The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service. We pursue our scientific and educational missions in integrative biology by discovering new knowledge and by providing a rich learning and mentoring environment for undergraduate and graduate students. We provide our students with analytical and technological skills for a wide range of disciplines, from biology, environmental science, and conservation to law, medicine, and public health. We study organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems as we focus our efforts on ecology, evolution, conservation, and global change. We emphasize academic inquiry in tropical and river/coastal biology. Undergraduate and graduate students collaborate in the creation and dissemination of knowledge about organisms and their environments.

Wetlands Research

Wetlands Research

The Louisiana wetlands provide vast opportunities for researchers. Here students Jennifer Janowsky and Mae Berlow of Dr. Van Bael’s lab are collecting marsh grass specimens.

Louisiana Classroom

Louisiana as a Classroom

Undergraduate students explore Southeastern Louisiana from the beaches of Grand Isle to the longleaf pine forests of the North Shore in Dr. Henry’s Natural History of Louisiana class.

Conservation Biology

Conservation Biology

Erik Enbody, a student in Dr. Karubian’s lab, promotes the conservation of the white-shouldered fairy wren by sharing his research with locals who share the bird’s habitat.

Urban Ecology

Urban Ecology

Jenny Phillips, with Dr. Derryberry’s lab, records the birdsong of the white crowned sparrow in San Francisco to study how its affected by urban noise.



Dr. McLean’s Aquatic Autotrophs class allows students take a microscopic look at the world.

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Department News


Dr. Heins inducted as Fellow
of the Linnean Society of London »

The prestigious and historic Society recognizes scientists who make significant contributions to the field of Natural History…

Professors Honored by La. Ornithological Society »

Dr. Sherry and Dr. Henry received awards for their respective research and teaching related to the birds of Louisiana…

History of White-crowned Sparrow Research in SF »

Recordings and notes from the 1960s are still used by Dr. Derryberry today to study this bird’s struggle to be heard over the noisy city…

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Departmental Vision

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology will be recognized as a center for solution-based science in ecology and evolutionary biology. The foci will be tropical and river-coast ecosystems. We will conduct translational research: basic scientific advance is not only an end in itself but also a means to providing solutions to global environmental challenges. The Department will provide students with the theory and skills needed to question, discover, understand and restore.

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