Graduate study in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton leads toward the Ph.D. degree. The special areas of strength in the department are evolutionary ecology, behavioral ecology, theoretical ecology, population and community ecology, physiology, ecological and evolutionary genetics, molecular evolution, epidemiology of infectious diseases, and conservation biology. The interests and research of faculty range widely over these areas, so that incoming students are able to select their adviser from among several professors working in the chosen discipline. Graduate students also have excellent opportunities for combining several areas for innovative interdisciplinary work.
The graduate program is designed to develop both the breadth and depth of understanding that will enable graduates of the department to respond to future advances in the field. At the same time, students acquire the detailed knowledge and techniques needed to become effective scientists. Each student is guided in developing a comprehensive but flexible course of preparation that is designed to meet his or her educational needs and goals. There are only a few formal course requirements and independent research begins early. Incoming students meet with the faculty within 2 weeks of arrival for a discussion of the general curricular needs for their chosen course of graduate study. Generally first and second year students take six core courses, these include a sequence of fundamental papers, the journal club, a course on professional issues and the field course on tropical ecology. Other advanced topic related courses are taken throughtout the graduate career. In addition to course work and consultation with faculty and other graduates, students can enjoy the benefits of an excellent series of seminars and colloquia throughout the year.These seminars, given by eminent visiting scientists, expand the student's educational experience beyond the bounds of expertise that can be found in the local Princeton community, and keep the faculty and students abreast of the latest developments in their field.
The faculty of the department are a very congenial and cooperative group of 15 faculty, 5 associated faculty, 55 postdoctoral students, and an average of 43 graduate students. A brief introduction to the faculty and their research interests can be found on this website, along with a list of current graduate students. In addition there are a number of long-term research scientists and laboratory and field assistants in several laboratory groups.