Prospective Graduate Students
The broad aim of graduate training in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at KU is to provide a firm foundation in the principles of ecology and evolutionary biology, while ensuring professional development in the specialized body of expertise each student will require in a chosen specialty. An advisory committee helps each student develop an individualized program of study and research activities designed to meet his or her career goals. This committee can include adjunct, courtesy, or emeritus faculty members and those with appointments in other departments.
Interested students are encouraged to contact faculty members with complementary research interests. Collectively, the faculty are diverse in their research interests, but three broad overlapping themes capture the current research interests and activities in the department: Biodiversity and Macroevolution, Ecology and Global Change Biology, and Evolutionary Mechanisms. The department has particular strengths in phylogenetics, paleontology, biodiversity, population biology, taxon-focused studies (e.g., entomology), and applied ecology (both terrestrial and aquatic). Graduate students may incorporate into their programs courses drawn from the rich diversity of subjects available elsewhere on campus (e.g., remote sensing in the Department of Geography).
KU-EEB offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in three areas: Plant Biology, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and Entomology. For more information about these degrees, including their requirements, please refer to the EEB Graduate Handbook.