In our master's or doctoral program, you can conduct the research you love.

In addition to our long-standing doctoral program, we now also offer an EECB master's degree!

Learn more about our program

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

Time for an overdue review and renewal.

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

Doctoral candidate Angela Pitera wins Fall 2020 Outstanding Graduate Award!

Angela Pitera

Congratulations to Angela Pitera, PhD candidate and one of the UNR Graduate Student Association Fall 2020 Outstanding Graduates. Angela always goes above and beyond as the TA for mammalogy, and teaching during a pandemic was no exception." Angela managed all the challenges of masking, social distancing within lab, and reduced time for in-lab activities, and still provided an excellent learning experience for her student." - Jack Hayes, Professor and Dept. of Biology Chair

Congratulations to the EECB student recipients of the 2020 Graduate Student Association Outstanding Graduate Student Scholarships!

Outstanding Graduates 2020

Ericka Kay (top left) studies how interactions among organisms are mediated by biological compounds, specifically using industrial hemp.

Anna Tatarko (top right) studies the impacts of pesticides on different aspects of insect physiology, including the gut health of an understudied native bee.

Christopher Halsch (bottom right) is currently interested in the impacts of climate change on insect populations in montane landscapes. Well that and chasing butterflies.

Haley Moniz (bottom left) is transitioning from studying the evolutionary costs of adaptive toxin resistance in garter snakes to investigating the origin of selective pressures in the garter snake and newt coevolution. Essentially, getting at the ever-present question: how often do snakes actually eat toxic newts?

Congratulations to the EECB students who received the 2020 Graduate Student Association Research, Travel and Materials Grant!

Grant award winners

Rosemary Frederick (top left), who studies competitive abilities of common native restoration grasses, will use her funds to pay for greenhouse space to test adaptive traits in response to maternal growing environment.

Anson Call (top right) will use his grant to study mutualisms and nitrogen flows in alfalfa fields.

Benjamin Sonnenberg (bottom right) will put his funds towards research projects, including using RFID technology to record parental nesting behavior in Mountain Chickadees.

Casey Adkins (bottom left) will use her funds to investigate the allelic diversity of the histocompatibility complex (MHC) between two woodrat species (Neotoma fuscipes and N. macrotis) and their hybrid offspring.

Doctoral student Danielle Salcido receives Outstanding Student Paper award!

An adult parasitoid reared from a host.Congratulations to EECB doctoral student Danielle Salcido for receiving the Outstanding Student Paper award from the Organization for Tropical Studies

Read more about her research (please note: links to an external site that may not be fully accessible.)

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).

Celebrating Black Mammalogists

Celebrating Black Mammalogists Week, please consider donating to the BIPOC scholarship award administered by the American Society of Mammalogists. Please share with all organismal biologists you know! And, encourage your professional societies to create diversity-enhancing fellowships!

Our impact

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

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Study shows cactus pear as drought-tolerant crop for sustainable fuel and food

Cactus crops remove carbon from the atmosphere, provide biofuel, food and livestock feed

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Gardening in Nevada class discusses planting to attract birds

Extension teams up with Bartley Ranch and Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space to offer this free series online

Kimberly Miles.

Online sessions to help businesses with human resources challenges and more

Extension offering online town halls and webinars to help Nevada’s small businesses