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Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Faculty List

Professors Emeriti 
P.A. Abrams, BS, Ph D, FRSC 
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.B. Falls, BA, Ph D CM
R.I.C. Hansell, B Sc, Ph D 
H.H. Harvey, M Sc, Ph D 
R.C. Plowright, MA, Ph D 
H.A. Regier, MS, Ph D CM
J.D. Rising, BA, Ph D 
G.M. Telford, B Sc, Ph D 
A. P. Zimmerman, BA, Ph D 

University Professors 
S.C.H. Barrett, B Sc, Ph D, FRSC, FRS 
M.B. Sokolowski, B Sc, Ph D, FRSC 

Distinguished Professors
A. Agrawal, B Sc, Ph D
L. Rowe, B Sc, Ph D

Professor and Chair of the Department 
D.A. Jackson, 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, BS, Ph D 

Professors 
M.-J. Fortin, M Sc, Ph D FRSC
M.R. Gross, B Sc, Ph D 
D.A. McLennan, M Sc, Ph D 
R. Murphy, MA, Ph D 
R.F. Sage, MS, Ph D 
J.R. Stinchcombe, BA, Ph D 
J.D. Thomson, MS, Ph D, FRSC
A.E. Weis, BA, Ph D
S.I. Wright, M Sc, Ph D

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

Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
C.A. Goldman, M Sc 

Assistant Professors 
B. Gilbert, M 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

Introduction

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. Society needs to make informed decisions about sustainable development, global climate change, control of invasive species, the preservation of genetic diversity and ecosystem integrity, and the control of emerging infectious diseases. These are all evolutionary and ecological problems.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is a broad discipline that seeks to understand the origins, diversity, and distribution of organisms. The Department offers a very wide range of courses that deal with biological diversity, conservation biology, molecular evolution, population and quantitative genetics, genomics, animal behaviour, population, community, and ecosystem ecology, evolutionary and ecological theory, environmental biology, and systematics. Students exposed to these subjects come to realize that the ecological and evolutionary underpinnings of life present a host of scientific problems that are both intellectually challenging and critical to our future.

The Department offers six programs: a Specialist program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Major programs in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and Environmental Biology; and two Minor programs in Environmental Biology. The Department also jointly offers programs with other departments: Specialist, Major, and Minor programs in Biology (with Cell & Systems Biology), and a Major program in Genome Biology (with Cell & Systems Biology and Molecular Genetics & Microbiology).

The EEB Specialist program (12 FCEs) provides an in-depth understanding of ecological and evolutionary patterns and processes, as well as the diversity of life forms (microbes, fungi, plants, animals). Concepts are taught using a broad array of approaches, including molecular studies, laboratory experiments, computer and mathematical modeling, and field studies. An integral part of the experience is to conduct independent research projects in the laboratory and/or field. There is a strong emphasis within the program on hands-on laboratory and fieldwork that complement the conceptual framework developed in lectures. Students in this program have the opportunity to concentrate in ecology, evolutionary biology, or behaviour. The EEB Major program (8 FCEs) provides a comprehensive understanding of ecology and evolution, also with concepts taught using a broad array of approaches – including opportunities to conduct independent research projects – and with an emphasis on hands-on laboratory and field work.

Today, in an era of unprecedented global change, natural ecosystems are under attack and thousands of species are threatened with extinction and many more have experienced unprecedented declines. Students in the Biodiversity and Conservation Biology Major program (8 FCEs) will be equipped to aid in the response to what is perhaps humanity’s most pressing challenge, the conservation of biological diversity. Students in this program take courses in their first and second years that provide foundations in ecology, evolutionary biology, biodiversity and conservation biology, environmental biology, mathematics, and statistics. In their upper years students will obtain in-depth knowledge about the diversity of living organisms and take advanced courses in ecology, evolution, and biodiversity and conservation biology, including a capstone course at the 400-level.

Environmental science is an interdisciplinary field that integrates biological, chemical, and physical sciences to study human interactions with their environment. The Environmental Biology Major (8 FCEs) provides a broad background in biology that is essential to understand the impact of humans on other organisms and their environments. It provides students with an understanding of ecology, the diversity and function of living organisms, the physical and chemical environment, and the ways organisms interact with, and affect, ecosystem processes. Students are exposed to ecosystem management, issues related to environmental change, and the consequences of interactions between humans and the environment.

The Environmental Biology Minor program (4 FCEs) offer students an introduction to ecology, evolution, environmental biology, and organismal diversity. The Biology Minor (joint with NUS) program is offered jointly with the National University of Singapore): students complete 2.0 FCEs at the University of Toronto and 2.0 FCEs on exchange in Singapore. LSM courses at the National University of Singapore are also available to students in EEB programs.

Students entering their first year in the life sciences take BIO120H1 (offered by EEB) and BIO130H1 (offered by CSB). These courses are taken by students who have successfully completed Grade 12 Biology, SBI4U (or an equivalent course). BIO130H1 also requires Grade 12 Chemistry, SCH4U. One or both of these half courses are a prerequisite for almost all further courses in the life sciences. Students requiring more information about BIO120H1 please contact the BIO120 Office, Ramsay Wright Zoological Laboratories (25 Harbord St.), Room 105E, bio120@utoronto.ca

Students requiring more information about Ecology & Evolutionary Biology programs and courses please visit the departmental website or contact the Undergraduate Office, Earth Sciences Centre (25 Willcocks St.), Room 3055B, undergrad.eeb@utoronto.ca, 416-978-2084.

Website: http://www.eeb.utoronto.ca/undergrad.htm