The Ph.D. in Evolution and Behaviour is delivered by the Faculty of Arts and Science. Students in this program are normally supervised by Faculty members in the following contributing departments/areas: Biological Sciences, Neuroscience, and Psychology.

Research in this program focuses on the evolutionary processes responsible for shaping functionally organized behaviors in a wide variety of organisms. The research targets a range of different behaviors that address the critical life challenges facing these organisms, such as finding food and avoiding predators, attracting and selecting mates, rearing offspring, and negotiating extended networks of social relationships. The emphasis of the research is to examine the potential adaptive basis of different behaviour patterns and understand the underlying genetic, anatomical, physiological, and psychological mechanisms that guide them and their interactions with environmental processes.

Research methods involve studying the behaviour of species in their natural habitats and complementary experimental studies conducted under controlled laboratory settings.

Finding a Supervisor

Students are required to secure a potential supervisor prior to submitting an application for this program.


  • Animal behaviour
  • Behavioural ecology
  • Ethology and comparative psychology
  • Evolution and cognition
  • Evolutionary ecology
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Language development
  • Sexuality

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2020
48 months
40,212 CAD
International: $40,212. Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents: $19,766.
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