OceanExpert ID : 5170
Brown University, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Providence, Rhode Island RI 02912
Graduate study in ecology and evolutionary biology at Brown University leads to the Ph.D. degree. It is directed toward understanding biological systems at the individual, population, and community levels of organization utilizing both plant, animal, and microbial systems. Major areas pursued by our group include functional morphology, foraging ecology, the adaptive significance of animal behavior, sexual selection in plants and animals, insect mating behavior, plant population genetics, molecular population genetics and evolution, marine community ecology, theoretical population and community ecology, and ecosystem ecology. We work with a wide variety of plant and animal groups, including terrestrial and halophytic plants, insects and spiders ungulates, reptiles, birds, primates, marine invertebrates, algae, bacteria and viruses. Thus, 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, Neurocience, Applied Mathematics and Geological Sciences, Engineering, and Computer Science.