Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Graduate Program

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. 

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

EECB student Trevor Faske's publication selected as "Best Paper" by Journal of Physiological Entomology

EECB graduate student Trevor Faske collaborated on the paper that was just selected as the best paper published in the Journal of Physiological Entomology over a two-year period. The study investigated how species adapt to thermal limits by exploring the range for sensitivity to high temperatures in different populations of gypsy moths. Trevor contributed to the 2017 paper as an undergraduate in Derek Johnson's lab at Virginia Commonwealth University and accepted the award in London on behalf of his team.

EECB student Anne Espeset featured in PNAS

Hot off the press! Take a look at Anne Espeset’s latest collaborative contribution to PNAS, featured on the cover. A cool example of how to work with citizen science data.

EECB students take "Best Student Talk" at North American Duck Symposium

Two NRES/EECB graduate students had some recent successes at the North American Duck Symposium in Winnipeg, August 2019 -- congratulations to Thomas Riecke of the Sedinger Lab for winning the best PhD student talk and to Madeleine Lohman of the Williams lab for winning the best Masters student talk. Thomas also organized the session on 'Harvest Dynamics and Management', which was intended to bring about a change in the modeling approach used to inform current harvest management for waterfowl in the U.S.

EECB student Haley Moniz wins the Henri Seibert award!

Congratulations to Haley Moniz of the Feldman lab for winning the Henri Seibert award in Physiology/Morphology at the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists!

Our impact

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

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

Plant, caterpillar, parasitoid interaction studied for 22 years by biologists in College of Science

Marina MacLean

New molecular biologist researches insect communication at University

Marina MacLean joins the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources

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First-generation Ph.D. student Christina T. Igono presents, wins award at international conference of soil scientists

"It is imperative professionals in my field develop sustainable agricultural practices, mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and reduce natural disasters or we might not survive."