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Jonathan Losos and his colleagues study the evolution of anole lizard species that were caught in amber millions of years ago. They hope to find out how these lizards lived, and to compare them to species that are alive today. Read more in the Harvard Gazette.


The MCZ's collections and research space in the Northwest Building received LEED platinum certification—the highest rating possible—from the U.S. Green Building Council. Read more about the project in the Harvard Gazette.


Research on island evolution by Prof. Jonathan Losos and other faculty-curators is the subject of a new exhibit in the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Read more about "Islands: Evolving in Isolation" in the Harvard Gazette.

Mansi Srivastava

The MCZ is delighted to welcome Dr. Mansi Srivastava AB, PhD, as curator of Invertebrate Zoology and assistant professor in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology beginning July 2015.

Harvard Magazine article on microCT-scan

The MCZ's use of micro-computed tomography (microCT) to examine internal morphology of museum specimens is discussed in the July-August issue of Harvard Magazine. The scans are available to view on select specimens pages in MCZbase.

Cassie Stoddard-egg composition

Cassie Stoddard, Junior Fellow in the Edwards Lab, enlists the expertise of engineers and computer scientists to gain a better understanding of the structure and composition of eggs. Read more about Cassie’s research in the Harvard Gazette. (June 16, 2015)

Giribet on Water

Gonzalo Giribet's passion for competitive windsurfing is highlighted in the Harvard Gazette's Practice series, a series of profiles zeroing in on the makings of performance. (June 16, 2015)

University as collector-Jim Hanken

Jim Hanken discusses "Linking Collections Globally for Research and Education: The Digital Worm" in a panel discussion on Objects and Collections, a part of the "University As Collector" symposium organized by the Radcliffe Institute. (Prof. Hanken's talk begins at approximately 45 minutes)

Annual Report

The 2013-2014 MCZ Annual Report is now available to view online.