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College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology

The Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology offers graduate students the opportunity to participate in leading-edge research in a variety of study areas. Graduate students have:

  • studied ecological and genetic mechanisms underlying the success of invasive plants
  • examined the developmental biology and molecular evolution of sex-determining mechanisms using engineered strains of the model nematode Caenorhabditis elegans.
  • investigated distributions and behavior of Plethodon cinereus and P. electromorphus as researched patterns and processes of genome size evolution
  • examined molecular phylogenetics and shape variation in the eye-bar patterns of map turtles (genus: Graptemys).
In addition to research opportunities, graduate students in EEOB also gain valuable experience in the classroom as Teaching Assistants. Students have been appointed Teaching Assistant positions with Animal Behavior, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Ecology, Biological Evolution, as well as many other courses.