The Committee on Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago invites students interested in behavior and ecology to apply to the graduate program. The Committee is a unique interdepartmental and inter-institutional graduate program for the study of Evolutionary Biology in its broadest sense. Resources on and off-campus include the Institute for Mind and Biology, the Brookfield Zoo and the Field Museum of Natural History.

For additional information about the program and the admission process, see the Committee website


Dario Maestripieri: Behavioral biology. Neuroendocrine, ecological, and evolutionary aspects of social behavior in primates.

Susan Margulis (Brookfield Zoo): The effects of the captive environment on behavior and reproduction; behavioral development and parental care in mammals.

Robert D. Martin (Field Museum): primate evolution, genetics, behavior, ecology, reproduction, and conservation.

Jill Mateo: Behavioral ecology and comparative development. Kin recognition mechanisms and anti- predator responses and their development in ground squirrels. Stress, learning and development in an ecological context.

Martha McClintock
: Mechanisms and function of breeding synchrony, pheromonal communication, facultative adjustment of sex ratios, behavioral and environmental modulation of immune function and susceptibility to disease, reproductive senescence, ethology of reproduction in domestic and wild Rattus norvegicus.

Stephen Pruett-Jones
: Sexual selection, evolution of mating systems, communication, population biology of birds, introduced species, damselflies.

Russell Tuttle
: Field and experimental laboratory studies pertaining to the evolution of primate morphology, locomotion, and other behaviors; paleoanthropology.