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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.

Ruth Shaw Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Ruth Shaw, a longtime faculty member in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Shaw's work and field-shaping contributions to evolutionary quantitative genetics have influenced many in her own field. 

Focus on fungi

Two new National Science Foundation grants will allow collaborative teams to disentangle how fungi — dead or alive — move and store carbon in soils.

Oyster mushroom
Photo Credit: Peter Kennedy

Similar to plants vying for the sunniest spot on a window ledge, fungi belowground are competing with each other for nutrients they need to survive. 

Philip C. Hamm Plant Sciences Scholarships Available

The Philip C. Hamm Scholarship program recognizes excellence in the plant sciences.  Scholarships of up to $1,000 are available for undergraduate students; scholarships of up to $2,000 are available for graduate students.  Complete details are available at https://www.hammscholarship.umn.edu/.

Applications (undergraduate students) and nominations (graduate students; to be submitted through the Directors of Graduate Studies) are due March 15, 2021.

Canopies for communities and chimps

Researchers summarize 60 years of collaborative work in and around Gombe National Park, efforts to support local communities and protect ailing chimpanzee populations.

Tropical dry forest in the spotlight

A special section in Biotropica edited by Jennifer Powers gives a window into one of the most famous research areas in the tropics.

University of Minnesota undergraduates on a field course in Santa Rosa, 2013
University of Minnesota undergraduates on a field course in Santa Rosa, 2013 (photo credit: Jennifer Powers)