Graduate Students in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (GEEB) serves to coordinate and unify the many graduate students conducting research in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, including students interested in natural resources, wildlife management, modeling, conservation biology, and related fields.

Our activities include organizing an annual research symposium, facilitating
weekly round table discussions for graduate students and faculty (Ecolunch), coordinating workshops and career-building programs and providing a social network for students with similar interests. 

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2017 GEEB Symposium Program Now Available!

Check out the schedule for the 19th Annual Graduate Student Symposium, hosted by GEEB on Saturday, February 11th, 2017. This year’s symposium will feature 21 15-minute presentations, 5 lightning talks and a poster session.  Refreshments will be available all day!  Come out and support your fellow graduate students as they present exciting research!


Help support GEEB outreach activities and look mighty fine in the process by ordering your 2016 GEEB t-shirt! This year we’re going with Anvil 50/50 Blend t-shirts, made from pre-shrunk organic cotton and recycled polyester. I’m skeptical of recycled fabric myself, but these are actually good quality, fitted shirts. 

They come in your choice of color and size (S-3XL) with the *NEW* GEEB logo screen-printed on the front (CLICK HERE).

Place your order by following this link:

All orders are due by Friday, January 29th with a (hopeful!) pick-up just before the GEEB symposium, Friday, Feb 12th.Again, your purchase will go to a great cause in supporting GEEB outreach. Broader impacts (outreach) are an important part of graduate training and are now required at all levels of NSF and other funding. As a group GEEB has strived to stay ahead of the curve and provide outreach opportunities to our members. Over the last four years GEEB has developed relationships with the Urbana Free Library, the Central Illinois Girl Scouts, the Urbana Farmers Market, Orpheum, and local schools. We are creating a positive image of SIB and UIUC within our local community. However, providing these opportunities comes at a cost. Currently GEEBers are not only donating their time, they are covering costs of supplies and travel. With these shirts, we are raising funds to help with these expenses.

Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!



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Thank you to everyone who donated, participated, and came out to support the



Brendan Morris is an effervescent 26 year old, high achieving, community volunteer, and student working on his Masters of Entomology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Here at UIUC he inspired and energized everyone around him. Before his accident Brendan dedicated his time to being an academic and volunteering for the nonprofit organizations, Caribbean Student Environmental Alliance, and the UIUC Entomology Graduate Student Association. His passion in these endeavors is to teach children about local insects and spiders. However, due to a debilitating accident on August 22, 2013, his life was put on hold as well as his dream of finishing his MS degree this past year.

Brendan’s accident, just one year ago, fractured several bones and even with therapy and an incredibly positive attitude he eventually needed to have his left leg amputated below the knee. Eventually, he will require multiple prostheses to get back to normal activities of academics, volunteering, and his active outdoor life! While his insurance will cover a portion of the first prosthesis, additional prostheses will be paid for out of pocket. Unfortunately even with insurance, his injuries were extensive enough expenditures (deductibles, copayments, prostheses) have been extremely high. Brendan is doing everything he can to get well and back on his feet – and he needs our help!

The Graduate Students in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology along with the Entomology Graduate Student Association are asking you to Use Your Feet for a Foot! Please come out and support Brendan by playing kickball or buying a t-shirt and cheering on the teams.



Follow us on twitter @GEEBatUIUC to be informed of the newest happenings with GEEB including outreach, social events, and member meetings!

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