What are Undergraduate Highlights?
The undergraduate program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is a thriving, inspiring hub housing passionate students who are engaged in many different applications and projects relating to their areas of curiosity and expertise. We want to highlight these innovative and developing projects and people coming out of our program, in order to support and encourage more direct engagement with the world through the lens of ecology and biology. Explore recent projects below, and help to share and support work you care about!



The Secret Life of Backyard Birds - Katherine Feldmann

Dec. 7, 2020

One doesn’t need to venture deep into the Amazon to see evolutionary biology at work. Rather, I simply look out my living room window. As an aspiring evolutionary biologist, I am interested in what factors are maintaining or degrading the species barrier between closely related species. Understanding what facilitates or...


When Does a Population Become a Species? - Johanna Beam

Dec. 7, 2020

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the beginning, albeit gloomier and more science lacking, per se, than the present. My college career didn’t start in Colorado, unlike many of my other peers. It began in the art studios of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. It began at...


Austin Nash

Dec. 4, 2020

EBIO senior and EBIO Accelerated Master’s student Austin Nash received a 2020 Astronaut Scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Federation. This national scholarship awards undergraduates in STEM fields who have demonstrated excellence in both research and academics and who plan to pursue an advanced degree. Austin is a member of the...


Emily Ogburn

Nov. 30, 2020

Emily Ogburn transferred to CU Boulder from a local community college in order to study evolutionary biology and with a goal to prove that she “could do anything [she] set [her] “heart and mind to”. Emily worked with graduate student Chiara Forrester for two years on Niwot Ridge, first as...

Shana Williams

Shana Williams

Aug. 9, 2019

Shana Williams, a first-generation student, enrolled at CU Boulder with an open option major and the intention of finding what sort of science she was most interested in and what would be the most helpful for her long term goal of getting into nursing school. Shana took an array of...


Hannah Hartung

Aug. 7, 2019

Hannah came to study biology at CU Boulder because of her young-found interest in biology and genetics along with the copious opportunities available to her in the EBIO department. Freshman year she was involved in the Smith honors RAP, allowing her to meet some “truly awesome folks” in an inclusive...

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Honeybee hive-mates influenced to fan wings to keep hive cool

Aug. 3, 2018

Honeybees fan their wings to cool down hives when temperatures rise, but a new study suggests older honeybees influence the fanning behavior of younger bees. CU Boulder Today highlights Rachel Kasper, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Student who graduated in 2016.

Fall 2018 - Honors Thesis Students

June 13, 2018

Rutledge walking in snowy trail in boulder co


Nov. 7, 2017

Hotspots , unearths the stories of people from all backgrounds and challenges viewers to view the world through a different lens. Carley Rutledge, built the Hotspots project with the aim to create a safe and educational platform for the everyday American to share their thoughts, feelings, questions and stories. Rutledge...

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Ani Yahzid launches ambitious independent filmmaking project about the importance of wilderness

April 17, 2017

Ani Yahzid is a filmmaker, photographer, musician, and student at the University of Colorado, Boulder, double majoring in Business and EBIO. This June he is attempting an experimental film project, with the aim of influencing more multicultural urban youth to get outdoors. The plan is to spend two weeks in...