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Scott Edward

Congratulations to Scott Edwards, who was elected into the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Pigeon in Flight

Research by Andy Biewener and former postdoc David Williams describes how birds use two postures to avoid obstacles in flight. The study was published on March 17, 2015 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and featured in the Harvard Gazette (April 23, 2015).

Mary Cassie Stoddard

Cassie Stoddard, Junior Fellow in the Edwards Lab, was named an International Rising Talent by the L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Program, which recognizes ongoing and exceptional contributions to the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by women. Stoddard is one of three women in the U.S. to receive the award and will be honored at a ceremony in Paris on March 18, 2015.

Prof. Edward O. Wilson was honored with a Gold Medal from the National Institute of Social Sciences at their annual ceremony (2015) in New York City.

Jim McCarthy responds to the questions “What Can We Do About Climate Change?” and “Is Climate Change Experiencing a Pause?” in a series of videos produced by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Center for Health and the Global Environment.

Jim Hanken weighs in on the state of natural history collections and their impact on tracking biodiversity using new technologies in a recent article in Nature.

Hopi Hoekstra has been awarded the 2015 National Academy of Sciences Richard Lounsbery Award for her work probing the molecular basis of how adaptation to novel selective pressures establishes and sustains diversity during evolution.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded Professor Emeritus Richard Lewontin The Crafoord Prize in Biosciences 2015 for his pioneering contributions to the understanding of genetic polymorphism.

Sarah Kocher, postdoctoral researcher in the Pierce Lab, discusses the costs and rewards of eusociality in insects in a recent paper published in Ecology Letters. Read more about the research in the Harvard Gazette (December 10, 2014).


The Ernst Mayr Library has embarked on a project using crowdsourcing to transcribe William Brewster's journals into a searchable digital format. Read more about the project in the Harvard Gazette (December 5, 2014).


Research by Yoel Stuart, former graduate student in the Losos Lab, describes rapid evolution of toe pads in green anoles in the October 24 issue of Science. Read more about the study in the Harvard Gazette.

Birds on Display

The Harvard Gazette story, "Birds everywhere," announces the new exhibit at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, where its vast collections—some 350,000 bird specimens—have been cleaned and showcased in all their variety and splendor for the public.


Maude Baldwin, graduate student in the Edwards Lab, is the first co-author of a paper published in Science on the evolution of taste receptors in hummingbirds. Read more about the study in the Harvard Gazette.

Blaschka Glass Invertebrates

In July, Harvard Magazine and Harvard Gazette highlighted the new permanent exhibit at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. The exhibit showcases more than 50 glass models of marine invertebrates from the collections of the Museum of Comparative Zoology—models crafted by Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, creators of the famous Glass Flowers.

E.O. Wilson

Prof. Edward O. Wilson, one of the most distinguished biologists of the past century, is the first interviewed in the Experience interview series of Harvard faculty in the Harvard Gazette.

Hopi Hoekstra-Spark Award

Hopi Hoekstra has been awarded the "Spark Award" from the Women in Science Harvard Radcliffe (WiSHR) for "continually inspiring young women in science." Nominees are chosen by votes from members of the Harvard undergraduate community. WiSHR is a student-run organization for undergraduate women engaged in science at Harvard College.

Martha Munoz

Congratulations to Losos Lab graduate student Martha Munoz, the winner of this year's Raymond B. Huey Award for the Best Student Presentation in the Division of Ecology and Evolution at the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology meetings in Austin.