About Environmental Biology (DEB)
The Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) supports fundamental research on populations, species, communities, and ecosystems. Scientific emphases range across many evolutionary and ecological patterns and processes at all spatial and temporal scales. Areas of research include biodiversity, phylogenetic systematics, molecular evolution, life history evolution, natural selection, ecology, biogeography, ecosystem services, conservation biology, global change, and biogeochemical cycles. Research on origins, functions, relationships, interactions, and evolutionary history may incorporate field, laboratory, or collection-based approaches; observational or manipulative experiments; synthesis activities; as well as theoretical approaches involving analytical, statistical, or simulation modeling.
DEB Cluster Descriptions:
Funding Opportunities Information:
To discover more information about DEB's programs, please click “Programs” in the left navigation bar.
For information about active DEB funding opportunities including cross-directorate and NSF-wide activities, please click "Funding" in the left navigation bar.
For “Dear Colleague Letters,” information about supplements, and BIO's guidance on data management plans, please click "Additional Resources" in the left navigation bar.
DEB also encourages the community to engage with us through our blog, DEBrief: https://debblog.nsfbio.com/.
If you're a new visitor to the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) website or just want a quick visual and textual summary of BIO areas of support, please visit the "About" page for the Directorate to access an interactive organization chart.
Home Page Image Credits:
Drosophila: Dr. George Gilchrist
C. elegans under microscope: Dr. Patrick C. Phillips
Biodiversity "Tillman plots:" Cedar Creek Long Term Ecological Research Site
The Sundarbans (mangrove forest): NASA
Tree of life: Hinchliff et al., 2015 (doi: 10.1073/pnas.1423041112)