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2018 EEB Awards

May 15, 2018

The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department had their annual awards ceremony on Friday, May 11, 2018. Congratulations to:
o 2018 EEB Outstanding Master’s Thesis: Chad Stachowiak
o 2018 EEB Jim Tanner Outstanding Dissertation: Sara Lipshutz
o 2018 EEB Best Progress Toward Dissertation: Chloe Lash
o 2018 EEB Sandy Echternacht Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student: Melqui Gamba-Rios
o 2018 EEB Outstanding ...

EUReCA award for Cahill

April 28, 2018

There were some amazing entries from EEB for the April 16-20 EUReCA (Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement) event!
Congratulations to Samantha Cahill (Giam Lab) for winning an Arts & Sciences Award in EUReCA with her research Spatial Analysis of Mountaintop Mining’s Impact on Water Quality and Macroinvertebrates.
Honorable mention went to Alexis Case’s (Hughes Lab) ...

NSF Award and Recognition for EEB

April 13, 2018

EEB undergraduate Justin Baldwin and EEB graduate student Maggie Mamantov (Sheldon Lab) both received honorable mentions in the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. This program selects early career students with high potential in science.
Amanda Wilson Carter (postdoc, Sheldon Lab) was awarded an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology! Using dung beetles, she ...

Undergrad Research Opportunities 04/10/2018

April 13, 2018

Plant Community Ecology REU in Alpine Tundra – Review of applicants will begin April 15th
The Spasojevic Ecology Lab at the University of California Riverside is recruiting one undergraduate to participate in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) this summer at the Niwot Ridge Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site near Boulder Colorado. The successful applicant ...

Undergrad Research Opportunities 03/22/2018, updated 3/28

March 28, 2018

Undergraduate field research: amphibians and microbes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, CA.
An NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) fellowship is open for an undergraduate student to participate in a project studying Sierra Nevada amphibians affected by a chytrid fungal pathogen, and the role of the skin microbiome in disease resistance. The aim of this ...

Undergrad Research Opportunities 03/16/2018

March 16, 2018

Hiring – undergrad summer researchers at the KBS LTER
The Kellogg Biological Station Long-term Ecological Research ( program investigates the ecology of agricultural landscapes. We have two summer Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) positions open. These positions are based at Michigan State University’s main campus in East Lansing, MI.

Impact of production system on soybean microbiome with ...

Course Offerings Spring 2018 (updated 1/9/18)

December 4, 2017

In addition to the regular course offerings this spring, the following new courses may be of interest!

Course Number
Course Title

FWF 590, s.1; CRN 29418
Tu Th
Rare Species Biology, Conservation and Management
Charles Kwit

EEB 461, CRN:31987

Tu Th
Behavioral Ecology


EEB 461, CRN:31595
Mixed Severity Wildfires
Karen Hughes

EEB 461, CRN:26971
EEB 504, CRN:26273
Tu Th
Invasion Biology
Dan Simberloff
Christy Leppanen
poster 1
poster 2

EEB 461
EEB 602

Landscape Ecology, an online course


EEB ...

Herbarium Awards and Fellowships Available, 2017

October 18, 2017

The EEB Collections Committee is pleased to announce the following three awards from the Hesler Fund to support and enhance herbarium-based research at UTK. Please share these award announcements with any students, colleagues, and collaborators who might be interested in applying.
Student Research Awards –
Awards are available for research in the areas of systematics, ecology, biogeography, conservation, and ...

Undergrad Herbarium Research Opportunity at UT

May 17, 2017

1) Student Assistant – Herbarium Curation Technician, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
The TENN herbarium is seeking highly organized, detail-oriented individuals, to join our team as an Herbarium Curation Technician. Students will assist members of our staff with plant specimen curation. The TENN herbarium houses over 600,000 plant and fungal specimens, which is one of the largest ...

