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!


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2015 EBIO honor students

Dec. 17, 2015

The EBIO department's honors program offers select dedicated students the opportunity to peruse research interests, compile and defend a thesis paper. Several papers are accepted and published in respected scientific journals. the department's 2015 honors students are highlighted below. Interested in graduating with honors? Check out our Honors Program !...

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The Mystery of Aspen Powder

Oct. 20, 2015

The Mystery of Aspen Powder-Oren Rabinowitz I was born in Israel, raised in New Jersey, and graduated with a B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at The University of Colorado-Boulder in 2014. In the late fall of 2013, I joined the Tripp Lab to pursue a research question that Erin...

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Deep, Steep, and Narrow

Oct. 13, 2015

Between 2-4 October 2015, students enrolled in Plant Systematics (EBIO 4520/5520) traveled to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park for a botany camping trip. Participatory were: Reese Beeler, Ryan Byrne, Keric Lamb, Mandy Malone, Kelsey McCoy, Matt Schreiber, and Sydney Sharek along with Erin Tripp (course instructor) and Matt...

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Erin Polka

Sept. 22, 2015

I had always enjoyed biology growing up, but it wasn't until I took marine biology and zoology in high school that I realized it was the field I wanted to pursue for my future. CU's strong science program provided me with the theoretical and educational background that I desired, while...

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Joseph Kleinkopf

Sept. 18, 2015

I am a Boulder native and a recent graduate of CU-Boulder. In the Tripp Lab , I began my work on a project in collaboration with the COLO Herbarium (co-advised by Collections Manager Dina Clark) regarding variation in a perennial shrub known as Amorpha nana, or colloquially, Dwarf Indigo. This...

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Elizabeth Angell

Sept. 9, 2015

After spending a few years working in a business career after graduating from Texas Tech University, I decided to take a leap and follow my passion for nature. Becoming an EBIO student meant that I could gain the experience I needed to follow my dream of a career in ecology...

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Out of the Classroom, into the Rainforest

Aug. 25, 2015

Trekking through the Australian tropical rainforest, three EBIO students and one Boulder County local (Alyson Cheney, Meghan Wiebe, Kayla Carey and Chelsea Walls pictured left to right) scan the ground for a tiny hopping marsupial, the Musky Rat Kangaroo commonly called the Hypsy. As the smallest member of the kangaroo...

Rachel Wildrick

Rachel Wildrick

July 15, 2015

I became interested in the EBIO major because it covered so many interesting and engaging areas of study, like animal behavior, genetics, speciation and evolution, and allows for diverse interests. Also, the EBIO major requirements can be easily arranged to include pre-med courses, something that was really important for me,...

Mimi Lai

Mimi Lai

July 15, 2015

Hello, My name is Mimi Lai. I joined the EBIO department because I enjoy taking EBIO classes. As a nature enthusiast and animal lover, this major offers a great range of courses that keeps me in touch with the field. After taking Genetics with Dr. Cattell, a researcher in the...

Matthew Ross

Matthew Ross

July 15, 2015

In my ecosystem science research, I was able to work in Wyoming, Hawaii, and do my own project in Utah. I love the mix of field-studies working outside and lab experiments inside. For my thesis, I studied the effects of fire mitigation efforts on soils and plant communities. The EBIO...