Department of Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology (E3B)
The Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology (E3B) at Columbia University was established in the summer of 2001. In creating E3B, the university recognized that the fields of ecology, evolutionary biology, and environmental biology constitute a distinct subdivision of the biological sciences with its own set of intellectual foci, theoretical foundations, scales of analysis, and methodologies.
The educational programs in the department were previously administered by the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC), with which the department continues to maintain strong ties. Faculty involved in the programs held appointments in various other university departments. Now, however, those programs, the students enrolled in them, and the faculty that teach them are all anchored in E3B. At Columbia, E3B is thus the home of biological study at levels of integration from the organism up.