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MSU has an outstanding program in all of these core areas, with students and faculty pursuing research and other scholarly activities both locally and around the nation and globe. The images that you see above and as you move through this site are only a small sample of the diverse organisms that we study, the research sites where we conduct our research, and the many people who are part of the EEBB Program.

The EEBB Program at MSU has an unusual organization that facilitates interdisciplinary interactions among our students and faculty, while allowing participants to engage in the program's activities at different levels depending on individual interests and availability. Both students and faculty have their primary appointments administered by a home department. Our students pursue either a dual-degree Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology & Behavior and the home department or, alternatively, a Master's degree in the home department with a specialization in EEBB. Our students take required courses in ecology, evolutionary biology, and relevant quantitative methods as well as any additional coursework required by their home departments. Students and faculty alike participate in the weekly seminar series that features outstanding scientists and scholars from other institutions, as well as occasional student and faculty speakers from our own program.

If you are a prospective or current student, we hope that you will find the EEBB Program at MSU an exciting opportunity to enhance your graduate studies and research. We look forward to hearing from you, and would welcome your application for admission to the program. Please do keep in mind that all our students must have a home department, so you should begin your formal application process there after you have studied what the EEBB Program has to offer. You can then apply jointly to a selected home department and the EEBB Program or, alternatively, you may apply for admission to EEBB after you have been accepted by a home department.

Kay E. Holekamp, Director


MSU classes begin 9/2/20 ending 12/11/20
Thanksgiving Break:  11/26-27/20

EEBB 2020-21 Seminars

September 10, 2020 Elise Zipkin

EEBB's Future Initiatives
3:30 p.m., EST

September 17, 2020 Carlson, Stephanie

Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation
University of California - Berkeley
"Managing for resilience of island fishes"
3:30 p.m., EST
Contact:  Mariah Meek

September 24, 2020 Dario Valenzano

Group Leader
Max Plank Institute for Biology of Ageing
Cologne, Germany
"African killifishes shed light on evolution and modulation of lifespan"
Contact: Andrew Thompson and Ingo Braasch 

October 1, 2020 Emma Rosi

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
University of Georgia
"Large animals influence biogeochemistry in the Mara River, Kenya?"
Contact:  Steve Hamilton