Biology of Marine Systems Faculty

Through a variety of laboratory, field, and model based studies Harvard faculty and students investigate unique aspects of the biology of marine organisms, and explore their relationships with the chemical and physical environment of the ocean, from the surface to the deep ocean floor and its sedimentary layers. These organisms are uniquely interesting in their own right, and research in recent decades has demonstrated the significance of marine organisms, from the smallest microbes to the largest mammals, in Earth’s biogeochemical cycles.

OEB's programs in this area include ecology and physiological genomics, biogeography, and systematics as well as fluid dynamics of life in the marine environments. Organisms and habitats studied include microbial populations in deep-sea hydrothermal vent communities, plankton in oceanic and coastal waters, invertebrates in coastal and near-shore bottom habitats, and wide ranging marine vertebrates.

Colleen Cavanaugh

Colleen Cavanaugh

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

cavanaug@fas.harvard.edu
Cavanaugh Lab

Evolution FacultyEcology FacultyBiodiversity & Systematics FacultyBiology of Marine Systems Faculty

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

Peter R. Girguis

Peter R. Girguis

  • Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

pgirguis@oeb.harvard.edu
Girguis Lab

Ecology FacultyBiomechanics FacultyBiodiversity and Systematics FacultyBiology of Marine Systems FacultyPhysiology 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

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 FacultyBiomechanics FacultyBiodiversity and Systematics FacultyBiology of Marine Systems FacultyPhysiology Faculty

Biorobotics and evolution of fishes

James J. McCarthy

James J. McCarthy

  • Alexander Agassiz Professor of Biological Oceanography in the Museum of Comparative Zoology
  • Professor of Biological Oceanography
  • Acting Curator of the Malacology Department in the Museum of Comparative Zoology

jmccarthy@oeb.harvard.edu
McCarthy Lab

Ecology FacultyBiology of Marine Systems Faculty

Factors that regulate the processes of primary production and nutrient supply in upper ocean, the role of large mammals in marine ecosystem productivity, and climate impacts on marine systems

Robert M. Woollacott

Robert M. Woollacott

  • Professor of Biology
  • Curator of Marine Invertebrates in the Museum of Comparative Zoology

rwoollacott@harvard.edu

Ecology FacultyBiodiversity and Systematics FacultyBiology of Marine Systems Faculty

Marine biology with an emphasis in fouling organisms and introduced species