Joy Bergelson - newest member of AAAS!


The department of Ecology & Evolution recognizes and congratulates Joy Bergelson, PhD, James D. Watson Distinguished Service Professor in Ecology and Evolution, and Chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolution, for being elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS).

Spring 2020 Darwin defenses


The following students are presenting dissertation defenses, or proposal defenses, in Spring Quarter 2020. Please look for emails to the clusterall listserv for specific information on joining students' presentations via Zoom.

BSD specific guidance on COVID-19


The health, safety and well-being of our BSD community, on and off-campus, is our top priority. We will continue to update the community regularly to keep you informed. Information on BSD-specific resources can be found here. Also please continue to consult the University and University of Chicago Medicine guidance as appropriate.

Joe Thornton wins 2019 Friend of Darwin award


We are pleased to recognize Joe Thorton, who was one of the winners of the 2019 Friend of Darwin award, presented by the National Center for Science Education. Joe received this honor because of his important and influential research on the evolution of genes and the proteins they code for. Please congratulate Joe for this achievement, when you have a moment!

Darwinian Sciences program data


As a condition of our membership in the Coalition for Next Generation Life Science, the Biological Sciences Division of the University of Chicago has committed to presenting data in a consistent format across member institutions, enabling transparent assessment of graduate and postdoctoral training, as well as career outcomes.

Newly discovered poison frog species from Colombia is named after victims of the the country's armed conflict.


Graduate student Roberto Márquez, together with a team of Colombian biologists have recently published the description of a new species of poison frog in the genus Andinobates. Using a combination of genetic, morphological, and bioacoustic approaches, the authors found compelling evidence that this species is indeed a separately-evolving lineage from other Andinobates.

How many species would coexist in a random ecosystem? 


Carlos A. Serván leads a paper in Nature Ecology & Evolution to answer this question