EEB Departmental Awards 2017

May 10, 2017

Congratulations to all the graduate students, undergraduate students, and staff who received awards at the EEB Awards Ceremony on May 1.   To view more photos, please visit the EEB Facebook page.  For more information about any of the awards below, please visit the Departmental Awards and Scholarships page.
2017 EEB Outstanding Master’s Thesis
Alix Pfennigwerth (Schweitzer ...

Undergrad Research Opportunities 04/24/2017

April 27, 2017

1) Summer Research Internship: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary (Naples, FL)
Please share with current undergrads or recent graduates looking for opportunities to build experience while living and working in an amazing wetland sanctuary. Applications MUST be submitted online: research/job
Overview: Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat ...

Undergrad Research Opportunities 04/17/2017

April 24, 2017

1) Funded field technician position: Deer camera trapping
Dr. Paige Ferguson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama, is seeking a research technician to collect field data during the Summer of 2017. The technician will work in conjunction with a MS student to conduct camera trapping of deer in the ...

EEB Awards & Graduation Ceremonies May 1, 2017

April 23, 2017

EEB will host the annual EEB Awards Ceremony at 3pm on Monday, May 1, in SERF 307.  Food and drink will be provided.
EEB will host the first EEB Graduation Ceremony in the same location, immediately following the Awards Ceremony, at 4pm.  The ceremony will last approximately one hour, and Department Head Susan Kalisz will recognize ...

Undergrad Research Opportunities 04/10/2017

April 13, 2017

1) Field research assistant for Hawaiian crow reintroduction program
Get hands on conservation and field research experience. Come work with the San Diego Zoo on their reintroduction efforts for ‘Alalā (Hawaiian crow). Research Assistants will work as part of a team responsible for the post-release monitoring and husbandry of ‘Alalā. Primary duties include: caring for birds ...

Undergrad Research Opportunities 04/03/2017

April 4, 2017

1) REU Position Available – Northeastern Marine Science Center
BOWEN LAB, Marine Science Center, Northeastern University REU POSITION AVAILABLE
The Bowen lab focuses on how the structure and function of microbial communities are affected by human activities as well as how microbial communities alter their environment, from whole ecosystems like salt marshes to oysters, lobsters and plants. ...

Undergrad Research Opportunities 03/20/2017

March 22, 2017

1) Field technician position: Wild bee research
We are seeking a research assistant to conduct fieldwork this spring for a project on how forest habitat loss affects wild bee species. This project is part of the PhD research of Colleen Smith, who studies in Rachael Winfree’s lab at Rutgers University (
The successful candidate will sample wild ...

Summer Undergraduate Research Internships for EEB

March 20, 2017

Four undergraduate students affiliated with EEB received 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Internships. The Office of Research awards these each year for undergraduates to work in a faculty mentor’s lab for pay. The award is worth $2500:

Chandler Brown (mentor, Williams);
Aaron Free (mentor, Burghardt);
Terrell Carter (mentor, Schweitzer);
Han Noh (mentor, Schweitzer).

Congratulations to you all!

Summer Research Assistant Needed at UT

March 11, 2017

Graduate student Amanda Benoit in the Kalisz Lab is seeking two motivated and capable undergraduate students to assist with an experiment investigating the impacts of pollinator-predators on floral evolution.  See advertisement for details.

Undergrad Research Opportunities 03/06/2017

March 7, 2017

1) NSF REU position with Anderson lab (UGA) at RMBL
Jill Anderson and Susana Wadgymar at the University of Georgia are searching for an enthusiastic undergraduate with a strong interest in evolutionary ecology for field research in an NSF REU position (National Science Foundation, Research Experience for Undergraduates) from June-August 2017.
We study the ecological and evolutionary ...

Undergrad Research Opportunities 02/28/2017

March 1, 2017

1) REU Opportunity Summer 2017: “Research Experience for Undergraduates in Chihuahuan Desert Biodiversity”
The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Department of Biological Sciences invites applicants for the NSF sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Chihuahuan Desert Biodiversity.  This is a10 week summer program.  The goal of this program is to provide undergraduate students ...

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