Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

University of Arkansas


Our research broadly emphasizes ecology and evolutionary biology, organismal biology, animal behavior, and the mechanisms that generate biodiversity. Faculty, graduate student, and postdoctoral fellow cross-cutting research addresses conceptual problems in many areas including community and ecosystem biology, global change biology, conservation genetics, molecular systematics, physiological ecology, functional genomics, and population/quantitative genetics. Investigators have worked in different study systems around the world, while the biogeographically unique Ozark and Ouachita plateau ecosystems continue to attract researchers interested in forest ecology, geology, global warming, biogeography, stream ecology, and cave ecosystem processes.

The University of Arkansas is a sustaining member of the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) allowing qualified undergraduate and graduate students to study tropical ecosystems in Costa Rica. Through the department's U. S. Geological Survey Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, we also emphasize applied ecology and natural resources management. Collaborative association with the university's Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) allows graduate opportunities in land management training, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The university's stable isotope facility, UASIL, is housed in Ferritor Hall, the Department of Biological Sciences' research building.

Statement on the Teaching of Evolution.pdf

E&E Faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences

Information concerning admission to graduate programs leading to advanced degrees (M.S., Ph.D.) may be obtained from any member of the faculty, the Department of Biological Sciences homepage, or by calling the main office (479-575-3251). Financial assistance is available in the form of nine month Teaching or Research Assistantships, available on a competitive basis. Doctoral Fellowships ($10-20,000/yr supplement to TA or RA stipend) are available for qualified applicants through the Graduate School. Deadlines for graduate admission are January 15 for fall semester and November 1 for spring semester. More information on the graduate program is available here.

Physiological ecology

Arthur V. Brown

Stream ecology

Adaptation, ecological genomics, life history evolution, speciation biology, systematics

Limnology, stream ecosystem function

Plant taxonomy, Director of the Herbarium

Wildlife ecology and management

Fisheries and aquatic ecology, conservation

Landscape and ecosystem ecology, plant ecophysiology, Bayesian statistics, global change biology

Kimberly G. Smith


Community ecology, avian ecology

Mycology, systematics of mycetozoans, protists and fungi, ecology of mycetozoans

Community ecology, biogeography, and mycology

Herpetology, ecology

Global change and conservation biology, phylogeography, quantitative and molecular ecology 

Marlis R. Douglas

Conservation genetics, molecular ecology, biogeography, biodiversity, conservation

Comparative genomics, molecular evolution, phylogenetics, systematics

Community and landscape ecology

Community ecology, dynamics of phenotypic selection

Emeritus E&E Faculty

Sexual selection, phenotypic plasticity, social dynamics, speciation

Comparative methods, phylogenetic methods, character evolution

Douglas A. James



Evolution of sensory and nervous systems