The Evolution, Ecology and Population Biology Program combines population genetics, phylogenetic and ecological perspectives to study the origins and maintenance of biodiversity. It is a diverse program that combines field studies with the technical advances of molecular genetics and mathematical theory to gain an understanding of evolutionary history and environmental biology.
Population genetic studies ask: "What kinds of genetic variation (including human populations and medically relevant variation) occur in natural populations? How do population genetic processes lead to the evolution of new species and adaptation?"
Studies of phylogeny ask: "What are the evolutionary relationships of different plant and animal species? How do historically acquired developmental and functional constraints channel morphological and ecological evolution in different lineages? What kinds of developmental processes underlie the evolutionary diversification of different plant and animal groups?"
Studies of ecology ask: "What are the factors that contribute to patterns of biodiversity across space and time? How do species interactions influence those patterns? What processes are important for the conservation or restoration of species in ecosystems? How do exotic species invade a community, and what impact do they have? What role do species play in the functioning of entire ecosystems?"
Please explore this site to learn more about the Evolution, Ecology and Population Biology Program. Application forms are electronically accessible through the Division of Biology and Biomedical Science website at dbbs.wustl.edu. There is no application fee. For questions regarding the application, call the Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences at 1-800-852-9074 (toll-free) or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline is December 1.
Statement of Commitment to Diversity from the Program Chair
Our goal is to train students to become the leading scientists in evolution, ecology, and population biology. We believe strongly that a commitment to creating and maintaining a diverse student body that is representative of the demographics of the nation and the world we live in is a critical element of this goal. We are committed to the central goals of Washington University and strive to create an atmosphere that is attractive to exemplary individuals with diverse talents, ideas, and backgrounds.