Recent News


Congratulations to the Harvard SACNAS Branch for Receiving HILS Funding!

February 24, 2017

Congratulations to the Harvard Branch of SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science) for receiving HILS funding to work with underrepresented minority high school students to improve their understanding of careers in STEM fields! The Harvard SACNAS branch is led by OEB PhD students Jasmin Camacho (Hoekstra Lab), Clara Meaders, (Kramer Lab), and Mary Salcedo (Mahadevan Lab).


The Giribet Lab Sheds Light on The Opiliones Tree of Life

February 23, 2017

Postdocs, Rosa Fernandez and Ana Lucia Tourinho, former graduate student, Prashant P. Sharma and Gonzalo Giribet used transcriptomics on the broadest taxonomic sampling to shed light on the harvestmen (Opiliones) interrelationships.  As well, they pieced together an overview of the general biogeographic patterns of the ancient arthropod group that dates back at least to the times of Pangea.

Charles Davis by Stu Rosner

Colossal Blossom: Charles Davis Studies Rafflesia's Peculiar Genetics

February 22, 2017

Charles Davis first encountered the Rafflesia arnoldii flower in a small village in northern Borneo while studying the region's plant diversity. Many years later, Davis, Director of the Harvard University Herbaria and Curator of Vascular Plants, continues his research on the mysterious, beautiful bloom that attracts flies with its surprising scent of rotting meat. Davis's research is featured in the current issue of Harvard Magazine.

A Meeting of Land and Sea

"A Meeting of Land and Sea" by David R. Foster

January 26, 2017

David R. Foster's book, "A Meeting of Land and Sea. Nature and the Future of Martha's Vineyard" is based on 20 years of study by Harvard researchers. Foster will be reading from his book and signing copies at various upcoming events. You can find a list of these events and sign up to be notified of events here