2020

Shayla Salzman in field with zamia

An ancient push-pull pollination mechanism in cycads

June 12, 2020

Pollination is often a mutual relationship between flowering plants and insects. Understaning how these plants entice diverse insects to pollinate has major implications across evolutionary, ecological, organismal and conservation biology. One mechanism that can provide a window into ancient insect pollination, before the rise of flowering plants, are Cycads. Cycads are primary seed-producing plants and represent one of the oldest lineages of seed plants. These plants rely on insect pollination, yet do not display the colorful visuals that signals to pollinators, which is...

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Dakota McCoy awarded Chapman Fellowship

Dakota McCoy awarded Chapman Fellowship

January 7, 2020

Congratulations to Dakota McCoy (Haig Lab) awarded the Chapman Fellowship for research in vertebrate locomotion for her project, "Cooperation and Conflict in House Mouse Huddles."

Adele Woodmansee

IB Concentrator Adele Woodmansee Wins 2020 Taliesin Prize

May 29, 2020
Congratulations to Adele Woodmansee (Davis Lab) winner of the 2020 Taliesin Prize for Distinction in the Art of Learning. Taliesin students are explorers: they made bold and insightful course selections; they persevered when they faced roadblocks and curricular challenges; they discovered new fields of inquiry and explored them to their fullest, crafting for themselves a unique undergraduate transcript that... Read more about IB Concentrator Adele Woodmansee Wins 2020 Taliesin Prize
Chinmay Sonawane

IB Concentrator Chinmay Sonawane Awarded Captain Jonathan Fay Prize

May 28, 2020

Congratulations to Chinmay Sonawane (Haig Lab) awarded the Captain Jonathan Fay Prize by the Radcliffee Institute. The prize is awarded to the graduating senior who has produced the most outstanding imaginative work or piece of original research in any field. Chinmay won for his project, "A Defence of the Queens of Africa: The Public Health and Economic Benefits of Spotted Hyenas (Crocuta crocuta)."

Derek Bok Center

Spring 2019 Derek Bok Certificates of Distinction and Excellence in Teaching

January 6, 2020

Congratulations to OEB graduate students, postdocs and associates awarded the Spring 2019 Derek Bok Certificates of Distinction and Excellence in Teaching!

Certificates of Distinction for TFs, TAs and CAs: Vanessa Knutson (OEB 11), Shoyo Sato (OEB 51), Abagail Burrus and Catherine Chamberlain (OEB 52), Avantika Mainieri (OEB 53), Nathaniel Edelman (OEB 55), Kadeem Gilbert (OEB 57) Jacob Suissa (OEB 103), Jennifer Austiff (OEB 115), Laura Clerx (OEB 240R), Blake Dickson and Zachary Morris (OEB 207), Eadaoin Harney and...

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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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