The common buckeye has two seasonal color variations; a tan summer pattern, top, and a red fall pattern, bottom.
The common buckeye has two seasonal color variations; a tan summer pattern, top, and a red fall pattern, bottom. Karin van der Burg/Cornell University Insect Collection
Working to understand ecological systems and evolutionary change

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

In the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) we value science and education grounded in the natural history of organisms, and have a desire to understand the patterns and processes that structure communities and ecosystems, and drive evolutionary change over all geographical and time scales. As new methods allow us to gain insight into ecological and evolutionary mechanism and function, we seek to refine fundamental concepts, to integrate findings into novel theory, and to contribute to solutions for environmental challenges.

Bryce Robinson shown holding Red-tailed Hawk with local onlookers learning about his researchers
Bryce teaching the locals about hawks; the bird was handled carefully with appropriate permits, then released unharmed, back into the wild.

Research Spotlight

EEB grad student Bryce Robinson travels across much of the lower 48 states to study Red-tailed Hawks (Buteo jamaicensis) in an attempt to gather extensive range-wide samples and uncover the evolutionary history of this highly diverse raptor. A common and widespread species, the Red-tailed Hawk represents an excellent opportunity to understand the evolution and maintenance of traits such as plumage polymorphism, both between and within populations. Bryce is a member of the team behind The Red-tailed Hawk Project, a research collaboration focused on the ecology and evolution of these birds.

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