the nation and globe. The images that you see above and as you move through this site are only a small sample of the diverse organisms that we study, the research sites where we conduct our research, and the many people who are part of the EEB Program.

The EEB Program at MSU has an unusual organization that facilitates interdisciplinary interactions among our students and faculty, while allowing participants to engage in the program's activities at different levels depending on individual interests and availability. Both students and faculty have their primary appointments administered by a home department. Our students pursue either a dual-degree Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior and the home department or, alternatively, a Master's degree in the home department with a specialization in EEB. Our students take required courses in ecology, evolutionary biology, and relevant quantitative methods as well as any additional coursework required by their home departments. Students and faculty alike participate in the weekly seminar series that features outstanding scientists and scholars from other institutions, as well as occasional student and faculty speakers from our own program.

If you are a prospective or current student, we hope that you will find the EEB Program at MSU an exciting opportunity to enhance your graduate studies and research. We look forward to hearing from you, and would welcome your application for admission to the program. Please do keep in mind that all our students must have a home department, so you should begin your formal application process there after you have studied what the EEB Program has to offer. You can then apply jointly to a selected home department and the EEB Program or, alternatively, you may apply for admission to EEB after you have been accepted by a home department.

Elise Zipkin, Director



MSU classes begin 9/2/20 ending 12/11/20
Thanksgiving Break:  11/26-27/20

EEBB 2020-21 Seminars

October 15, 2020 Karina Boege

Institute of Ecology
University National Autonomous of Mexico - Mexico City
"Natural selection of anti-herbivore defense as a function of plant ontogeny"
Contact:  Elizeth Cinto Mejia and Dan Turner

October 22, 2020 Brian Gerber

Natural Resources Science
University of Rhode Island
"Nighttime ecology and its application in animal behavioral and observational studies"
Contact: Kayla Davis

October 29, 2020 Gene Robinson

Director of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"Sociogenomics:  The molecular biology that links nature and nurture"
Contact:  Darren Incorvaia

November 5, 2020 Craig Moritz

Research School of Biology
Australian National University - Canberra
"Figuring out the tips for speciation and macroevolutionary analyses"
Contact:  Meaghan Clark