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About

Elise Zipkin
Director Elise Zipkin
2020 - present

 

We take pride in the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Program being our members' intellectual home. It is a place to be inspired, challenged, and surprised. We see our colleagues bring the best of what they do to this group, and find that it can evolve into something even bigger. The relationships we build here endure.

 

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Community

 

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Faculty bring a diversity of interests and interdisciplinary backgrounds. The core faculty of EEB have tenure homes in 12 MSU departments and work on a wide range of basic to applied research questions.
 

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Graduate students engage in a vibrant, highly customizable learning environment. Doctoral students earn a dual degree. Master's students pursue a specialization. Students take required courses in ecology, evolution, and quantitative methods and coursework to pursue their individual interests.
 

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Every week, there's a lot going on. EEB members participate in weekly research seminars, bi-weekly student colloquia, and an annual research symposium in addition to a number of other social and networking events.
 

 

Scholarly underpinnings

Insights into how the world is and is becoming. At the intersection of ecology, evolution, and behavior, our work is guided by the understanding that evolutionary processes shape biological systems, their interactions and resilience.

Exploring the emergence of complexity. We examine and predict the genomic and environmental processes from the development of individual organisms to ecological and evolutionary time scales.

Research from local to global. Our work serves needs related to sustaining biodiversity, ecosystem functions and services, and human and animal health in a changing world.


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Origins

The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology graduate program was founded in 1986 with the first dual degrees were awarded in 1989.

Behavior was added to the name in the 1990s and the program was known as the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior (EEBB) for nearly 30 years. In 2020, we simplified our name to Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (EEB).
 

Past Directors

 

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Guy
Bush

1987 - 1989

 

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Don
Hall

1989 - 2004

 

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Richard
Lenski

2004 - 2009

 

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Kay
Holekamp

2009 - 2020