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    University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    May 27, 2022  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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Susan Kalisz, Head
Joe Williams, Director of Graduate Studies

Brian O’Meara, Director of Graduate Admissions

Armsworth, P.R., PhD – Stanford
Boake, C.R.B., PhD – Cornell
Burghardt, G.M., PhD – Chicago
Echternacht, A.C., PhD – Kansas
Gavrilets, S. (Distinguished Professor), PhD – Moscow State
Gross, L.J. (Distinguished Professor), PhD – Cornell
Hughes, K., PhD – Utah
Kalisz, S. (Head), PhD – Chicago
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
Small, R., PhD – Iowa State
Williams, J., PhD – Georgia

Associate Professors
Bailey, J.K., PhD – Northern Arizona
Fefferman, N., PhD – Tufts
Fitzpatrick, B.M., PhD – California (Davis)
Fordyce, J.A., PhD – California (Davis)
Gilchrist, M.A., PhD – Duke
Matheny, P.B., PhD – Washington
O’Meara, B.C., PhD – California (Davis)
Schussler, E., PhD – Louisiana State
Schweitzer, J.A., PhD – Arizona
Wofford, B.E. (Curator of Herbarium), PhD – Tennessee

Assistant Professor
Budke, J., PhD – Connecticut
Kwit, C., PhD – Louisiana State
Sheldon, K., PhD – Washington

Research Assistant Professor
Boyer, A.G., PhD – New Mexico

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology MS, PhD
     Behavior concentration  
  Ecology (including mathematical ecology) concentration  
  Energy Science and Engineering concentration PhD only
  Evolutionary Biology concentration  


Applications are accepted once a year. The deadline for receipt of all application materials is January 1 for those applicants wishing to enroll in the following fall or spring semesters. Applications incomplete as of that date, or received after that date will not be considered. Applicants are expected to have an academic background consistent with a bachelor’s degree in one of the life sciences. They are expected to have completed a minimum of one year of general biology, two years of chemistry including one year of general chemistry, one year of physics, and one year of college-level calculus. Occasionally, applicants who are highly qualified otherwise but lack one of these courses or course sequences will be admitted with the expectation that the deficiency will be made up within the first year of graduate study. Applicants are required to submit scores from the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and successful applicants will usually have a composite score on the verbal, mathematical and analytical sections of the GRE of at least 1850. Submission of scores on appropriate (e.g., biology, mathematics) advanced GRE examinations is recommended but not required. Applicants are also expected to have an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 and 3.0 or above for all science and mathematics courses on a 4.0 scale (successful applicants will usually have grade point averages well above these minima).

Application must be made to both the Office of Graduate Admissions and the department. The departmental application requires three letters of reference from persons capable of assessing the applicant’s suitability for graduate work in biology and a statement of professional goals and reasons for applying to this program. Applicants for the doctoral degree are expected to have made prior contact with potential research advisors in the department’s graduate program and this approach is recommended for applicants for the master’s degree program as well. Inquiries should be directed to the Chair of Graduate Admissions, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-1610.

Environmental Policy Minor

The department participates in a program designed to give graduate students an opportunity to develop an interdisciplinary specialization in environmental policy. See Department of Political Science  for program description.

Interdisciplinary Graduate Minor in Computational Science (IGMCS)

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology participates in the interdisciplinary graduate minor in computational science (IGMCS) program. Any student pursuing a master’s or PhD with a major in ecology and evolutionary biology can receive a minor in computational science by completing the appropriate IGMCS requirements. For additional information, see the description of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Minor in Computational Science  listed under Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science or visit the IGMCS website at The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology also contributes courses to the IGMCS program curriculum.

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