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The core faculty of EEB have tenure homes in 12 MSU departments, bringing a diversity of interests and backgrounds. Doctoral students earn a dual degree. Master’s students a specialization in EEB. Students take required courses in ecology, evolutionary biology, and relevant quantitative methods as well as coursework required by their home departments.

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

At the intersection of ecology, evolution, and behavior are insights into how the world is – and is becoming. Our work is guided by the understanding that evolutionary processes shape biological systems, their interactions, resilience, stability, and health. We examine and predict the genomic and environmental processes that influence the emergence of complexity both during the development of individual organisms, and also over ecological and evolutionary time scales. 

Our research serves local, national, and international needs related to sustainable biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human and animal health in a changing world.


The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology graduate program was founded in 1986, with the first dual degrees 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).