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Welcome

The Evolution & Ecology Research Centre was established in 2007 with the generous support of the University of New South Wales. It builds on a desire to provide a cohesive and cooperative environment for the University's effort in evolution and ecology research and research training.

Evolution is responsible for all of the biological diversity in the natural world and the fossil record. Evolution occurs within the context of ecological interactions between an organism and its environment. The most exciting research in whole organism biology is at the intersection of how organisms interact with their biological and physical environment (Ecology) and the way in which these interactions effect adaptive change across generations (Evolutionary Biology).

The Evolution & Ecology Research Centre draws together the diverse strengths of over fifty academic staff and independent research fellows, and over eighty postgraduate students from the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences and the School of Mathematics and Statistics at UNSW in Sydney

The Centre's purpose is to build capacity for and quality of research, including postgraduate research and supervision. To do so, we provide seed funding for innovative new research collaborations, recognize excellence in research, learning and supervision, run an innovative Graduate Program in Evolution & Ecology, and engage in public outreach relating to evolution and ecology.

I trust you find this website interesting and that it stimulates you to find out more about us.

ANGELA MOLES
Director

 

Our Mission

The Centre's purpose is to build capacity for and quality of research, including postgraduate research and supervision. To do so, we recognize excellence in research, learning and supervision, run an innovative Graduate Program in Evolution & Ecology, and engage in public outreach relating to evolution and ecology.

 

Our Aim

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

To be among the best 50 Evolution and Ecology research groups in the world.

RESEARCH TRAINING

To be recognised as the best place outside of Europe and North America (and among the best worldwide) for research training in Evolution and Ecology.

SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT

To be known within Australia for outstanding science communication, and to be a go-to source of expertise for science journalists and conservation organisations.

News

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3 July 2020

Half of the world’s tropical plant species may struggle to germinate by 2070 because of global warming, a new UNSW study predicts.

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18 June 2020

Many blennies – a remarkable family of fishes – evolved from an aquatic ’jack of all trades’ to a ‘master of one’ upon the invasion of land, a new study led by UNSW scientists has shown.... Read more...

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17 March 2020

DNA evidence from the Himba society in Namibia overturns ideas about genetic paternity, and about what it means to be a father.

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Graduate Program in Evolution & Ecology

 

The graduate program of the Evolution & Ecology Research Centre (E&ERC) at UNSW aims to foster excellence in postgraduate research and supervision, and the development of skills to better equip research students for careers in science. Students are offered support for their own research projects and a wide-ranging program of activities aimed at developing a broader conceptual understanding of the discipline and enhanced research skills. Excellence in postgraduate research is recognised by annual prizes for theses, publications, presentations and other research activities.

 

 

 

 

 

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