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The Department

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The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, in collaboration with the University of Michigan Museum ofZoology and Herbarium, advances ourunderstanding of the principles that govern the structure, function, andevolution of biological systems through innovative research, education, and community engagement. This work iscritical for enabling knowledge-based decision making to address environmental and societal challenges, and westrive to conduct it in an environment that is diverse, equitable, inclusive, and respectful, enabling every person to dotheir best work. Our goal is to be a national leader forresearch, training, and education inecology and evolutionarybiology by using evolutionary, ecological, and organismal expertise to answer fundamental questions about the origin, history, and maintenance of biodiversity and ecological function at the level of molecules, organisms, populations,communities, and ecosystems. To achieve this mission, we:

●conduct research that contributes uniquely to biosciences at the U-M through expertise in the origin,evolution, and ecology of diverse organisms in varied environments;

●provide individualized, culturally aware, mentorship in research for trainees ranging from undergraduatestudents to postdoctoral fellows in our laboratories and field sites;

●teach classes focused on many different levels of biological organization using evidence-based bestpractices, including active learning and learning goals aligned with equitable assessments;

●integrate computational and mathematical approaches into our educational and research programs, trainingstudents to develop and use quantitative methods in their work;

●build, safeguard, study, and share world-class biological collections comprising the diversity of life on Earthand reflecting its changes over time;

●engage with a global network of biodiversity repositories to foster understanding and teaching of the originand maintenance of biodiversity and to inform its conservation;

●develop and participate in initiatives designed to increase the recruitment, retention, and belonging ofminoritized scholars in biology, especially ecology and evolutionary biology;

●connect fundamental, “basic science” research with more applied work in the broader biological, health, andenvironmental sciences; and

●support professional development of all members of EEB to achieve their career goals.

A number of additional faculty with appointments in the following units are affiliated with our department and contribute to our intellectual diversity and teaching strength.