Ecology & Environmental Biology
Profound changes are affecting our environment, from climate change to habitat loss, pollution, and invasive species. Understanding ecosystems and their function is critical to crafting a sustainable future for humans and the planet. Our researchers study the responses of organisms to the environment, interactions among species in ecological communities, and the way that nutrients and energy flow through ecosystems. We work in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in all corners of the world, from the savannas of Africa to the grasslands and rivers of Alaska and the Arctic. Laboratory and mathematical experiments augment field studies, and many researchers apply their research in management and policy.