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The department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior conducts a broad range of research spanning molecules to ecosystems from chimpanzee behavior to bacterial evolution, predator interactions on the Serengeti Plains to the impact of nutrients on grasslands. You are now viewing a collection of news, features and opportunities for and about EEB.

Finding his beat

Postdoctoral researcher Jay Bundy combines his interests and hobbies in his research pursuits and beyond.

Jay Bundy

As a first-year student at Penn State University, Jason Bundy worked to design his own major as a dating coach. At the time, Bundy had his sights set on law school and a political career, but yearned for a track outside of pre-law. Fascinated by social dynamics and human behavior, this creative major was a great fit. 

Nature and nurture

Professor Marlene Zuk’s newest book dives in to the debate about what drives behavior.

Marlene Zuk

In her latest book, Marlene Zuk, illuminates how all our attributes, behavior or not, are shaped by both genes and the environment, in a complex way that defies a simple binary. She shared her thoughts on the topic as well as writing about science.

A quest to collect crabs

Retired professor Frank Barnwell traveled the world to collect the seashore dwelling fiddler crabs. Now that collection has a permanent home at the American Museum of Natural History.

Frank Barnwell looking for crabs