Graduate Programs

Committee on Evolutionary Biology

"I ended up choosing UChicago and CEB (between another top ranked program) was because of the opportunities CEB allows its students, the community and being honest with my potential advisors and other faculty about my concerns about being a graduate student here. I’m a conservation biologist and evolutionary biologist focusing on genomics of parrots, but I also work with private breeders and zoos about how genomics can help in conservation and the policy realm. The CEB faculty were interested and supportive in my interests and goals during my interviews and have continued to be. In addition, the Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program was a huge draw to UChicago as I am a conservation policy lover and want to consult or work in the political side of conservation as well as research law (permit, restrictions, etc.). I have been called a “character” or “that I dance to the beat of my own drum,” here I find respect from both faculty and students thus I really believe I’ve found a scientific and social community I can thrive in."

Taylor Hains

Taylor Hains

PhD Candidate, Advisors Shannon Hackett and John Bates

The Committee on Evolutionary Biology (CEB) is an interdepartmental and inter-institutional graduate student training program at the University of Chicago dedicated to the study of evolutionary biology in its broadest sense. Faculty and students in the program are engaged in interdisciplinary studies of evolutionary biology at time scales that range from single generations to the entire history of life, and at organizational scales from the molecular to the global.

As a student in the CEB PhD program, you may pursue interdisciplinary research that does not readily fall within a single department’s purview. CEB members conduct research on most major groups of organisms, and in most ecosystems. CEB students have access to numerous field sites and laboratories, research funds for pilot work, and an exceptional range of scientific and technical expertise.

Approximately 65 faculty associates in the CEB represent all four UChicago graduate divisions (Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities) and seven institutions outside of the University of Chicago (Argonne National LaboratoryBrookfield Zoo, the Chicago Botanic GardenLincoln Park ZooMorton Arboretum, the Marine Biological Laboratory at Wood’s Hole, and the Field Museum). CEB has produced over 140 graduates who are now working around the world in universities, museums, zoos, and governmental and non-governmental agencies. 

The CEB program includes training in:

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