Ecology, Evolution and Infectious Disease
Species interactions with their environment, including those between hosts and parasites, invasive and native species, or between organisms and abiotic factors, determine the properties and functions of biological systems. These interactions are best characterized with approaches that integrate the biology, ecology, and evolutionary history of the interacting organisms.
The main research objectives of the Institute of Integrative Biology are to understand the ecological and evolutionary processes that affect the interactions between organisms and their environment and to address key questions related to infectious diseases. The institute teaches students the concepts and methods of ecology and evolutionary biology needed to promote human health, agriculture, and the environment in era of global change.