The Department of Applied Ecology welcomes students, collaborators, and colleagues regardless of race, religion, gender identification, sexual orientation, age or disability status. The more diverse our department is the better we are; only diverse research teams are capable of solving the global environmental challenges faced by a diverse society. We are committed to self-evaluation, encouraging ongoing conversations and building an inclusive community, and have programs in place to produce meaningful outcomes. We also believe that actions speak louder than words, and we hope that you will be a part of our process to identify and undo structural racism in our institutions and research fields, and our progress towards anti-racism and equality.
Understanding Our Planet
Working at the intersection of basic and applied life sciences, our researchers utilize ecological approaches to solve local and global environmental challenges.
Our topics of interest and levels of analysis range from single species mechanisms to ecosystem-wide fundamentals. Whether studying sunflower pollen to entire landscape functions, we are passionate about understanding the living world in order to serve the greater good. Together, we advance and share fundamental and novel discoveries in ecology and apply them to our greatest environmental challenges.Learn More
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Our 2019-2024 plan outlines three goals that collectively further our mission.
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Aug 6, 2020
Back to School: Preparing for learning online
Across the state and country, students and their parents are preparing for the return of the school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts at NC State offer tips to help ease the transition for parents and caregivers.
Jul 28, 2020
Applying Insights from Ecology and Evolutionary Biology to the Management of Cancer, an Interview with Athena Aktipis
Prof. Rob Dunn sits with Dr. Athena Aktipis to discuss how the secret to treating cancer may lie in the evolutionary biology of all multi-cellular organisms.