Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolution, and the Environment at the University 
of Notre 
Dame

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame offers a 
wide range 
of research opportunities and graduate coursework in ecology and evolutionary 
biology, 
allowing students to excel in field, laboratory, and mathematical biology.  
Strengths of the 
program include:  studies on the dynamics and divergence of populations, 
evolutionary 
and ecological genomics, terrestrial and aquatic community and ecosystem 
ecology, 
epidemiology and disease ecology, experimental biology, and the impacts of 
global 
changes, including climate change, invasive species, and land use change.  Our 
close-knit 
faculty provides interdisciplinary research opportunities and excellent 
research 
mentorship. 
Our students take advantage of many resources at Notre Dame, including 
excellent 
laboratory facilities in the Hank Family Center for Environmental Studies and 
state-of-the-
art instrumentation in our Center for Environmental Science and Technology 
(CEST; 
https://cest.nd.edu), the Genomics & Bioinformatics Core Facility 
(http://genomics.nd.edu), and the Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem 
Facility 
(ND-LEEF).  Other hubs of EEE research include the University of Notre Dame 
Environmental Research Center (UNDERC; http://underc.nd.edu/) with sites 
located in the 
Upper Peninsula of Michigan and western Montana and the Notre Dame 
Environmental 
Change Initiative (http://environmentalchange.nd.edu/). Numerous opportunities 
for 
interdisciplinary interactions among research areas are available, including 
our GLOBES 
graduate training program (http://globes.nd.edu/). 
The following faculty members are currently training graduate students in 
diverse areas of 
ecology and evolution:

Beth Archie - behavioral ecology, disease ecology, and population biology
Gary Belovsky - terrestrial ecology and modeling, conservation biology
Sunny Boyd – behavorial ecology, neuroendocrinology and behavioral neuroscience
Jeff Feder - ecological and evolutionary genetics, speciation
Mike Ferdig - systems genetics of malaria parasite drug resistance
Hope Hollocher - population genetics, speciation, evo-devo, and landscape 
epidemiology
Stuart Jones - aquatic microbial and ecosystem ecology
Gary Lamberti - stream ecology and plant-animal interactions
Jason McLachlan – ecology and evolution of plant populations, statistical 
modeling, 
paleoecology
David Medvigy – terrestrial ecosystem modeling, ecosystem-climate interactions
Alex Perkins – modeling, disease ecology, population biology of disease vectors
Mike Pfrender – ecological and evolutionary genomics, adaptation, phenotypic 
plasticity 
Matt Ravosa – evolution and pathobiology of the mammalian skull and 
musculoskeletal 
system
Adrian Rocha – arctic terrestrial ecology
Jeanne Romero-Severson – genomics of adaptive variation in natural populations 
of forest 
trees
Jennifer Tank - stream ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry

All graduate students are funded with competitive stipends.  A variety of 
fellowship 
opportunities are open to top applicants. For more information regarding the 
Biology 
Graduate Program see http://biology.nd.edu/ and http://graduateschool.nd.edu/.  
The 
deadline for receipt of all application materials for the Ph.D. program is 
December 1st, 
2017, although earlier submission is encouraged to ensure full consideration 
for available 
fellowships. Please begin your application by directly contacting faculty of 
interest.

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