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.
EEOB Post Doc featured in the recent Editor's Choice
Post Doc, Tim Mitchell, and his work with the Janzen Lab on the effects of maternal choice on temperature-dependent sex determination in painted turtles was recently included in Science's Editors Choice. Mitchell et al. created a set of controlled experiments to test whether nest site choice impacted sex ratios of offspring. While random sites yielded signicifant bias in male offspring, maternally selected sites produced a more balanced ratio.
Graduate Student Spotlight
EEOB graduate student recipient of NSF DDIG
Modern biology was founded on Charles Darwin’s principle of “descent with modification”. Closely related species share similarities in size and form of their body plans. However, in some cases, distantly related species also share similar traits. This exception to the rule has puzzled biologists and raises the question: to what extent is evolution repeatable and predictable? In 2013, PhD student Antonio Cordero was awarded the NSF-DDIG to address this fundamental question. He will examine the developmental underpinnings of repeated morphological evolution in turtles.
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.
CRC Press Releases Handbook of Spatial Point-Pattern Analysis Ecology
Written Thorsten Wiegardby and EEOB faculty, Kirk Moloney this handbook focuses on the application of spatial point-pattern analysis in an ecological context.
Carolyn Hoskinson makes first appearance in Iowa
Carolyn Hoskinson, director of the Office of Underground Storage Tanks for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] in Washington D.C., spoke to nearly a dozen students Monday Nov. 18 and discussed the importance of underground leakage. The students are in Environmental Sciences 202x with instructor and EEOB graduate student, Hannah Julich.
Undergraduate receives award at LSAMP-IINSPIRE annual conference
Undergrad Queenster Nartey received first prize for her poster representing work done in collaboration with the Hofmockel lab and graduate student Alison King. Narty and King researched the effects of longer crop rotations on nitrogen cycling by soil microbial communities.
Iowa State biologist: human menopause unique among primates
A new study from an Iowa State University biologist shows that menopause in mid-life is a uniquely human phenomenon among primates.
EEOB Ph.D. graduate and faculty honored with Wildlife Publications Award for Outstanding Article
EEOB Ph.D. graduate, Dawn Reding, as well as EEOB faculty members, Anne Bronikowski and William Clark, and coauthor Warren E. Johnson recently received the The Wildlife Society's Wildlife Publications Award- Outstanding Article for their paper entitled, "Pleistocene and ecological effects on contintental-scale genetic differentiation in the bobcat (Lynx rufus)" which appeared in the 21 volume of Molecular Ecology.