Ecology, Behavior and Evolution

Faculty, post-docs, and graduate students in this concentration work on diverse aspects of ecology, behavior and evolution, including adaptation, animal movement and habitat selection, sexual selection, social behavior, community assembly, stress, insect-plant interactions, speciation, life history evolution, metamorphosis, and wildlife management. Work in this area integrates fieldwork with laboratory studies to identify key ecological patterns and investigate the mechanisms generating those patterns. These studies include work on plant, microbial, and animal systems in both marine and terrestrial environments.
blue throat songbird

Faculty mentors

*Faculty mentors currently not accepting graduate students.

Faculty Advisor for this Concentration

Suggested Program of Study and Appropriate Courses

  • Masters students work with their mentor and/or their entrance committee to select courses that best meet the academic goals.

  • Our general philosophy regarding coursework is that you take only classes that you need to pick up skills that are important to your research (if taking a course is indeed the best way to pick up those skills!), as well as courses that deepen your knowledge in your specific research area. It's OK with us if you want to take an unrelated course just because it looks really interesting, as long as it does not distract you too much from your research… Consequently, the list below is NOT a list of courses that you ought to take if you are interested in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution. Rather, these are courses that you might wish to consider taking to complement a particular research expertise that you are developing. Ultimately, the decision about what classes to take will be up to you and your committee.

    Required:

    Year 1

    • Two research Rotations (PhD students only, 1 rotation per semester); research rotations are registered as courses (Bio 253, Bio 254) – they are generally done with faculty in the Biology Department, but mentors outside the department can also be enlisted.
    • (or first year that you are a teaching assistant): All students that are Teaching Assistants are required to take Pedagogy (Bio 260)

    Year 1 or 2

    Seminar in Evolutionary Ecology (Bio 244) (offered in alternate years)

    Optional Courses:

    Biology Department Courses Courses in Other Departments
    Bioinformatics (Bio 40) Environmental Toxicology (CEE 157)
    Endocrinology (Bio 110) Introduction to Remote Sensing (CEE 189)
    Physiology of Movement (Bio 117) Environmental Statistics (CEE 202)
    Animal Behavior (Bio 130) Environmental Data, Analysis, and Visualization (ENV 170)
    Biostatistics (Bio132) Advanced GIS (GIS 102)
    Ecological Stats & Data w/lab (Bio 133) Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS 101/UEP 232)
    Ecology of Animal Movement (Bio 135) Environmental Ethics (UEP 286)
    Population and Community Ecology (Bio 142)  
    Evolutionary Biology w/lab (Bio 143)  
    Principles of Conservation Biology (Bio 144)  
    Seminar in Marine Biology (Bio 179)  
    Seminar in Conservation Biology (Bio 180)  
    Tropical Ecology and Conservation (Bio 181)  
    Chimpanzee Behavioural Ecology (Bio 182)  
    Darwinian Medicine Seminar (Bio 183)  
    Food for All: Ecology, Biotechnology and Sustainability (Bio 185)  
    Seminar in Field Endocrinology (Bio 186)  
    *Seminar in Evolutionary Ecology (Bio 244)  
    Science Communication (Bio 262)  
    Special Topics (Bio 293/294)  

Associated Labs

endangered species monarch butterfly

The Crone Lab

Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Crone
Location: Robinson Hall, Room 353

European corn borer

The Dopman Lab

Principal Investigator: Erik Dopman
Location: 200 Boston Ave., Suite 4739

Tufts University Professor of Biology George Ellmore leads undergraduate students on a nature walk uphill on the Medford Campus

Ellmore Lab

Principal Investigator: George S. Ellmore

The lab focuses on plant development and growth strategies in novel environments.

Coffee plantation in Costa Rica

The Orians Lab

Principal Investigator: Colin Orians
Location: Barnum Hall, Room 100

hermit crab

The Pechenik Lab

Principal Investigator: Jan A. Pechenik
Location: 165 Packard Avenue, Dana 224

Hawaiian Moorhen

The Reed Lab

Principal Investigator: Michael Reed
Location: 163 Packard Avenue, Dana 218A

honeybee on wildflower

The Starks Lab

Principal Investigator: Philip Starks
Location: Robinson Hall, 200 College Ave.

bluegill fish

The Tytell Lab

Principal Investigator: Eric Tytell
Location: 200 Boston Ave., Suite 4700

Manduca Sexta

The Trimmer Lab

Principal Investigator: Barry Trimmer
Location: 200 Boston Ave., Suite 2600

vegetables in jars

The Wolfe Lab

Principal Investigator: Benjamin Wolfe
Location: 200 Boston Avenue