Graduate Programs in Biological Sciences

We offer two vibrant doctoral graduate programs that reflect the remarkably diverse faculty research interests in our department.

 The Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems and Society (EEES) program encompasses all areas of ecology, evolutionary biology, ecosystems and related disciplines, while the Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) program spans topics from biophysics to molecular pathogenesis. EEES students may help an MCB lab with modeling and statistics, while MCB labs may assist EEES students with molecular techniques—just one example of the many ways these groups create synergy.

Graduate Study Programs

Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Graduate Study Programs

Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems and Society

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEB) is one of two clusters within Dartmouth’s graduate program in Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems, and Society (EEES). The focus of the EEB cluster is the advancement of basic knowledge in ecology and evolutionary biology. Areas of inquiry include: the perception and responses of organisms to their environment; the dynamics of genomes, organisms, populations and communities in ecological and evolutionary time; and the properties of communities and ecosystems that permit and constrain resilience in the presence of environmental change. Study systems within EEB range from genes to ecosystems, microscopic to global, terrestrial to aquatic, local to international, and contemporary to deep evolutionary time. Research programs typically include a mix of experiments, bioinformatics, mathematical models, and structured field observations. In all cases, the goal is to gain new scientific understanding that is broader than the study system. Basic knowledge of ecology and evolutionary biology has always been relevant to human endeavors, but never more so than in the 21st century when it has become foundational to the environmental security of people everywhere