The PhD. Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

The unique strengths of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) core area enable students seeking their Ph.D. degree in Biology to become graduates with productive careers in teaching, research, and translating research findings into public policy recommendations.

EEB faculty members study a wide range of topics, including molecular evolution, population genetics, molecular genetic mechanisms of adaptation, ecosystem organization, and the influence of global change on ecosystems. Research within the EEB program includes a wide range of approaches, including fieldwork, laboratory experiments, genomic analyses, as well as geospatial, mathematical and simulation modeling. EEB has an especially strong record of producing successful graduates, many of whom now hold faculty positions at other universities.

Advanced Research

In EEB, doctoral degree students in biology investigate a wide range of research questions, many of which focus on addressing the most challenging ecological questions of our time. For instance, a collaboration with the Wadsworth Center and the Department of Anthropology is enabling students to research the evolutionary ecology of disease—a field with potential ramifications for biomedicine and security. The program is emerging as a leader in international research on global biodiversity, and several faculty members have earned a reputation among peers for their advances in such areas as aquatic ecology, biodiversity, ecosystem organization, genetic mechanisms of evolutionary adaptation, and biological invasions.

Labs and Fields

The expansive Biological Sciences Complex houses most EEB activities. Students also conduct fieldwork in several diverse ecologies ranging from Central African rainforests to the Amazon River Basin to field sites near campus, such as the Albany Pine Bush, the Huyck Preserve, the Adirondack Park, the Catskill Park, and the Hudson River Estuary.

What Students Say…
  • “The department encourages collaborations within and outside the department, which allows graduate students to broaden their scope of thinking.”
  • “It has been a great first year where I have been able to meet many inspiring individuals, both faculty and students, who have generously helped me with their advice and guidance.”
  • “ research experience has been extremely rewarding.”
  • “...continuing my education was necessary to explore my own ideas and questions in the field”
  • “I felt very fortunate that the RNA Institute was opening, and the Life Sciences Research Building at UAlbany was quite impressive.”
  • “I was able to try different types of research working with different model organisms and methodologies”
  • “The location of the university and the opportunities for collaborations with different departments and institutions is a major attraction.”


Doctoral degree students participate in research within EEB, with UAlbany departments such as chemistry and computer science, and with several other advanced institutions, including the New York State Museum, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Wadsworth Center of the New York State Department of Health.

Next Steps

Please Note: Openings in the EEB program are currently limited; please contact Ing-Nang Wang before applying.

For more information on requirements for admissions to the Ph.D. in Biology program, please visit our requirements page. Find out about financial support available to Ph.D. students. To find out more about applying, visit our How to Apply page.