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    University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    Dec 05, 2022  
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Major Requirements 


Gary F. McCracken, Head
Randall Small, Associate Head

Boake, C.R.B., PhD - Cornell
Burghardt, G.M., PhD - Chicago
Echternacht, A.C., PhD - Kansas
Gavrilets, S. (Distinguished Professor), PhD - Moscow State
Greenberg, N.B., PhD - Rutgers
Gross, L.J. (Distinguished Professor), PhD - Cornell
Hallam, T.G., PhD - Missouri
Hughes, K., PhD - Utah
McCracken, G.F., PhD - Cornell
Riechert, S.E. (Distinguished Service Professor), PhD - Wisconsin
Sayler, G.S., PhD - Idaho
Schilling, E., PhD - Indiana
Simberloff, D. (Gore Hunger Chair of Excellence), PhD - Harvard

Associate Professors
Drake, J.A., PhD - Purdue
Fordyce, J.A., PhD - California (Davis)
Sanders, N.J., PhD - Stanford
Small, R., PhD - Iowa State
Smith, D., PhD - Tennessee
Williams, J., PhD - Georgia
Wofford, B.E. (Curator of Herbarium), PhD - Tennessee

Assistant Professors
Armsworth, P., PhD - James Cook: Stanford
Classen, A.T., PhD - Northern Arizona
Field, T., PhD - Harvard
Fitzpatrick, B.M., PhD - California (Davis)
Gilchrist, M.A., PhD - Duke
Hulsey, C.D., PhD - California (Davis)
Matheny, P.B., PhD - Washington
O’Meara, B., PhD - California (Davis)
Schussler, E., PhD - Louisiana State
Schweitzer, J.A., PhD - Arizona
Ubeda de Torres, F., PhD - Harvard

Research Assistant Professor
Bailey, J.K., PhD - Northern Arizona

Ecology and evolutionary biology deals with the interactions of organisms with one another and with their physical environment, and with the processes through which these interactions have developed and continue to change through time. The curriculum will provide students with an understanding of ecological interactions and evolutionary processes that are fundamental to the operation of the natural world. The scope of this program ranges from the molecular level, to individual organisms, to populations, communities, and ecosystems. The program offers career opportunities in academia, health sciences, industry, governmental and non-governmental agencies that are concerned with the importance and integrity of natural systems, and in education at all levels.

Students wishing to emphasize study in this area elect to major in biological sciences with a concentration in ecology and evolutionary biology. See the description of the major and concentration under Division of Biology for requirements.


Students pursuing a B.S. degree in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology are eligible to participate in the University’s VolsTeach program (, which permits students to simultaneously complete a major in mathematics or science and receive secondary education teaching licensure with the 4-year undergraduate degree program through completion of a VolsTeach minor. By petition, students pursuing a VolsTeach minor may apply INPG 385  to the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology B.S. degree. For more information about VolsTeach, including advising associated with teaching licensure requirements, contact the Center for Enhancing Education in Mathematics and Science (101 Greve Hall).

Major Requirements