The Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology is dedicated to the advancement of new knowledge and new discoveries in ecology and related fields of science, such as the study of evolution, behavior, biodiversity, and environmental science. Our researchers also strive to develop new approaches and methodologies that advance both scientific discoveries and applications of ecological knowledge and evidence for effective biological conservation and natural resource and environmental management. Our research is conducted in field sites throughout Texas and the world, and most of our faculty, technical staff, and students have strong international collaborations. Research in developing tropical countries is an especially strong focus for many of our researchers.
Some areas of research focus within the department include:
ecosystem dynamics, population and community ecology, ecological modeling, ecophysiology, behavioral ecology, ecotoxicology, biogeography, biodiversity conservation, aquatic ecology, forest ecology, range ecology, coastal ecology, and marine biology
Much of the basic research conducted by ECCB scientists addresses emerging environmental challenges, such as habitat fragmentation, climate change, pollution, invasive species, and host-parasite interactions. Research training and experiences prepare our students to become proficient scientists, effective team leaders, and professionals dedicated to addressing complex environmental problems that affect biodiversity, ecosystem services and people worldwide.
Research and Teaching Collections
The Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections are comprised of preserved specimens of fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, parasites, and marine invertebrates that are available for use by the scientific community.
The S.M. Tracy Herbarium (TAES/TAMU) is a vibrant and rapidly expanding collection of over 360,000 plant specimens. The herbarium provides irreplaceable material for global scientific inquiry and service to our local communities.