Graduate Program

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The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology graduate program at UCSC reflects the remarkable local and global diversity of species and environments studied by our faculty and students. The vision of the EEB graduate program is to provide a nurturing, creative, and intellectual environment conducive to the development of world-class scientists. Our graduate program encourages close working relations between students and faculty in an informal atmosphere conducive to rapid learning and professional growth. Interdisciplinary collaborations with oceanographers, geologists, toxicologists, economists and others enable students to explore the conceptual connections between related fields as they acquire mastery in their areas of specialization.

Due to the quality and commitment of the faculty and the unique environment of the Santa Cruz campus, our graduate program is one of the premier programs in the country. UC Santa Cruz is unusually fortunate in having varied and easily accessible marine and terrestrial resources for research. UCSC is ideal for research in terrestrial, freshwater and marine systems, having its campus and Natural Reserve System, its own marine laboratory, a fleet of boats, and one of the most active scientific diving programs in the country. In addition to state-of-the-art departmental laboratories, students have full access to greenhouses, analytical laboratories, and other facilities in the Division of Physical and Biological Sciences.

The department offers both doctoral and master's degrees. The graduate EEB program is comprised of four core tracks:

  1. Population and Community Ecology reflects the patterns of the Earth’s biodiversity and how ecological and evolutionary interactions have shaped them. EEB faculty and gradaute students study in terrestrial and marine locations ranging from close by, with resources such as the Campus Reserve, the Monterey Bay, UC Natural Reserves, and the abundance of local public-trust land, to the Arctic to the Antarctic.
  2. Evolutionary Biology is a focus spanning all of the departmental research areas. A group of labs make explicit study of evolutionary processes the central focus of their research. Much of the research links molecular and ecological approaches, using the wide range of techniques available within the Molecular Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics Facility.
  3. Physiology and Behavior is a research area that seeks to understand how physiological and behavioral mechanisms integrate with life history and social evolution. Research projects take advantage of the diverse local marine and terrestrial fauna, but also include sites around the globe from the tropics to the poles.
  4. Conservation and Biodiversity is an area of research in which the majority of our faculty and graduate students have research interests. The department maintains many relationships with conservation agencies and nonprofits that create opportunities for graduate student projects.

You may view the EEB graduate handbook here.

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