Ecology Faculty

We study how organisms interact with each other and their natural world, and how biological processes shape the functioning of the biosphere. Within OEB, we focus primarily on how ecosystems function and how ecological processes drive evolutionary change.

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 and Systematics FacultyBiology of Marine Systems Faculty

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

Andrew Davies

Andrew Davies

  • Assistant Professor

Ecology Faculty

Animals interaction with the environment and each other to affect ecosystem processes at landscape scales. Draw on the fields of community and ecosystem ecology, animal behavior, and remote sensing to explore multiple facets of animal-ecosystem interactions in a spatially explicit manner

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 and Systematics Faculty

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

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 and Systematics FacultyNeuroethology and Behavioral Ecology FacultyPopulation and 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

Peter R. Girguis

Peter R. Girguis

  • Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

pgirguis@oeb.harvard.edu
Girguis Lab

Ecology Faculty Biomechanics Faculty Biodiversity and 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

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 and 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

Andrew H. Knoll

Andrew H. Knoll

  • Fisher Professor of Natural History
    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 and Systematics Faculty Paleobiology Faculty

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

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 Faculty Biology 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

Paul R. Moorcroft

Paul R. Moorcroft

  • Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

paul_moorcroft@harvard.edu
Moorcroft Lab

Ecology Faculty Mathematical and Computational Biology Faculty

Ecological dynamics of terrestrial plant communities and ecosystems; biosphere-atmosphere interactions; mechanistic models of animal movement