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Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Faculty List

Professors Emeriti 
P.A. Abrams, B Sc, Ph D, FRSC 
S.C.H. Barrett, B Sc, Ph D, FRSC, FRS 
D.R. Brooks, MS, Ph D, FRSC 
D.G. Butler, M Sc, Ph D, D Sc, FRSA 
T.J. Carleton, B Sc, Ph D 
C.S. Churcher, M Sc, Ph D 
N.G. Dengler, MS, Ph D 
S.S. Desser, M Sc, Ph D 
T.A. Dickinson, B Sc, Ph D 
D.W. Dunham, BS, Ph D 
J.E. Eckenwalder, M Sc, Ph D 
J.B. Falls, BA, Ph D CM
C.A. Goldman, M Sc
R.I.C. Hansell, B Sc, Ph D 
H.H. Harvey, M Sc, Ph D
D.A. McLennan, M Sc, Ph D 
R.C. Plowright, MA, Ph D 
H.A. Regier, MS, Ph D CM
G.M. Telford, B Sc, Ph D
J.D. Thomson, MS, Ph D, FRSC
A. P. Zimmerman, BA, Ph D 

University Professors 
M.B. Sokolowski, B Sc, Ph D, FRSC 

Distinguished Professors
A. Agrawal, B Sc, Ph D
L. Rowe, B Sc, Ph D
J.R. Stinchcombe, BA, Ph D 

Professor and Chair of the Department 
S.I. Wright, M Sc, Ph D

Professor and Associate Chair, Graduate Studies 
F.H. Rodd, M Sc, Ph D

Professor and Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies
A.D. Cutter, B Sc, Ph D 

Professors
B. Chang, AB, Ph D
M.-J. Fortin, M Sc, Ph D FRSC
M.R. Gross, B Sc, Ph D 
D.A. Jackson, M Sc, Ph D 
R. Murphy, MA, Ph D 
R.F. Sage, MS, Ph D 
A.E. Weis, BA, Ph D

Associate Professors 
J-B. Caron, M Sc, PhD 
D.C. Currie, B Sc, Ph D 
H. Cyr, M Sc, Ph D 
C. Darling, M Sc, Ph D 
M.E. Engstrom, M Sc, Ph D 
D. Evans, B Sc, Ph D 
M.E. Frederickson, AB, Ph D
B. Gilbert, M Sc, Ph D
J.M. Moncalvo, M Sc, Ph D 
T.L. Sage, MS, Ph D 

Assistant Professors
S. Claramunt, B Sc, Ph D
M. Krkosek, B Sc, Ph D 
S.B. Kvist, MS, Ph D 
D.L. Mahler, BA, Ph D 
N. Mideo, B Sc, Ph D
C.M. Rochman, B Sc, Ph D
N. Rollinson, M Sc, Ph D

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
Shelby Riskin, Ph D

Introduction

Ecology and evolutionary biology (EEB) seeks to understand the origins, diversity, and distribution of organisms. All life evolves. All life sciences, along with evidence-based stewardship of life on planet Earth, depend on understanding the factors that influence the origin and maintenance of biological diversity − from genomes to ecosystems. Understanding EEB helps society to make informed decisions about sustainable development, global climate change, invasive species, harvested natural resources, preservation of biodiversity, genetic diversity and ecosystem integrity, control of herbicide and pesticide resistance, antibiotic and drug resistance, and emerging infectious diseases.

Students exposed to these subjects come to realize that the ecological and evolutionary underpinnings of life pose a constellation of engaging scientific problems that are both intellectually challenging and critical to humanity’s future. EEB graduates go on to successful careers in data science, research, medicine and healthcare, government ministries like MNR and DFO, environmental and conservation NGO’s and consulting firms, and many other industries. As members of one of the highest ranked EEB departments in the world and the largest EEB department in Canada, EEB students are uniquely positioned to enhance their scientific literacy as the future decision-makers and knowledge-creators in society.

The EEB Department offers a diverse collection of over 50 courses that explore biological diversity, conservation biology, molecular evolution, population and quantitative genetics, computational and statistical data analysis, genomics, animal behaviour, the ecology of populations, communities, and ecosystems, mathematical theory in biology, environmental biology, and systematics. EEB faculty include Curators from the Royal Ontario Museum. Students participate in diverse learning environments within EEB courses: hands-on bench and computer lab practicals, field trips, off-campus field courses in Ontario and internationally, small-class discussion seminars, and independent research projects with world-leading faculty researchers. Students enrolled in EEB courses and programs become part of a welcoming and supportive community of scholars.

The EEB Department offers five core Programs of Study (POSt): Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (Specialist and Major); Biodiversity & Conservation Biology (Major), Environmental Biology (Major and Minor). Students enrolled in EEB programs are invited to participate in the EEB:PMP peer-mentorship program for Co-Curricular Record credit as a mentee in 2nd year or as a mentor in upper years, and to attend the EEB Info Session Series for advising about career options, applying for scholarships and grad school, and seeking out research opportunities.

Students with questions and advising needs about EEB-sponsored programs are encouraged to visit the departmental website http://www.eeb.utoronto.ca/undergrad.htm or to contact the EEB Undergraduate Office, Earth Sciences Centre (25 Willcocks St.), Room 3055B, undergrad.eeb@utoronto.ca, 416-978-2084.

The EEB Department also jointly offers multi-department programs: Specialist, Major, and Minor programs in general Biology (with Cell & Systems Biology), a Major program in Genome Biology (with Cell & Systems Biology and Molecular Genetics & Microbiology), and a Specialist program in Bioinformatics & Computational Biology (with Cell & Systems Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, and Computer Science). Students requiring more information about these programs and their course requirements should consult the Biology Calendar page.

 

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program Goals

Ecologists and evolutionary biologists recognize that all life has evolved and that an understanding of the factors influencing the origin and maintenance of biological diversity − from genomes to ecosystems − underlies all life sciences and is critical to our stewardship of life on this planet. EEB aims to produce citizens who are literate in the ecological and evolutionary principles that form the foundation for understanding life on Earth, how human and natural factors influence nature, and how changes to nature influence public health, the economy, and other societal priorities. The EEB-sponsored programs of study prepare students in these foundations of life science for future careers in data science, research, medicine and healthcare, government agencies like MNR and DFO, environmental and conservation NGO’s, and many other industries.