Ecology and evolution in extreme environments

Ecology and evolution in extreme environments

Graduate student Keith Gaddis studies population dynamics of patchy species in harsh environments at the UC Reserve in the Mojave National Preserve. (Photo by S. Karasaki).


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Cheryl Ann Zimmer
My research focuses on the factors that determine where benthic marine invertebrates live (benthic means living on or in the bottom). Distributions of invertebrate populations, including commercially important clams, snail, worms, and crabs, often reflect initial larval settlement sites.

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Welcome to the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA, home of the Biology Major. Our mission is to provide new knowledge of the ecological and evolutionary processes that produce and sustain life on Earth and to educate the next generation of scholars, professionals, and citizens for the biological, environmental and biotechnological challenges of the future.

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Our faculty members are engaged in exciting, high-quality research that generates a dynamic learning environment for undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students. For undergraduates, we offer a choice of a broad-based major in biology and two specialized majors within ecology and evolutionary biology. We provide extensive individual research opportunities with professors and exciting field courses taught around the world. Our graduate program has strengths in theoretical ecology, molecular ecology, behavioral ecology, evolutionary genetics, evolutionary conservation, paleobiology, marine biology, and tropical biology. Please explore our website and learn more about our educational programs and research activities. [ less]

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Daniel T. Blumstein
Professor and Department Chair

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