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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


EEBB Recruitment Wine and Cheese Reception
Friday, February 7, 2020
   MSU Plant Conservatory

EEBB Research Symposium 2020
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
   The Henry Center, Lansing, MI


EEBB 2019-20 Seminars

January 23, 2020 Tracy Montgomery

Department of Integrative Biology
Michigan State University
"Cooperation during risky interspecific interactions”
3:30 p.m., 1420 BPS (Biomedical Physical Science)

January 30, 2020 Mitch Lettow

Stewardship Director
Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy
"Careers other than tenure-stream positions"
3:30 p.m., 1420 BPS (Biomedical Physical Science)
Contact:  Lars Brudvig

January 30, 2020 Toni Lyn Morelli

Research Ecologist
USGS NE Climate Science Center, Amherst, MA
Careers other than tenure-stream positions
"The path of least resistance makes the river crooked: life as a federal scientist"

3:30 p.m., 1420 BPS (Biomedical Physical Science)
Contact:  Maggie Sawdy

February 6, 2020 Corlett Wood

Evolutionary Ecology
University of Pittsburgh
“The conflict beneath your feet: Genetic tradeoffs in the plant root microbiome”
3:30 p.m., 1420 BPS (Biomedical Physical Science)
Contact:  Isabella Borges and Nick Haddad