Graduate study in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University leads to the Ph.D. degree. Incoming students may select their advisors from several faculty members working in a wide range of areas. Students also benefit from interactions with members of other programs and departments within the University, especially the graduate programs in Molecular and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Physiology, Neuroscience, Applied Mathematics and Geological Sciences, Engineering, and Computer Science.

Independent research begins early in the graduate program, which is designed to prepare students for careers in research and higher education. Each student develops a flexible course of preparation individually arranged to meet his or her specific needs. In addition to course work, students receive much of their training through seminars and colloquia. Seminars each semester address topics of particular interest to current graduate students, and weekly colloquia in each of the graduate programs on campus give students contact with visiting scientists from a wide variety of disciplines.

The Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is intended for highly qualified students who plan to pursue a career that includes research in the fields of ecology, organismal biology, and/or evolutionary biology. Students work closely with a faculty member in the department to make a significant contribution to scholarship and research in their field, and to develop an individualized training program involving coursework and collaborative study. 

Admission to graduate study is usually open only to candidates for the Ph. D. degree. Brown undergraduates may apply to complete a 5th year masters degree, as described in the 5th Year Masters Guidelines.

Training partnerships

Brown/MBL Program

Brown recently established an exciting research and educational partnership with the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole (MBL). MBL is one of the oldest and most accomplished biological research laboratories in the world, with specific strengths in ecosystem ecology, molecular systematics and animal behavior. The centerpiece of this partnership is the Brown/MBL Joint Graduate Program. Students interested in possible joint advisorship by an EEB and MBL faculty members should contact those individuals directly. Faculty members participating in this program are listed on the EEB faculty page. 

Brown/MBL IGERT Program in Reverse Ecology

This NSF-funded training program brings together students and faculty that work at the interface of computational biology, genomics and environmental science.  Applicants interested in ecological and evolutionary genomics should consider this program.

Brown Center for Computational Molecular Biology (CCMB)

Several EEB faculty members participate in the PhD program in computational biology. This program is administered by the Brown Center for Computational Molecular Biology (CCMB), a world-class center for research and scholarship in this new discipline.