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University of Toronto / Faculty of Arts & ScienceDepartment of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology


Successful science combines both “curiosity-driven” and “solution-driven” research. We have chosen to coalesce around four strategic research foci: evolutionary genetics & genomics, quantitative ecology, reproductive systems biology, and a fourth in systematics, centred on EEB faculty at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Ecologists and evolutionists address the central questions of the origin, maintenance and organization of biodiversity.  We teach, study and consult on all aspects of earth’s organismal diversity, from genome to ecosystem, encompassing the range of plant, animal and microbial species. In EEB we are charged with understanding this diversity, at a time of global change, habitat loss, and the emergence of novel diseases. Our research informs conservation decisions, the management of natural resources, and the management of infectious disease.


Students participate in diverse learning environments. Hands-on bench & computer lab practicals, field trips, off-campus field courses, small-class discussion seminars & independent research projects.


Graduate students pursuing a MSc or Phd degree will learn and interact with a large group of diverse students and faculty from our three campuses including the Royal Ontario Museum and Government affiliations.

Photo of the day

Brazilian wandering spider (Phoneutria sp.), Peru

Photo by Christopher Reid


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