James Hanken

James Hanken

Sabbatical, Fall 2018
Professor of Biology, Curator of Herpetology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology
Director of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology
James Hanken

Faculty Support: Jared Hughes

I study the evolution of morphology, developmental biology, and systematics. Most work by my group focuses on amphibians but otherwise addresses a wide range of topics, taxa, and methodologies. The latter range from laboratory-based molecular analyses to extensive field surveys. Current subjects include the evolution of craniofacial patterning in vertebrates; the developmental basis of life-history evolution; systematics, taxonomy and evolution of African frogs and neotropical and Asian salamanders; and amphibian declines and conservation. Active field programs are maintained in Mexico, China and Africa. We also are very active in the Encyclopedia of Life, and especially EOL's Learning + Education group, which is based at MCZ.

Contact Information

The Museum of Comparative Zoology
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138



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