University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences

About the graduate program

The Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior is for students interested in the biology of organisms, from the scale of molecules to ecosystems. This can involve questions about how molecules evolve, how organisms in social groups and populations interact, and how species are distributed among communities and ecosystems.

The program provides broad training in the general areas of ecology, evolution, and animal behavior, and specialized courses and research in vertebrate and invertebrate zoology; behavior and ethology; evolution; population genetics; molecular evolution; systematics; population, community and ecosystem ecology; global ecology, limnology, paleoecology, ecology of vegetation, and theoretical ecology.

Graduate faculty members are drawn from the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior; Applied Economics; Civil Engineering; Entomology; Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology; Forest Resources; Genetics and Cell Biology; Geology and Geophysics; Horticultural Science; Plant Biology; Plant Pathology; Soil, Water, and Climate; Veterinary Pathobiology; and the Medical School.