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Program in Population Biology, Ecology and Evolution Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences Emory University

  • Atlanta, GA
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 64%36%
    student ratio
  • 33
    total students
  • $34,800 | $34,800
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • December 1
    fall application deadline
  • 24%
    acceptance rate
  • 1 Degree
    degrees offered

Overview

A Top Graduate Program in Population Biology, Ecology and Evolution

The Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (GDBBS) at Emory University offers a Ph.D. program in population biology, ecology, and evolution (PBEE). The "Chronicle of Higher Education" ranks Emory University as number 1 in the nation for scholarly productivity in the fields of evolutionary biology and ecology. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded their first Training Grant in the Population of Biology of Infectious Disease to Emory's PBEE program and continues to support graduate student projects in both the evolution and ecology of infectious disease.

The interdisciplinary PBEE program pulls faculty members from Emory College of Arts and Sciences (Departments of Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Studies), the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, the Emory Rollins School of Public Health (Departments of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics, Global Health), the Emory University School of Medicine (Department of Human Genetics and Medicine), the Emory National Vaccine Center, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Faculty members and students investigate a broad range of issues in population biology, ecology, and evolution, all by using quantitative methods and models.

The program provides graduate students with competitive financial support.

Training and Expertise in Population Biology, Ecology, and Evolution

The field of population biology crosses many levels of organization, from molecular to complex ecological systems, and as a result, PBEE research must employ a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the organization, dynamics, and evolution of natural populations. Hence, graduate students take courses not only in core subjects, such as ecology, molecular evolution, biostatical models, and applied linear models, but also in a host of electives that connect to their areas of expertise.

Graduate students conduct research in one of 6 areas of inquiry: bioinformatics and biostatistics; the biology of species interactions; disease ecology; ecological and evolutionary modeling; genetics of complex traits; and population and comparative genomics.

Outstanding Faculty and Research Opportunities

The program's faculty members are at the forefront of research in population biology, ecology, and evolution.

Professor Berry Brosi researches bee declines through field studies, GIS and remote sensing, laboratory experiments, population genetics, stable isotope studies, and mathematical modeling. His research is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Professor Jaap de Roode investigates how monarch butterflies cure themselves of parasites through chemicals found in milkweed plants. His lab also examines the parasitoid wasps of fruit flies, parasitic mites of honeybees, and malaria parasites. The lab is supported by the NSF and its findings are frequently published not only in peer-reviewed publications but in popular science media outlets and newspapers.

Professor Karen Conneely develops novel statistical methods that can be used to identify biomarkers and variants involved in disease and to explore the role of DNY methylation as a mediator between phenotype and environment. She has developed CpGassoc, an R function for the analysis of DNA methylation microarray data.

Professor Uriel Kitron studies the eco-epidemiology of infectious diseases such as West Nile virus, dengue fever, Chagas disease, malaria, and schistosomiasis. His laboratory examines the ecology and transmission dynamics of inset vectors and mammalian and avian hosts through field study, spatial analysis, and laboratory experiments. His research is funded by the NSF, NIH, USAID, and the Department of Homeland Security.

Doctoral Program Coursework and Research

Doctoral students in PBEE typically take between 5 and 6 years to complete their degrees. Student complete 3 laboratory rotations during their 1st years to help them identify thesis advisers and research topics. All students are also required to take intense 3-day teacher training courses after their 1st years, and are required to gain teaching experience.

Students begin dissertation research and take written qualifying exams for the doctoral program in PBEE during their 2nd years. Students complete elective coursework in their 3rd years. After completing their dissertation research, students defend their theses both orally and in writing.

Excellent Research Centers and Facilities

Graduate students in the microbiology and molecular genetics program have the unique training opportunities through the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and the Emory Vaccine Center. Emory is unique in giving students the option to do dissertation work at the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Competitive Financial Support

Students at the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Emory receive tuition scholarships, health insurance, and stipends. They enjoy the low cost of living in suburban Atlanta, Georgia.

The stipend for the 2013-14 academic year, for example, was $28,000. In addition, several competitive fellowships are offered to outstanding applicants each year. These fellowships provide students with supplements to their stipends that range from $2,000 to $5,000 per year for 5 years, depending on the award.

Living in Atlanta

Emory University is located in a beautiful, wooded area of northeast Atlanta, Georgia, just 4 miles from downtown. The area serves as a hub of medical research, encompassing both the CDC and the American Cancer Society.

Midtown Atlanta is home to museums, galleries, and cultural activities that students enjoy. Atlanta's temperate climate affords students many opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, rafting, and camping.


Location & Contact

Program in Population Biology, Ecology and Evolution

Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Emory University

201 Dowman Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322-1100
United States

Dr. Michael Zwick

Director

Phone: 404-727-9924
Fax: 404-727-3949
Email: mzwick@emory.edu

Ms. Kathy Smith

Director of Recruitment and Admissions

Phone: 404-727-2547
Fax: 404-727-3322
Email: kathy.smith@emory.edu

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Ecology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 3
    • Doctoral Degrees 2
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Required and Required
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Admissions

24% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 61
    • Accepted 15
    • Acceptance Rate 24
    • Enrolled 5
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 1st December 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum GPA of 3.0 in science course work (recommended)
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$34,800
    • Out-of-state tuition *$34,800
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year fees$1,300.00
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Tuition Waivers, Health Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students33
    • Female Percentage64%
    • Male Percentage36%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students33
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino11%
    • Black / African American4%
    • White / Caucasian64%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian4%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races7%
    • Unknown10%

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty40
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage10%
    • Male Percentage90%

Research

  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchEvolution of microbes, infectious disease, the immune system, genetic disease in humans, evolution of behavior
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported


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