Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology

The Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology (EECB) Ph.D. program is for students who want to build in-depth understanding of ecosystems and the organisms that inhabit them -- and help shape policies that respect these natural wonders.

Program at a glance

Admissions cycles: Rolling
Application deadlines: Fall: Dec 15, Spring: Nov 1
Assistantship types available: Research, Teaching, Fellowships
Graduate director: Lee Dyer

Why choose this Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology?

The Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Ph.D. is an interdisciplinary program bringing together faculty and students from multiple departments at the University of Nevada, Reno, as well as from the Desert Research Institute and the Great Basin Institute. It is designed to prepare graduates for high-level careers as scientists and researchers. These may include positions within public agencies, such as government land bureaus; with private organizations, such as social advocacy groups; or even in academia. To learn more about the career possibilities, visit the program's career resource page.

This program allows students to tailor their graduate education to their interests. Students have access to a team of mentors to guide them through their scientific endeavors and provide them with a solid foundation in research methods and experimental design. Among the program's research strengths are:

  • Behavioral Ecology
  • Chemical Ecology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Disease Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Forest Ecology
  • Genomics and Molecular Ecology
  • Global Change
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Limnology and Aquatic Ecology
  • Physiological Ecology
  • Plant-Animal Interactions
  • Population and Community Ecology
  • Soil Ecology

Visit the EECB people page to see the faculty sorted by their research areas, and learn what types of research current students are pursuing.

Students in this program also enjoy access to numerous departmental laboratories, as well as several research centers, including the Chemical Ecology Center, the Nevada Genomics Center, the Whittell Forest and Wildlife Area/Little Valley Field Station and the Valley Road Field Laboratory.

How do I apply?

All applicants to EECB Ph.D. must apply through the University's Graduate School. In addition to meeting the Graduate School admissions requirements, EECB applicants must also meet the program-specific admissions requirements detailed on the EECB admissions information page, which include:

  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0
  • GRE score above the 70th percentile (desired)
  • TOEFL score of 600 or greater (international students only)
  • Course work in physical sciences (6 credits)
  • University mathematics courses, including calculus (6 credits)
  • Organic chemistry or biochemistry courses (6 credits)
  • Biology course work (24 credits, including genetics, evolution, and ecology), or equivalent evidence of ability to succeed in a doctoral program in ecology, evolution and conservation biology

Is funding available?

The EECB Ph.D. offers the following types of financial support for students:

  • Fellowships
  • Teaching assistantships
  • Research assistantships

For more details on these and other sources of graduate funding, see the EECB financial support page.

What's next?

If you are ready to begin at the University, you can apply now. If you would like to learn more about the program, contact the graduate program director.

Contact Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Graduate Program

Phone (775) 784-1360
Location Fleischmann Agriculture