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

IDGP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement

The Interdepartmental Graduate Programs in Life Sciences (IDGPs) believe that a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment is critical to all that we do.  We recognize that systemic racism exists in our society and we pledge to educate ourselves so that we can change our ingrained habits and beliefs. We are committed to make our programs accessible to all and to increase the success of all our members. We dedicate our time, effort and financial resources to these activities. We work with Institutional leaders, faculty, staff and students to achieve these goals. We are providing this pdf link so that you are able to view a working document of our activities. 

We are proud of our amazing students and post docs who have worked tirelessly for the betterment of our community. Our students have fostered a tight-knit, progressive community and their recent efforts have resulted in this petition for systematic change.  We stand with them in recognizing that change is required in order to make progress toward a more equitable, just, diverse and inclusive environment. 

The University has established an Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and their website provides links to many resources. We encourage you to make use of these tools, including links to videos, books and podcasts as well as programing, as we embark together on our journey to improve our community for all our members.  

We are pleased to announce the following OEB PhD dissertation defense

Joseph Drake

Joseph Drake
Thursday, August 5, 2021
10:00 AM
Remote
Dissertation Title: On Spatiotemporal connectivity dynamics: Perspectives from a naturally fragmented metapopulation

We are pleased to announce the following OEB PhD dissertation defense

Kadambari Devarajan

Kadambari Devarajan
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
9:30 AM
Remote
Dissertation Title: Monitoring Mammals at Multiple Scales: Case Studies from Carnivore Communities

Meghna Marjadi Awarded a 2021 Switer Fellowship

Meghna Marjadi

Meghna Marjadi is one of 20 graduate students who has been awarded a 2021 Switzer Fellowship.  

The Switzer Fellowship offers one-year fellowships to highly talented graduate students from diverse academic and personal backgrounds in New England and California whose studies and career goals are directed toward environmental improvement and who clearly demonstrate leadership in their field. The fellowship includes a $15,000 cash award, leadership training, access to a vibrant network of nearly 700 Switzer Fellowship alums, and opportunities for professional development and grants beyond the fellowship year.

Switzer Fellows are on the leading edge of environmental and social change through efforts in environmental science, policy, justice, public health, economics, journalism, urban planning, business, law and more.  Switzer Fellows come from diverse social, academic and economic backgrounds. They are committed to interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral work, applied results, and collaborative leadership. Further, they are committed to their own professional development and to continually improving their leadership skills throughout their careers.

We are pleased to announce the following OEB MS thesis defense

Gates Dupont

Gates Dupont
Friday, June 11, 2021
10:00 AM
Remote
Thesis Title: Statistical improvements for ecological learning about spatial processes