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Biological Theory Alliance (BioTA) launches - brings together researchers from across University
March 12, 2015

Marlene Zuk (EEB) receives EO Wilson Naturalist Award
January 20, 2015

Emilie Snell-Rood (EEB) named McKnight Land-Grant Professor
January 20, 2015

Forest Isbell (EEB) named Cedar Creek Managing Director
January 15, 2015

Bob Zink's (EEB) paper on the cause of the passenger pigeon demise makes PNAS's top 2014 stories.
January 5, 2015


Craig Packer and Ali Swanson (EEB) Snapshot Serengeti project featured on National Geographic website.
November 30, 2014

Rhea Smykalski (EEB) investigates transgenerational effects on learning in butterflies in Snell-Rood lab.
November 30, 2014

A new study led by David Tilman (EEB) links healthy diets and a healthy environment.
November 17, 2014

Allison Shaw (EEB) receives the MCED 1st Prize Award for Innovative Contributions to Ecological Modelling.
September 15, 2014

Dave Tilman (EEB) is a 2014 International Balzan Prizewinner!
September 10, 2014

Bob Zink and Keith Barker (EEB) offer insight into the extinction of passenger pigeons.
September 5, 2014

Allison Shaw (EEB) is moving toward a mathmatical understanding of life.
August 22, 2014

Peter Kennedy (EEB) receives the 2014 International Mycological Association Arthur Henry Reginald Buller Medal, an award given once every four years.
August 19, 2014

Ruth Shaw (EEB) investigates prairies to better understand how to preserve them.
August 8, 2014

David Stephens (EEB) co-authors a study explaining how animals quickly learn life lessons.
August 8, 2014

The research of Jacques Finlay (EEB) appears in a study published in Nature about the cooling effect of Arctic lakes.
August 8, 2014

David Tilman (EEB) receives Spanish ecology prize.
July 29, 2014

A research group led by Sarah Hobbie (EEB) receives IonE grant.
July 29, 2014

"The Lion's Mane: Science in the Serengeti" exhibit, featuring the research of Craig Packer (EEB), opens at the Bell Museum.
June 21, 2014

Marlene Zuk (EEB) and Michael Travisano (EEB) publish op-ed in LA Times, "Microbes: Forget good and bad, but don't forget they vastly outnumber us."
June 13, 2014

Emilie Snell-Rood (EEB) publishes findings on impact of road salt on butterflies.
June 9, 2014

Scott Lanyon (EEB) receives 2014 University of Minnesota President's Award for Outstanding Service.
May 1, 2014

Daniel Nidzgorski (EEB grad student) recognized for advancing social justice and diversity at the University of Minnesota.
April 24, 2014

Robert Zink (EEB) publishes new book "The Three-Minute Outdoorsman: Wild Science from Magnetic Deer to Mumbling Carp".
April 10, 2014

Emma Goldberg (EEB) brings background in physics to her work in theoretical evolutionary biology.
March 24, 2014

Will Pearse (Cavender-Bares Lab, EEB) wins 2013 Robert M. May Young Investigator's Prize. See video on his work here.
March 17, 2014

Elizabeth Borer (EEB) and Eric Seabloom (EEB) research finds herbivores can offset loss of plant diversity in grasslands, published in Nature.
March 11, 2014

Sarah Hobbie (EEB) receives University of Minnesota's 2013-2014 Graduate and Professional Teaching Award.
March 10, 2014

Robert Sterner (EEB) named 2014 Institute on the Environment Fellow.
March 6, 2014

Jon Foley (IonE/EEB) receives 2014 Heinz Award.
February 25, 2014

Study by Borer/Seabloom (EEB) lab members finds that fertilization destablizes global grassland ecosystems
February 16, 2014

Will Harcombe's (EEB) research adds dynamic dimension to understanding microorganisms in our lives.
February 11, 2014

Marlene Zuk (EEB) is featured on's "Breaking Bio" webisode.
January 31, 2014


Robert Sterner (EEB) has launched a study of nutrient composition in the Cedar Creek's lakes to better understand how excess nutrients cause toxic algae blooms.
December 30, 2013

Peter Kennedy (Plant Biology/EEB) studies competition within underground networks of fungi that determine what trees grow in a forest.
December 30, 2013

David Stephens (EEB) discusses classic game theory experiments to study blue jay behavior with the Pioneer Press.
December 11, 2013

Ruth Shaw (EEB) wins $700K NSF grant for the genetics of adaptation
November 15, 2013

NSF awards CBS/CFANS team $1.5 million grant to study plant microbial communities
November 15, 2013.

How nature keeps prospective (blue jay) suitors honest
November 13, 2013

Michael Travisano and William Ratcliff's (EEB) research on multicellular reproduction is published in an Nature Communications
November 6, 2013

Ran Blekhman (GCD/EEB)'s research on the link between the composition of the microbiome and genetic variation in innate immunity, phagocyte function, and other immune pathways is profiled in The Scientist magazine.

Jeannine Cavender-Bares (EEB) launches a $2 million, five-year study funded by the National Science Foundation and NASA with the aim to take a big leap forward in our ability to monitor ecosystem biodiversity and health on a megascale.

