Welcome to the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology (EEOB) at Iowa State University.
EEOB has many active research programs and opportunities for student interest in conservation biology, ecological and evolutionary genomics, population, community, and ecosystem ecology, quantitative genetics, and other traditional organismal disciplines such as taxonomy.
Faculty in EEOB are linked through students and research programs to many other departments within the life sciences, as well as to supporting disciplines in the physical and computational sciences. The diverse knowledge of the EEOB faculty provides unique opportunities for undergraduate students majoring in Biology, Genetics, and Environmental Science, to whom we offer a rich and cutting-edge curriculum.
If you have any questions about programs or opportunities in EEOB, please contact us at 515-294-0133. We look forward to serving you.
ISU biologist studying tiny organisms for large, global issues
To help address a global issue, Kirsten Hofmockel is thinking small – microscopic small.
The Iowa State University biologist, who studies the interactions of microorganisms and plants in the soil, believes the invisible microbes could play a large role in answering important questions about global warming.
Graduate Student Spotlight
EEOB graduate student recipient of Leopold Center award
Graduate student Elizabeth Bach was awarded a grant from the Ecological Systems and Research Initiative of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. The funded project will compare soil fungal communities between row crop agroecosystems and restored prairie plantings managed for bioenergy production. Additionally, these data will be integrated with additional molecular and ecosystem data to elucidate the role of soil fungi in ecosystem functions such as carbon sequestration, nitrogen retention, greenhouse gas emissions, and harvestable bioenergy stock. Initial funding for the project was obtained from a Lois F. Tiffany grant.
News & Updates
Faculty Position Available - Assistant Professor in Ecology and Evolution of Microbiomes
The Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in the Ecology and Evolution of Microbiomes to begin fall 2014.
EEOB faculty studies phylogenetic evolutionary rates
Dr. Dean Adams describes a method to quantify phylogenetic evolutionary rates for high-dimensional multivariate data in a paper recently published in Systematic Biology.
Students get experience in water quality monitoring
EEOB graduate student, Hannah Julich, instructs environmental science majors in sampling protocols used by Iowater, a state volunteer water quality monitoring program.
Biochar effects on plant productivity and nutritent cycling article among 20 most downloaded in 2013
EEOB faculty member, Lori Biederman's GCB Bioenergy article "Biochar and its effects on plant productivity and nutrient cycling: a meta-analysis" amoung the 20 most downloaded articles according Wiley Online Library.
EEOB faculty member on Talk of Iowa
Dr. Amy Toth discusses the connection between farm practices and the health of honey bee colonies.
Former EEOB Post Doc awarded the Bartholomew Award by SICB
Dr. Daniel Warner, University of Alabama Birmingham, was selected as the 2014 recipient of the Bartholomew Award by the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology for his distinguished contributions to comparative physiology and related fields.
Bronikowski and colleagues' work with Burmese python genome published in PNAS
The molecular basis of morphological and physiological adaptations in snakes in largely unknown. EEOB faculty member, Anne Bronikowski, and colleagues studied the genome of the Burmese python and discovered massive rapid changes in some gene expression.