About OEB

OEB provides interdepartmental training for MS and PhD students in ecology, animal behavior, organismal biology and evolutionary biology. Graduate students, post-docs, and faculty study biological processes ranging from the molecular to the ecosystem level, often bridging the gap between basic and applied research. Our faculty and students conduct research in four broad areas:

Animal Behavior: Behavioral ecology, communication, learning
Ecology: Community ecology, population ecology, landscape ecology, conservation biology
Evolutionary Biology: Evolution, phylogenetics, population genetics, molecular evolution
Organismal Biology: Physiology, morphology, paleontology

News & Announcements

Meghna Marjadi Thesis Defense

1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
209 French Hall
Thesis Title:  River herring conservation in freshwater: investigating fish reproductive success and the educational value of citizen monitoring programs
Advisors: Allison Roy and Andrew Whiteley


Boyer tackles major highbush blueberry disease

Boyer in the field

As New England’s blueberry season approaches, OEB doctoral candidate Matt Boyer says a fungal pathogen of highbush blueberries known as mummy berry is a common threat to growers, and if left untreated can destroy up to 50 percent of a crop. It is so named because it produces dead-looking, berry-shaped lumps instead of healthy berries.  Matt is a student in Lynn Adler's lab.  Read more.

Suzanne Cox Dissertation Defense

Mantis shrimp

10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
209 French Hall
Dissertation Title:  The consequences of speed:  Studies of cavitation during the mantis shrimp strike and the control of rapid deceleration during toad landing
Advisor:  Gary Gillis

That's Life [Science] -  interdisciplinary Life Science Blog launching May 1st

That's Life Science staff

An interdisciplinary group of life science graduate students has been working very hard over the last few months to put together a new outreach blog titled That's Life [Science]. Their blog goes live on May 1. To find out more, go to their website:  thatslifesci.com.

Hancock awarded NSF GRF

The National Science Foundation has announced the 2016 recipients of their Graduate Research Fellowships. On the list is 2nd year OEB student Laura Hancock.  Laura was awarded a 3-year, $34,000/year fellowship for her proposal titled "The effects of phenotypic and genotypic variation and growth/fitness tradeoffs on range expansion into a novel habitat for Alliaria petiolata." Fellowships were awarded to 2,000 individuals out of 17,000 applicants. Check here for more information on NSF's GRFP program. Congratulations Laura!