2020

Julian Kimura

Julian Kimura Receives NSF-Simons Center Award

July 2, 2019
Congratulations to PhD candidate Julian Kimura ( Lab) recipient of the 2019 QBio Student Fellowship, supported by the NSF-Simons Center for the Mathematical & Statistical Analysis of Biology at Harvard University.
Austin Garner

Austin Garner Receives GSAS Award

May 7, 2020
Congratulations to PhD candidate Austin Garner (Hopkins Lab) recipient of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Council Summer Research Award for his project, "Revealing the evolutionary history of speciation by reinforcement through genetic variation in Phlox flower color."
Austin Garner

Austin Garner Receives American Society of Naturalists Award

March 30, 2020
Congratulations to PhD candidate Austin Garner (Hopkins Lab) recipient of the American Society of Naturalists Student Research Award for his project, "Revealing the evolutionary history of speciation by reinforcement through genetic variation in Phlox flower color."
Scott Edwards courtesy of James Deshler

Scott Edwards fulfills a lifelong dream while also raising awareness

July 5, 2020

When COVID-19 sent students home and halted lab research, Scott Edwards, Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Curator of Ornithology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, decided to fulfill his lifelong dream of cycling from the Atlantic to Pacific. Two weeks before his departure on June 6, nationwide protests broke out over the murder of George Floyd by a police officer. On the same day a video of a racist encounter in Central Park involving a Black birder and white woman went viral. As a result of that incident, a group of Black birders and naturalists launched...

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The animals sampled in the analysis. Colors indicates rates of evolution: warm colors high rates and cool colors low rates

Did Adaptive Radiations Shape Reptiles?

July 3, 2020

Some of the most fundamental questions in evolution remain unanswered, such as when and how extremely diverse groups of animals – for example reptiles – first evolved. For 75 years, adaptive radiations – the relatively fast evolution of many species from a single common ancestor – have been considered as the major cause of biological diversity, including the origins of major body plans (structural and developmental characteristics that identify a group of animals) and new lineages. However, past research examining these rapid rates of evolution was largely constrained by the methods...

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MinYa

Min Ya Awarded GSAS Merit Fellowship

June 30, 2020
Congratulations to PhD Candidate Min Ya (Kramer Lab) awarded the GSAS Merit Fellowship in recognition of her academic talent and promise! 
Ryan Hulett

Ryan Hulett Awarded NIH Fellowship

June 29, 2020

Congratulations to PhD Candidate Ryan Hulett (Srivastava Lab) awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research for his project titled, "Identifying genetic pathways and cellular sources for neural regeneration in adult animals"

The purpose of the Kirschstein-NRSA program is to enhance the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the research training of predoctoral students from population groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the...

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Jianshania furcatus, from the Ercaicun section of Haikou, Cambrian (Stage 3) Chengjiang biota

MicroCT Reveals New Arthropod Species

June 1, 2020

Using microCT Javier Ortega-Hernández and Yu Liu, Professor of Paleobiology, Yunnan University, China discovered Xiaocaris luoi, a new species of fuxianhuiid, an important group of early branching arthropods that are central to discussions concerning the early evolution of this phylum. Xiaocaris luoi, represents the smallest known fuxianhuiid, its trunk legs bore strong spines...

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Tomographic models of Leanchoilia illecbrosa juveniles from the Cambrian (Stage 3) Chengjiang biota of South China

MicroCT Reveals Detailed Head Morphology of Arthropod, Leanchoilia illecebrosa

June 25, 2020

Javier Ortega-Hernández and Yu Liu, Professor of Paleobiology, Yunnan University, China have collaborated for years in the study of Chengjiang arthropods and their evolutionary significance. Their latest paper in Current Biology shows with unprecedented clarity the head morphology of the species Leanchoilia illecebrosa - a member of...

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Tree Canopy by James Bowe on Flickr

Study Aids in Understanding How Leaf Carbon Transport in Mature Trees Aids in Water Stress

June 1, 2020

Trees typically experience mid-day water depressions due to water evaporating out of the plant's stomata (a tiny opening or pore in plant leaves that intakes carbon dioxide, which is needed for photosynthesis). To understand how the water stress influences carbon's movement from the leaves (where production begins) to the roots, trunk and shoots (where the water is needed), PhD candidate Jessica Gersony (Holbrook Lab) measured carbon and water traits of five mature red oak trees over the course of 24 hours at Harvard Forest.

Working with...

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Zane Wolf holds pneufish, copyright Dave Matthews

Study Supports Key Insights into Fish Locomotion

June 8, 2020

Fish locomotion is characterized by waves of muscle electrical activity that proceed from head to tail, and result in an undulatory pattern of body bending that generates thrust during locomotion. However, isolating and studying these movements in live fishes is difficult and scientists often use robotic models instead. Most robotic fish models are either passive, flapping models that are simple but don't actively swim, or active, hard models that actively swim but take forever to construct. PhD candidate ...

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