Copepods (Tigriopus californicus) (Chris Willett lab) photo credit: Ryuji Machida
Scientists studying evolution, ecology, and organismal biology (EEOB) address fundamental questions about the natural world, such as: How did life evolve and what processes govern the generation of the diversity of form, function, and species we see today? How do organisms come to be adapted to their environment? Why do organisms have a particular form or behavior? The fields of EEOB are among the most vibrant in all of the basic sciences. Moreover, principles and methods from EEOB have made important contributions to applied endeavors such as biotechnology, environmental biology, and the health and agricultural sciences.
Here, we describe our primary areas of research strength in EEOB in a way that highlights the large number of connections across labs in these disciplines.