The faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology conducts research that advances biological discovery, fundamental ecological knowledge, and their applications to promote biodiversity conservation, environmental health, and natural resource sustainability. Our research addresses diverse aspects of ecology from genes to ecosystems and settings from local to global. The department’s 34 full-time faculty members prepare students to be accomplished scientists and conservationists capable of working collaboratively to solve complex environmental problems in a rapidly changing world. Most ECCB graduates advance to graduate study or other professional programs and ultimately to careers in science, animal health, biological conservation, environmental assessment, ecological restoration, and other fields critical for a sustainable future.
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We encourage you to explore our website and learn more about our educational programs, people, and exciting opportunities to engage in research and conservation outreach. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.
Dr. Katy Gonder
The Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology conducts interdisciplinary research across all levels of biodiversity, from genes to ecosystems, to confront the grand challenge of conserving natural resources in a rapidly changing world. This research is integrated with undergraduate and graduate teaching programs to prepare the next generation of leaders in conservation science
We strive for preeminence among academic programs in ecology and conservation biology. Our faculty is dedicated to advancing interdisciplinary research and teaching, informing conservation and management solutions, and preparing students as future leaders that will solve complex environmental problems in Texas and across the world.
Looking to the Future
We are extremely optimistic about our future direction and purpose. We have developed a new, bold strategic plan and are committed to being the global flagship department in preparing the best leaders, educators, and communicators in the world. We will accomplish this by ensuring a high-quality curriculum, mentoring students, delivering the best Extension programming, developing adult leaders, working with global partners for the co-creation of knowledge and the development of human capacity, and generating scholarship with societal impact.
Ecology and Conservation Biology News
Doctoral candidate, mother and first-generation Aggie is passionate about ecology and the environment
Miriam Catalan, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology, has balanced the challenges of graduate school while also being a parent and a first-generation college student.
Gan appointed to national forestry advisory council
Jianbang Gan, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology in the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forestry Research Advisory Council. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack appointed Gan to the three-year position.