Jacques Finlay (EEB), Robert Sterner (EEB), and Gaston Small (University of St. Thomas) publish study on complex relationship between phosphorus levels and nitrogen removal in lakes in Science.
October 10, 2013

Jennifer Powers (EEB) gives tropical dry forests long overdue attention in her new book about these undervalued cousins of tropical rain forests.
September 6, 2013

Emilie Snell-Rood (EEB) lab research suggest that animals are showing complex cognitive responses to both urban and rural areas with cranial capacity tracking human-induced change in some cases.
August 22, 2013

Mark Bee Lab (EEB) contributes findings on female frog mating selection in August edition of Animal Behavior.
August 15, 2013

Eville Gorham (EEB), Margaret Davis (EEB), and Herb Wright, now retired, were recognized at the Ecology Society of America (ESA) annual meeting in Minneapolis. All three conducted groundbreaking ecology research during the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s that laid the groundwork for current research on climate change, the theme of this year’s ESA meeting. EEB faculty members Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Jacques Finlay, Jon Foley and Sarah Hobbie also presented at the society’s annual meeting.
August 6, 2013

Stephen Polasky (EEB/Applied Economics) named University of Minnesota Regents Professor.

Marlene Zuk (EEB) is credited by Public Radio International as advisor for Isabella Rossellini's new film series, “Mammas,” which premiered in the United States on the Sundance channel on Mother's Day. Favorable reviews of Zuk’s new book, Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us About Sex, Diet and How We Live, keep coming in. The latest from PopSci, the Guardian (UK), KPOP Starz,, Science News, Japan Times and
May 14, 2013

Sarah Hobbie elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences.
April 30, 2013

2013 Moos Graduate Research Fellowship in Aquatic Biology are due to Lisa Wiggins on Monday, April 29, 2013.
April 15, 2013

Two REU positions available in Urban Ecology with Dr. Jeannine Cavender-Bares and Dr. Sarah Hobbie.
April 10, 2013

Tony Dean (EEB/BTI) and Romas Kazlauskas (BMBB/BTI) were quoted in a recent article in Chemical and Engineering News article titled “Bringing Ancient Proteins to Life.” The story was inspired by a symposium the two organized for the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Boston in February.
April 8, 2013

Size indeed matters, suggests male attractiveness study
USA Today | April 8, 2013

The paleo diet is a paleo fantasy
Slate | April 7, 2013

Paleo author reviews anti-paleo book
Boing Boing | April 3, 2013

Stop trying to live like a caveman
Smithsonian | April 1, 2013

To save the king of the jungle, a call to pen him in
New York Times | March 26, 2013

Paleofantasy: Scholar grills meat-eater theory
The Columbus Dispatch | March 24, 2013

Similarities seen between Tanzania lion debate, Minn. wolf hunt
KSTP | March 20, 2013

Paleofantasy: What evolution really tells us about sex, diet, and how we live by Marlene Zuk: Review
Toronto Star | March 15, 2013

You aren't what they ate
Wall Street Journal | March 15, 2013

Evolutionary biology: Twisting the tale of human evolution
Nature | March 14, 2013

"Paleofantasy": Stone Age delusions
Salon | March 10, 2013

Mummies show signs of heart disease
USA Today | March 10, 2013

California death prompts questions about lion attacks
National Geographic | March 8, 2013

World's leading lion researcher calls for a 'Marshall Plan' for African wildlife
PhysOrg | March 8, 2013

'Paleofantasy': Why this biologist thinks the 'caveman' health fad is unevolved
The Globe and Mail | March 8, 2013

'Marshall Plan' for African wildlife?
Science Daily | March 7, 2013

Dollars and fence key to saving lions
ABC Science | March 7, 2013

Half of Africa's lions could be gone in 40 years, conservationists warn
NBC News | March 6, 2013

Fences may be only hope for Africa's lions
UPI | March 6, 2013

Lions face extinction, half likely gone within 40 years
Red Orbit | March 6, 2013

Fencing off wild lions from humans 'could save them'
BBC News | March 6, 2013

Want to save lions? Fence them in
Science | March 6, 2013

From whisker spots to paradigm shifts: How to save the lions
Scientific American | March 5, 2013

Evolution, sex, and finding your inner grok: An interview with Marlene Zuk
Los Angeles Review of Books | February 26, 2013

Misguided nostalgia for our paleo past
Chronicle of Higher Education | February 18, 2013

At snapshot Serengeti, classifying Africa's animals
Newsweek | February 12, 2013

Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Hobbie on receiving the 2013 Council of Graduate Students Outstanding Faculty Award. This is the 4th year of this award, which was created by the council of graduate students as a chance for other graduate students to nominate and recognize faculty members who they feel do an outstanding job working with, advocating for, and advising graduate students. This is the only award where winners are nominated and selected by graduate students.

Congratulations to EEB graduate students Jessie Tanner and Amy Kendig who were awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. Students Anika Bratt, Danielle Drabek, and Sarah Jaumann received honorable mention awards. Jessie is advised by Mark Bee and Amy by Elizabeth Borer and Eric Seabloom. Also, two incoming students for Fall 2013 have received this award, they are Meredith Palmer and Lauren White.

EEB graduate student Jessie Tanner has received the Ford Fellowship. Jessie is advised by Mark Bee.

Graduate student Maga Gei has been awarded a one-year ($30,000) fellowship through the Smithsonian's Office of Fellowships and Internships in partnership with the Committee on Institutional Cooperation in order to support research in residence at Smithsonian Institution facilities. Maga is advised by Jennifer Powers.

EEB graduate student Clare Kazanski has been awarded $3,000 Carolyn Crosby Fellowship to help fund field studies. Clare is advised by Sarah Hobbie.


Jacques Finlay a co-PI on a $4.3 million NSF grant  to study interactions between water and land-use systems.

Special issue of Ecology co-edited by Jeannine Cavender-Bares features research by EEB faculty at the intersection of ecology and phylogenetics.

Associate Professor Jacques Finlay one of 11 faculty from across the U of M named a 2012 Institute on the Environment resident fellow

Graduate student Lisa O'Bryan received an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for field work in Tanzania. Lisa is advised by Mike Wilson.