OEB News

L. MahadevanOEB Biologist Maude Baldwin et al. have published a ground-breaking study in SCIENCE. The study (colorfully described here in the Washington Post) shows a link between the evolution of taste with that of diet. Specifically, hummingbirds have repurposed of a savory taste receptor to respond to sugars, permitting them to occupy a whole new avian niche. Full story  
L. MahadevanAt nearly 100 feet long and weighing as much as 170 tons, the blue whale is the largest creature on the planet, and by far the heaviest living thing ever seen on Earth. So there’s no way it could have anything in common with the tiniest fish larvae, which are mere millimeters in length and tip the scales at a fraction of a gram, right? Full story
Don PfisterTwo months after handing over the reins of the College to Rakesh Khurana, former interim Dean of the College Donald H. Pfister is taking full advantage of the freedom afforded by his sabbatical this academic year. Full story
Joe Roman Joe Roman is the 2014-2015 Hrdy Visiting Fellow in Conservation Biology. The fellowship is awarded to an individual who will engage in scientific study and work in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.
Ebola Research BOSTON GLOBE, 8/28/2014: Early this summer, tubes of inactivated Ebola virus from Sierra Leone began arriving at the lab of OEB Professor, Pardis Sabeti. Scientists worked in round-the-clock shifts to analyze their contents. Full story
Sperm Aggregate Congratulations to Heidi Fisher, postdoc in Hopi Hoekstra's lab for her paper demonstrating the fitness benefit of sperm cooperation and featured in National Geographic online (07/14).
Hopi Hoekstra.  Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerHopi Hoekstra is named one of five Harvard College Professors honored for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Full story
Andrew H. KnollThe Journal Nature Communications has published a finding by Dr. Mary C. Stoddard, OEB
Post-doc in Dr. Scott Edwards' lab, and her colleagues from the University of Cambridge. "The ability of Common Cuckoos to mimic the appearance of many of their hosts' eggs has been known for centuries. The astonishing finding here is that hosts can fight back against cuckoo mimicry by evolving highly recognizable patterns on their own eggs, just like a bank might insert watermarks on its currency to deter counterfeiters," said Dr. Stoddard. Full story

OEB Faculty Spotlight

OEB Research in Focus

Current Research Areas

Groundbreaking research in the life sciences is now more interdisciplinary than ever and it is often the case that OEB faculty work in more than one of these areas.

OEB Strategic Partners

The Broad Institute is a research collaboration of MIT and Harvard, created to bring the power of genomics to medicine. Colleen Cavanaugh, Dan Hartl, Maryellen Ruvolo, and Pardis Sabetiare associate members of the institute.

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Undergraduate Study

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The OEB concentration provides opportunities for students to study biological diversity in the field, whether close to home or abroad.

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Graduate Program

OEB Graduate students participate in collaborative forefront research in their chosen area of study.

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