A hands-on education

Our interdisciplinary program brings together faculty and students from across campus, the Desert Research Institute and the Great Basin Institute.

Ph.D. program information

The Interdisciplinary Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Ph.D. program

The Interdisciplinary Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Ph.D. program provides the opportunity to tailor your graduate education to your interests. You will have a team of mentors to guide you through your scientific endeavors and provide you with a solid foundation in research methods and experimental design. Learn more about the Ph.D. program, the admissions process and resources for student support.

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About us

Learn more about our research interests and interdisciplinary departments and partners that create our unique academic program. 

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Ph.D in EECB

Admission requirements, deadlines, program timelines, funding information and more outlining the doctoral program.

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Student resources

Program handbook, career information, and a list of student organizations and campus resources. 

Diversity in EECB

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Learn more about our commitment

Discover areas of expertise and meet the faculty within each area to find a research direction you love. 

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Research areas

With 12 emphases and six research centers, you'll be able to tailor your research to fit your interests. Learn more about our exciting fields.

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People of Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology

From faculty to doctoral students and alumni, learn more about the people at the forefront of our impactful research.

Achievements and announcements

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2020!

Congratulations to the graduating students from Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs. We are so proud of your achievement. Please check out our Interdisciplinary Graduate Program celebration page.

Congratulations to the NSF GRFP 2020 recipients!

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We are proud to celebrate EECB students Madeleine Lohman (mentor Perry Williams), Tara Christensen (mentors Lee Dyer, Angela Marie Smilanich), Keely Rodriguez (mentor Jamie Voyles), and Lauren Benedict (mentor Vladimir Pravosudov).

Congratulations to this year's Biology Department Outstanding TA's, Su'ad Yoon and Haley Moniz!

Su'ad Yoon working with paper craftsSu'ad, nominated for her outstanding teaching in Evolution, has been an "undeniable hero" in the switch to online learning. She is proactive, "propos[ing] solutions to problems that are arising" and providing valuable insight into strategic decisions for the course. Haley was nominated for her outstanding teaching in both Herpetology and the laboratory in Ecology and Population Biology. She became an essential aspect of these courses, helping design curricula to address learning styles, composing lab exercises, leading discussions, and tackling the challenges of mentoring with "a can-do attitude that the students found disarming and infectious." Haley Moniz holds a lizard in the desert.

Congratulations to Jamie Voyles, Ph.D. on receiving the College of Science’s Hyung Shin Research Award!

Jamie Voyles outside Congratulations to Dr. Jamie Voyles on receiving the College of Science’s Hyung Shin Research Award for her outstanding research in the College of Science during the past three years (2017-2019). Dr. Voyles' disease ecology work focuses on the effects of chytrid fungi on amphibian populations, an important area of research as the disease has been implicated in amphibian population declines worldwide. Her hard work and remarkable science is clear from a variety of metrics, including articles published in Science, PNAS, and other excellent journals; more than 3600 citations; over $5 million in extramural research funding, including a highly prestigious NSF CAREER award; and media coverage from more than 50 media outlets.

Congratulations to Matt Forister on his recognition as Foundation Professor, one of the UNR's most prestigious awards!

Professor Matt Forister"Matt is an outstanding teacher and mentor, an amazing researcher, and a fantastic departmental citizen. He has extensive extramural funding and has published more than 100 papers. His papers have been cited more than 6000 times including more than 800 times in 2019 alone.... Anyone who knows Matt knows that he is an extraordinary colleague. His selection as Foundation Professor is very well deserved." - Jack Hayes, Department Chair

Caterpillar loss in tropical forest linked to extreme rain, temperature events

Congratulations to Danielle Salcido, Matt Forister, Humberto Garcia Lopez, and Lee Dyer for their recent paper in Scientific Reports! Using a 22-year dataset collected from a protected forest in Costa Rica, Salcido et al. showed "staggering declines" in caterpillar and parasitoid diversity and density. Check out this Nevada Today article for a nice summary.

EECB alumni Ali Urza publishes two first-author papers

Shout out to Ali Urza, a former EECB Ph.D. student, for publishing two first-author papers in 2019. In one paper, Ali and coauthors investigated plant community responses to prescribed burns (i.e. resistance to invasion of annual grasses) in semiarid woodlands (Biol Invasions). In the other paper, Urza et al. developed and tested a conceptual framework for nurse shrub facilitation of tree establishment across different ontogenetic stages (New Phytologist).

Our impact

Nevada Today news stories from EECB and the departments that contribute to the program.

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Burritos bridge the gap in Reno communities

University graduate student Blaize Abuntori teams up with Colleges to aid homeless

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Extension provides important continuing education courses for landscapers

Chad Morris joins Extension to oversee the Commercial Horticulture Program

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New agricultural research and Extension center begins operations

Eureka County ranch to expand offerings of University’s Experiment Station