University of Chicago

Division of the Biological Sciences

Ecology and Evolution


Wieboldt Hall 205A,1050 E. 59th Street

Pick Hall 301

Chicago, IL 60637

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Department of Ecology and Evolution (E&E) provides training for research and teaching in the ecology, evolution, and behavior of whole organisms, primarily at the level of the organism, the population, and the ecosystem. The research interests of our faculty include molecular evolution, population genetics, quantitative genetics, animal behavior, plant and animal ecology, evolutionary theory, systematics, paleontology, and related subjects. Individual levels of study range from molecules to communities. A common theme is the conduct of studies in a rigorous quantitative and conceptual context, and all faculty share an interest in the architecture of populations, species, and communities. The Department stresses scientific breadth and the interrelations between various specialized fields. Many students in the Department of Ecology and Evolution participate in interdepartmental programs in genetics, cell biology, developmental biology, population biology, and evolutionary biology. In these programs, dissertation research may be cosponsored by faculty from different departments. The Department manages the University of Chicago's Greenhouse, which is located in the Biological Sciences Learning Center, and the developing Warren Woods Ecological Field Station, in southwest Michigan. Collaboration is also maintained with the Field Museum and the Shedd Aquarium for students interested in research in systematics, taxonomy, and evolutionary biology; with the Brookfield Zoo for basic research in conservation and behavior involving zoo animals; and Argonne National Laboratory for the study of microbial metagenomics and terrestrial ecosystems.


Since 1913, the University of Chicago has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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