The Wildlife Evolution and Behavior program, or web, at Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute is dedicated to basic and applied research on marine mammals, including in remote locations like the Arctic. Our research focuses on behavioral, ecological and evolutionary aspects of species vulnerability and resilience, especially in times of change. Our work is a collaborative effort with many partners, including Native Peoples across the north.

Wildlife Evolution and Behavior is the group formerly known as Population Biology and Behavioral Ecology.

web reflects the evolution of our research and more accurately encompasses current study interests.

Also, if we're being honest, PBBE was a tough acronym.  

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Scientific Reports

Top 100

March 31, 2021

We are so pleased to find out that our research paper

Group structure and kinship in beluga whale societies 

is ranked 24th in the most downloaded articles for Scientific Reports in 2020!

More than 500 ecology papers were published in 2020, so we are extremely proud to be included in the Top 100, let alone cracking the Top 25! 


If you would like to see what all the buzz is about, click on the link below to read the paper: