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About Us

Tiger sculpture

In 1990 the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology was created. Since then we have grown and now consist of 18 faculty, approximately 36 graduate students, 38 postdoctoral fellows, and about 100 undergraduate concentrators. Our offices and laboratories are located in Guyot and Eno Halls, but our research often takes us to field sites in Africa, Asia and parts of North, Central and South America.
   Although faculty and students in the Department study a wide range of biological problems, evolution is the theme that unites us, and mixing of theory and empiricism is a style that guides us. And despite our breadth, we are deep in the areas of ecology, evolution and behavior. Many of the research projects are interdisciplinary and have resulted in strong links to the Department of Molecular Biology, Department of Geosciences, Princeton’s Environmental Institute (PEI) and the Woodrow Wilson School’s Program in Science Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP).

   EEB integrates the study of biology across scales of space, time and organizational complexity, seeking to understand on ecological and evolutionary scales how organisms, populations and ecosystems operate. Our complementary perspectives may be found in the descriptions of  our core areas—Ecology & Conservation, Evolution & Genetics, and Behavior & Physiology.

Eno Hall
Eno Hall
Guyot Hall Gargoyle. Photos courtesy of David Goehring.