Get to know our graduate community

Welcome! This is the site for the Graduate Student Association (GSA) in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at Cornell.

The graduate students in EEB study a diverse range of taxa and subjects in evolution and ecology.  On this website, you will find information about our research (see our photos), as well as the social and academic events that help us stay connected as a community.

Exciting news!

A group of our graduate students has spearheaded an effort to increase recruitment of underrepresented minorities in our graduate admissions process. Together with the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, we have designed our first ever Diversity Recruitment Weekend. Potential graduate students will learn about graduate school and the application process, explore Cornell, and learn about our departments from April 20-23. Find out more at our website here.


Graduate Student Spotlight


   Kate Eisen

As a third year PhD student, I am studying how community context affects the ecology and evolution of species interactions. Currently, I am addressing this very broad question in communities where flowering plants share animal pollinators. To me, flowers are the most exciting and incredible parts of these plants because their often flashy traits like color, spotting, and scent, have evolved to attract pollinators who facilitate reproduction. Thus far, I have conducted a greenhouse common garden experiment, an observational study of natural communities, and an experimental manipulation of these communities to address how pollinator sharing affects the evolution of floral traits in Clarkia (Onagraceae) in Kern County, California.

I think that connecting with people outside of the academic community is one of the most important things that I do as a scientist. Currently, I’m volunteering as a scientist mentor for PlantingScience, an online platform that provides teachers with different plant science curricula and pairs student teams with scientists who provide feedback and encouragement while the students conduct inquiry-based projects. Outside of science, I enjoy rock climbing, yoga, travel, and baking.