2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Feb 24, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Major Requirements  


Susan Kalisz, Head

Armsworth, P., PhD – James Cook: Stanford
Boake, C.R.B., PhD – Cornell
Burghardt, G.M., PhD – Chicago
Echternacht, A.C., PhD – Kansas
Fordyce, J.A., PhD – California (Davis)
Gavrilets, S. (Distinguished Professor), PhD – Moscow State
Gross, L.J. (Distinguished Professor), PhD – Cornell
Hughes, K., PhD – Utah
Kalisz, S., PhD – Chicago
McCracken, G.F., PhD – Cornell
Riechert, S.E. (Distinguished Service Professor), PhD – Wisconsin
Schilling, E., PhD – Indiana
Simberloff, D. (Gore Hunger Chair of Excellence), PhD – Harvard
Small, R., PhD – Iowa State
Williams, J., PhD – Georgia

Associate Professors
Bailey, J.K., PhD – Northern Arizona
Blum, M., PhD – Duke
Fitzpatrick, B.M., PhD – California (Davis)
Fefferman, N., PhD – Tufts
Gilchrist, M.A., PhD – Duke
Matheny, P.B., PhD – Washington
O’Meara, B., PhD – California (Davis)
Schussler, E., PhD – Louisiana State
Schweitzer, J.A., PhD – Northern Arizona

Assistant Professors
Derryberry, E., PhD – Duke
Gaoue, O., PhD – Hawaii (Manoa)
Giam, Xingli, PhD – Princeton
Kivlin, S., PhD – California (Irvine)
Kwit, C., PhD – Louisiana State
Papes, Monica, PhD – Kansas
Sheldon, K., PhD – Washington

Senior Lecturer
Alston, M., MS – Tennessee

Assistant Professor and Herbarium Director
Budke, J., PhD – Connecticut

Ecology and evolutionary biology deals with the interactions of organisms with one another and with their physical environment, and with the processes through which these interactions have developed and continue to change through time. The curriculum will provide students with an understanding of ecological interactions and evolutionary processes that are fundamental to the operation of the natural world. The scope of this program ranges from the molecular level, to individual organisms, to populations, communities, and ecosystems. The program offers career opportunities in academia, health sciences, industry, governmental and non-governmental agencies that are concerned with the importance and integrity of natural systems, and in education at all levels.

Students wishing to emphasize study in this area elect to major in biological sciences with a concentration in ecology and evolutionary biology. See the description of the major and concentration under Division of Biology for requirements.


Students pursuing a B.S. degree in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology are eligible to participate in the University’s VolsTeach program (https://volsteach.utk.edu/), which permits students to simultaneously complete a major in mathematics or science and receive secondary education teaching licensure with the 4-year undergraduate degree program through completion of a VolsTeach minor. By petition, students pursuing a VolsTeach minor may apply INPG 385  to the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology B.S. degree. For more information about VolsTeach, including advising associated with teaching licensure requirements, contact the Center for Enhancing Education in Mathematics and Science (101 Greve Hall).