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Ecology Track of the Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology Graduate Program

The research interests of the graduate track in Ecology encompass population and community ecology, behavioral ecology, evolutionary ecology, and ecosystem, landscape and conservation ecology.  We are also concerned with the application of knowledge from these disciplines to problems in biological control. 

Current research in ecology uses techniques from mathematics, statistics, computer science, and evolutionary biology to supplement field and laboratory studies.  Ph.D. students are also expected to gain a broad understanding of the domain of ecology through a series of graduate courses that integrate the history of the field with current controversies and new discoveries.  Accordingly, all Ph.D. students take a broad course in Ecology and courses from two of the three areas of Population and Community Ecology, Behavioral Ecology, and Ecosystem Ecology.  Although Masters students are not required to take these graduate courses, most elect to take some of them.

Research projects of graduate students in Ecology at UCR include field studies, laboratory studies, and purely theoretical work.  The proximity of Riverside to a variety of different habitats, plus the availability of the extensive UC Natural Reserve System, facilitates the study of a wide variety of natural populations and communities.

Research interests of the faculty in Ecology are quite diverse in terms of subject and taxon.  Current research programs include population and community ecology, conservation biology, landscape ecology, conservation genetics, life history evolution, sexual selection, behavioral ecology, ecological interactions of hosts and parasites, ecological aspects of energy acquisition and utilization.  We expect applicants to read carefully the research summaries of our faculty, and look at selected faculty publications, so that they have some insight into the research environment we can provide.

Faculty in the Ecology track:

More information, including representative publications and electronic mail address, is available on each faculty member. Prospective graduate students should contact faculty members with interests similar to their own early in the application process. Admission is unlikely without identification of, and prior communication with, a faculty member participating in the EEOB graduate program who can act as a prospective major advisor.

Allen, Edith - Professor of Botany and Plant Science
Allen, Michael -
Professor of Biology and Plant Pathology (joint appointment)
Director of the Center for Conservation Biology
Altshuler, Doug -
Assistant Professor of Biology
Anderson, Kurt -
Assistant Professor of Biology
Baldwin, James -
Professor of Nematology
Carde, Ring -
Distinguished Professor of Entomology
Chappell, Mark -
Professor of Biology
Clark, Christopher, Assistant Professor of Biology (arrives July 2013)
DeLey, Paul -
Associate Professor of Nematology
Droser, Mary -
Professor of Earth Sciences
Ellstrand, Norm -
Professor of Botany & Plant Sciences
Fairbairn, Daphne -
Professor of Biology
Garland, Theodore, Jr. -
Professor of Biology
Gatesy, John -
Associate Professor of Biology
Hammond, Kim -
Associate Professor of Biology
 Director of the Natural Reserve System for UCR
Hare, Dan -
Professor of Entomology
Hughes, Nigel -
Professor of Earth Sciences
Jennerette, Darrell -
Assistant Professor of Botany and Plant Science
Lee, Sang-Hee -
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Maslov, Dmitri -
Associate Professor of Biology
Paine, Tim -
Professor of Entomology
Regan, Helen -
Assistant Professor of Biology
Roff, Derek -
Professor of Biology
Sachs, Joel - Associate Professor of Biology
Santiago, Louis -
Assistant Professor of Botany and Plant Science
Springer, Mark -
Professor of Biology
Stouthamer, Richard -
Professor of Entomology
Visscher, Kirk -
Associate Professor of Entomology
Walton, Bill -
Professor of Entomology

Last updated 19 March 2013 by TG