Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior
The EEB subprogram integrates the theoretical framework and tools of ecology, behavior, evolution and systematics to understand the relationships of organisms, populations and communities to their historic and contemporary environments. The faculty, drawn from eight campuses of the City University of New York and the American Museum of Natural History, have defined much of the state-of-the-art progress in these general disciplines. The course of study exposes the students to each of the disciplines and stresses both the unique and common intellectual approaches used in each. The faculty are especially known for making use of molecular and computational approaches to solving evolutionary questions. The EEB subprogram strives not only to integrate its included disciplines but to make certain the students are exposed to a variety of its practitioners.
S. Elizabeth Alter
York College / CUNY
94 - 20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd
Jamaica, NY 11451
On Friday, October 16, 2015, the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior (EEB) subprogram, together with the Plant Sciences (PS) subprogram, gathered for a weekend retreat at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in Dingman’s Ferry, Pennsylvania.
The autumn leaves were on full display. There were “lightning talks,” poster sessions, and workshops, interspersed with hikes into the surrounding countryside. There was plenty of time for informal talk among faculty and students, and students used “community” yurts to socialize after hours. Professor Massimo Pigliucci gave a plenary talk Saturday night on the subject of Evolutionary Theory.
As the group made its way back to the big city, there was talk of newly-formed scientific collaborations and a commitment to sustain communication across these two subprograms in the CUNY Biology PhD Program.