Brown's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) is an interactive group of 20 faculty and approximately 25 graduate students engaged in research and coursework that spans the fields of anatomy, behavior, ecology, evolution, genetics, genomics and paleontology utilizing a range of organisms from microbes to dinosaurs.
Before enrolling, students typically identify one or two faculty with whom they want to study. Independent research begins early in the program, which is designed to prepare students for careers in research and higher education. Each student develops a program of preparation based on close mentoring by a thesis committee. Until thesis writing begins, students participate in the EEB graduate seminar taught by a pair of faculty members who bring different perspectives to classical and current literature in ecology and evolutionary biology. Weekly colloquia give students contact with visiting scientists from a wide variety of disciplines.
Collaborative training programs: Brown’s partnership with researchers at the Marine Biological Laboratories (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts provides graduate students the opportunity for joint training with faculty from both institutions. Several faculty from MBL's Ecosystem Center and the Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution hold appointments in EEB and participate in graduate student training (for a list of participating faculty, see the EEB faculty website). EEB faculty also participate in graduate training through the Center for Computational Molecular Biology and the Environmental Change Initiative.
Ph.D.: Take three EEB graduate seminar courses, maintain a course record in good standing according to the regulations of the Graduate School, pass an oral qualifying exam at the end of year two, defend a thesis proposal to a thesis committee of a minimum of four faculty members, complete the dissertation reporting original research, present the dissertation at a one-hour seminar, and pass an oral dissertation defense meeting conducted by the thesis committee.
GRE General: Required
Application deadline: January 4, 2013