Biodiversity & Systematics Faculty

Through a variety of field, laboratory, and model-based evolutionary studies along with the outstanding collections, facilities and other resources of Harvard’s natural history institutions—the Museum of Comparative Zoology, the Harvard University Herbaria, the Arnold Arboretum, and the Harvard Forest—we investigate the origins and maintenance of biodiversity, without restriction to organism. Two of the strengths in the department are in the areas of documenting and describing biodiversity and in the study of the biogeographical and phylogenetic relationships among organisms.

Colleen Cavanaugh

Colleen Cavanaugh

  • Edward C. Jeffrey Professor of Biology
  • Associate of Leverett House

cavanaug@fas.harvard.edu
Cavanaugh Lab

Evolution Faculty Ecology Faculty Biodiversity & Systematics FacultyBiology of Marine Systems Faculty

Symbioses of bacteria in marine invertebrates from deep-sea hydrothermal vents, methane seeps, and coastal reducing sediments

Charles C. Davis

Charles C. Davis

  • Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
  • Curator of Vascular Plants in the Harvard University Herbaria
  • Director of the Harvard University Herbaria

cdavis@oeb.harvard.edu
Davis Lab
Harvard University Herbaria

 

Evolution Faculty Ecology Faculty Biodiversity & Systematics Faculty

Plant diversity and evolution involving the integration of systematics, paleobiology, evolution, ecology, and molecular biology

Scott Edwards

Scott V. Edwards

  • Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
  • Curator of Ornithology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology
  • Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology
  • Co-Director of Graduate Studies

sedwards@fas.harvard.edu
Edwards Lab

Evolution Faculty Behavior Faculty Biodiversity & Systematics FacultyMathematical & Computational Biology FacultyNeuroethology & Behavioral Ecology FacultyPopulation & Evolutionary Genetics Faculty

Evolutionary biology of birds and relatives, combining field, museum and genomics approaches to understand the basis of avian diversity, evolution and behavior

Brian D. Farrell

Brian D. Farrell

  • Professor of Biology
  • Curator of Entomology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology

farrellb@oeb.harvard.edu
Farrell Lab

Evolution Faculty Ecology Faculty Biodiversity & Systematics FacultyNeuroethology & Behavioral Ecology FacultyPopulation & Evolutionary Genetics Faculty

Rates, directions and consequences of evolutionary diversification, as well as the marks of evolutionary history on community structure; interactions between various tiny consumers and their hosts, such as beetles and plants or mosquitoes, pathogens and vertebrates

William (Ned) Friedman

William (Ned) Friedman

  • Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
  • Director of the Arnold Arboretum

ned@oeb.harvard.edu
Friedman Lab
The Arnold Arboretum

Evolution Faculty Biodiversity & Systematics Faculty

Organismic interfaces between developmental, phylogenetic and evolutionary biology

Peter R. Girguis

Peter R. Girguis

  • Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

pgirguis@oeb.harvard.edu
Girguis Lab

Ecology Faculty Biomechanics Faculty Biodiversity & Systematics FacultyBiology of Marine Systems Faculty Physiology Faculty

Physiology and biochemistry of deep sea microorganisms, emphasis on carbon and nitrogen metabolism, to better understand their role in mediating local and global biogeochemical cycles; physiological relationships between microbes and animals in natural systems

Gonzalo Giribet

Gonzalo Giribet

  • Professor Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
  • Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology
  • Curator-in-Charge of Invertebrate Zoology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology

ggiribet@g.harvard.edu
Giribet Lab

Evolution Faculty Biodiversity & Systematics FacultyEvolutionary Developmental Biology FacultyMathematical & Computational Biology Faculty

Evolution and biogeography of invertebrate animals, mainly arthropods and mollusks

 
James Hanken

James Hanken

  • Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology
  • Professor of Biology
  • Curator of Herpetology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology
  • Director of the Museum of Comparative Zoology

hanken@oeb.harvard.edu
Hanken Lab

Evolution Faculty Biodiversity & Systematics FacultyEvolutionary Developmental Biology Faculty

Evolution of morphology, developmental biology, and systematics

 
Hopi Hoekstra

Hopi E. Hoekstra

  • Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology
  • Harvard College Professor
  • Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
  • Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Curator of Mammalogy in the Museum of Comparative Zoology
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

hoekstra@oeb.harvard.edu
Hoekstra Lab

Evolution Faculty Behavior Faculty Biodiversity & Systematics FacultyEvolutionary Developmental Biology FacultyNeuroethology & Behavioral Ecology FacultyPopulation & Evolutionary Genetics Faculty

