The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at the University of Michigan is among the top ten EEB departments in the country, and our associated museums—University of Michigan Museum of Zoology and University Herbarium—are in the top three university collections nationwide. The department focuses on research and education in the biological principles and processes that account for the origin, diversity and complexity of life on earth. Our distinguished faculty includes many of the best-known researchers in their fields who have received multiple honors and awards. Many hold positions as editors of prestigious journals and/or as officers of national and international professional societies.
The department encompasses education and research in its mission to investigate and teach about phenomena across many levels of organization and spatial scales ranging from evolution at the molecular level to the ecology of the global biosphere. We play a unique role within the life sciences on campus through our expertise on diverse organisms from bacteria to elephants, and because of our focus on biological interactions in the context of heterogeneous natural environments. Thus, we are a pivotal unit in the study of ecosystem sustainability, including effects of humans on food production, invasions by exotic species, habitat quality, and many other processes that, in turn, have large impacts on human societies. Our undergraduate majors are well prepared to pursue careers in business, government, teaching, health care, research and consulting, as well as to earn advanced degrees at leading institutions. Our graduate students go on to positions at academic and governmental institutions, businesses, and NGOs around the world.
With our great strengths in areas such as ecology and evolution of infectious disease, molecular evolution, theoretical ecology and phylogenetics – and thanks to our extensive facilities, including U-M’s research museums and field stations – we are already one of the top ten departments in the United States for research and graduate education in the biodiversity sciences. Our goal is to further enhance our programs to make the University of Michigan the premier institution in this discipline for undergraduate education, graduate training, and faculty research.
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