Affiliated Institutions


The Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology's extensive resources within Harvard University enable our community of scientists to pursue their research using sophisticated and technologically advanced facilities. Our network of allied institutions includes laboratories, libraries, museums and living collections that enrich the context for learning and discovery.

The Museum of Comparative Zoology

Museum of Comparative ZoologyThe Museum of Comparative Zoology was founded in 1859, to study the variety and comparative relationships of animal life. The Museum houses twelve departments - Biological Oceanography, Entomology, Herpetology, Ichthyology, Invertebrate Paleontology, Invertebrate Zoology, Mammalogy, Marine Biology, Mollusks, Ornithology, Population Genetics, and Vertebrate Paleontology. Visit

Harvard University Herbaria & Libraries

Harvard University HerbariaThe Harvard University Herbaria, with more than 5 million specimens, rank eighth in the world in number of specimens and form the world's largest university-owned herbarium. The collection is comprised of specimens in The Herbarium of the Arnold Arboretum, The Economic Herbarium of Oakes Ames, The Oakes Ames Orchid Herbarium, The Farlow Herbarium, The Gray Herbarium and The New England Botanical Club Herbarium. Visit

Weld Hill Research Building

Weld Hill Research BuildingThe Weld Hill Research Building is a LEED Gold facility housing the Arnold Arboretum's science program and associated staff and administrators. Advanced facilities for research across a range of plant and environmental disciplines include twelve greenhouses, state-of-the-art laboratories, growth chambers, and lecture and study areas, functioning in close proximity to the Arboretum's diverse living collection of woody plants. Visit

The Arnold Arboretum

Hunnewell bldg at Arnold ArboretumThe Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is the oldest public arboretum in North America and one of the world's leading centers for the study of plants. It occupies 265 acres of land and is part of Boston's famous "Emerald Necklace." Visit