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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.

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

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)

Teaching ecology and evolution online

A special issue in Ecology and Evolution showcases teaching innovations during the COVID pandemic and features several articles penned by CBS faculty and students.

The rapid transition to virtual learning and teaching in early spring 2020 brought on by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic upended education for educators, students and parents alike. Alongside many challenges came innovative approaches and new opportunities to center inclusive practices.

Three CBS faculty members named AAAS fellows

2020 AAAS Fellows
Jessica Hellmann, Elizabeth Borer and Nathan Springer were all named 2020 AAAS fellows. 

College of Biological Sciences faculty members Elizabeth Borer, Jessica Hellmann and Nathan Springer are among the five University of Minnesota faculty named 2020 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow.