Department of Ecology and Evolution College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Department of Ecology and Evolution College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Stony Brook, NY
student ratio
Not Reported
total students
average amount to complete degree
January 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
2 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook

Founded in 1969, the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook is one of the oldest departments of its kind in the country. Throughout its history, the Department has been recognized as one of the finest in the fields of evolutionary biology and ecology. The study of graduate programs by the National Research Council ranked Stony Brook in the top ten for ecology and evolution programs nationally. Particular areas of strength include population genetics, evolutionary ecology, molecular evolution and phylogenetics, plant ecology, plant-animal interactions, marine ecology, primate evolution and behavior, biometry, and evolutionary theory. Since its inception, the Department has offered doctoral degrees in ecology and evolution. The doctoral program combines course work and research, with an emphasis on the latter. Since 1991, the faculty of this program has offered a program leading to a master's degree in biological sciences with a concentration in applied ecology. It was created to meet the increased need for professional training in environmental sciences for positions available in federal, state, county, and township environmental offices as well as in environmental departments of large industrial companies and small environmental consulting firms. Students enrolled in the program need to complete 30 graduate credits and must complete a master's paper to graduate in accordance with the Graduate School requirements. This can be achieved in two to four semesters. For every student in both the doctoral and master's programs, the plan of study is individually tailored to match the student's personal goals within the course offerings and other training opportunities. Courses offered by the Department of Ecology and Evolution provide training in ecology, mathematical methods, statistics, and computer programming as applied to ecological problems.

Research Facilities

The Department of Ecology and Evolution has access to secure areas within Brookhaven National Laboratories for field studies in a preserve of mixed woodlands, ponds, and river habitats. Within the Life Sciences Laboratory building, students in ecology and evolution have access to modern laboratory and computer facilities. These include a new molecular lab with facilities for DNA sequencing, microsatellite analysis, real-time PCR; a Drosophila facility; a state-of-the-art laboratory with a diverse array of instrumentation for research in functional, evolutionary, and ecosystem ecology; an extensive greenhouse facility; and a marine ecology laboratory. The Department has powerful central computing and graphic capabilities and participates in the campus' NASA Center for Excellence in Remote Sensing. It has statistical software, desktop publishing, and advanced computer power. Offices and laboratories are connected by a local area network that provides access to the Internet, including Internet II.

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the Ph.D. program at Stony Brook have gone on to a variety of successful careers, including faculty positions at numerous prominent research institutions in the U.S. and abroad as well as positions with conservation organizations, small colleges, consulting firms, and various governmental agencies.

Stony Brook University

The University, established in 1957, achieved international stature within a generation. It now ranks among the top 2 percent in the world. Founded at Oyster Bay, Long Island, the school moved to its present location in 1962. Stony Brook has grown to encompass more than 123 buildings on 1,100 acres. There are more than 1,890 faculty members, and the annual budget is more than $1.3 billion. The Graduate Student Organization oversees spending for graduate student campus events. Support services and offices include the four-week Summer Institute in American Living and the Intensive English Center for international students, Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, the Career Development Office, Disabled Student Services, Counseling Center, day-care services, and the Writing Center.

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Location & Contact

Department of Ecology and Evolution

College of Arts and Sciences
Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
United States

Dr. Walter Eanes


Phone: 631-632-8593
Fax: 631-632-7626

Melissa Cohen


Phone: 631-246-8604
Fax: 631-632-7626

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Ecology And Evolution Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Applied Ecology Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees 3
    • 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? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


37% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 44
    • Accepted 25
    • Acceptance Rate 37
    • Enrolled 8
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $100
    • Application Fee - International $100
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, GRE Subject Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & Fees$4,685
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Federal Work-Study

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students57
    • Female Percentage60%
    • Male Percentage40%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students57
    • Part-time Percentage4%
    • Full-time Percentage96%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino9%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian73%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian2%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown16%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty18
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage39%
    • Male Percentage61%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchTheoretical and experimental population genetics, numerical taxonomy, biostatistics, population and community ecology, plant ecology
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$1,363,212