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Research Strengths


Ecology is the study of how organisms interact with each other and their physical environment. Our group has strength in behavioral, conservation, community, and evolutionary ecology.

Faculty MemberContact InfoResearch Description
John Bruno
340 Wilson Hall
Marine and Climate Change Ecology
Patricia G. Gensel
414 Coker Hall
(919) 962-6937
Allen Hurlbert
Associate Professor
331 Wilson Hall
(919) 843-9930
Biodiversity, biogeography, and macroecology
Christopher Martin
Assistant Professor
2256 Genome Sciences Building
(919) 962-4841
Evolution, Ecology, and Genomics
Charles E. Mitchell
411 Coker Hall
(919) 843-7745
Disease Ecology, Plant-Microbe Interactions, Community Ecology
Robert K. Peet
Research Professor
413 Coker Hall
(919) 962-6942
Plant Ecology, Plant Geography, EcoInformatics
David W. Pfennig
320 Wilson Hall
(919) 962-6958
dpfennig [at] unc [dot] edu
Evolution, Ecology, and Developmental Biology
Karin Pfennig
319 Wilson Hall
(919) 843-5590
Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution
Elizabeth Shank
Associate Professor
4157 Genome Sciences Building
Chemically mediated interactions between microbes
Keith W. Sockman
Associate Professor
2260 Genome Sciences Building
(919) 843-1989
Reproductive Ecology, Ethology, and Physiology
Caroline Tucker
Assistant Professor
334B Wilson Hall
(919) 843-6378
Community Ecology, Quantitative Ecology, Biodiversity
James Umbanhowar
Teaching Assistant Professor/Consultant
4252 Genome Sciences Building
Population and Community Ecology; Mathematical Biology
Alan S. Weakley
Adjunct Associate Professor; Director, UNC Herbarium
419 Coker Hall
(919) 619-1101
Plant Systematics, Floristics, Biogeography, Conservation Planning, Bioinformatics, Vegetation Classification and Mapping
Peter S. White
406 Coker Hall
(919) 962-6939 (Biology)
Plant Community Ecology, Conservation Biology, Biodiversity