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 faculty member studies shrinking salamander populations
A shift in climate can devastate a population of animals or force them to leave for a more suitable habitat. But certain species of salamanders in the eastern United States appear to be responding to climate change in an altogether different fashion.
Dean Adams, an Iowa State professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology, said certain Appalachian salamander species are shrinking, losing an average of 7 percent of their body size in recent decades. During that same time, the climate the salamanders call home has gotten hotter and drier. -
Graduate Student Spotlight
EEOB graduate student talks prairie restoration
Graduate student Lauren Sullivan discuss her work at the Oakridge Research and Education Prairie on Local Talk of KHOI.
News & Updates
EEOB faculty member, Amy Toth, explores why honey bees are so community-minded by researching their genetic make-up
Students showcase research at Iowa Capitol
Biology undergraduate, Toni Proescholdt, presented the research project "Understanding interactions between butterflies and their floral resources in Iowa grasslands" at the Iowa State Capitol with 12 other undergraduate students. The work was completed under the supervision of EEOB faculty member, Diane Debinski.
Niche diversity in a tropical community examined
The work of Dr. Dean Adams and collegues was recently published in Science. The group examined the effect of lethal interactions between parasites on prey on niche diversity.
Work of EEOB faculty and students published in Nature
Grassland plant diversity research of Dr. W Stanley Harpole and Dr. Lori Biederman, as well as graduate students Lauren Sullivan, Brent Mortensen, and Ryan Williams, and collegues was recently published in Nature.
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.