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Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Stanley Zlotkin is not only a paediatrician and advocate, he's also an Ecology grad.

Stanley Zlotkin (B.Sc., 1971, M.D., 1974, Ph.D., 1981) graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Ecology and is now a professor of Paediatrics, Public Health Sciences and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto. Dr. Zlotkin is past Chair of the Canadian Paediatric Society Nutrition Committee and is a frequent consultant to governments and United Nations agencies on issues related to paediatric nutrition. Read more about Dr. Zlotkin here.

What do employers value about Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology graduates?

Within two years of graduation, 77% of graduates who are in the labour market are employed with a median salary of $54,698/year upon entering the workforce. 66% pursue further post-secondary studies. (Source: StatsCan Career Tool)

your degree after graduation

University of Toronto Ecology & Evolutionary Biology alumni most frequently apply their problem solving and communication in these industries: 

  • Research
  • Education 
  • Healthcare Services 
  • Media and Communication 
  • Program and Project Management 
  • Operations
  • Administrative 
  • Support 
  • Arts and Design 
  • Entrepreneurship

graduate or professional school

An Ecology & Evolutionary Biology  degree equips students with the critical thinking and research skills for a variety of academic next steps, including graduate programs in:

  • Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • Biology
  • Education

exploring opportunities while you're a student

Learn About yourself

During second year, participate in Explore It, to meet with alumni from your program of study and see first-hand how their skills and knowledge translate into careers.
Register for the Extern Job Shadowing Program to connect with professionals in your career area of interest. During a half or full day job shadowing placement, you’ll begin to clarify your goals and better understand your career options. 

Find a Work-Study Position that connects the skills you’re developing through your education with professional experience. 
Attend a Career Exploration & Education workshop to explore career possibilities, understand your skills and plan for your career or further education. Visit for more information.

Connect with Alumni

The Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) program provides opportunities for students and recent graduates, to meet and mingle with alumni, faculty, staff and fellow students from their department or academic unit. Alumni who volunteer for b2B Industry Nights, Career Panels, Speed Networking events and Mentorship Meals, offer guidance, career advice and encouragement to A&S students. By taking part in b2B, students will learn about the array of career possibilities available to them as A&S degree recipients.  

Explore Your Options

While you’re a student, get the support and make the connections you need to transition into your dream career. 

Talk to your professors and teaching assistants to better understand and prioritize your opportunities in the context of your discipline.  

Attend a workshop to learn about the skills gained from an Ecology & Evolutionary Biology education.

Take advantage of a mentorship program for specialists and majors to learn how to get research experience, apply to graduate school and get into the labour market.

In your classes, take on lab projects to get hands-on experience in the full spectrum of the research process.