Identifying and characterizing the molecular changes responsible for traits that affect fitness of organisms in the wild; using wild mice to study the genetic basis of morphological and behavior adaptation

 

 
Noel Michele Holbrook

Noel Michele Holbrook

  • Charles Bullard Professor of Forestry
  • Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

holbrook@oeb.harvard.edu
Holbrook Lab

Ecology Faculty Biomechanics Faculty Biodiversity & Systematics Faculty Physiology Faculty

Physics and physiology of vascular transport in plants with the goal of understanding how constraints on the movement of water and solutes between soil and leaves influences ecological and evolutionary processes

 
Robin Hopkins

Robin Hopkins

  • Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

rhopkins@fas.harvard.edu
Hopkins Lab

Evolution Faculty Biodiversity & Systematics FacultyNeuroethology & Behavioral Ecology FacultyPopulation & Evolutionary Genetics Faculty

Speciation in plants, predominantly focused on reinforcement

 
Andrew H. Knoll

Andrew H. Knoll

  • Fisher Professor of Natural History and Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Curator of the Paleobotanical Collections in the Harvard University Herbaria

aknoll@oeb.harvard.edu
Knoll Group

Evolution Faculty Ecology Faculty Biodiversity & Systematics Faculty Paleobiology Faculty

Evolution of life, evolution of Earth surface environments, and the relationships between the two, Archean and Proterozoic paleontology and biogeochemistry

 
Elena Kramer

Elena Kramer

  • Chair of the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
  • Bussey Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
  • Harvard College Professor

ekramer@oeb.harvard.edu
Kramer Lab

Evolution Faculty Biodiversity & Systematics FacultyEvolutionary Developmental Biology FacultyPopulation & Evolutionary Genetics Faculty

Molecular, morphological, and phylogenetic approaches are used to study how flowers have changed over the course of evolutionary time. A major focus is the development of Aquilegia (columbine) as a new system for studying evolutionary and ecological questions

 
George V. Lauder

George V. Lauder

  • Henry Bryant Bigelow Professor of Ichthyology
  • Curator of Ichthyology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology
  • Professor of Biology

glauder@oeb.harvard.edu
Lauder Lab

Evolution Faculty Biomechanics Faculty Biodiversity & Systematics FacultyBiology of Marine Systems Faculty Physiology Faculty

Biorobotics and evolution of fishes

 
James Mallet

James Mallet

  • Distinguished Lecturer on Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

jmallet@oeb.harvard.edu
Mallet Lab

 

Evolution Faculty Biodiversity and Systematics FacultyPopulation and Evolutionary Genetics Faculty

Evolution, genomics, hybridization, and speciation - mainly in butterflies

Javier Ortega-Hernandez

Javier Ortega-Hernández

  • Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
  • Curator of Invertebrate Zoology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology

jortegahernandez@fas.harvard.edu
Ortega-Hernandez Group

Evolution Faculty Evolutionary Developmental Biology FacultyBiodiversity & Systematics Faculty Paleobiology Faculty

Evolution, phylogeny and developmental paleobiology of Paleozoic invertebrates, particularly (eu)arthropods and their close relatives. Interested on the origin of major animal groups during the Cambrian Explosion and the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event, as informed by exceptionally preserved fossils.

Donald H. Pfister

Donald H. Pfister

  • Asa Gray Professor of Systematic Botany
  • Curator of the Farlow Library and Herbarium

dpfister@oeb.harvard.edu
Pfister Lab

Evolution Faculty Biodiversity & Systematics Faculty

Biology, life histories and phylogeny of Ascomycota, particularly members of the Pezizomycetes, Leotiomycetes and Laboulbeniomycetes.  Interest in phylogenetic relationships within the groups, their host relationships and geographical distribution.

 
Naomi E. Pierce

Naomi E. Pierce

  • Sidney A. and John H. Hessel Professor of Biology
  • Curator of Lepidoptera in the Museum of Comparative Zoology
  • Senior Fellow of the Society of Fellows

npierce@oeb.harvard.edu
N. Pierce Lab

Evolution Faculty Behavior Faculty Biodiversity & Systematics FacultyNeuroethology & Behavioral Ecology Faculty

Behavioral ecology and evolution, focusing on species interactions such as insect/host plant associations and symbioses between insects and other organisms; life history evolution and systematics of Lepidoptera

 
Mansi Srivastava

Mansi Srivastava

  • Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
  • Curator of Invertebrate Zoology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology

mans@oeb.harvard.edu
Srivastava Lab

Evolution Faculty Biodiversity & Systematics FacultyEvolutionary Developmental Biology FacultyMathematical & Computational Biology Faculty

Wound response and stem cell biology during regeneration in an evolutionary framework