The EBIO graduate program provides advanced training in a wide variety of biological disciplines ranging from Biogeochemistry to Community Ecology to Evolutionary Genetics. The goal of the EBIO graduate program is to produce scientists, educators, and citizens who are equipped with skills to build careers that advance knowledge about life on Earth. Graduates of the EBIO program are well-positioned to pursue a wide range of careers that include academia, science education, wildlife biology, conservation biology, resource management, environmental consulting, and environmental law.

Our disciplinary strengths include behavior, ecology, genetics, morphology, evolution, and systematics. Roughly half of the faculty focus on the adaptation and functioning of organisms in the context of environment, while the other half study higher levels of organization, including populations, communities, and ecosystems. Our research programs have relevance for global change, conservation biology, and revealing fundamental mechanisms underlying the structural and functional adaptations of organisms.

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Diversity Statement for EBIO Graduate Program

The EBIO Department at CU Boulder is committed to supporting a diverse graduate student population by engaging in equitable practices, by actively building an inclusive community, and by providing experiences that will build and establish a sense of belonging1. This is true of the entire EBIO Department2. Diversity presents itself in many different forms including socioeconomic status, race or ethnicity, religion, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, nationality or place of origin, disability, unique work or life experience, etc. The EBIO Department is committed to cultivating an environment that values, supports, and includes diverse backgrounds, approaches, and perspectives, which are essential for true academic excellence. To attract and support a diverse graduate student population we commit to equitable recruitment, thoughtful and respectful mentoring, and in fostering a feeling among our graduate student population of community and belonging where everyone is inspired to work together towards collaboration and achievement. 

1.    O’Brien LT, Bart HL, Garcia DM. 2020. Why are there so few ethnic minorities in ecology and evolutionary biology? Challenges to inclusion and the role of sense of belonging. Social Psychology of Education 24: 449-477.



"Will I fit in EBIO?"

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is strongly committed to creating a graduate program that feels inclusive and supporting for people from all backgrounds and identities.  Our graduate students, faculty, and staff want to help each new student find a support network that feels right for her/him/them.

Opportunity for Underrepresented Students

The Colorado Advantage Graduate Preview Weekend provides an opportunity for underrepresented students to visit campus and preview doctoral programs in science, math, and engineering departments at CU-Boulder.  Additional information is available from the Colorado Advantage website.  If you are interested in this program, but aren't sure where to start in EBIO, click here to get in touch with an EBIO faculty member about our admissions process and how we interface with the Colorado Advantage program.

Contacting an EBIO faculty member is a crucial step

Your evenutal acceptance depends very heavily upon the recommendation of a potential faculty advisor, so be sure to contact at least one potential advisor prior to submitting your application.  Before you contact a faculty member, be sure to read about the research areas covered by their lab.  Your own research interests should obviously have some overlap with those of your potential advisor.  So, take a look at the professors in our department, have some fun exploring the variety of research happening here, and then get in touch!

Ready to apply?

If you are ready to apply, head to our "admissions" page for all the details.